Let me look when I get home this evening and see what I have that might fit your needs. I know I have a Benchmade Folder with the Spyderco hole in the blade but it's drop point instead of tanto... It's real easy to flick open and carried point up ( hinge down ).
If not Benchmade also has a nice one here :
benchmade mini griptillian in drop point or sheeps foot,
or a spyderco delica . I know a guy who loves his tenacious G-10, but i think its a bit heavy. I had a tanto blade for a while, worst EDC ever. you loose a good portion of your cutting edge, and they were designed for piercing ancient armor, unless you are punching through car hoods, id skip it, HYOH
you could also get an opinel for 15 bones, rock that for a couple of months and then buy a fancier edc knife later. I loved mine.
Last edited by dedominick; 10-30-2012 at 12:50.
The crkt ignitor and M4 both are assisted (outburst in their language) opening and I have experience with both. I gave an ignitor with green/black G10 handles to my father and really like the safety that keeps it from opening until you depress the botton on the thumb stud. It worked really well and was a very natural move when opening the blade. I have been carrying a carson design M4-02S (stag handle version) for about 3 weeks now and love everything about the knife except the thickness of the stage handle, I wish it was just a bit thinner. The steels are comparable on both and of decent quality stainless that seems to hold an edge fairly well. They both carry tip down right hand and open very quickly with minimal practice. The carson M4 is beautiful and requires a bit more push on the thumb stud to open then the Ignitor does. The G10 handle on the ignitor is a thinner profile and sits real nice in the pocket. Both blades are 3+ inches and both would work really well for you IMHO.
Most current mid range folding EDC knives open really quickly today, the benchmade griptillian (both full size and mini) are wonderful knives that even without assisted opening take minimal push on the thumb stud to fully deploy. Beware of some assisted knives that like to open in your pocket.
I loaned my girptillian to my wife in the garden about a month ago and she lost it. I found it with the mower about 2 weeks later and for that reason I pulled the M4 out of the drawer and now carry it. Don't get me wrong, I like the M4 a lot but the griptillian opened almost as quickly and just as easily but was a lot more knife then the M4 however it also cost almost double. There is a trade off.
Best of luck looking for a new friend to carry with you every day.
I have tryed all kinds of knives but have never been able to replace my Flash II. I have never worn one out. I have had 2 of them and just seem to lose them. As far as the requirements you have about the clip, I dont think there is another company that has the clip so close to the hilt. The next best thing that I have found is my EESE Izula if you dont mind a sheeth blade.