S&W Special Tactical
I ran across this knife the other day for about $10 and it looked like a nice knife for EDC. I used to have a no-name brand cheap $10 folder I EDC'd, used it for all kinds of little things here and there and I didn't have to worry about breaking it or losing it. Well I finally did lose it, and that was a few months ago. I've been meaning to pick up another knife and haven't yet, now my wife is even bugging me about it. She keeps saying "I really miss you always having your knife, that was useful."
Anyways, I was wondering what the experts thought of this specific knife. I know I have a tendency to lose knives, which is why I didn't buy "name brand" ones before, but this one appealed to me. I have heard some bad stuff before about S&W knives in general, but I'm hoping this one might be of decent quality, for the money.
It might be OK, but I haven't been overly impressed by their knives,
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Spend a little more and get a lot more. I'd at least buy a Kershaw. They start around $20, but I would prefer one of the $40+ models. I'm my experience S&W knives suck.
I have a couple of their knives, they were given to me as gifts. They use no-name steel that's not really suitable for knife blades. They won't hold an edge for shit.
17 bucks is hard to compete with though. For pure cutting performance, an Opinel will whip that thing handily for a buck less: Opinel
It doesn't look cool but it will cut things.
i refuse to carry a knife under the $30 mark. the quality starts to jump up there. i won't carry anything but the well known brands, spyderco, benchmade, kershaw.. i'd like to afford a chris reeve sebenza but thats a bit out of my price range.
Knifeworks.com was having a sale recently on RAT folders.. I got one for $27.. you could look there.
I would buy a knife with slightly more quality as others have mentioned doesn't mean you need to buy a $100 Benchmade, but slightly more than $10. Also when you own something that costs a little more you are much less likely to lose it. Kershaw, and CRKT, are just slightly more expensive in $30-50 range have much better knives than the crap S&W makes. It's odd because they makes such good quality guns, but crappy knives.
I have 4 or 5 of those that I bought at a black friday sale for $9.99. Keep one in all my vehicles and EDC. Can't find an excuse for something more expensive. Only issue I've had is the screws on the belt clip don't want to stay tight on one of them.
I do have a SOG Flash II that I carry every now and then, but I lost one of them too. Don't really care if I lose one of these S&W
Honestly I'd buy one of those $10 folding box cutters with replaceable blades before I bought that $10 S&W.
Walmart has 2 different Kershaw folders for $15 each. Not sure what models but they have a huge end rack full.
I'd go with a cheap Kershaw before any S&W.