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Vacation knife?

Postby bt148 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:46 am

Hey guys,

Heading to Florida tomorrow for a week and I can't decide which knife to bring. I'll be near the ocean but won't be spending a ton of time in the water. I only want to bring one knife. Here are my options:

Sage 2
Harpy SS
Dragonfly II Salt
Manix 2
Manix 2 Lightweight
Pacific Salt SE
Endura ZDP-189
Kershaw Skyline
Byrd Hawkbill
Byrd Cara Cara 2


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Postby ViperGTS » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:48 am

Dragonfly. It's all you'll most likely need.

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Postby Shakyamuni » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:53 am

If I needed to pick 1 knife for a week, I would pick the PM2. Dragonfly blade is too short in my opinion.

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Postby NoFair » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:13 am

Sage 2. I usually bring a Sage I when travelling and not needing a large knife.

The Sage 2 also carries discretely and doesn't look as threatening as a PM2 or Larger knife.

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Postby bh49 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:33 am

I was taking Caly3 for my last Florida vacation. We spent few hours daily on the beach and there were no problem with VG10. So any H1 or VG10 knife should be fine. IIRC ZDP-189 corrosion resistance is not as good as VG10. I am not sure about S30V.
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Postby kennethsime » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:49 am

Dragonfly Salt or the Delica. The D'fly will probably be more convenient more of the time, Delica if you feel like you would ever have to defend yourself in an emergency.
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Postby KardinalSyn » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:01 am

Pacific Salt SE
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Postby Donut » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:02 am

Dragonfly Salt is my choice.
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Postby araneae » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:05 am

Another for the Dragonfly Salt.
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Postby Holland » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:42 pm

dfly salt

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Postby LC Kid » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:23 pm

Hey Folks!

It depends where are you spending your vacation time
:rolleyes: For me it's gonna be hunting big game in the bushes, so I'll go with the Spyderco Bushcraft :D

But for a regular two weeks vacation I guess the D'Fly will be fair enough :)
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Postby notos&w » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:27 pm

Dragonfly II Salt

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Postby vaisforlovers » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:39 pm

My Salt I is my vacation knife. So based on your options, I'd choose either the Delica or Dragonfly II Salt. In Florida, especially if going to the beach, I'd choose the Dragonfly. Being smaller, it is less likely to get noticed by Non-Knife People and finally, if it is confiscated at the airport or stolen from your luggage, it is the cheapest to replace.

Have fun on vacation, and let us know what you decide.
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Postby .357 mag » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:48 pm

KardinalSyn wrote:Pacific Salt SE

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Postby ChapmanPreferred » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:03 pm

Pacific Salt would be my first choice closely followed by your Dragonfly salt.
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Postby Pockets » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:57 am

Sage 2, unless you're cutting a lot of stuff, in which case I'd say the PM or one of the Manixes.
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Postby kbuzbee » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:13 am

You don't really say what you anticipate using it for so that makes a recommendation difficult.

What I'M taking to OBX in a couple months is a Pac Salt PE. I know people love SEs and Salt SEs rock, but I find a PE more generally useful for what I do.

In your case, barring additional info, I'd say DF Salt.


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Postby Dodge » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:37 am

.357 mag wrote:This!
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Postby DRKBC » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:37 am

Yellow Saver Salt and a Leatherman Juice cs4 is what I always take to that part of the world. The Saver Salt is light weight and a bright color which looks both friendly and is easy to find if I drop it, does great in the ocean (and that climate) and you don't feel it in your pocket. The leatherman has lots of handy things including a corkscrew and its small enough to not be a burden to carry.

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Postby rodloos » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:46 pm

bt148 wrote: I only want to bring one knife.
Heresy! Ban him! :D :) I didn't even know it was possible to only wear one knife at a time! :)

I didn't see a Salt I in your list, so view this as an opportunity to purchase another wonderful blade that is between the Dragonfly and Pacific Salt in size.

The Dragonfly Salt is just so darn handy and easy to carry, I'd be hard pressed to leave that one at home. Unless you are doing food prep / cutting watermelons and *need* a longer blade, it should handle anything you throw at it -- maybe take along a Double Stuff sharpening stone for touch-up.
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