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Small thin locking folder?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by elkins45, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. elkins45


    Jun 17, 2006
    I’m looking for a relatively inexpensive ($40 max) small locking folder to use as a fishing knife. I would like it to have a relatively thin blade (like the big clip blade on a stockman) 2-2.5” that locks. Preferably it would have a lanyard hole because I would like to wear it around my neck to use for cutting lines. It doesn’t need to be any sort of super steel, but stainless would be preferred because it would definitely be getting wet.

    Edit: one-hand opening would be nice.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2020
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  2. jmgruber

    jmgruber Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    Save up a few more dollars and get a Dragonfly Salt :thumbsup:
    Cscotttsss, Hawk45, FRNFanboy and 9 others like this.
  3. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Ontario Rat 2 in AUS8 has a nice blade profile and proven track record.

    I would also recommend a Spyderco LadyBug or ManBug in H1. Very small, very light, and basically disappears when carrying it. Plus, zero corrosion concerns.
  4. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
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  5. Buster Dawid

    Buster Dawid Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2020
    Opinel Inox and drill a hole in the handle, still save 20 bucks for more bait lol
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  6. Buster Dawid

    Buster Dawid Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2020
    Unless you're looking for USA made...
  7. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Mercator k55k... Available in stainless.
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  8. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Sorry I missed your length requirements... You'd be stepping up to about 3.5 inches, but super thin.
  9. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    AG Russell Simple 3" Lockback. 2.5" 8Cr13MoV blade, thin, deep hollow ground, and Zytel scales. Under $20, so get 2.
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  10. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    What you need for THIS duty is a Victorinox Classic. Scissors is a win, locking blade is unnecessary.
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  11. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Kabar mini Dozier, and a SAK classic for your keychain... cost ya about $40 + shipping combined...
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  12. elkins45


    Jun 17, 2006
    Only real downside I see to that is the nail nick. I didn’t mention it in the original post but one-hand opening would be a plus.
  13. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Buck 112 slim select. Great little knife and you will have some $$ left over.
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  14. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Buck Bantam 284. Just over $20 retail. 2.75” stainless steel locking blade, one hand opening, and has a lanyard hole.
  15. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    thinking classic light weight?

  16. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    Beat me to it.
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  17. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    My son in law is an avid fisherman. I got him a DFly Salt and he loves it. That's a lifetime knife.

    But, for just a little more than your budget, you can get the Ladybug. Also a lifetime knife.

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  18. ruddyduck

    ruddyduck Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    Have you considered just having a pair of line nippers attached to a lanyard around your neck? That's what I do.
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  19. elkins45


    Jun 17, 2006
    If I do that I won't have a reason to buy a new knife.
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  20. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Great answer!!!

    The dozier/SAK classic option btw, gives you good reason to buy 2...
    (w/ mini scissors)
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