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Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Doc Dan » Sat May 18, 2019 7:23 am

I no longer have to use a knife hard on a job and my knife carrying needs have changed over time. I do still occasionally carry an Endura or Military, but now I have gravitated to smaller knives because of my lifestyle.

My top 5 knives that I actually carry on a daily basis are:

1. Urban LW K390
2. Chaparral
3. Victorinox Pioneer X
4. Manix 2 LW
5. Dragonfly

One or more of these are always in my pocket as they meet my practical needs. If I need something else, I can always go and get it.

What are your top 5 knives that you now actually carry?
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Evil D » Sat May 18, 2019 7:32 am

In no particular order, because I can't manage to do that:

Caribbean SE leaf
Autonomy 1
Dragonfly Salt SE
Dragonfly Salt SE hawkbill

I'm pretty sure those are the only ones I've carried in almost 2 years, except for my Maxamet Native 5 that I carried for testing. All but one is serrated, and some time in the near future that's going to change too.
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sat May 18, 2019 8:02 am

DLC Lil Native PE
Para 3 Lightweight PE
Delica 4 PE
Team Wire Clip
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby RazorSharp86 » Sat May 18, 2019 8:04 am

Para3 Lightweight
Chaparral Lightweight
Spyderco Dragonfly H1
Spyderco Lava

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Mushroom » Sat May 18, 2019 8:04 am

My top 5 overall and top 5 carried are definitely separate lists.

Top 5 carried in no particular order -

Titanium Squarehead
Lil Native SE - DLC
Lil Native PE - Satin
Delica 4 CE - Black TiCN
Para 3 LW

The Para 3 LW is a recent addition, obviously, but it hasnt been kicked out of pocket just yet! Really enjoying this one!
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Baron Mind » Sat May 18, 2019 8:08 am

Maxamet Native 5
Police 4
REX45 Para 3
ZDP-189 Delica 4
Cru-wear Para 3

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby jdw » Sat May 18, 2019 8:24 am

ZDP Manbug
V Toku 2 Ladybug
ZDP Endura
52100 Military
Salt Hawkbill Dfly
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Cambertree » Sat May 18, 2019 8:28 am

You mean right now?

In no particular order (Spydercos only):

- Lefty Military
- Para 3 Maxamet
- Pacific Salt SE
- Gayle Bradley
- UKPK S110V

That’s probably based on carry time since the start of the year. My all time most carried would be different.

The K390 Police should get a mention, as while I use it around the house enough to easily make it into the top 5, it’s just a little too big for me to carry afield as a single EDC. (The lefty Millie usually serves as a lightweight backup to a smaller blade.)
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby The Deacon » Sat May 18, 2019 8:30 am

Kiwi, whether it be one of the bolstered production version, one of those that has been customized, or an engraved all stainless, a Kiwi has been in my watch pocket 99.9% of the time for the past 16 years.

Burgundy Micarta Jester, it has kept my keys company since I first got it nearly 16 years ago.

Stretch, I've carried one version or another, production or custom, probably 90% of the time since late November, 2004.

Chaparral, carry the CF version instead of a Stretch on days when I'm headed for Greenville.

Modified K04 "Mini Santoku", ok I don't carry it in my pocket, but it spends more time in my hand than the other four combined so I'm including it in my list.
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby VashHash » Sat May 18, 2019 8:34 am

Orange H1 spyderhawk SE
Native 5 lw SE s35vn
Autonomy 2 as of late
Don't have a 5th. I constantly rotate my right front pocket carry.
Those are my most used spyderco knives recently

Been carrying a Microtech scarab in elmax a lot lately.

Always have a victorinox ranger on me.

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby soulspy » Sat May 18, 2019 8:36 am

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby wrdwrght » Sat May 18, 2019 9:00 am

What I carry changes on the arrival of a new knife. A spate of new ones has come in over the past several months.

These five have been getting pocket time:

VG10 Stretch2
S90V Native5 (contoured CF)
LC200N Caribbean (PE)
20CV Manix2

Once the novelty wears off, other Manix2s, other Stretches, as well PM2s and Millies get into the mix. I can and do prolong the novelty by keeping my go-tos and others on a side table for comparing and fondling while watching TV or reading.
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby ugaarguy » Sat May 18, 2019 9:48 am

The vast majority of the time I carry a Spyderco Sage 2. Now that the weather is getting hot again, I'm transitioning to the Spydiechef for somewhat regular carry. When I need something with a short blade that I can afford to lose, I carry either a Cold Steel Tuff Lite with blue handle, or a sage green show side scale Gerber Kettlebell. The Kettlebell will almost certainly be replaced by a Spyderco Insistent as soon as it's available for purchase.

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Bdubs808 » Sat May 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby The Meat man » Sat May 18, 2019 10:08 am

Top five for me, in no particular order:

-Pacific Salt SE
-Police 4
-CPM REX 45 Military
-Native 5 Maxamet

I always have at least one of these in my pocket every day, plus a Leatherman Wave on my belt.

Often carried, but not necessarily every day, are:

-Drop point UKPK in CTS BD1N
-Victorinox Hiker
-Boye Cobalt Folder
-HAP40 Manbug
-Calypso Jr Super Blue

My EDC pair for the past week or so has been the Police 4 and UKPK.
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Rpp » Sat May 18, 2019 10:35 am

Kershaw Antic
Victorinox 84mm
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Joey » Sat May 18, 2019 10:38 am

Pacific salt PE
Dragonfly 2
Para 3
Military (Titanium RIL)

Those probably get my most attention. Runner ups: Brouwer/SpydieChef/Techno 2 because I love a RIL made in Taiwan! (With the exception of my lock sticky SpydieChef)

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby attila » Sat May 18, 2019 10:45 am

154CM Manix LW
CPM Rex 45 Military
Blue P.I.T.S.
SE Pacific Salt (trying to find love for H1)
ZDP Dragonfly (always on keychain, but rarely used)
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Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

Postby Enactive » Sat May 18, 2019 10:50 am

1. Spydiechef
2. Stretch 2 V-Toku 2
3. Native Salt
4. Efficient (green G10)
5. Resilience

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