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Pocket Knife Guide – A Gentlemen’s Tool(r/malefashionadvice)
Knife nut here. Allow me to expound.
Serrated vs Straight – Serrations are good for cutting tough soft things. Thick rope and such. Not much else.
Locking Blade with Pocket Clip – Gerber is awful. Avoid at all costs. Seriously. The construction is sub par and the materials are worse.
Kershaw is a good budget recommendation. Of the Kershaws, I would recommend the entire Ken Onion design lineup (the Leek, the Shallot, and the Chive are the three I would purchase myself. In fact, I own all three)
For the more expensive (and, frankly, gorgeous) options, I cannot recommend Benchmade enough. So many classy blades. In fact, Bechmade gets its own category.
Benchmade – Model 586: Aluminium + black G10 handles, AXIS lock, classy as fuck.
Bali-songs: Models 32, 51, 62, 63, and 67. Interesting little (and big) blades. Very fun, extremely beautiful, and a real crowd pleaser.
And that’s all I’m going to type for now (at work). If you are interested, check out Benchmade, Knifecenter, and such. Feel free to head over to ~~/r/knives~~ /r/knifeclub for more information, or just ask me, here in comments or with a PM, if you have any questions.
Oh, and do be careful with those balis. They are partially toys, but very very sharp toys.
EDIT: I will add more when I get home late tonight if I remember to.