May 21, 2018135 views

Which civilized flipper choose ?

Hello guys,
I'm looking for a cheap (around 30-50$) knife to carry around. In France it is not allowed to carry a knife, but it is up to the tolerance of law enforcement and location (for example if you carry a knife in your pocket downtown in a major city it will be hard to justify, but around countryside in the backpack it will probably be ok). Thus i'm looking for ;
- a civilized knife (not a scary look, relatively short blade), with a convenient thin blade to peel fruits, slice food and small cooking work.
- a locking mechanism. Full metal handle would be nice, but G10 is ok too.
- a flipper because I love to play with flipper knives (or a thumbstud with a smooth mechanism, but at that price point i'm not sure).
I already own a Kizer Intrepid which is cool, but way too scary to carry around. I was looking for the Kershaw Cryo MK1, but it is a bit "scary" and blade doesn't seem practical to cook.
Thanks for your help !
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I'm the wrong one to ask, I like scaring people. I've sunk a knife into the table to make a point without blinking, changing my expression or raising my voice.(110 Folding Hunter) However, the Ferrum Forge / Massdrop / WE knife CO Gent for $80 in S35VN Titanium and G10 is rather non threatening, both to sheep and to the wallet.
Here are a few suggestions, they are budget and nice:

Kershaw Dividend Assisted Opening Knife Black (3" M390 Stonewash) 1812BLK


OmegaMullet
https://www.bladehq.com/item--Buck-Knives-Vantage-Pro--5579

Buck Vantage Pro Small is also great S30VN and under $70
I'll echo the Gent suggestions above. Great bang for the buck there.

As an alternative, I'd suggest the Boker FR. It's about as civilized, slicey, non-murdery & cheap as I can come up with. The VG-10/Cocobolo version is very elegant ($80 - $90), but there are several other versions.


MD has an exclusive G-10/S35VN version that shows up periodically that's a little murdered out, but it's a very good value.


from my experience, non-knife people are not afraid of tiny knifes (around 2in or 5cm). these should be considered 'cute'

buck scholar (not a flipper, but really fun)
crkt jettison
rike hummingbird
crkt snicker - i have no experience but i've been eye-ing this one for a while
spyderco ladybug (or manbug, dragonfly) -these are lockbacks
Fhood suggested most of what I would have already, but the Kershaw dividend is also very thin and slicey with flipper (assisted) and metal handles in your price range. I don't know if it looks too scary and the steel isn't the best (420hc) so you probably would need to touch it up regularly.
Notsurewhyibother
My impression was that assisted knives are a big no-no in much of europe. But that reminds me that the Atmos is out there.
Notsurewhyibother
I'll check that too ! Actually I'm also tempted to pick an chinese small Sebenza from ebay... I'm a bit ashamed, but I actually had one in D2 steel that was of a very good quality.
Otherwise the Ontario rat 2 seems promising, for the moment it is the one I would pick !
You may have looked into them already, but have you considered an Opinel? No idea how you feel about lack of a pocket clip but they fit 2 of your 3 criteria, they're highly functional as a backpacking knife, they're the opposite of tactical, and they're very very low priced for what you get at around $20 depending on the model.

Also they originate from France, so that may be a plus lol
PontiffCultro
Hi,
Indeed, I actually already have some Opinel but they are not "fun" to play with
Steel Will Cutjack mini.
$38
Good flipper
3 inch blade
Doesn't look all that scary.
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Actually I wouldn't mind spending more, but as it is a knife I wanna carry i need something inexpensive, so that i wouldn't regret it in case it is confiscated by police. It isn't likely to happen but you never know..
Folgono
Gent looks almost exactly like a pen in the pocket because of the clip. Probably not a terrible choice in your case.

Also I feel you about confiscated and lost knives. I've lost:
Spyderco Southard - NYC
Spyderco Resiliance - Friend's graduation ceremony
Leatherman - TSA
Spyderco Temperance 2 - Burgled (I can't even replace this one.)
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