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Which knife should I get

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Pink Guy, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. Pink Guy

    Pink Guy

    Dec 11, 2013
    I've been eyeing the Buck Marksman, Vantage Pro, and Spyderco Delica for a bit. I'm not sure which to choose. The Buck Marksman seems like a nice knife, but it seems a bit dangerous as the blade just bounces back at you if you don't flip it with enough force and when you close it with one hand. I'm looking for a durable, heavy duty knife. If you have other suggestions, I'm willing to consider them.
  2. sutherland


    Jun 10, 2015
    Everyone should have a Delica in their EDC rotation.
  3. JeremiahWeaver09


    Nov 13, 2009
    delica is great, i just picked up a kahr arms delica and i love the blade shape on it. im also waiting on an all black delica to arrive. this is in addition to my fully serrated delica and emerson opener delica.
  4. snipa


    Aug 30, 2013
    Delica is awesome get the hap 40 sprint run while you can
  5. fetzer85


    Oct 17, 2012
    If you watch the exchange you can find a used Benchmade Adamas for about $10 to $20 more than the Marksman. It's my definition of a 'durable, heavy duty knife'. [emoji6]
  6. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Love my Vantage pro
  7. TravisH

    TravisH Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2014
    As much as I luv my Delicas, I would not consider them "heavy duty".

    Delicas are excellent lightweight EDC slicers and are my main EDC choice. And you should get one.

    But, for a durable, heavy duty EDC that can take hard use up to and including abuse, I recommend the Cold Steel Recon 1 (4"), Mini Recon 1 (3"), American Lawman (3.5"), or Code 4 (3.5"), all in CTS-XHP.
  8. wolf-man-12


    Dec 24, 2007
    You just can't go wrong with a Spyderco - Delica & ZDP189 is a plus if you can get one someplace.! I have carried one
    ever since they came out & believe me it has cut everything I have asked it to & then some.!*****
  9. FishingHook


    Jun 27, 2015
    one vote for buck vintage
  10. Brad "the butcher"

    Brad "the butcher"

    Dec 15, 2008
    vantage is a good one and very durable

    BUT.....I used a delica very hard for many years before retiring it for a military.

    The delica is tougher than it looks and more versatile than the vantage. Spyderco's are so slicy
  11. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    Delica is not "heavy-duty" and Buck has an indisputably superior warranty. Of the two, Buck. I prefer the idea above suggesting a used Adamas.
    Best of luck in your selection. :thumbup:
  12. matthew krissak

    matthew krissak

    Nov 11, 2005
    I have all 3 of these knives. The Delica is easily my first choice. But is not as durable in the the Buck Vantage Pro IMO. All 3 are nice knives. The Marksman has a wicked slicing blade on it and flips like a dream. Although Im not a huge fan of the lock.

    I would also consider the Cold Steel American Lawman. Great ergos and super durable!
  13. sutherland


    Jun 10, 2015
    OP, perhaps define "hard use".

    For some, every day use is letters and "hard use" is breaking down cardboard.
    For others, every day use is cardboard and "hard use" is breaking/clearing limbs/brush.

    The notion of "hard use" is so silly to me. Because the application(s) that a person would describe as "hard use" is actually not fit for a knife in the first place.

    I have a 50/50 edge Delica in VG10. It's taken down small branches/limbs for tent stakes and marshmallow sticks. It has opened countless boxes and blister packs. Snapped through plenty of zip ties. It is easy to maintain and is still solid.
  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Out of those three the Delica by far. I would not consider it heavy duty though. Budget options would be the Ontaria Rat Series or the Utilitac II. Aslo the Esee Zancudo or Avispa. Mid range stuff would to consider would be some Kershaws like the Piston or Knockout. Around the budget of the Marksman is the Cold steel Recon 1. Choose your size. This blade is tough! Lots of other options if you give us a budget and what you will be doing.
  15. fetzer85


    Oct 17, 2012
    In reference to my earlier post there's an Adamas on the exchange right now for $100!
  16. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    It would be gone by now if it were PE :(
  17. stkh22


    Feb 22, 2013
    Benchmade rift or contego? There was a slightly used and pimped ZT 0550 that was on the exchange for $120
  18. fetzer85


    Oct 17, 2012
    ^ Heh I know [emoji6]
  19. MaxFisher


    Feb 5, 2005
    All the knives. Just get all the knives.
  20. Pink Guy

    Pink Guy

    Dec 11, 2013
    I'll get the Buck Vantage Force Pro in S30V. The Delica will be brought later on, I need to save my money. Thanks for the advice.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015

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