What's your favorite knife with a blade 3" or less?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by MaxFactor, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. d0nut


    Dec 5, 2012
    For that price, I think the 707-1201 is about a sexy as it gets.

    M390, aluminum handle with carbon fiber inserts!

    (neuro's picture)

  2. Revival29


    Jan 9, 2013
    Sage 1/2 and Native 5 for me.
  3. MaxFactor

    MaxFactor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    Almost too many choices here! Thank you guys.

    I did notice that some folks suggested knives based on the cutting edge length. I should note that I am on a military base and the regulations state that the blade must be 3" or under, so I'm not interested in taking any chances (granted, the likelihood of someone giving me a hard time is very slim).

    After some thought, I've realized I should have never sold my S110V Ti Fluted Native 5. That thing would have been perfect. I may settle for a standard Native 5, or possibly a Techno (which I already own). But I'm itching to get a new knife.

    I like the look of that Mini LPC, but technically the blade is longer than 3". I'd also really like to a get another Curtiss (I have a 4" F3 back home), but I'm not interested in dropping $650 at the moment. A sub 3" Brian Tighe would be nice if I could find one.

    Well, I'll mull it over some more. Thanks for the input so far!
  4. EZ Bake

    EZ Bake

    Mar 5, 2009
    Tim Galyean Pro Series Small Junkyard Dog:


  5. Nal0n


    Nov 15, 2013
    1. Case Peanut
    2. GEC Perberton
    3. Kershaw OD-2
  6. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
  7. craniotes


    Oct 29, 2013
    I'm pretty much limited to 3" and under owing to the urban nature of my surroundings, and right now these are the three that get the most use:

    The CRK small Sebenza:
    (Strong, light, slim...)

    The Spyderco Techno:
    (Small, yet ridiculously overbuilt -- this one you can abuse.)

    The Strider PT-CC:
    (Nice and compact with great ergos -- at least IMO -- and slightly more aggressive mien than the small Sebenza; love the choil.)

    Honestly, my favorite 3" knife is the TSF Beast, but it's more of a weekend knife for me owing to it's larger size relative the one's mentioned above:

    My Mnandi (Honduran Rosewood, in this instance) also gets an Honorable Mention, but it's more of a "dress" knife for me, even though I know that it's perfectly capable of punching above its weight:


    PS - FWIW, I'm also quite fond of the Native 5.
  8. link2derek


    Oct 8, 2010
    All excellent choices, Adam - you have very nice taste, for sure!
  9. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Is that a glow-in-the-dark backspacer on the Techno and if so where did you get it from? Thanks.
  10. Kowan


    Feb 12, 2014
    Toss up between my Curtiss F3 Compact and Benchmade 755 MPR.
  11. craniotes


    Oct 29, 2013
    Thank you, sir! :thumbup:

    Yup, it's from Cuscadi. I have a green one, too:

    The blue backspacer is cooler-looking, IMO, but the green one is brighter.

  12. loonybin

    loonybin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 1999
    Benchmade 586. M390 blade and a fast assisted opening Axis lock.
  13. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    The blue does look cooler and softer. There is such a thing as being too bright like new tritium sights on pistols.

    Do you charge the Cuscadi ones with a flashlight like the ones that come with HK pistols?
  14. kvtcomdo


    Jun 7, 2013
    Mini presidio 525.

    Benchmade has stopped making them.

    Hard to find. except the exchange maybe.

    Wow, found on Blade HQ; but the price has gone up.
  15. mctrinket


    Feb 26, 2012
    Steve Karroll EDMW

  16. jracingbean


    Dec 29, 2010
    Spyderco Techno

  17. False Cast

    False Cast Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    My favorite? Small "plain Jane" Sebenza 21. If you're active duty, consider ordering a 3" XM-18 from Hinderer the next time they do a 3" run. It's a great knife for the money, if you can pay the Hinderer-direct price.
  18. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I agree with you, but most cops don't. That's the rub.
  19. Quillan


    Dec 15, 2013
    Spyderco Dragonly 2 or Chaparral. Both thin, light, and outstanding slicers.
  20. Presumed_Lost


    Oct 27, 2003
    I sometimes have a similar situation as the OP. Where I live, length of a folder is not a problem, but it sure is in the nearest "big city". I have further complications, though... many times when work takes me downtown it's to government buildings, and that means carrying NOTHING. PERIOD. Not just into the building, but to and from (subway, usually), whatever else I need to do on the trip, I can't carry anything that won't go through the metal detectors and x-ray machines. Not only for visiting government offices, but for some large food courts in government buildings, and the government-run museums, same thing. They're in the process of "exporting" a culture of enforced helplessness out to the population in general, step-by-step.

    To make matters worse, the laws are murky (as they are in many places) and while one most often hears that there's a 3" limit, sometimes they cite laws that mention 2.5".

    So, if I'm going downtown and I'm definitely NOT going into any government buildings, I generally carry a sub-3" folder, but it really can't be an expensive one, because some official or other (there are like 30+ different police groups, not counting innumerable private guard companies) might take exception to it. The chances of getting arrested for carrying a sub-3" folder are extremely slim, probably vanishingly slim unless there are other charges, but the chances of confiscation are significantly higher.

    In the past my go-to sub-3" has been a Doug Ritter mini-Griptilian, or sometimes my Fallkniven U2. Each of those has problems, though. The mini-Grips have blades that measure, the way the cops measure them, just about EXACTLY 3".. if they happen to be in a mood, I think it's going into the confiscation bin. If they're in a really bad mood you could end up being charged.

    The U2 is just a little too nice, and it's not a fast-opener, or even a one-hand opener.

    These days, I take either a "stripped" Cold Steel mini-AK-47 or a Kershaw Cryo. The mini-AK is the only knife I've ever bought with the intention of taking the blade coating off- it comes off easily and there's a surprisingly nice stone-washed finish underneath. It's also one of the VERY few that doesn't assume that a folding knife with a shorter blade HAS TO have a shorter handle as well, I don't know why that is.

    However, the Cryo is assisted-opening, Hinderer-designed, and all-steel, it just feels bombproof. First choice, more often than not.

    Good luck in the search. We REALLY need to fight for saner laws.

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