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    1. 02-02-2010 02:23 PM #1
      I lost my tried and true Buck single blade stockman knife somewhere amongst the White Mountains of New Hampshire so I'm in the market for a new EDC. I plan on getting another stockman at some point, but would like to pick up an assisted opening knife as my new carry.
      Stipulations:
      Blade under 2.5"
      Assisted Opener
      Straight Edge
      Pocket Clip
      Under $40
      As of right now the SOG Twitch I has caught my eye. Pressing on the kick to release the blade is appealing. I'm looking for recommendations and I know you guys will have plenty.
      SOG Twitch I

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      02-02-2010 02:43 PM #2
      I really like my Kershaw Scallion

      * 420HC stainless steel blade
      * 6061-T6 anoldized aluminum handle
      * 2.25 inch blade
      * 3.5 inch closed length
      * weighs 2.3 oz
      And it is assisted opening along with most of Kershaw's smaller blades.
      I also think it's a beautiful little knife.

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      02-02-2010 09:41 PM #3
      we do one of these every month
      I like my sog trident.

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      02-03-2010 10:31 AM #4
      I picked up an SOG Twitch I at Lowes, you can see it in the blister pack and get a good idea if it meets your needs.
      The AO machinism was a little finicky at first but now I can work it flawlessly. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      02-03-2010 03:02 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by BHB »
      we do one of these every month
      I like my sog trident.

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    8. 02-03-2010 03:37 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by GTaye »
      I picked up an SOG Twitch I at Lowes, you can see it in the blister pack and get a good idea if it meets your needs.
      The AO machinism was a little finicky at first but now I can work it flawlessly. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


      that's very good to know. i would definitely enjoy seeing it before i buy. in the mean time i picked up a Gerber EAB to hold me over. I must say its an awesome little blade. i was afraid it would be like the other utility folders, but this gerber is really solid, being all stainless. definitely worth the $9.50 price tag.

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      02-03-2010 03:40 PM #7
      thats pretty cool. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    10. 02-03-2010 10:53 PM #8
      the kershaw that was posted before is a great edc knife. i have many other knives but the scallon is one of my favorites. the ao is smooth and simple and the blade keeps an edge pretty well but is not a pita to sharpen. go to your local sporting goods store and check it out. you wont be disappointed.

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      02-04-2010 08:24 AM #9
      I've been carrying a damascus bladed Kershaw Skyline for about a year and a half now. I originally bought it as something to hold me over while I sent my Benchmade 690 in to Benchmade for service, but I ended up liking it better overall, and I think it's going to stay my EDC for the foreseeable future. It is quick to open with the little flipper stud, comfortable in the hand with the built in choil for your index finger, has grippy handles, and it is thin, which makes it easy to carry around in a pocket without getting in the way.
      Plus, the damascus blade is just cool, and they are a limited production thing, and not being made any more.
      I got mine from knifecenter.com for about $50. The regular, non-damascus one is about $30.

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      02-04-2010 11:48 AM #10
      I love my Benchmade 907, but it's a little bigger than what you're looking for @ 3".
      I also have a SOG Blink, which is similar to the twitch, without the kicker on the spine. The quality isn't anywhere near Benchmade standards, but it's not a bad knife. The AO takes a decent shove, but it's real fast once it gets going.
      Here's my thread from last month.
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    13. 02-04-2010 02:40 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by yem_icculus »
      I love my Benchmade 907, but it's a little bigger than what you're looking for @ 3".

      I also have a SOG Blink, which is similar to the twitch, without the kicker on the spine. The quality isn't anywhere near Benchmade standards, but it's not a bad knife. The AO takes a decent shove, but it's real fast once it gets going.
      Here's my thread from last month.
      https://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4704182

      yea i looked over that thread before posting, but i'm really looking for something small and most of those knives mentioned are in the 3"+ size. Planning on checking out the twitch today, but i must say, this little gerber is feeling pretty nice. the only problem is i can't cut an apple with it...three of my front teeth are fake and i need to cut while i eat.

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      02-04-2010 10:32 PM #12
      Blurry iPhone pic for this thread. My small collection.

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      02-08-2010 07:26 PM #13
      Nothing specific to recommend but I have had really good luck with Columbia River knives (CRKT) for the price. I have also ordered from the Blade Shop a few times and it seems they have great prices and good service, they seem to carry pretty much everything too from cheap to huge money and have a lot of customer reviews.
      http://www.thebladeshop.com/
      I have this thing now and its a great utility/warehouse hacker knife. It's bigger than you want and unassisted but it works for me and scores high on the BMF look.


