SF Native wrote:If you are just starting, try to figure out what you like and don’t. Also, do you have any limitations like legal blade length for your area.
Need steel to be stainless or can you dip into the more exotic options? What lock type do you like (back lock, compression lock, frame/ liner, bearing lock, etc).
Consider the Taiwan models too. They are excellent.
If you can find a domino, southard, or pits at a decent price, they are nice and recently discontinued.
The k390 urban is small and lightweight with a fantastic steel. But no lock. I don’t miss it really.
The s110v models are cool and can be found on lots of models (native, manix, ukpk, pm2).
The para’s (2 & 3) are a bit iconic to me. Pick a size and get one. The manix is great for a work knife. You can use it with gloves with all the jimping.
This is a good post.^^^
There are sooooo many models that are very similar in look and size (eg. Sage and Native) but might feel different to you and offer different steel and scale options.
If I did it again (I am quick learning but definitely a newbie), I would go to a B&M store to see and touch as many different models as I could. I love the feel of the Para 3 as an example, but many don’t. Same with the Manix 2. Also, figure out which locks you love, like and hate. BIG difference in the liner lock of a Gayle Bradley 2, Para 3 compression lock or Endura’s back lock.
Also, what do you expect from the steel? I have a couple of H1 steel Salt series knives as I am around water a lot. Great steel but I wouldn’t buy another non-serrated edged model as they dull very quickly. Actually, I wouldn’t buy another one at all unless I wanted near-corrosion proof. Also, M4 and some other “super steels” stay sharp as hell but looks like crap to many after a few uses.
P.s. I have almost no idea what I am doing when it comes to all things knife related, so the above is just my own findings/preferences from buying and using knives for the last few months....
All the fun in the journey, I guess!