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Known for their tactical gear 5.11 Tactical also provides EDC products for the average user. Recently 5.11 added a couple new EDC blades to the budget category, making them accessible to everyone. The Base 1SF and Icarus DP Mini are solid options for even the most budget minded knife user.
The Base 1SF is a great option for yourself or a loved one. Its small size will easily fit onto any keychain, while the hardpoint carabiner allows you to attach it anywhere. However, the included split ring prepares the Base 1SF to start accepting keys right out of the package. And, with a closed length of 2.365 inches, it is barely noticeable.
The Base 1SF is constructed of 8CR13MoV stainless steel; a lower end steel that is fairly tough and corrosion resistant. The use of 8CR13MoV stainless helps to keep the costs down, while remaining a serviceable option. Although it does not hold an edge quite as long as other stainless steels, it is easier to sharpen.
The minimalist design of the Base 1SF comes to a full 3.85 inches, open. When open, the blade is held securely in place via the frame lock. The 1.5-inch sheepsfoot blade is great for utility and self-defense and is legal in most all jurisdictions. You still want to check your local laws and ordinances to be sure that this style of knife is allowed.
At only $15 each, you could easily slip one onto every keychain and never be without it again.
As with the Base 1SF, the Icarus DP Mini is constructed of 8CR13MoV stainless steel. This keeps the Icarus DP Mini both functional and affordable. That can tend to be a sweet spot that is hard to hit.
The 2.8-inch blade features a drop point and is legal in most jurisdictions. As with anything, always check your local laws and ordinances. The saber grind provides a little more meat behind the edge, making it more robust for harder tasks. The Icarus DP Mini comes to a full lockup via the liner lock.
The body of the 5.11 Icarus DP Mini is constructed of FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) and has skeletonized liners, keeping the weight to a light 2 ounces. The Icarus DP Mini utilizes a two-position deep-carry pocket clip, configured for tip up carry. Coming in at 4 inches when closed, it has a very small footprint in the pocket, for comfortable daily carry.
At only $30 it is hard to go wrong with the Icarus DP Mini. K&G
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Base 1SFBlade Material: 8CR13MoVBlade: 1.5 inchesOverall: 3.85 inchesClosed: 2.365 inchesThick: 1.8mmMSRP: $15.00
Icarus DP MiniBlade Material: 8CR13MoVBlade: 2.8 inchesOverall: 7 inchesClosed: 4 inchesThick: 2.5mmHandle: FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon)Weight: 2 ouncesMSRP: $30.00
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for, Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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