      Not bad for $45

    16. 02-08-2010 08:20 PM #14
      yea i've had good luck with crkt. i picked up the twitch II today from lowes and its a good quality knife.
      in other news the gerber let me down. felt really solid that first week, but quickly developed a grinding when i opened and closed it. makes the action very coarse and something is definitely wrong. all in all its a $10 knife, but it should last a hell of a lot longer than that.

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      02-09-2010 05:54 PM #15
      Is there a reason you want to go with assisted opening other than the novelty factor of it. I have found that i can draw and open my non-AO knives much quick due to not having to screw around with the safeties. I also am a big fan of waved opening knives. I have a factory waved spyderco endura and two factory waved spyderco delicas. You can't draw a knife fast than a waved knife in my opinion unless you are a huge SD nut and all you do is quick draw practice. I also like the spyderco wave knives because they all come with VG-10 steel which is superior to any other knife steel mentioned in this thread.
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      02-09-2010 07:03 PM #16
      I had a couple of those Spyderco Delica's and they were awesome- a flick of the wrist and it was open. That big CRKT knife I have up there now is almost as quick with the huge hilt/lever opener thingies (don't know all the knife lingo)

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      02-09-2010 07:36 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by 2k3GTI18T »
      Is there a reason you want to go with assisted opening other than the novelty factor of it. I have found that i can draw and open my non-AO knives much quick due to not having to screw around with the safeties. I also am a big fan of waved opening knives. I have a factory waved spyderco endura and two factory waved spyderco delicas. You can't draw a knife fast than a waved knife in my opinion unless you are a huge SD nut and all you do is quick draw practice. I also like the spyderco wave knives because they all come with VG-10 steel which is superior to any other knife steel mentioned in this thread.

      When you say "waved" are you talking about that little hook that SpyderCo adds to some of their knives? I believe they call it the "Emerson Opener". I was intrigued when I first saw it, but I'm not sure how much it would appeal to me in practice. I'd like to give one a shot.
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      02-10-2010 03:28 AM #18
      ^ Yes those are the ones I am talking about. The wave feature is from the Emerson company but licensed by Spyderco to use on a few of their knife designs. It really makes drawing the knife to an open position on smooth motion. I find its nice when you are holding some thing you need to cut and you can just pull it form your pocket and its good to go. The one issue i have had with them is that it can be a little hard to remove the knife from you pocket in a speedy manor and not have it open.
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    21. 02-10-2010 03:42 AM #19
      Just ordered a Benchmade HK Axis tonight...will let you know what I think when I get it. My Gerber Armour became loose after hurling it at a target on the range...and I learned its made in China, so I don't trust it.

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      02-10-2010 09:23 AM #20
      ^^^ I hate to disappoint you, but I'm pretty sure the Benchmade HK line is made in China, too. You have to stick to the Gold, Black, or Blue class to get a true made in the USA Benchmade. They're doing away with the "red" line this year, and branding all their Chinese knives as HK's or Harley Davidson's. The rep @ Shot show said that from now on, "If it has a butterfly on it, it's made in America."

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      02-10-2010 09:40 AM #21
      Some of the previous HK line was made in the US, though, so if it's an older one, it will be US made.
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      02-10-2010 09:53 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by SilverSLC »
      Some of the previous HK line was made in the US, though, so if it's an older one, it will be US made.
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      Thanks for the correction, Tim!

    25. 02-10-2010 02:32 PM #23
      Shame, oh well. It said "Country of origin: USA" but didn't specifically say "made in the U.S.".
      Its hard to find anything non-Chinese now days.

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      02-10-2010 03:53 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Elbows »
      Shame, oh well. It said "Country of origin: USA" but didn't specifically say "made in the U.S.".
      Its hard to find anything non-Chinese now days.

      Looking at their site now , Some say Import (sub $100) and others USA (over $100).
      Planning on picking up a Griptilian (usa) and a Mini Ambush(taiwan) soon, mini for everyday use and the grip for when I'm expecting to need.

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      02-10-2010 04:08 PM #25
      I've got a SOG flash II as an EDC, but if you want a smaller blade, maybe check out the flash I? I also have a Benchmade Nitrous Stryker which I love, but it's a lot more $$ than my SOG, so I don't really wear that one too often.

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