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u/Stormrider001 · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Okay, where to begin?


Sharpening a knife is actually a very simple process. The overall goal is for you to maintain an angle throughout the sharpening process while sharpening from course to fine grits (Course = smaller #s and Fine = Higher #s). Often people use cheap knives and sharpeners and learn good habits (maintaining angles) before upgrading to higher tier stones. The issue you have is the you are dealing with a premium steel knife which is much harder, holds an edge longer( needs sharpen less often) and takes more time to sharpen with a majority of sharpening materials. If you are dealing with Elmax steel I would recommend that what ever sharpener you get it should have diamond and ceramic stones as these are harder than the knife material and can cut it efficiently unless you are using some belt or grinder system. Since you are a beginner I would recommend that you use a knife sharpening system as you could have more accidents sharpening the knife free hand. Believe me it sucks when you screw up a knife edge while sharpening and you have to spend way too much time fixing your mistakes so the knife can actually cut. In short I would use a test knife in any sharpener to see how it works properly and after you are more confident use the system you choose. Also some of these might be excessive especially if you only have a few knives. Some of the higher end sharpener are what professionals use in their shop (who knows if you get good enough you can make some money).


  1. The Lansky Diamond system ($67) is a great place to start as it has 70/120/280/600 grits but you also have to purchase the C clamp stand ($15 and you do need it as you will get tired holding the thing) and higher grit (1000) ceramic stone ($13) and 2000 grit stone ($12). Leather strops with compound if you want an absolute finish. The only complaint I would have about this system is that the stones are not of the highest quality and stop working as the diamonds fall off. The sharpening guides also are fixed and you have to use a angle measure (your iphone can use its compass app) or some math (trig) to find the position to get an accurate angle throughout the blade. There is a work around stone holder ($60 )That can use Edgepro stones and is longer (better strokes). So with everything but the strop and the 3rd party holder you are looking around $120. $200 with the upgraded stone holder.
  2. The KME sharpener is very similar concept except that the angle guide is moveable but I must still stress that the angle needs to verified again. Shabazz also explains this in his review. It also has a nicer case. I think you still need to buy the base for this one as well. Like you said it runs around $300 with every thing.
  3. at $350-575 there is the wicked edge . Hear great things and it will get the job done faster but it is expensive! You can get a Tormek at that price now.
  4. If you do not want to spend a ton of time sharpening and don't mind belt grinding the Ken Onion Sharpener ($126) is great. Note: it will create a convex edge and if that is something you want great! Video
  5. Going off the deeper end we have the Tormek T4 ($400-550 or $700 for the full size) which is essentially a wheel grinder made for edge knives and tools. Considered by many to be the best you can get
  6. There is also the TSprof ($700) which is essentially a bigger top tier KME sharpener. Video
  7. If you want a simple top tier diamond system DMT Course Set and Fine Set =$200 total. Note that although expensive. These can be used pretty much for decades provided that you take care of them (use diamond abrasive fluid). You can also use water stones but there are so many out there I do not know which brands and how much you could expect to spend with those.


    Note that I only mentioned the higher end sharpening systems under the assumption that money is no objection and you wanted it to sharpen you knife efficiently but I wanted for you to see what types of systems are available are certain price ranges. If not mentioned above you might need a strop and fine compound to get a mirror edge.

    Okay now here are some cheaper systems that are similar to some of those above but cheaper.

  8. 5 gen Sharpener (ebay) ($40). This is like the KME Sharpener but cheaper and you can get 3rd party Diamond Plates set (140/400/1000) cheap ($25)
  9. Edge Pro clone - cheaper end copy of the Edge pro. I think you can also use the diamond plates as it is around the same size.
  10. Lulu sharpener ($90) if you can find one... it is a copy of the Wicked Edge. Looks like it also uses the Diamond plates mentioned earlier.

    ALSO: get a ceramic honing rod ($20). Often times knives just need honing to get back that razor sharp edge and maintaining it with a rod will prolong your edge and mean you sharpen less.


    Hopefully this has helped you somewhat and sorry it took so long to respond, it just takes time to type all of this out(2hrs! where does the time go?) and cite the products. Personally for me, knives for me a fun hobby and it tends to have a meditative effect on me when I sharpen them. I also hope that you come to enjoy sharpening your knives just as much.


    And welcome to sharpening!
u/toxiclimeade · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Mora is coming out with two full tang knives soon, I'm not sure how soon you're wanting to purchase this knife, but if you've got time, Mora currently has a lot of really really cheap options for smaller companion knives that may not be exactly what you're looking for, but since they're like 10$ I had to say something about them, I have four and use them all more than any expensive knife I own.

The BK10 has many variations, a lot of which do come with secondary handle scales included, not sure what specifically you don't like about the scales, just thought I'd let you know.

The RD6 is a good option, I would consider the little things with this knife, Esee is supposed to be an upgrade from Ontario as its founder designed the RAT series by Ontario and left to make better knives. The Ranger series has a lot of options, and if you like all the small things about this knife (the pommel, grind, choil, thickness), I would look at smaller knives in the ranger series. I spend a lot of time using knives outside, and I always prefer a knife between 3-4". The RD6 is pretty massive, a lot of people buy an Esee 6 (similar size to the RD6) and say they can really only use it for dicking around. I have a Benchmade 162 and even that feels a little too big for me, and that's coming from a big guy. That's not to say you wouldn't be able to use it effectively, but there's a happy medium for outdoor fixed blade size, and this steps out of that medium. The RD4 is probably a much better option IF you like this design.

