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Thread: Hep me pick a new EDC: Emerson Tiger, Emerson CQC13, or go Auto??

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    I have become a bit of a Spyderco snob over the last year. I have carried a Paramilitary 2 for about the past four years now. I kept trying different folders but came back to my PM2. I'm at the point now that I don't even try anymore. There are so many variations of the PM2 out that if I get bored or want to try something new it's there is always something interesting and new to look at. At a starting price of $125 or so, you are not going to cry a river if it's lost and can easily be replaced.

    The S30V steel is more than capable for everyday carry and if you want "better" there are tons of options. The only mod I did to mine is a deep carry clip.

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    Whatever you get I strongly recommend a blade with an inch or so of serrations. I have had several emergencies in life that had to be solved with a knife and none involved self defense. I have had to cut my sleeve off because it was caught in a printing press that was running. A dog leash because the dog was wrapped around a post and choking in a panic and once I had to cut a water hose loose to extinguish a fire because no one could unscrew it. All three times I used the serrated section to saw through something. If you do have to fight with a small pocket folder you should be using the point anyway and the serrations will not inconvenience you in the slightest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactical Black Belt View Post
    Whatever you get I strongly recommend a blade with an inch or so of serrations. I have had several emergencies in life that had to be solved with a knife and none involved self defense. I have had to cut my sleeve off because it was caught in a printing press that was running. A dog leash because the dog was wrapped around a post and choking in a panic and once I had to cut a water hose loose to extinguish a fire because no one could unscrew it. All three times I used the serrated section to saw through something. If you do have to fight with a small pocket folder you should be using the point anyway and the serrations will not inconvenience you in the slightest.
    The last time I had to use a knife in an emergency, it was to cut a ribbon from a teddy bear's bow tie that my son had managed to wrap/twist/tie (don't really know how he did it) around his finger so that neither he nor I could get it off, and which was cutting off his circulation. A narrow, thin blade was necessary.

    For defense, if it has an edge, a point, and a reasonable lock, it will likely work. When I pick a blade configuration, I am much more concerned about these non-defensive emergencies.

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    Hep me pick a new EDC: Emerson Tiger, Emerson CQC13, or go Auto??

    I really like my Skeletools (I own 2) and the black and silver is my favorite. However, they really don’t replace a good wave-opening folder with a rocker bar lock or other good, strong lock. My one criticism of the one hand opening Leatherman blades is the thin liner lock.

    The blade configuration is ideal for non-defensive emergencies, with a thin point and 1/2 serrated edge. Other than the liner lock, the thumb opening blade is nice. It could serve a defensive purpose in a pinch, while being legally ideal for jurisdictions that ban anything “designed for fighting.”




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