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I need a new folding knife. I had a gerber, but the screws kept falling out. I finally got pissed. It held and edge but it wouldn't stay together.



I also had a Smith and wession large folding, 4.5 inch closed, 4" blade. It was skelotonized(sp), and had the belt/pocket clip on it.



Any reccomendations under 50$.



BTW I like the partially serrated blades.
 

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I carry a Buck folder with a side clip. I think I got it at Wal-Mart. BTW, it does have a partially serrated blade.
 

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Well, it's hard to get a really nice folder for under $50.



There are a number of decent ones in that range.



My top pick under $50?



Spyderco delica



http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/store_de....html?s=SP11SBK



Willing to go over budget a little, then the spyderco 3d native



http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/store_de...html?s=SP78PSBK





The columbia river knife and tool knives made of AUS-8 hit that mark and are plenty servicable. MAke sure it is AUS-8 though, they have started making knives that are very cheap but have REALLY crap steel.



Buck only has a handful of knives I would bother with, and the cheapest is about $70.



Benchmade's affordable line (ambush) runs about $60 and is decently made. AUS8 blades.



Might check out the emerson hard wear series of aus-8 japanese manufacture knives. Their normal line is well made.





Frankly anything from a decent name maker (benchmade, spyderco, sog, boker, CRKT, etc. Not gerber these days buck is marginal) with vg-10, ats-34, or 154CM is probably pretty safe.



FRom decent makers properly heat treated aus-8 and 440C steel can make a nice working knife. Edge holding will be so-so, but easier to resharpen.
 

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I've been carrying the Spyderco Native for a while. It fits in a pocket much better than the Keershaw Blackout I had been using before that. The Spyderco has held up well to everything from opening boxes to stripping cables. Isn't that what everybody uses their knife for? The Native can be had for around $40.
 

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I have dozens of Benchmades and Spydercos in my collection but one of the best knife values at this time is the Kershaw Storm II.

They have a S30V blade and solid framelock for 29.95 at semi-evil Walmart.
 

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I ended up with a Smith and Wesson SWAT semi-auto folder, works well, and is tax deductable(for work)
 

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I ended up with a Smith and Wesson SWAT semi-auto folder, works well, and is tax deductable(for work)






Hey Jester, I know you found a knife but for anyone else who might be looking for one, I use a Camillus Heat half serrated blade. I pull out my lockback approx. 20-60 times a day due to my job. I have had it since Feb. and it has become my all time favorite.



 

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I just bought a Kershaw Blur, I like it.
 

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I bought a Kershaw Speed Bump. This may be the closest thing to an M&P knife. It fits the hand just like the grips on my M&P.



"Another innovation from Ken Onion, the designer of Kershaw's Speedsafe® technology. The Speed-Bump features Ken's new innovative Bump "re-curve" blade, designed for minimal mass, maximum performance and multi-tasking efficiency. It also combines Speedsafe assisted opening with Kershaw's patented Stud Lock™, the same locking mechanism found on the popular Mini Mojo™. The knife opens by pulling the kick back or by using the thumbstud like most speed assisted knives, but the lock release is contained in the blade rather than the handle. Just push the spring-loaded thumbstud towards the tip of the blade and the lock is released. The Spec-Bumb also has a safety to keep the knife safely closed while in you pocket."



"The new Onion designed Bump blade is Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel and measures 3-5/8". The handle is double injection-molded Akulon® with Santoprene® over-mold machined for improved grip. The pocket clip is positioned at the pivot for tip down carry. Weighs 5.0 oz. Measures 4-15/16" closed. Made in the U.S.A."------ Kershaw Knives Ad



 

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Way back in the day I was the assistant manager at Cutlery World (remember those?). While there I fell in love with Spyderco's. We had an EMT come in to have his rescue resharpened after cutting the convertable top off of a car with it to get to the trapped passanger.



I sharpened it for free.



Since then I've carried several Spyderco knives. Mostly the endura, but switched to the delica recently. I was a huge fan of G-2 that they used but the new knives are made out of VG-10. I haven't heard anything negative about the switch yet.



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Kershaw Blackout. I've had mine for 2+ years and had it sharpened once. I'd rather lose my wallet than lose this knife...



The Speed Assist opening is second to none but you will wear a blister on your thumb the first week or so until it loosens up a bit. It's basically a legal switchblade that's 10x safer and 1000x sharper. Trust me on this one, you want the Serrated Blackout.
 
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