Noob question

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Vlade, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. Vlade


    Feb 8, 2020
    Good day gentleman and ladies. I'm looking for a folding knife with ball bearing pivots. I'm not sure which models have this feature. I have $150 budget. I was looking at a sling blade but I think they made in China. So help me out if you can guys and I don't want anything made in China
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  2. Zulus


    May 29, 2020
    "and I don't want anything made in China"
    My kind of guy !
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  3. KingMC

    KingMC The Pun-isher Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Your question is really too broad to give a good, definitive answer to, there are dozens (hundreds?) of knife models that have bearing pivots while fitting your budget and your manufacturing desires as well.

    Most major knife seller websites have search options available to search for knives with bearing pivots, sort by price, and give the manufacture location as well. The easiest way for you to find what you're looking for is to just go knife shopping and filter your results by your desires, I doubt you'll get a very useful answer from here with such a broad range of options.
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  4. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    What else? You surely have more requirements than ball-bearing pivots. What type of blade? Drop point, clip point, etc. Personally, I would start there. Pick the blade shape and size desired and start looking. Eliminate models and brands that do not meet your needs.

    Take a close look at ergonomics too. Ball-bearing pivots and fancy blade shapes won't make any difference if the knife does not fit your hand.

    As for avoiding Chinese production, you will be passing up a huge section of available products. Some of them are even decently made. It is your choice though. May I suggest that you at least look at Chinese offerings to help in your "knife education" and decision-making process.

    FWIW, I have one ball-bearing knife on my wish list. LionSteel's TM1. Lock type, blade shape, handle material and ergonomics all played bigger roles in helping me choose the TM1 than the type of pivot. The fact that it is a bearing pivot makes things just a little nicer.

    If I may ask, why is a ball-bearing pivot so important to you? Many people feel that pivot bearings are costly and make a knife impractical for field use or everyday carry.

    Oh, btw, welcome to blade forums.
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  5. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013

    The price range + bearings -China = a small selection. Does Taiwan count as China in your mind?

    I think the Kershaw Bareknuckle is the first one I can think of that's USA made with ball bearings (KVT pivot).
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  6. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Welcome to Bladeforums!

    Make sure you know your local laws. You might be limited to certain size blades. Some cities only allow a blade under 3 inches I know.

    What size glove do you wear? That helps give us an idea what size blade/handle to look at.

    Do you have your heart set on ball bearing pivots?
    Is one hand opening important?
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  7. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Buck Marksman would be my pick
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  8. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Kershaw Bareknuckle.
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  9. Bareknuckle is fine if you want a budget knife, otherwise I’d say stretch the budget a little bit and get a ZT.

    If the budget, bearings and non-Chinese requirements are firm, your options are pretty slim.
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  10. Zulus


    May 29, 2020
    Maybe :
    ZT Sinkevitch
    Spyderco Manix 2
    Bear Edge Sideliner
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  11. The only ball bearing on the Manix is the one in the lock. It runs on bronze bushings.
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  12. Zulus


    May 29, 2020
    Way to many balls around ...
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  13. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
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  14. MBG


    May 21, 2020
    All of my knives with bearings are either Chinese or cost more than $150. I have generally been unimpressed with bearings and I wouldn't use them as criteria for choosing a knife.
  15. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    IDK...the ladies are pretty nice.
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  16. Matty10


    Apr 15, 2020

    I second both these motions. If you’re looking for American made and under $150 your options may be slim, but by narrowing down things like blade shape, handle material etc may only leave you with a handful left to go into the store and look at in which case this could be exactly what you’re hoping to do.

    Based on what you’ve said I agree with saving the few extra bucks or finding a used ZT. The 0450 (CF) comes to mind. Ball bearing pivot, frame lock, drop point blade, S35VN steel and 3.25” blade make it a perfect EDC knife.

    That provokes another question...whats your intended use?
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  17. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Bronze washers are much easier for me to maintain than bearings. I also find that I have a much larger selection of knives to pick from if I stay with washers.
    If I was looking for a folder and found the perfect knife except for the requirement of bearings, I think I would still purchase it.

    Bearings are not a high priority for me. I have found bearings to be hit and miss on folders. Some have been amazing and others have been lacking. I own knives with washers that perform better than some folders I've handled that feature ball-bearings.
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  18. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    I would look at the MKM Raut and Arvenis (I think it's on bearings) and Lionsteel SR-22A
    All 3 are Italian made
    USA made it's basically the Buck Marksman and Kershaw Bareknuckle. You may find a ZT on sale somewhere. Like the 0801 model, but you gotta look around.
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  19. Vlade


    Feb 8, 2020
    I'm going to use it to EDC. Thanks for the helpful hints guys. I'm going to be checking out the buck Marksman. I watched it a couple of videos on the buck. For $114 I'll take it. Thanks again guys
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  20. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    The Buck Sprint with carbon fiber scales it right in your price range. Plus it comes in a few different configurations.
    But it's smaller than the Marksman.

    Here's one in Burlap Micarta.

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