Small thin drop point fixed blade wanted ...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Sid Post, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    I'm looking for a relatively small fixed blade drop point. It needs to be thin and needs to have excellent blade and edge geometry for cutting things like food, fabric, light wood (think feathering sticks for a fire) and other generally fine and/or detailed work. No prying, no batoning through logs, etc.

    I prefer a modern stainless, no stamped steels please for blade material. I'm not opposed to 440C and similar but, would like SVN35 or similar. The blade needs to have a relatively flat profile (no small wheel 'flats') with a sabre or flat grind preferred. By thin, something around 5/32" thickness and a blade length of 3.5"~4.0" (nothing 3.0" or 5.0") as it needs to be unobtrusive tucked into a pants pocket, on a belt or, in a pack, bags, etc. I prefer something lightweight but, it needs to have a 'normal' sized handle for comfortable extended use.

    For reference, the White River Firecraft Pro 3.5" model looks pretty good but, the ring handle and small scales are a bit hard to get past. The firesteel notch and firesteel are not really needed in my case but, I can get past that. If it had a more hand-filling grip, I think it would get me across the finish line in the checkout process. ;)

    What do you recommend for a knife like this in the <$150 range of options?

  2. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Spyderco ENUFF -- VG-10, good stuff.
  3. `br4dz-

    `br4dz- Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2016
    Have you looked at a lionsteel M1 or M4? What about a bradford guardian 3.5?
  4. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    I’m not sure if it matches everything you are looking for but check out the Spyderco Streetbeat :)
  5. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Checkout some of Duck Childress's 440C stuff on the exchange.
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  6. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    The bottom one... but it's only 3/32, and 3.3" blade (m390)
  7. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998

    What is that bottom one? Looks interesting. On a cellphone so I can't read the makers mark.
  8. Bluearcflash

    Bluearcflash Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2014
    Look for SamuraiStuart on the knife makers exchange. He makes great knives with everything you are looking for .
  9. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    I like the Spyderco Bill Moran drop point, and the Gayle Bradley Bowie. I use the Moran as my field knife when hunting and camping. It is an easy carry, good sheath, works well when dressing deer, etc.

  10. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Honestly the Street Beat is one of my favourite edc fixed blade but the knife is abit thick behind the edge and also not a drop point.

    @Sid Post check out the White River Backpacker pro or Caper for some great edc fixed blade options.
  11. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Manly Patriot.
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  12. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    buck open season caper pro 3.5" with s35vn - and only $120
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  13. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    You might check out the TRC Knives XS Splinter. Checks most of the boxes, but can be a little difficult to find sometimes. About 3.5" blade, N690/Elmax/M390 options for steel, maybe a little thinner than you want at around .100" thick. The regular XS Splinter (FFG) runs just over your price limit and the 'deluxe' (high sabre grind) runs about 50 bucks over, but still deserve a look IMO.

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  14. chumaman


    Nov 13, 2012
  15. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    The Bradford Guardian 3.5, while a good knife doesn't fit my hand well for some reason. The grip and scales are also a bit big for what I want.
  16. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
  17. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019
  18. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    Would rust be an issue with a BRK Mimi Kephart in 3V? The profile and size seem to be a good fit and prices run ~$150. 3V would certainly take a beating better in this thin stock than some other options I have looked at.
  19. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Had the exact same problem with it. Ended up getting a Sheepsfoot 3 in V4E that worked perfectly.
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