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EDC frame lock folder $600 budget?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by victorinox, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. victorinox


    Feb 10, 2016

    What's a good folder for EDC with a 600 budget. I will be using this for simple EDC tasks, not hard use.

    I really love the Southard Tolk, but I can't find it in stock anywhere. I just love the simplicity of the design and the blade/handle shape.

    I already have: Large Sebenza 21 Micarta, Umnumzaan, Shirogorov 95 CF, ZT0562CF, Todd Begg mini bodega, Paramilitary 2.

    3.25 - 4" blade
    6oz max weight
    Titanium Framelock
    Flipper preferred, but thumb studs are fine.

    No Hinderer/Strider/Reate/lionsteel/ckf, although they do make fine blades, just not my thing.

    Would love to hear your thoughts, since I don't know much about the mid-tech world! :)

    Thank you!!
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  2. jorisvd37


    Mar 8, 2016
    Why spend so much money on a blade that you are going to work with it will rough it up quite a bit
  3. victorinox


    Feb 10, 2016
    Because I can afford it? It's not like I'm going to be cutting down a tree with it. Just simple tasks like opening boxes, mail, light food prep etc
  4. jorisvd37


    Mar 8, 2016
    Yeah if i could afford it id probably do it to :) good luck on finding your new knife
  5. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
  6. victorinox


    Feb 10, 2016
    When you select a colour option it will say out of stock
  7. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Oh, that is too bad. I remember that Brad recently posted a picture of a bunch of Tolk blade on his Instagram.
    So they might come back soon.
    Good luck.

  8. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Les George makes a couple of framelocks that fit your specs. The VECP and Talos may be worth looking at. I've seen a couple but never owned one. I have had a couple of Three Sisters Forge Beasts. It's on the smaller side but the Gorgon is a larger TSF framelock. Those are good knives as well and both the TSF and George models will work all day with you.
  9. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    Judge from your present collection, you seems to like elegance/simplicity kind of thing. I suggest you to look at

    Gerry McGinnis Proline VALVE Flipper
    Lucas Burnley KIHON Flipper
    Microtech ANAX secondary price
    CAMK Stout design
  10. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    You are getting close to Rockstead territory with the 600 dollar budget. Also, I know you said no hinderer but the zt392 is a really great knife. Fantastic build and flipping action.
  11. Bob Leedy

    Bob Leedy

    Oct 12, 2008
    Wait for a Tolk. Very lightweight, flips well, also opens easily with the thumb stud, and has a very versatile blade shape. Would be a great food prep knife, or cut anything you need. Check with Southard on when the next batch is due and watch the exchange (there was one on 3/6/16, now sold). You've got enough good knives already to get by until one comes up. I edc a Tolk and love it.
  12. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    The size to weight ratio is going to really limit your options... Defiant7 Hyrax fits the bill, nice looking knife IMO.
    Gerry McGinnis Pro Line usually falls in that range also.

    More blade = more handle/frame = more weight

    Even though it's way out of my financial comfort zone, I like to window shop, if you would even up your weight to say 5.5 - 6 oz. (Considering 3.25"+ blade) you open up alot more possibility... Ferrum Forge Mordax,
    4" Olamic wayfarer's come in right around 6oz. As well as a Tim Britton t10 Mongoose.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  13. duncanmclawd


    Dec 3, 2003
    Well, it's not a 600 dollar knife, but have you looked at the Spyderco Slysz Bowie?
    I have several high end frame locks, including a regular Sebenza and a Sebenza 25, but for some reason I like the SB design better! :)
  14. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    The Matt Diskin Volcan looks sweet. Right at the top end of your size requirements and budget but might be worth a look.
  15. Daniel Dorn

    Daniel Dorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 1999
    I'd look up the original A. G. Russell Acies. The Acies II is available now, but the blade is under your 3.25" range. The original is discontinued, but for the cash you have, you should be able to find one.

    Another fine folder in the largish range though I think it may be a little bit beyond your specifications, would be the ZT 0600. Also discontinued, but easily had for under your budget. It's a beautiful knife, with exceptional build quality.

    And, again discontinued, Kershaw's 3600 is by the same designer as the ZT 0600 (R. J. Martin), but a smaller knife, easily in the size/weight range you listed. It may be a bit harder to find, but would be worth the effort to find one, though the price is in the air, as far as what it might cost. Should be under $600, though.
  16. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    +1 on the Brad Southard Tolk. Or ANY Brad Southard. How about a little something, something from Michael Burch?
  17. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    Take a look at the CKF Morrf series. I think the Morrf 4 (all Ti and M390) is still available at FRWK. The previous versions would have to be found on the secondary market. The ergonomics are superb and the pseudo-persian, ffg blade is very versatile.
  18. Ground0

    Ground0 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2015
    see if you can get a hold of an Emerson Iron dragon. It is a super smooth knife and has a thin profile but great ergonomics.
  19. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    You might want to check out the Spartan Blades SHF (Spartan Harsey Folder). I know I plan to pick one up as soon as I can afford it. I absolutely love my Lone Wolf T2, and the SHF is the frame lock rebirth of the pattern.
  20. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    For a $600 budget, you can also pick up a pair of Kizer knives and still be well under budget...

    Yes, they're lower cost, and yes they're made in China, but they're also some of the nicest chinese production knives coming across the Pacific right now, without the name recognition mark up, so you can figure a $200 Kizer made in the U.S. by a known maker, is easily every bit of of a $400- 500 knife from a more established, sell known maker.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016

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