I came here to advise you to get an Esee instead of the ranger, but 5160 steel is a great steel and I honestly didn't know much about the ranger series. I don't know anything about their heat treat, and I do know that Esee's heat treat has a great reputation, so I would consider that if you're planning on really using the knife you purchase to it's fullest. I personally don't care for this style of knife (RAT, Ranger, Esee, Becker) because they all generally are flat grind knives with a coating (nothing wrong with flat grind its just a personal opinion), this coating is great to stop corrosion, at the cost of creating drag when working with wood. If you plan on cutting up a lot of sticks and making fires and whatnot, I would look at the Condor Bushlore, if you just want a companion knife to have with you, the RAT 3is much more cost effective than most Esee knives, and the difference is marginal. One of the smaller ka bar beckers, or the Ontario Tak 1are great options. I cannot find the RD4 on amazon, if you can find it somewhere else it is also a great choice.

u/jsamhead · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I'd actually start a little lower if I were you, then work your way up. I started with a Spyderco PM2 ($125ish) and then actually went down to some more budget friendly knives. You can get some TREMENDOUS value out of a few budget blades available right now. Here's a few that I HIGHLY recommend.

Top Pick: Sanrenmu Land 910+ or 9103. I'd choose the 910+ because it's got nice grippy scales and is easier to open/close than the 9103.

Compact, Lightweight, and Classy: Kershaw Atmos. Fantastic action, well known designer, nice and compact.

Workhorse: Spyderco Tenacious. This thing is built to cut. Nice and thin blade stock with a full flat grind, cuts like nothing else. Carries really well too.

Those are three of the best started blades on the market IMO. There's a lot more value in these than in some of the other commonly recommended blades like the Ontario Rats. If you do want to spend your full $100 budget, I'd just pick up all three of these. That way you can figure out exactly what you like before committing to one expensive knife purchase. Plus, once you do, you can hold onto the budget blades for backup knives or sell them over on r/knife_swap.

I hope you find the right knife for you. Good luck!

u/NoRedditAtWork · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Good breakdown from /u/Koridel - this guy's pretty much right on point, OP. I've got a Minigrip and a couple Delicas, about the same sentiment as he holds but less experience with using the BM, so less wear-related problems experienced. I don't really carry the minigrip because it's a bit too small to fit my palm/pinky securely whereas the grip on the Delica's great. I carried a Delica as an EDC for over a year, still break it into the rotation just for nostalgia - it's a great little knife.

One question - doesn't seem like funds are a huge issue, but have you looked at a Skyline? You can pick one up for ~$33 from Amazon and it's been a sleeper hit for me. There's a pretty strong following for that knife and I'd heard good things about it before, but I didn't really think much about it until I YOLO-bought one of the damascus models off BladeHQ. Handle ergos are great, the blade is a great size for how slim the knife is when folded.. eh, just something to consider if you don't want a big thump to your wallet. Only thing is that, being a flipper, it'll be a bit more noticeable while deploying if you snap it out, otherwise it'll be slightly less natural/comfortable when going with just the thumbstud than others.

Hope that helps some

u/UncannyGodot · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Yes, I certainly do.

On the low end you have some handheld sharpeners. The Smith's model is iconic and cheap. It gives you an acceptable edge, but it's not going to be good, and once it's loaded with metal it's hard to clean. These are mostly for tackle boxes and backpacks, quick solutions. It really wouldn't do a Benchmade justice.

In the middle, you can buy a guided rod system. The Spyderco Sharpmaker is the best I've seen. Lansky makes a few like this one. These systems do a really good job on pocket knives. The Sharpmaker is a great investment if you plan on dealing with knives for any extended period of time. They can keep a knife very sharp for years. Lansky's systems are relatively inexpensive, but aren't as precise as and lack some of the features of a Sharpmaker. I think the Sharpmaker is an ideal solution.

On the high end, you're looking at sharpening stones. There are two classes, oil and water stones. Oil stones are slower, but water stones are used slightly in the course of sharpening (one might last a decade for me) and are more prone to damage. These let you do repair, produce a more customized edge, and work on a knife's geometry behind the edge, something all knives require eventually. The majority of the time you wouldn't need this level of equipment, but when they come in handy they really come in handy. I use water stones on all of my knives. For most pocket knife users it's much easier and less costly to let a professional do this sort of work and maintain the knife with a rod system. No links here; there are dozens if not hundreds of stones on the market and there's no perfect one. Starting costs are around $150.

At the super duper expensive level, you have advanced assisted sharpening systems like the Edge Pro. These things are slick, easy to use, and ridiculously effective. They should be for the cost. Stones are still more versatile and a lot of the people who use these branch out in many ways.

u/greath · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Lol, alright for example:

  • Spyderco Delica 4 FFG: For your price range this is going to be the "best" steel you can get in a near 3" folding knife (VG-10). By best I mean the best edge retention in a stainless steel. However, being over 2.5" in some places (Chacago for example) the knife will be illegal. Also, many people do not like the look of the spyderhole as it can be seen as aggressive in office environments. Also the FRN handles, while very strong, have a cheap/plastic feel to them.

  • Spyderco Tenacious: Compared to the Delica, 8CR13MOV is a "worse" stainless steel (not as good edge retention, more prone to chipping during heavy impacts). However, the extra blade length is better for many outdoor tasks (breaking down tree branches). The handle is also G10, which is slightly tougher and has a much better feeling in hand than FRN.

  • Spyderco Centofante 3: A more "gentlemanly" and "office friendly" version of the Delica with a slightly longer blade. Again, VG-10 and FRN.

