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    looking for a good neck knife??

    hey guys I'm looking for a neck knife i can carry all the time.

    Ones I'm interested in are ESEE Izula, koster knives, and murray carters. Carter is a bit expensive for me but I'm sure there is more out there.

    Any recommendations?

    would like to stay under 250 and like it to be durable and comfortable to carry.

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    I have an Izula. It's a cool and tough little knife. I don't carry it much because I have a Spyderco folder that I fell in love with, but I love my Izula when I do carry it. I don't think you can go wrong with the Izula for the money. The Carter neckers are cool but too spendy for me, Id rather spend $400 on one of his kitchen knives.

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    Whatever you get, it shouldn't be over five and a half to six inches in length and no thicker than a half inch, in the sheath. Otherwise you'll probably have "printing" issues (unless you're a woman).

    The Izula is on the edge as far as size is concerned. The Koster is a half inch longer than I recommend, but it may work, depending on your individual torso length. Carters are available in several blade lengths. If you are patient, you can get a "cosmetic second" for a good discount. Carter also offers the "gift" of a kitchen knife (probably a short SFGZ-RH funayuki) when you buy a neck knife, so you may want to factor that in.

    If you don't mind making a Kydex sheath (or having one made) take a look at the Bark River PSK.

    You can also keep your eyes open on BladeForums for neck knives. I got a nice one in O1 from Rick Lowe with a Kydex sheath for $60 not too long ago.

    I would also ask the knifemakers on this forum about making one for you. Mike Davis, Pierre Rodrigue and Del Ealy come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    ...I would also ask the knifemakers on this forum about making one for you. Mike Davis, Pierre Rodrigue and Del Ealy come to mind...
    +1. Neckers are not super demanding other than you want good steel. I have one from Del that's great other than it has some pure nickel in the damascus which pretty much sucks for cutting instruments. I also ground one from a blank Rottman sent me. I use it all the time.

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    Since the subject of neck knives was brought up. What are neck knives used for? Are they just a substitute for a folder EDC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Limited View Post
    Since the subject of neck knives was brought up. What are neck knives used for? Are they just a substitute for a folder EDC?
    I got tired of having the bottoms of my pockets wear out from sharp corners, or from the edges of the pockets to fray from the clip, so I started wearing a neck knife over three years ago and haven't looked back.

    Oh, yeah, I use it for everything I used to use my folder for.

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    Comfortable to carry?

    I have been through a few neck knives including some nice Carters and the like.
    Most I have found to heavy/big to wear all day.

    What works for me is Tom Krein Dogfish, midtech.
    About a hundred bucks or so and the cleanest kydex (sheath) work around.

    Small, light, and lays flat on your chest.

    You can find them in S30V, cpm 154, and a few exotics.

    Regardless, I'd stick to some sort of stainless for warmer temps and body salt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    +1. Neckers are not super demanding other than you want good steel. I have one from Del that's great other than it has some pure nickel in the damascus which pretty much sucks for cutting instruments. I also ground one from a blank Rottman sent me. I use it all the time.
    thats a great idea i will definitely look into this.

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    I have two coming from the talented Mike Davis. I keep checking my mailbox, hoping they have arrived. (it's a holiday here, and I still looked!)
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    I am interested in purchasing one of the above mentioned Tom Krein Dogfish neck knives in S30v but I can only find the cheap knock-offs made by CRKT. Any ideas on where one can purchase one of these?
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