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#21
The very fact that it is an EDC knife means i don't care about it. Knives are illegal to carry -period- in Philly, so you're subject to having whatever knife taken from you by a Philly cop any time you get rousted by one for whatever reason at all. So i just carry $20 or less "disposable" assisted folders.

Not only that, i'm pretty good at losing the damn things...so that's another reason for me to buy cheap ones.

I have a Wal Mart "Winchester" knife that i'm using as my EDC currently. I think it was five bucks on sale.
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#22
I'm a fan of the karambit style myself. I think it would be good for doing a significant amount of damage with the least amount of effort. However, I rarely carry a knife for defensive purposes. I'll carry a BUG, but personally, if they're that close to me I'm probably already screwed... lol


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#23
I carry a Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops Tanto Folder. I bought it because 1) it's $12.99 so I don't care if I lose it, 2) It has a serrated blade, 3) It's very light weight.

I use it primarily for opening boxes, cutting the plastic covers off containers (pill bottles, protein containers, etc.), and cutting clothing and rope-like material. It isn't too sharp (if I sharpened it then I could make it much sharper), but it does what I intended it to do.

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#24
I used to love Tanto style blades because they look scary and badass. However, I no longer carry a typical Tanto blade at all. I just prefer the way a curve blade cuts better. There is one "tanto" blade that I carry... but it's not a real tanto... it has a curved edge with a tanto "style" tip.... and that knife is...............................

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I carry expensive knives. I'm a bit of a knife whore. Daily I carry a knife that cost me $85. If I lose it, I'll be very sad... However, since I'm a "knife guy", it's worth it to me, to carry and use a knife daily that I like an enjoy..... And at $85, I don't feel that a huge price on something I use everyday. I carry a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian. I much prefer the larger version which I carry outside of work (among a selection of 9 other knives I rotate through). However, I have a reason for carrying the mini at work. I carry my J-frame in my right front pocket. So I'm forced the carry my knife in my back pocket. My work pants have a VERY small rear pocket opening. Getting my wallet out past the knife with the mini is hard enough, let alone a full sized Griptilian. Tehe finish on the blade wears very well. The finish on the clip... not so much.
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#25
The original Cold Steel Tanto, unlike their current version, was a very nice knife as was their original Tanto folder. Having said that I wouldn't own one of their newer models. I have many knives and really don't care for either the clip point or the tanto, but that is just me. My Kali instructor has pointed out several different knives that he likes and while what I have will definitely suffice for most situations I have yet to find my perfect knife.
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billamj;15235 Wrote:The original Cold Steel Tanto, unlike their current version, was a very nice knife as was their original Tanto folder. Having said that I wouldn't own one of their newer models. I have many knives and really don't care for either the clip point or the tanto, but that is just me. My Kali instructor has pointed out several different knives that he likes and while what I have will definitely suffice for most situations I have yet to find my perfect knife.

Please elaborate.

I'm not a knife expert by any means, and I'm always collecting details.

What's the demarcation line between newer & older? And what knives are deemed better?

Never heard of Kali before your post...Philippine knife & baton fighting? Interesting. Care to guess what I'll be reading about for the rest of September? Big Grin

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Kali is a Southeast Asian martial art, and a brutal one.
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PA Rifleman;15330 Wrote:
billamj;15235 Wrote:The original Cold Steel Tanto, unlike their current version, was a very nice knife as was their original Tanto folder. Having said that I wouldn't own one of their newer models. I have many knives and really don't care for either the clip point or the tanto, but that is just me. My Kali instructor has pointed out several different knives that he likes and while what I have will definitely suffice for most situations I have yet to find my perfect knife.

Please elaborate.

I'm not a knife expert by any means, and I'm always collecting details.

What's the demarcation line between newer & older? And what knives are deemed better?

Never heard of Kali before your post...Philippine knife & baton fighting? Interesting. Care to guess what I'll be reading about for the rest of September? Big Grin

Thanks.


Cold Steel started manufacturing knives in the late 70's or early 80's. At that time the owner was involved on a daily basis and quality control was outstanding. If you bought one of their knives you got a knife that was worth having. To give you an idea, neither of the CS knives that I got in the mid-80's has ever seen a stone and they're both as sharp today as they were on day on. They used to have videos of people cutting through 3 inch standing manilla rope with one of their original Tantos in one swipe. Unfortunately like most companies CS started manufacturing knives overseas about 10 years ago and, IMHO, the quality is not what it once was. If you can find one of the older knives jump all over it, they are definitely worth the money. Newer models need to be checked out on a unit by unit basis IMHO.

jahwarrior72;15489 Wrote:Kali is a Southeast Asian martial art, and a brutal one.

It can be. Remember the baton is actually representative of a bladed weapon such as a sword. Disarming someone with a sword, or even a long knife, requires one to be more "stout" in their methodologies. Wink
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