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Best M4 EDC knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Aerosmith101, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Aerosmith101


    Oct 28, 2018
    What are the best EDC knives in M4 on the market
  2. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I don't know what the best ones are, but I've got a couple of Spyderco's in M4 and a ZT.
    I know there's other makers that offer M4.
    I've got a couple of fixed blades in M4 that are the best for me, don't know about everyone else.
  3. Ryan33

    Ryan33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2018
    I dont know about best but my Griptilian in M4 is a good edc.
  4. effenoam

    effenoam Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    Benchmade 810, or manix 2
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  5. onionfan


    Nov 29, 2008
    A Gayle Bradley 2 or Advocate would be nice. A Gayle Bradley one if you get used.
  6. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I'll second the Spyderco Gayle Bradley 2 (even the 1 if you can nab one). Just a very well made, stout knife. The steel sharpens very nicely and cuts for miles. The lockbar access is a bit cramped, but that's easy to remedy (getting used to it takes a little time is all, or about 5 minutes to modify it to your liking).
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  7. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    Spyderco has a few that are splendid if you want folders, most designed by Gayle Bradley. The mini-grip or full grip are good from BM. If you can snag a native 5 that was exclusive to BHQ, that was a good one.

    If you're looking for fixed blades, there are a few from Bark River, and you could probably get something from a custom maker, but I don't think there are too many out there. Vanadis 4 extra is becoming more popular and it is very close in performance. There have been a few small puukkos in both M4 and V4E that would make very good EDC's, if fixed blades are your flavor.
  8. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    GB1 is terrific blade!
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  9. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Spyderco GB 1 or 2, Mantra 1, BladeHQ Spyderco SFO’s (pm2, manix 2, native, etc), BRK Essential (some left in inventories, but no longer being made in m4)...
  10. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    This is my favorite EDC knife I own with M4.
    BHQ exclusive Para 3

    [​IMG]Untitled by Caleb Bender, on Flickr
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  11. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    There isn’t a lot of production M4 out there. The aforementioned Gayle Bradley 2 and the Griptilian are the first two that come to mind. The Griptilian is one you’d have to build yourself unless you find a Ritter M4 model, and they aren’t cheap.

    Blade HQ likes to use M4 and Jade G10 in their sprint runs. So that could be an option as well.
  12. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I've never handled the Gayle Bradleys CF so I can't comment on how it feels. I generally don't like CF.

    Design wise, I like the PM2 best and it can be found on the secondary market but probably pricey, especially the sprint run/exclusive stuff.

    Based on current production and availability, the BM Freek is probably my first choice. If you have a really big hand, the 810.
  13. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Gayle Bradley 1 is my EDC. It has been since first released and I can't see making a change. Works very well for things around the yard and shop. It holds an edge and it is a super cutting machine.

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  14. Mako109


    Dec 17, 2008
    Also...these two DLC M4 beauties, "Exclusives from KnivesShipFree"...

    Zero Tolerance: 0770CFM4
    Benchmade Knives: 908BK-1501 Axis Stryker II
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  15. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Damn Straight... The KSF Stryker is a phenomenon all its own.
  16. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Way to go posting the interview !

    One of my very favorite topics = M4 !
    Here are some photos of The Boys :
    Gayle Bradley One (natch ;)) = Very thin behind the edge partly because it is hollow ground. A knife with a quality heft to it with a capital Q and H. Before I got it and from just looking at photos I didn't think I would like it. The guys here enlightened me (applying dope slaps).
    Final verdict : I love the knife. They are right !

    Spyderco Para 2 = More fun to fidget than the GB. Has the weird assed alien green scales that people love or hate. I love the way it looks.
    Because of the M4 and the lock this knife is probably the last knife I would ever give up. I was using it at work today. I have it with me at work EVERY DAY but not always in my pocket because I regularly buy knives and carry those in my pocket. When the tough jobs cutting abrasive material needs doing the other knives stand aside and let the big dog show 'em how it's done.

    Spyderco Military = It's large and pretty light because of the partial liners; see the photo with the light shining through the handle. A very satisfying knife to own if you like four inches of blade length. I do ! A great pocket clip ! Nothing bad to say about it other than not as fun to fidget. I don't fidget but I just mean work the lock. I enjoy axis and compression locks more is all.
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  17. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Nice pictures. Never cared for those weird, alien style, see-thru glow-in-the-dark looking handles though. My first instinct is to get out my screwdriver, pull off the pocket clips, and give them a couple of coats of thin green lacquer.

    I really like the M4 blades on those puppies.
  18. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
  19. ggw

    ggw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2018
    For me it is this one.
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  20. JBoone


    Dec 30, 2012
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