One of the things I always have with me, is a small fixed bladed knife. Sure, I always have one or two folders with me as well… But I like having a small fixed blade on me. Here’s the three I usually rotate though, depending on what the day has planned.
Left to Right:
Benchmade’s Adamas Push Dagger.
Benchmade’s SOCP Dagger.
Ka-Bar’s Becker Necker.
Reason for these three is the light weight, small profile. I never wear them around the neck, but they do well in a Boot or on the Belt. Or other places one might hide a little knife. The SOCP though, sometimes I’ll clip it to the front of the shirt like a pen. Just easy that way, and quite fast to use.
The Necker has a nice usable shape. I use it quite often for regular cutting tasks. Cooking Prep and such. It is one of my favorite all time knives. I like the bottle opener too. Quite handy. This one has a lot of utility while the others are strictly defensive tools.
The Adamas is an interesting bit of kit. The chisel grind makes it not so useful for normal cutting tasks… but the double edge blade is wicked sharp. For it’s purpose, it is scary effective.
The SOCP is the cool guy blade. The point is like a needle. The blade… not so sharp. It’s not supposed to be. This one is all about the deep puncture, with little other utility. This is a rip cord type tool. You pull it when there is no other option. I know a lot of guys like to modify their SOCPs… but I’ve not done so yet. I may in the future though. Were I to do so… I think I’d strip the coating off it, bevel some edges, and acid etch the steel to give it some more character. Of all the three, this is the one that comes with me most often.
I’m bringing home my new EDC knife, a Benchmade #53 Balisong.
I got this from Tannerman’s in West Virginia. And if you want any Benchmade knife – Go to Tannerman’s. Before they shipped it out, one of the cats there gave it a custom grind so this thing is hair popping sharp and glides through cardboard like a lightsaber.
I really like the 53 because it makes for a great EDC knife. It’s light weight and has a very usable blade shape. I’ve looked at several online reviews of the knife, but Nutnfancy’s review mirror’s my own opinion for the most part. It’s small. It’s light. And the blade is tough as hell. But D2 needs to be taken care of… and that’s fine for me.
At SHOT Show, I looked at all the Bench Balisongs. For a knife to carry and actually use as a knife and not a Cheerleader, the 53 was the one to pick, every time. This also the only one they put bearings in… which helps it flip open because the handles are so light. Many reviews dog the 53 for not being a Flipper. But to me, Flipper is a fucking Dolphin, and I hate those damn squeaking fish. I’m not into flipping Balisongs, or playing Hacky-Sack. But for some reason I can’t fathom… I’ve always wanted a Balisong. And since I’m not into Flipping Tricks, I wanted one that I can actually use. And this #53 fits the bill perfectly.
I even like the color.