  • Kershaw Cryo II: Same steel as the tenacious. Metal handles slightly tougher than G10. Flipper action has "cool" factor. The blade grind makes the tip a touch stronger than on the tenacious.

  • Kershaw Skyline: One of the most iconic of Kershaw's knives. Hollow ground blade makes it great at slicing tasks.

  • Esee Izula: Skeletonized fixed blade. 1095 Steel is significantly better than the other steels listed at "chopping" tasks as it is not prone to chipping at all. It is NOT stainless and so the blade has a protective coating over most of it. The steel will require mineral oil/cleaning to prevent rusting.

  • Becker BK 24: Similar to the Esee Izula but D2 steel which has better edge retention and more corrosion resistance than 1095. It is also much harder to sharpen. Many think the BK24's handle is also less comfortable, the sheath is worse, and there are less available after market modifications.

  • Ontario Rat Series (linked the RAT I. RAT 2 similar but smaller): Ontario's version of the tenacious. Bladeshape generally more people friendly. Another very popular beater option.

  • Morakniv Knives (there are MANY, this is just one): Highly regarded in the "bushcraft" community. High carbon steel (similar to 1095) with a scandi-grind which is great for field sharpening and woodworking. Only partial tangs so not advised to use for battoning tasks or chopping.

  • Kershaw OD-2: Gentlemanly knife with great flipping action.

    There are a LOT more suggestions I could add...
u/PhenomenalDouche · 7 pointsr/knifeclub

Expected but icky answer: Kershaw Skyline (two words: butter knife)

Good answer: any of a million or so inexpensive CRKT flippers with IKBS, like the odd-looking but fantastic Ikoma Carajas.

Best answer that I know of currently: save $14.89 more and buy a Kizer 3404, then thank me later.

Bonus option I've-never-tried-but-will-at-some-point: a Russian Kizlyar Supreme Biker Z

u/SJToIA · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

You have a lot of good choices available within the $50 range. My personal two top choices for a small, inexpensive but well built folder would be the Ontario RAT 2 and the Cold Steel Tuff Lite. Both are under $30, easy to carry, and very capable. If you want more of that traditional look, go with the best Case model you can afford. Great Eastern Cutlery is really nice too for traditionals, but a bit more pricey. Another option might be an Opinel, classy and inexpensive.

u/jassack04 · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

If you really want a monster sized knife, sure. But I'd definitely get the carbon steel version that some others have suggested as well. It sounds like their quality isn't too bad.

However, I don't know if I'd really want to take something that huge hiking. Maybe SHTF-type hiking I suppose.

A couple of knives that I'd think would be similar priced or less (and have proven reputations) and would slightly more practically fall into the "only 1" category:

u/Taboggan · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Well, I prefer a lighter EDC, so i'd recommend the

  • Kershaw Skyline

    This one is a very nice EDC for most people who use a knife for lighter tasks such as box cutting, opening packages and the like. I would not recommend this for someone who tends to use their knives for "heavier duty" tasks.

  • Kershaw Leek

    Pretty much the same recommendation criteria as the Skyline, but this knife is both spring assisted, and has a more "delicate" point.

  • Spyderco Delica

    Probably one of the most recommended knives for someone who wants an overall solid EDC at the price point with a lot of versatility and good overall durability. I own one myself, and this one is great for EDC.

  • Ontario RAT 2

    The Ontario knife company really hit it out of the park with the RAT series, the Ontario RAT model II is a better choice for EDC over the RAT model I, mainly because the knife is a bit smaller putting it at about 2.75" blade and less "intimidating" for someone who needs for EDC.

  • ESEE Izula

    I really like the Izula as a fixed blade EDC knife, it's a fucking tank and you can be sure you can rely on it everywhere, but it does lose some versatility and convenience because it isn't a folder.


    Please keep in mind that these are just my suggestions and reviews, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me anything.
u/king_human · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

The Ka-Bar Dozier folder is a solid choice for around 20 bucks. You can also grab some Sanrenmu 7010's for about 10 bucks each here.

If autos are your thing, I hear good things about Ganzo's offerings.

Spyderco has a value line called Byrd. I like their Cara Cara 2 and they offer quite a few variations.

My favorite knives in the value sphere are the Ontario RAT 1 (or 2, if you like 'em smaller), and the Kershaw Leek (slightly outside your price range, but they are very good knives).

Happy hunting and congratulations!

u/bladechick3 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I own this set of sharpening stones:

They do fine for me. It takes a little bit of time to learn to freehand sharpen your knives but it's worth it. Your edge will turn out ten times better than that of a pull through sharpener. These stones are also cheaper than most sharpening systems out there. I also prefer a good freehand polished edge better than a mirrored edge on any sharpening system. It just feels better to me. I've had some really sharp mirror edges, but I've had even sharper polished edges.

This sharpening system also comes with a 23 degree angle guide. You may want your edge thinner than that, but it's a good place to start.

u/Sancho_IV_of_Castile · 10 pointsr/knifeclub

I'm going to recommend a few knives to get you started:

  1. A Tangram Knives Santa Fe (made by Kizer) (in brown or black) - $30

  2. An Opinel No. 6 (there are several options here) - $13.86 (for the walnut handle one, but choose whichever you like)

  3. A Victorinox Classic SD (many options) - $15.95 (for this black one, if you want to keep it simple)

    Total price: $59.81. These three knives would be an excellent start to the addiction. The Tangram is probably the best made knife in that price range of any knives I've handled. The Opinel 6 is an absolute classic and would be perfect for situations where you want something light and inoffensive. The Victorinox Classic SD is one of the most useful little tools out there, especially those tiny scissors.
u/bjornkeizers · 1 pointr/knifeclub

It's probably hit or miss. Nothing weird, since I've had varying sharpness on Spyderco and Benchmade as well, so I always figure on sharpening it anyway. A Spyderco Sharpmaker is a great investment.

