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    Looking for advice on knife selection

    Now that I are a legal CCW-er type guy, I'm looking at my "less than lethal" options, too - most notably, a knife. State laws forbid carrying anything with more than a 4" blade. I've pretty much decided upon a folding tanto. If my pockets were bottomless, I'd just buy a benchmade and be done with it, but I'm on a budget. I'l looking to keep it in the $60 range, and I'd like it to have a belt clip.

    So.. any suggestions on a good folding tanto with less than 4" of blade and a belt clip in the $60 range?

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    If you're looking for quality steel on a budget, I think CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) is an excellent bet for you. They produce quality knives at an excellent price. Their Kit Carson designed M-16 series comes to mind when considering your requirements. I would also suggest you give a read through a book called "Street Steel" by Michale Janich. It is an excellent resource for someone looking to purchase and carry a knife for self defense. Using a knife for this purpose requires some skill and training, just as with a handgun. I would also suggest taking some training in this area if you're serious about using a knife as a back-up.

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    In your stated price range it would be hard to beat a Gerber or CRKT. I'm especially fond of the CRKT M16 and M21 Series. The blades are just under 4" and the price is great. You mentioned "less than lethal" in your post. Keep in mind that using a knife is considered use of deadly force. If you can legally pull a knife, you could have legally pulled a firearm.

    When choosing a tactical knife, look for one that won't close on your fingers in a rough situation. Knives that only have a liner lock are notorious for closing when gripped really hard. The CRKT's have a dual safety system called Autolawks that won't let this happen. The Benchmade's are a great choice as well. Also look for a knife with a hilt or finger notch that won't let your hand slide forward if you were to stab it into something. You'd be surprised at how many criminals who stab someone get caught at an emergency room getting their fingers sewed up.

    Here's are some links to a couple of the CRKT's:
    CRKT M1614ZSF Desert Special Forces Combo Edge Knife
    Columbia River Knife & Tool M16 Special Forces ComboEdge Knife
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    Just a quick after-thought. You mentioned you'd just as soon go out and buy a Benchmade were it not for the money. Benchmade has come out with a more affordable line of knives as of late. Given your requirements the Vex folder in a tanto blade comes to mind. As a beater, my Vex is excellent, though not with a tanto style blade.

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    Thanks guys!

    I'll be sitting down tonight and hitting a those websites.. seeing which would fit my needs best.

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    I have a cold steel ti-lite vg-1, got a coouple benchmade, couple crkt, but I have to say my favorite is my Smith and Wesson H.R.T. I'm not sure the exact type of steel it is but it's the sharpest knife I've ever owned. It takes a better edge than the Cold Steel!!. Plus the edge lasts forever.(not that I abuse it but I do use it every day)

    Seriously if you get one you won't regret it! I know people say "My knife is razor sharp" but this knife IS literally sharp enough to shave with...the blade says Smith & Wesson H.R.T. and on the reverse side says
    swhrtmgb

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    I love my cold steel voyager i carry a large clip point nd have had it for several years . It holds a great edge.
    of course i like the crkt as well

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    I sell knives at gun shows and the most popular is the MULE by ka bar. CRKT M-16 is another popular knife until they started making them with the auto lock. I have one on my table at the shows and I cant get rid of it.
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    CRKT M-16 is another popular knife until they started making them with the auto lock. I have one on my table at the shows and I cant get rid of it.
    Why won't it sell with the auto lock. I wouldn't have purchased mine if it didn't have it. Nobody ever won a knife fight with a "speed re - holster". The same goes for a gun fight. I won't even consider a knife for primary carry that just features a liner lock. I do have a few of them as backups though.
    "When the outflow exceeds the inflow, the upkeep becomes the downfall"

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    most ppl don't like the fact that they have to pull back the lock to engage the liner. I also have 2 CRKT autos that are that way.you have to pull back the lock then depress the button for the blade to fly open. I don't mind the feature but I guess some ppl are lazy, like not wanting to take 5 extra seconds to put on your seatbelt.
    when true patriots become labeled as enemies you can bury my corpse right beside lady libertys

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