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My two EDC knives have recently crapped the bed. My Cold Steel trail guide's pocket clip ripped off, and my Smith and Wesson "spec ops" won't lock right anymore. Time to replace these two.

My guidelines are simple, a good locking folder, with over a 3" blade, 4" is preferable, decent steel, Made in the USA a plus, and a sturdy pocket clips that won't rip off or bend.

I'd also like to keep in the $30 or less range.

I'm considering these

http://www.chestnutridgeknifeshop.c...d=151&osCsid=1534ea5d9b25fad2da865c424ac28335

^It has the right stats ,but I don't like the tacitcool look.

http://www.chestnutridgeknifeshop.c...d=111&osCsid=1534ea5d9b25fad2da865c424ac28335

I like this one allot^

http://www.midwesthuntersoutlet.com/item.aspx?PID=164076&w=PQ+JDyOLrQE=

^fits the requirements, and I've actually handled it in person, and my only dislike was that it had a little up and down play, although very little to no side to side play.

http://www.rei.com/product/790807?p...-24B8-DE11-93DB-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

^works, and I've handled it, and own an Evo Junior that so far has been well made and reliable, but it's not usa made...I have no use for the sharpener btw.


Any other suggestions? Any expeirence with any of the above?
 

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I've got a CRKT M-21 (12G w/ G10 handles ~$30) that I've carried for about 1 1/2 years now and I love it! I'm on my third pocket clip b/c I keep catching it on stuff when I'm not paying attention. BUT...just fill out the online parts form on their website and they'll send you replacement parts in about a week for no cost. I EDC it, but I've taken it camping and hiking with no issues, really easy to sharpen with a diamond rod/stone. The Veff serrations are interesting, I won't ever use normal serrations now that I've used these guys. They are extremely efficient and are actually really easy to sharpen using a diamond rod. The Auto LAWKS takes a little getting used to when closing, but I haven't had any problems with it yet. Opening is super fast, just as fast as an assisted opener with the finger flipper. Anyway, it's worth a look:

http://www.knivesplus.com/columbiariverknifecr-m2112g.html
 

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I've got a CRKT M-21 (12G w/ G10 handles ~$30) that I've carried for about 1 1/2 years now and I love it! I'm on my third pocket clip b/c I keep catching it on stuff when I'm not paying attention. BUT...just fill out the online parts form on their website and they'll send you replacement parts in about a week for no cost. I EDC it, but I've taken it camping and hiking with no issues, really easy to sharpen with a diamond rod/stone. The Veff serrations are interesting, I won't ever use normal serrations now that I've used these guys. They are extremely efficient and are actually really easy to sharpen using a diamond rod. The Auto LAWKS takes a little getting used to when closing, but I haven't had any problems with it yet. Opening is super fast, just as fast as an assisted opener with the finger flipper. Anyway, it's worth a look:

http://www.knivesplus.com/columbiariverknifecr-m2112g.html


I second that. ive got the m21 comes super sharp, nice big knife for self D or EDC. very tough. 4"blade spearpoint no serrations on mine. i love it, i feel naked without it. i have found the pocket clip to be EXTREMELY strong.

i have a m-16 too that i got from sportsmansguide.com for under $20.
 

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I'm kind of a fan of Benchmade brand locking knives, but they will probably exceed your $30 price tag. I have the 556 model with 440C stainless on me at all times (little bit smaller knife than you are looking for) and have been using it for years with no problems. The locking mechanism on them is great, and they are real easy to use one handed.
 

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Ka-Bar has the Bob Dozier (my favourite knife maker) designed folder for well under $30 with tough locks, easy opening studs, excellent feel in the hand, very lightweight and in 5 different blade shapes...I usually keep one in my jacket pocket...

I collect CRKT because they are well made and well priced...also SOG, Grohmann, Fallkniven, Camillus, Katz, Blackjack, Lone Wolf and Marble's and all have great folders (except Marble's are more classic styles, Trapper, Stockman) just over your price point...
 
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