This thread actually got me to buy two more Sanrenmus just now :D

Completed an order for two 7010's which are modelled after Sebenza's. Look up the reviews on Amazon for that one:

Scores a 4.7 with 83 ratings. Which is a .1 better rating then a Benchmade Griptilian and the same as the Mini-Grip gets on Amazon.

If you compare the prices, 8,31 USD which I paid for the Sanrenmu versus 98 USD for the Griptilian on Amazon, it really is an amazing deal of a knife. Even accounting for 'nice for the price' reviews, some people really seem to take a liking to these Chinese clones.

We'll see if I like these as much as my 7063.

u/suitaroh · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Yeah, the Emerson's are a bit stabby, ok a lot. The Injection is pretty nice looking and a bunch of the reviews I found were quite favorable. Another to consider is the CRKT Swindle, but it's a tad above your price range and people seem to either love it or hate it. If you want people friendly, I can't think of many things better than Opinels. Sometimes people see a G10/TI knife and go "He's gonna slit my throat!" But if it's an Opinel, or any wood/bone handled knife they go "aww furry wabbit or just like my grandad used to carry'

u/AuRelativity · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I really really like a $13 Mora. Rugged, sharp as heck, cheap you don't feel bad really really using it and beating the piss out of it. A real been-there-done-that guy I know recommended them to me and after using one (and having lots of other fixed blades, I truly love it)
They make a serrated also:

If I was going to pick anything maybe one of these:

This with an aftermarket sheath:

Actually what am I smoking. This: 100x this. If you've held it in your hand you know that it is the most comfortable knife I've ever held.

Although the Busse I'm evaluating now is pretty dope.... I still want a Benchmade Bushcrafter.

If it was for overall survival/utility I'd want a Himalayan Imports Khukuri.

For Search/Rescue specifically... give me a tanto-point, combo-edge...honking chunk of steel.

Could be persuaded to try these

something stupid and overbuilt (in the best way)

u/paperwaller · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Are these what you're referring to - [Ontario Rat]( amd the ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=8CAA01P0370Z040V1D22) and the Rat 2?

I would like a partially serrated blade but this looks great and have awesome reviews. Do you own on of the RATs and if so do they hold up pretty well?

Now I just need to find a good sharpening setup besides my 4 stone sets.

u/JerseyDevl · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Check every now and then, they have new deals every day and often feature Kershaw blades. I picked up the Injection 3 the other day from for a grand total of $21 shipped. It's a little bigger than what I expected because i stupidly didn't even glance at the specs, but I'm liking it so far. It has solid lockup, a big blade with a deep belly, and the action is pretty smooth. The only drawback is that it's missing a flipper.

I also have a Kershaw OD-2 and it is a fantastic small EDC knife, but it might be a little too small for the type of things you're going to be doing. The flipper action is absolutely perfect though, it's as smooth as butter. I find myself playing with it all the time because it's just so damn satisfying.

One thing to keep in mind- plain edge is good for most tasks, but if you're cutting rope/cord like you say you are, some people prefer a serrated edge. Serrated edges are a bitch and a half to sharpen though.

If you're looking for a fixed-blade rather than a folder, I'd go with Mora, they offer carbon steel which is harder, but will rust if you get it wet and don't oil it, and stainless, if you're working in a wet-ish environment. They cost less than $15, they're great quality for the money and they will take a hell of a beating. Plus, if you manage to break it, you'll have that other $15 left over to buy a new one! I picked up a Craftline HighQ Robust recently and it was money well spent.

u/Ashoka345 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

In that price range you might as well go Chinese, you can get these from china direct for 5 bucks off for each model, about.

Sanrenmu 7010, very nice for the price. Framelock very pleasing to the eye

I own a few ganzos as well and am very pleased with them, they even make a copy of the Ontario Rat but with a much nicer lock.

Ganzo 727 (copy of rat profile)

And they have other copies as well

If you don't mind a long wait you could order from china direct. I've had very good results with a site called gearbest but I see others referenced all the time

u/Craig · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I haven't used a bushcraft, but I do have the HighQ Robust and that is a lot of knife for $14.

I do like the idea of blaze orange, but I don't know that it would be enough for me to justify the added expense.

No matter what, a Mora is not going to let you or your brother down - he is pretty much guaranteed to love whichever model you get him.

One word of advice - if he is unfamiliar with the scandi grind, he may want to find a video or two on youtube. They are super easy to sharpen, but if you try to put a secondary bevel on it (as you would with most knives), it could end up being a bad time.

u/CorrectionCompulsion · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

You should pick up a few high value knives for the money. Here are a few that are worth way more than their price tag:

Mora Companion - this blade is incredibly useful for camp tasks and bushcraft projects, very strong even though it's not full tang (I've never heard of one breaking).

Ontario RAT Model 1 - This is one of the best folders I've used, at any price. For $26 you won't find a better knife.

Utilitac 2 - This knife comes in a ton of different styles, made by Ontario like the RAT, and of equally high quality. These knives are built like tanks, and can take abuse.

Schrade SCHF9 - Unlike the Mora, this knife is a huge chunk of steel. I doubt you could break it with a hammer to be honest, so if you're tastes run towards the bigger camp knife, this is it.

u/pyrobunny · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I'm going to say the Tangram line by Kizer is a good way to go. Sub $50, with a few good options. My personal favorite is the Santa Fe, which is a 3.35" blade, with G10 handles, and an Acuto 440 blade. Mine has held up great so far, and it's plenty light.

