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#1 KlaudeMarks

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:50 PM

I have my GEC calf pen that is a mainstay in my pocket, but want something to beat on, or to not feel too bad about if someone borrows it and messes it up, or if I lose it (set my GEC down at work and forgot about it...nearly shit when I couldn't find it at first).

Looking at the tenacious, rat 1 (have a rat 2 and love it), possibly an endura (a little expensive for my intended use/purpose), or maybe a Kershaw cryo. Any suggestions in the CHEAP price range?

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#2 Ron

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:38 AM

Rat 1 in D2. Perfect for what you want.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:05 PM

I was thinking that. I was really impressed with the AUS 8 on the rat 2, so I'll assume they do a good job on the D2 also.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:31 PM

They do. The D2 holds an edge longer but is a bit more difficult to sharpen. I have both, you can’t go wrong with either. If a pocket clip isn’t needed I would also recommend a Buck 110 it is also a serious knife and well priced.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:50 PM

Rat 1 in D2 is a winner. I would love to get a Buck 110 with drop point blade and no 'lock-rock'.  That would be a looovely beasty;-) 

 

But good alternatives in my mind are the Ganzo/Firebird G720 or my current favourite Ganzo, the G738. 

They are cheap as chips and tough as old boots (as we say on this side of the pond).



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:57 AM

I'm actually looking at the Esee Avispa D2, which is similar to the rat 1. I just wanted a coated, D2 blade with no serrations. I'll give a look to the Ganzo

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 02:27 AM

I'm actually looking at the Esee Avispa D2, which is similar to the rat 1. I just wanted a coated, D2 blade with no serrations. I'll give a look to the Ganzo


The ESEE Avispa is a similar knife because ESEE and Randall’s Adventure Training (RAT) are one and the same. The RAT series knives made by okc used to carry the Randalls Adventure Training logo on em.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:35 PM

Well I didn't go cheap...sorta. I actually traded a Toro lawnmower for a Spyderco Gayle Bradley 1, DPX Hest F2 (partial serrated), and a all black Benchmade 940 that has some miles on it. I'm liking the Gayle Bradley and 940, DPX I may move along. So my big folder for now is the Gayle Bradley.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 12:56 AM

Well I didn't go cheap...sorta. I actually traded a Toro lawnmower for a Spyderco Gayle Bradley 1, DPX Hest F2 (partial serrated), and a all black Benchmade 940 that has some miles on it. I'm liking the Gayle Bradley and 940, DPX I may move along. So my big folder for now is the Gayle Bradley.


Those are some good picks. The Gayle Bradley 1is increasingly hard to come by. I really like the DPx Hest. Its really too bad most of them are too small for my tastes. I believe that particular model is made by lionsteel which is nice

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 10:23 AM

Yeah I feel like I should hold onto the Gayle Bradley to sell later, but it's gonna be a user. The ergonomics are really nice on it, it was apparently made to be used with gloves and you can tell. However, it's also comfortable without gloves too.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:13 PM

http://www.statgeart...om/ausus-knife/

 

Great knife

 

$50 on Amazon

 

 

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Compared to a Rat 1


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