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You know your requirements for a knife so I will just point out what I chose when I carried a knife at work.
My goal was to have a fixed blade knife that would be fast to obtain and be effective with either hand, also small enough to not be conspicuous.
I choose the KaBar TDI (small version) with a partial serrated blade.I could easily carry it in its sheath under my gun belt on either side of my body up front. Almost invisible.
My concern at work was always ambush and having something I could defend my handgun with during a struggle. While not being a good choice for a stabbing action it was a great choice for slashing.It could be ankle carried if that were your choice but might be hard to deploy from that position in a struggle.
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A bit more expensive than the CS options, but still under $75 and a lot more knife is the Spyderco ARK.
Very thin, very light and still allows a 3 finger+thumb hold. Designed to be a neck knife, but can easily be worn on the ankle.
It was created by an Army officer, while deployed in the Sand Box, to offer personal protection in the showers
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I like my short Ka-bar . Texas has an odd regulation on fixed blade length and the 5.25" is legal. Made in the USA and about $64.
If you're wanting tanto style, KaBar makes a 5.25" tanto version for $61 and it's made in USA as well.
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I carry the KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife.
It can be picked up for btwn $30 and $40.
It's a proven anti-personnel design and won't break the bank.
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Fixed blade carry makes a lot of sense, and if there's a choice between a folding blade and a fixed blade, then fixed is a clear winner. As the saying goes, a man with a folding blade had half a knife. The first time the pivot goes or the lock gives, one learns why.
That said most of the time my knife will be an Emerson folder. I picked up another on a recent stop in Anchorage. They've served me very well.
I carry a Cold Steel mini koga SD2 (https://www.coldsteel.com/mini-koga-sd2-91mk?returnurl=%2fmartialists-training%2f) on the road. Not a knife, but it's often places where I can't carry or transport a knife.
I carried a Cold Steel SRK in the cockpit doing fire, for some time, as an escape tool.
Alternative to a longer straight blade, Emerson Le Griffe as a neck knife. Used a couple ways as part of a fist, defensive/offensive. No blade is a quick stopper, what's more useful, big slashes or deep stabs?
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None of that helps me. I don't have a cockpit, which, on its surface, may sound debilitating, but I never miss it.
Kansbol by Morakniv maybe? I picked one up a while back from recommendation from someone on SF
It’s cheap and durable.
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While on the WPD I carried a Tekna diving knife. The plastic sheath came with a belt clip and could also be strapped to the arm or leg. I would clip into my work boots.
A little pricey but made for the purpose you want it for.
Take a look at Kershaw's 4007.
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Cost at the time was $30.
I prefer the Fairbairns-Sykes style.
This is a useful, single edged boot knife. Thickness is 0.13".
A rubber handle, fat in the middle, to prevent slide up, and a small but effective guard. Full tang; holds an edge well.
Unfortunately, as I learned, made in China.
And the sheath clip broke. Haven't sourced a better replacement sheath.
Still on Fairbairn-Sykes styles, I like the Boker Apple Gate, but at $235 ... ummm.
Gerber ... a lot of happy consumers.
The 06 FAST knife at $70?
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After a drug crazed shoplifter grabbed my gun, I learned the hard way.
We had a four to five minute which my life depended on.
Once I recovered from my broken ribs and went back on the street, I began carrying a Cold Steel safe maker II https://www.coldsteel.com/safe-maker-ii-12dcst
Behind my magazine pouch.
I determined that it is really hard to fight back with only one hand while the other hand is busy holding onto your gun..
And I would not make the same mistake twice, if it ever happened again I was gonna stab someone in the neck.
When I retired from policing, I didn’t think I’d need a fixed blade anymore. But you bring up good point.I may start carrying the Safemaker II on my left side.
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I've had a Kubon for 20+ years. Great knife.
I sent it off to Albert at Seattle Edge and he sharpened it to "Light Saber" status. Freaky sharp and it's held that edge very well.
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I know you said ESEE wasn't quite what you're looking for, but I sure do like my Izula. It is light, flat, can be carried in many different ways.
I’m a big fan of the Colonel pattern knives.
Regularly carry the Colonel folder and the fixed Lowvz
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What about a complete knife made of G10?
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Perhaps just as well.
The mini-coga replaces a fixed blade; it won't cut, but properly applied, it doesn't need to. I've carried one for years when working internationally; lots of places that a blade can't go.
Cold Steel also makes a series of polymer knives, called the nightshade series. Not only will those knives penetrate with a thrust, but some of them are still sharp enough for a slash, too. No metal. Some have kraton no-slip grip areas, and they do come with a scabbard. They're inexpensive, and may be an option for some, under the right circumstances.
For carry when home, it's nearly always an Emerson folder, but I first started carrying a kabar TDI when in Iraq. For weak-side carry, they're specifically designed for use when the strong hand is doing retention in a holster, and the weak hand is fighting off a gun-grab. They're primary for thrusting. I have the small and large versions, but like the smaller version.
I have some small fixed blades made locally by friends, that I carry strong side, if carried. After my flashlight, I use the knives more than anything else, dozens of times a day. More often folders than fixed, but the fixed blade is definitely the better choice for a defensive blade.
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