EDIT: Here is an Amazon link. It's plenty under budget, and my favorite budget knife overall.

u/mroystacatz · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Here are my personal essentials.

  • Spyderco Delica 4: $60 VG-10 steel, comes in tons of colors
  • Spyderco Endura 4: Larger version of Delica
  • Morakniv Companion: $12-$20 A really awesome fixed blade, outperforms knives triple it's price.
  • Victorinox Tinker: $20-25 classic swiss army knife, really great quality in general. Lots of tools but not too many so it's easily pocket carried.
  • Victorinox Cadet: Smaller Swiss Army Knife, aluminum handles. Lots of colors.
  • Kershaw Cryo, or Cryo 2: $20-40 steel frame lock, Hinderer design, good price, tons of colors. The Cryo 2 is the same as the Cryo just larger.
  • Ontaro Rat 1 or 2: $25-30 Classically shaped folders with a very rugged build for a liner lock. The 2 is a smaller version of the 1.

    Also, you're going to want a sharpening system that works for you in the long run. I personally use the Spyderco Sharpmaker But there are tons of good sharpening options out there.

    P.S: You're going to get a lot of people hating on your Gerbers most likely, that's because they're honestly not worth it in the long run. They use very low quality steel for the price and they don't have the best quality control. I'm not saying your Gerbers are trash or anything. But they definitely won't last very long. Just about all of the knives I listed will last you a lifetime if you treat them right, and oil/sharpen them correctly.
u/Ubicwitus · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Since you like the Sheepdog with its sheepsfoot blade, I'd suggest a Tangram Santa Fe as a good starter knife. It's regarded to be a great value for the price, and well built knife overall. The CRKT Pilar might be another good choice for entry level.

u/cda555 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I have THIS torx set. I like it. I have been thinking about getting a 2nd one. You would also need a bit holder with this.

I free hand sharpen with dmt stones, but I hear good things about the Spyderco sharpmaker (be sure to get the diamond rods). I use a Flexxx strop (USA Made blades) and Bark River compound. There are a few good strop makers here on reddit too. A lot of people use nano-oil as lube. I use flouro grease and militec oil.

u/BrynRock · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I use the Lansky guided system and it gives me a good edge. I have the set that comes with 5 grits and it works well. It will take about 30~45 minutes if the knife is completely dull. It will give the knife a near mirror finish but you can finish with a strop and get a good polished edge. The guides work well and make them process very easy. I'll say that I've found it very helpful to mount the clamp in a vise or fasten it to a block wood. The systems are easily find on Amazom. I think I paid about $35.

Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System

u/Lazerr · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Personally, as a nurse myself, I don't carry a knife while at the hospital, but instead trauma shears and maybe a pry bar like a Gerber Shard. I haven't run into a situation yet that the shears or the pry bar haven't able to do and it isn't as intimidating to patients or visitors.

However if you do need a small knife, just like everyone else suggests, the Dragonfly 2 is exceptional.

I have the ZDP-189 version of the Dragonfly and it is perfect for EDC.

If you looking for an even smaller folder check out the Manbug which also does come in a [ZDP-189 variant]
( Just be aware that these do not come with pocket clip (I think).

u/Dondervuist · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I really like the Mora HighQ Robust. For $16 it has stood up to whatever I've thrown at it on 1-2 day trips. And for that reason I can't seem to justify spending more on a woods blade that I'm just going to beat up anyhow. I really like the idea of the 01, 3V, or even S30V blades, but honestly I think it's kind of overkill for what I need. The edge retention is fine on the Mora and there's something to be said for being able to strop a blade back to razor sharp in just a few strokes out in the field and the Moras do that beautifully.

u/no_eu · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I have the KnivesPlus Strop Block. It seems to be pretty popular, and it comes loaded with stropping compound which was really nice for me as a strop noobie. I bought mine off of Amazon, but I couldn't find it there for whatever reason.

And yeah, it's hard to explain what the right amount of pressure is. Too light and you're barely touching the stone. Too much and you might not feel when your angle is off. You kinda just learn what feels right over time.

For practice, the Showtime would be fine. Though, you might want to just go get an Ozark Trail knife from Walmart. They're less than $5 and have soft as shit steel. It grinds away really fast so you get pretty good feedback. And once you can get that sharp, you can start moving up to better steels. Just be aware that the harder steels do take a while longer to sharpen. Patience and knowing when to progress onto the next stone are really important.

I saw someone mention that the DMTs are terrible to learn on because they don't have a backing. I agree to an extent. I think the DMTs are fine to learn on if you either buy or make your own stone holder. Those things are a godsend. I learned the very basics of freehand on a Smith's Tri-hone Natural Arkansas, but most of my experience has been on DMTs.

