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Recommendation? NON-Flipper EDC btw 3.5 - 4

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Hi Everybody, I'm obsessing over my next knife purchase and need some suggestions.

I'm looking for a non-flipper EDC, around 3.5" - 4" with a sturdy, non-delicate tip. Btw $200 - $500. Bonus if it isn't an all TI framelock, but not a deal breaker.

Not currently interested in Spydercos, Benchmades, Hogues or CRKs (I love those brands, nothing against them, I'm just looking for something different at the moment)

Anybody have any ideas? Thanks!
 

Dadpool

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Here are five suggestions from my collection. The Astor and AD-15 are both under your price floor, though not way under; hopefully those are okay to throw into the mix. :)

Spartan Blades Astor
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Southern Grind Bad Monkey
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Cold Steel AD-15
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Emerson Tiger
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Microtech Socom Elite
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Nice, the Astor looks cool I haven't seen that one before.

I was looking for an XM Hinderer but it seems to be hard to find the Non-flipper ones so I was thinking of a Firetac
 
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Based on your criteria, I'd look at the Emerson Cqc-7 with a tanto blade. I'd also look at the Zt/Emerson collaboration, the 0640. That would get you what you want with the steel lockbar insert. You have to look in the used market, but I acquired a ZT 620cf recently, and that is my favorite knife right now. I moved away from Emerson because of the chisel grind, but I can see its utility to those that need that sort of thing, and it sounds like you do. But I love the collaborations with ZT and Emerson, and that 620cf is one intimidating looking, solid chunk of metal.
 

evltcat

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Have you looked at Olamic?

The Wayfarer classic and Rainmaker classic are both liner locks and can be custom built or you can hunt one down in the secondary market.

My custom Wayfarer Classic:
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Hi Everybody, I'm obsessing over my next knife purchase and need some suggestions.

I'm looking for a non-flipper EDC, around 3.5" - 4" with a sturdy, non-delicate tip. Btw $200 - $500. Bonus if it isn't an all TI framelock, but not a deal breaker.

Not currently interested in Spydercos, Benchmades, Hogues or CRKs (I love those brands, nothing against them, I'm just looking for something different at the moment)

Anybody have any ideas? Thanks!
It's an all Ti framelock, but I would recommend a Medford Slim Midi Marauder. I can't gush enough about how much I love mine. It's my favorite knife. The action is glass on KY. The lock up is fierce. The snap of the lock bar engaging makes women and children cry.

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Yes, it cut all of that with no touch up. I did put my own edge on it, though. It's deeply hollow ground, cuts like a dream, lightweight, top tier quality. Mine is over 3 years old now, and it's still my favorite pocket knife.
 

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In that blade size range, I switch between a Buck 110, Old Timer 7OT (vintage Made in USA and recent production from overseas) and a two blade slipjoint folding hunter with 4 inch clip point and drop point blades.

Definitely not flippers, takes two hands to open them all. (can close the slipjoints one handed.)
The Buck 110 and Old Timer 7OT are lock backs.
The 110 runs under $50 for the standard brass and wood. The 110LT is around $30. The rest are all sub $25. :)

EDIT:
Buck's standard steel is 420HC with BOS heat treat. They offer S30V (also has the BOS heat treat) in the custom shop, for a hundred and up, depending on cover options. The current production 7OT has 7CR14MoV (with a good heat treat) Vintage is either 1095 (no "Schrade +" or 440A prior to roughly 1997, and 420HC from roughly 1997 to when they shut the doors in 2004.
My 2 blade slipjoint folding hunters are a recent offshore manufacture Old Timer with 7CR14MoV blades, and an offshore Marbles, with 440A that has a good heat treat.
No fancy steels, but they hold an edge for a reasonable amount of work, and are easy to touch up/ resharpen. :)
 
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jfk1110

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I'm kinda over flippers myself!! 90% of my knives are thumbstud, disc or hole opening. IMG_20210120_044816.jpg
 

evilgreg

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I'm loving the Mr. Blade Pike, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a big manual folder that has great fit and finish and carries surprisingly small and light for its size. The blade is a smidge over 4", though, and it's a bit too inexpensive to meet your criteria (I paid ~$80). It does have a stout tip and it's a great knife, though. I like it better than a lot of $500+ knives I own or have owned previously. Action is buttery smooth on mine and the details are all very well done. I assume it's made in China, but I think it was a Czech company when I tried to track it down.

In any case it has rapidly become one of my favorite ~4" folders and is the least expensive knife in that group by a mile.

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Nice, the Astor looks cool I haven't seen that one before.

I was looking for an XM Hinderer but it seems to be hard to find the Non-flipper ones so I was thinking of a Firetac

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I just picked up a CS Ranch Boss II. Kind of like a slip joint with a s.s. liner lock. Reminds me of a cross between the 110 and the old Old Timer folders. Extremely well made, SK5 steel and its big enough for just about anything and comes with an excellent old school pouch sheath. Thick brown leather ala Buck's offerings for the 110. Cheap too. stay safe
 
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There are more Demko AD20s in production. Beefy non-flipper (thumbstuds with or without a secondary thumb slot) with a unique locking mechanism.
 

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If you can find one, the Three Sisters Forge Gorgon would be great. 4" blade. I have the TSF Beast at 3" and very much like it.

The Gorgon, black cerakoted Ti handle.

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