I want your 2 cents

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ghost88, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Ghost88


    May 23, 2012
    Help me out everyone! I decided I wanted to purchase another folding blade recently and started looking. I don't really collect, not an expert either like a lot of folks here so take this at face value because admittedly I am ignorant to a lot of things when it comes to high end folders and what makes them such.

    The form factor I want to go with is a small chunky folder, I plan to carry it a lot and it would really only serve the purpose of slicing tape on boxes at work. I know a box cutter would work for me, so would my car keys but I like knives too and already decided I want to get a nice sturdy one that I can maybe hand down someday.

    So what I want help with is some recommendations. So far I have seen the medford knives and I wouldn't mind a micro praetorian because I think they just cool. But it's a hefty price and I figured I wouldn't be doing myself any favors if I didn't ask around for some competitive options. I know the fat folders are a hot button for some people, not wanting a debate on why anything sucks unless it's backed up by a fact and not your personal opinion or dislike of another man.

    So yeah are there any knives I may have passed up or missed that may be worth looking into? Doesn't have to be a cheaper option, I do want to stay below 1000 though. There's so much out there. I would love to see pics of anything you have that fits the form factor etc. And as always much appreciated in advance for any suggestions!
  2. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    Take a look at the Spyderco Techno 2 (or Techno 1, disco'ed).

    It's a small fat-ish knife that I enjoy quite a bit. Very nice stonewash finish on the blade and solid titanium scales. I should carry mine more, in fact, haha.
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  3. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    I have three of the Buck model 112. This is a knife that screams "chunky." I also prefer that the front bolster has a finger choil, which keeps your frozen hand from sliding onto the blade.
    The auto versions I have are a bit steep, but I bought a manual 112 from Blue Ridge for 44 bucks.
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  4. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    yes there are many choices to be had...
    my 2 cents is that "practical" would look
    something like this
  5. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
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  6. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Tuff Lite is a great choice based on OP's stated needs. May not really be "hand down" worthy, but will definitely get the job done.
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  7. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Depends on how small you think small is. For me, when I think chunky EDC, I think of my Zero Tolerance 0456. Solid titanium scales, thick-ish stock, good workable blade shape, nice steel. For me, a blade under 3.75" is what I consider small.

    Welcome to the forum:)
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  8. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
  9. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Techno is a great suggestion, pretty much the definition of a small chunky folder. But the Techno fits that more than the Techno 2 and it is discontinued, so my next suggestion would be a Lil Native.
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  10. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Curtiss Nano Midtech (Boker+ Nano for a less expensive production version)
    Spyderco Techno 1/2
    Spyderco Native/lil'Native
    CRKT Pilar (Especially if you can hunt down one of the BladeHQ exclusive ones in 14C28N or S35VN)
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  11. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Dpx gear !
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  12. Ghost88


    May 23, 2012
    Thank you for the warm welcome and the suggestions. I am going to check all of these suggestions out.

    I may be better off picking up a decent chunky folder at an economy price to figure out if I really will like it before going out on a limb with a medford or something similarly priced Haha. I don't have anything local that allows me to fondle stuff I'm basically stuck with window shopping and using my imagination
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  13. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    $1000 budget, sky is the limit, w/ one off and custom options on the table... in any case, aside from the full smaller Medford lineup; Panzer, Sherman, Hundin, Eris, Chunky Monkey,

    A Kiba II by Glenn Waters appears to be quintessential to a high end, small chunky folder.

    Rockstead Chi; blade is just a bit over 3", but might just be one of the finest examples of a $1000 knife available at just under $1000?
    (Idk personally, just going off rumors I've heard around the grapevine, and Rockstead's reputation)...

    Gredatis Puffin

    Olamic Busker.
    -slightly smaller, lighter, less chunky. But still small and chunky.

    Koenig Mini Goblin

    There was also a Grindhouse TMA for sale here in the exchange, might still be available?

    Quite a few "heirloom quality" mini pocket tanks worthy of handing down available out there... definitely let us know what you ultimately decide.
  14. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I agree with Steely_Gunz, quoted below.

    Small chunky folder = ZT0456
    Image(s) forthcoming

    and, lastly, my two cents
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  15. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    How about a War Toad or Micro Pocket Rocket?
  16. Richard Coyle

    Richard Coyle Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    3rds on the ZT 0456. Great little chunky knife
  17. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    4th on the 456. I have the CF version, love it.
  18. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Hindered Halftrack v2 Wharncliff from USA Made Blade.
  19. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    The ADV Mini butcher actually sounds like it would be a good fit, you can often find a good deal on one on the exchange :D
  20. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
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