I've fucked up plenty of my knives. Like my $200 ZT0566 in M390 has uneven bevels because my pull stokes tend to be at a lower angle than my push strokes. Oh well though. Sharpening is a skill like any other. Learn from your mistakes and don't be too nervous about making them. I feel if I'm too afraid to risk dicking up my knife while sharpening, then I should be equally afraid to dick it up while using it. And at that point, why even worry about it being sharp?

u/ColonelBunkyMustard · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Get a pair of Mora Companions for $14 each and if you find out that you want something more then you can look for something more focused for your type of outdoors use. Most "survival" knives are lumped together in one category that makes it difficult to distinguish what their type design is for. KaBar Becker BK2 is basically a sharpened pry-bar. The thing is practically bomb-proof but its thick blade and obtuse grind means that it won't be very easy to cut with. Esee knives are also tough, and feature more functional grinds and and a great warranty, but 1095 steel they use is still going to be inferior in edge retention and edge stability to premium CPM-3v or Vanadis 4-Extra that you see on stuff like a GSO-4.7 or the ZT-0180. Then you have knives like Falknivens that use high-end stainless laminated steels which are price because the process for laminating is expensive and complicated and provides a stainless blade with some of the impact absorption that normally is attributed to carbon blades while still maintaining a harder edge. The reason I suggest a Mora is that for someone new to the fixed blade game, it's an option that won't break the bank and is also probably the highest value for the price of any fixed blade available. It's the Timex of knives. Not fancy but it works and is easy to replace if you lose or break(which is still pretty unlikely) it.

u/HamwiseVonTossington · 1 pointr/knifeclub

The key to proper sharpening is a consistent angle. Some people can hand sharpen with success, but this requires a ton of time and practice to master. Products like the Lansky Turn Box and Spyderco Sharpmaker both hold the sharpening rods at an angle and it's left up to the user to keep the knife straight while sharpening. Some argue that your sharpener should have a guide system in order to keep a consistent angle. These systems will clamp the blade in place and have a guide for the rods, which for the most part eliminates the variable of the users hand not staying straight. The Lansky 5 Rod sharpener is an entry level guided system that is very reasonably priced IMO and works well. Some pros (not me by any means) insist on using products like the Edge Pro Apex or Wicked Edge systems which have the ability to have near perfect angles. These are both several hundred dollar systems and are way over kill for the casual user IMO. I'd say go for the Lansky 5 Rod, otherwise jump in where your budget allows.

u/konzy27 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I got this Wiha set after after destroying a few cheapo bits and couldn't be happier with it. Bonus: the box can act as a handle in a pinch

I also recommend this magnetic bit driver. It's reasonably priced, very comfortable in hand, and the magnet is very strong.

u/almostiskiller · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I have that same clone and it definitely is pretty solid. But, my contender for best $20 (give or take 3 bucks) knife is still the Rat 2

u/UncleSpoons · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

If this is the gif you saw (in video form) that is the RAD knives field cleaver! It is a crazy good knife but it will set you back 1-3 grand, they are also very hard to get. You can get nearly any knife that sharp so i would reccomend investing in a cheaper knife like the Spyderco Tenacious and also some sharpening supplies like the Spyderco Sharpmaker although all of my Spyderco knives have came that sharp from the get go.

u/diversionmary · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

That's what /r/knifeclub is all about! Enjoy! Consider using that extra $30 for a lansky 5 stone sharpening system.

Edit: definitely check /r/knife_swap too. There are lots of great knives for cheap

u/TheStuffle · 1 pointr/knifeclub

FRN Spyderco Native is a back-lock but gets you S30V under $100.

Spyderco Dragonfly 2 in ZDP189 is also a back-lock but is legal pretty much anywhere and has a kickass steel for under $70.

Honestly though, as a Sage owner... just bite the bullet and get the Sage. Or maybe look at building your own S30V Mini Grip.

u/gregg52 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I use this on the knives at work, my own kitchen knives, and my pocketknives. So far its been pretty great and easy to learn on.

u/JoJackthewonderskunk · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Hey a blur is a great option if that's what he has. Get the S30V version if you want to stick with that same knife but upgrade to the best version.

u/Soggy_Pud · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Heres the full size clone.

Heres a small version.

Those SRM 710's use to be like $6-8. I've bought dozens of them and given them out to people. Really a great knife. Its still totally worth it at $15.

u/pussifer · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

How long did that take? Which Lansky did you use? And did you do the reprofiling with that sharpener, or something else? I ask because I feel like, even with the super rough diamond hone, it would take forever to reprofile an edge with this.

Edit: Added more

u/Terror_Bear · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

You'd think they would give you a bit of a warning, but I understand why they wouldn't.

If you think you're going to be serious about collecting and sharpening knives. Drop some cash on something like: Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker & a set of ultra-fine stones to go with it.

It'll set you back about $75 all together, but it's a one time purchase that will last you your life.

There are other awesome sharpening systems out there, but that one is the most bang for your buck. If you want to spend stupid money on a sharpener; I hear wicked edge makes an awesome product

u/idefiler6 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I always recommend the Spyderco Sharpmaker, especially for someone just starting out learning to sharpen.

Instructional video by the creator:

It's good for folders, fixed blades, kitchen knives, scissors, serrated, plain edge. Pretty much anything with a blade can be sharpened with this thing.

u/ARKnife · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Best spring assisted knife under $100 I can think of is the S30V Kershaw Blur.

I own one (not in S30V though) and it is an excellent EDC knife.

u/space-magic-ooo · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

I got this as a gift for a friend and he has constantly been singing its praises and saying how impressed he is with it.

I’m personally not a fan of the slick handle style, I need some grip but it’s very very well made.

u/justsomeguy75 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

The Companion is probably their best seller. They have a Heavy Duty version with a heavier blade, and they have many different knives if you want something different. They are all very similar though, with the only real difference being carbon steel or stainless. They're all well made and worth your money.

u/ThePoliteCanadian · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

You can send it in OR buy a Lanksy turn box for very cheap and get a nice little sharpening done yourself. It's very easy to learn on that box, I like it quite much.

u/blueriderbacks · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Just to add a few more that fall well under budget and are still awesome.

u/ChangeAndAdapt · 1 pointr/knifeclub

haha, but really Moras are probably overlooked way too often. I'm the first idiot who'll choose a knife for its looks before looking at how actually useful it is.

hey since you seem to be knowledgable with moras, how easy is sharpening on a system like mine ?

u/anteck7 · 5 pointsr/knifeclub

Cool man, welcome to the obsession. You should look into getting a sharpener next.

