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    Default Newbie Knife Selection

    Re. My Post A Really, Really New Newbie

    Based upon all the good advice given in the above referenced post I have ordered an Intro book, Janich's "Knife Fighting: A Practical Course," and have done a lot of research on folders, given the restrictions in my state that do not allow anything that can be opened by the force of gravity or an outward centrifugal motion.

    I looked at and handled many different folders by several highly popular manufactures that comply with my state's laws. Given the size of my hands, one handed deployability was a real problem on all of these. I simply could not do it! Therefore, I have limited my selection to Carson knives,(www.crkt.com/carson.html) that have the "Carson Flipper." I have tried numerous styles of these knifes and they deploy very smoothly, like they had a jeweled surface and lock-up solidly. The two models I need to choose from are:

    Carson M16-03Z: First picture, center knife.

    Handle:

    Plastic (Zytel) with 420J2 stainless locking liner.

    Blade:

    Spearpoint, non-serrated, AUS 6, 55-57 HRC
    Length 3.56
    Thickness 0.10
    Lake & Walker Lock Safety

    Overall length, blade closed, 4.63
    Weight 3.70 Oz.

    The more PD Carson M18: Second picture

    Handle:

    6061-T6 alum with locking liner and black inserts

    Blade:

    Spearpoint, non-serrated, AUS 8, 57-58 HRC
    Length, 3.25
    Thickness, 0.12
    Lake and Walker Lock Safety

    Overall Length, blade closed, 4.38
    Weight, 3.5 Oz

    Right now I'm leaning towards the more PD M-18. Any comments or thoughts appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Schmitt
    Gecko-Are you in a FD or EMT?
    I think he is in retirement.... if he is the gentleman I recall from the Denver CRG-1 class. And I think he had been around the block several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Schmitt
    Gecko-Are you in a FD or EMT?
    Nope. As Steve said I'm principally retired military, though he may have used the term "gentleman" quite loosely. ;) Lately I have been doing some "odd jobs" for a couple of federal agencies.

    Thanks for the help guys! I'm really "out of my depth" when it comes to carrying a knife of this sort.
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    Gecko,

    Go to www.folders-r-us.org and look for the knife test section. I've tested several folders there and one was the m-16 CRKT you mention. You may want to take a look at the different tests as well.

    Here's the linkto the test section for you:
    http://www.folders-r-us.org/full_tests.htm

    Brownie

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486
    Gecko,

    Go to www.folders-r-us.org and look for the knife test section. I've tested several folders there and one was the m-16 CRKT you mention. You may want to take a look at the different tests as well.

    Here's the linkto the test section for you:
    http://www.folders-r-us.org/full_tests.htm

    Brownie
    Thanks Brownie. Sounds like a good knife for the money, given my particular carry requirements.
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    You are most welcome sir.

    Brownie

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