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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.
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.