The lansky turn box is a great entry level one for cheap.

u/BalancedEdge · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Kabar Becker. They're tanks with a reputation. Good luck with your travels as well.

u/Professor_Hillbilly · 1 pointr/knifeclub

The CRKT Swindle is a very slim flipper with a unique pocket clip. I really like it when I'm wearing a suit. It's also very affordable, which is fine with me since if I'm wearing a suit my knife is pretty much a letter opener that day.

u/sauceLegs · 1 pointr/knifeclub

After reading through the comments, you really can't go wrong with either the BM940 or the ZT0450. Also, a cheaper and just as great sharpening set is the Lansky System. All you need to add to it are the Leather and Diamond strops, oh and the Stand.

u/VaguePeeSmell · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

This lansky is only $32 and a really good beginner system. You could also buy the diamond stone version and an Ultra Fine stone together for about 70 bucks. Either way I'd also buy a stand.

u/bov-tye · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

this is a fantastic lubricant

this is a fantastic sharpener

I do not recommend going to Walmart or a general sporting goods store. They hire people who don't specialise in knives ( unless they have a personal interest ) and aren't very aware of better products.

u/rtirado · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Just ordered one on Amazon! Thanks for the heads up on a good/cheap knife.

Link for others if you're interested:

u/askeeve · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Y'all are dangerous. This came from just a little bit of browsing this sub and some searching and review reading and whatnot. Amazon links for convenience:

Leatherman Crater c33Tx

Kershaw Leek

Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife

CRKT 2020 AG Russell Sting

Any advice or substitutions anybody care to offer? I think for the money this is a pretty damn fine set of 4 knives. The Leatherman might get some funny looks but I had its younger brother for many years and it would probably replace my current EDC (Kershaw Skyline)

Edit: Will definitely take lots of pictures when I pull the trigger.

u/ipoutside365 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

This is my Proper. I work a lot in New York City so I needed something friendly. I found I like it with an added Kwik thumb stud and a Tec P-7 suspension clip.

u/Spaghetti_Already · 1 pointr/knifeclub

That looks amazing, how much did it all cost?

I'd love to get my blade mirror polish like that but I don't want to spend a lot.

Is this one the one you used?

u/Corpse_Sundae · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Spyderco Tenacious G-10 Handle Folding Plain Edge Knife

Welcome to the club :)

u/Darth-Traya · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Kershaw Blur in s30v would be my suggestion.

It's assisted and has good steel. About 20 cm overall length open, so not too large, but not too small. And it's on sale. :)

I'll see if I can think of some others.

u/hahahahathisguy · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

> Ontario RAT1

to be clear, this knife? i kind of wanted a flipper with the little edge that you push down with your index finger. i've liked using those. does this RAT open by flicking your wrist?

u/anickles · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I actually use this. The oil that runs down the sides oils the other stones and drips into the tray at the bottom.

I'd probably use a cheap rag or something. Once it gets nice and oily you can use it to wipe down blades to prevent rust and to clean them.

u/adamdanger · 1 pointr/knifeclub

$12.95 actually. I put it on par fit and finish wise with most $50 knives.

u/FullFrontalNoodly · 9 pointsr/knifeclub

$30 is a great deal for a Tenacious these days. However, if you want something a bit more pocket-friendly then here is something to consider:

u/NarrWallace · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I recommend this one. It has I nice grip and it is still one of the cheapest mora knives.

u/thingwrecker · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I use this: and an old leather belt for a strop. My hands aren't steady enough for traditional stones and this seemed like the best bang for the buck.

u/Lector48 · 5 pointsr/knifeclub

Might not fit in your scheme but a really nice knife.

u/LakotaK22 · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Other sharpeners that I’ve seen recommended are the Lansky system and the spyderco sharpmaker . I haven’t tried either system personally, I use a KME as well, but they get recommended quite regularly from what I’ve seen.

u/Sinasis · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

$63 on amazon, prime shipping any day of the week.

And it won't take a month to get to you either. Massdrop is great for certain things but 90% of their drops are trash.

u/Jmunson1291 · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

This is the Sanrenmu 710, and holy crap is it an incredible little knife for the price. I'm seriously considering buying two or three more and having various pimp jobs done to them.

The only gripe I have (which is kinda silly considering the pricetag) is that the handle is too slick and becomes "sweaty" feeling in the hand relatively quickly.

Seriously though, wow, buy one and skip a dinner if you have to.

u/gonzolahst · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

They're very solid and have great blade steel for the money. I can't think of a better fixed-blade beater knife at such a low price point. I got this one and use it mainly for gardening.

u/slasher00141 · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

If you want a good and cheap sharpening system, the smith tri hone Or the venerable lansky guided system if you just need to touch up go for a spyderco sharpmaker

u/jbmn67 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

It's not the best rock out there, but I use it on almost all of my knives. I highly recommend it, especially for the price.

Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

[Smith's TRI-6](Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

u/Peoples_Bropublic · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Here ya go It's a helluva hunk of a knife. Just got mine a couple of days ago. Clips right on to your belt, and has a knob that you can hang your other Mora from. even the spine of the blade was polished, which is a nice touch for Mora.

What kind of craftline do you have already?

u/Alfonso_X_of_Castile · 7 pointsr/knifeclub

Get this set:

It was recommended to me by /u/uberfastman and it's truly wonderful. It's the last torx set you'll ever need.

Do not get cheapo torx screws, they will screw everything up and cause you endless grief. Wiha or bust!

u/Phillije · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I'd suggest a Lansky knife sharpening system I believe the deluxe version has an extra coarse hone (70 grit) if you need that to re-profile the blade. It also has an extra fine hone (1000 grit) so you can really polish it up. Additionally you can get a strop as well.

Just looked it up, it's on offer. From $76.22 down to a very reasonable $33.99.

u/Fus__Ro__Dah · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I did a lot of research on this lately. A camp knife and a backpacking knife can differ IMO. At least for me, weight is a bigger issue, and I won't be doing any bushcraft when I am backpacking, so something like a Mora will be fine for food prep and such. But, camping you might need a bigger, more substantial knife for chopping of heavier tasks. I would suggest a either a Schrade SCHF9 or This Ka-Bar.

u/infinity526 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Still diamond stones, but you lose the ceramic hone and from what I've heard this system is overall a little worse, but many people love it and it'll probably serve you well.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

I have one of these. Aside from a nice, dark patina on my blade, it's the same as when I bought it. It's a bit thicker blade than the standard stainless.

u/ehawa001 · 12 pointsr/knifeclub

Definitely the Ontario Rat 1, in my opinion. Here's the link:

Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife (Black)

u/Implikation · 5 pointsr/knifeclub

The only thing about that particular steel is that it's carbon steel, not stainless. It will change color over time if you don't put oil on it.

Edit: some other options are this Spyderco or the Ontario RAT, if you are interested in more tactical designs.

u/Yondrng · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Spyderco Smock. Cold Steel AD15. Buck Marksman. Spyderco Sliverax. For $10 more- Benchmade 940.
I’ve also found that if you add a thumb stud to some knives, you really increase the fidget factor. Kwik Thumb Stud - Stainless

u/gheedsgreed · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I think people around here usually recommend Lansky's guided system:

I personally use the DMT aligner kit.

u/Zak · 6 pointsr/knifeclub

If you can push it to 50 CAD, the Ruike P801 is very well regarded and appears to ship from Canada, so no customs issues.

u/archamedeznutz · 8 pointsr/knifeclub

Look at this Ganzo.

For something smaller and stainless steel grips see the byrd meadowlark

This Tangram has G10 grips

Ruike knives are very well made given the price point. Look at their whole line.

Edit: Just to be clear, I had nothing to do with that shitty bot trying to make money off Amazon links.

u/nreyes238 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I use the Diamond Deluxe Lansky kit with an Arkansas hone.

If you don't have "super steel" on your knives, you can easily get away with the regular Lansky kit (non-diamond).

I use an old leather belt for a strop.

And I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker for touchups. Got it used on /r/knife_swap.

u/runamoc · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I am a Kershaw fan for sure. However, for that price point, I can make no higher recommendation than the Ontario Rat 1
It has a larger blade of similar if not better quality and is a beast of a deal.

u/Tadashi047 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Save up for a Lansky Sharpening System or a Spyderco Sharpmaker. Carbide pull-through sharpeners will tear-up and eventually weaken the edge of your blades. Here's an example.

u/elvezp · 1 pointr/knifeclub

The s30v version is only 54 at Amazon.

Kershaw Blur S30V Folding Pocket Knife (1670S30V); 3.4” S30V Blade with Stonewashed Finish and Anodized Aluminum Handle with Trac-Tec Inserts, SpeedSafe Assisted Opening, Reversible Pocketclip; 4 OZ

u/jrosh69 · 5 pointsr/knifeclub

The kershaw blur in S30V is an amazon deal of the day. Kershaw Blur S30V Folding Pocket Knife (1670S30V); 3.4” S30V Blade with Stonewashed Finish and Anodized Aluminum Handle with Trac-Tec Inserts, SpeedSafe Assisted Opening, Reversible Pocketclip; 4 OZ

u/Beer_Is_So_Awesome · 7 pointsr/knifeclub

I'm really sorry. I worry that something like this will happen whenever I approach a new music venue.

It's probably a bit heavier than your M16, but the Ontario Rat-1 is a really solid, affordable pocket knife for under $30.

It has AUS-8 steel, a broad, deep full-flat-ground blade, bronze phosphor washers in the pivot and a very solid liner-lock.

EDIT: I just remembered that Ontario recently released the Rat-2, which is both smaller and lighter than the Rat-1, and very similar in size to the CRKT M16.

Ontario Rat-2, $27.

u/KaineOrAmarov · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Someone else suggested this product, also by Lansky. What's the difference?

u/TOUCHER_OF_SHEEP · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

It looks an awful lot like a different type of Lansky or Sharpmaker type system. Because I know more about those and use a Sharpmaker myself, on that note alone I would recommend a Lansky system or a Sharpmaker.

u/Dogwithrabiez · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

For that price, I'd spring for the spyderco sharpmaker instead, or just get a set of King 1000/6000 stones.

u/Groberio · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Spyderco Double 1 x 5 x 1/4 Stuff Fine/Medium Stone with Pouch

u/900_year_old_vampire · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

in my opinion, on a tight budget you cant beat the spyderco tenacious

u/SmellySlutSocket · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

For a few more dollars you could go with the spyderco tenacious which as far as I can tell is basically just a larger version of the one you picked out.