Great Idea for a thread Pinnah
I started down the traditional path within the last year. I have always carried a more modern type single blade folder up until I purchased my first GEC, which happened to be a #79 workhorse whittler. Working in countertop fabrication and installation I use a knife every day. I had owned and carried one or two different folders for years and then I got the bug. I started going through knife after knife, different company after different company. I have had the pleasure of using some mighty fine non traditional knives but I guess non of them really screamed at me as something I really wanted to carry every day and use. They worked for the most part at my job but I still found myself using a utility knife more then the blade I had clipped in my pocket. Then one day I found my old camillus BSA whittler in a box in the garage and boy did that bring back some great memories. I brought it in the house and cleaned it up, started carrying it in my shorts when I got home for the evening. It was only a couple of days before I gave into my urges and strolled into this sub-forum. I started going over my uses of a sharp edged tool during a normal day, scrutinizing over what tool would work best. It was then I realized that I grabbed that razor knife more then my folder because of the blade length, I could control what I was doing with that shorter blade more. But I also realized that I still needed something longer for the occasional task here and there. Most of the time I am cutting open tubes of caulking, cutting shims down. Scraping dried adhesive or cutting old caulking joints. Shaving a piece of wood or cutting a rag or cutting a notch in the cabinet. Opening boxes and cutting templates are tasks I do almost every day. Most of these tasks I would perform with my razor knife, it gave me more control. Now enter the #79 workhorse, a blade that has changed how I look at cutlery and what I consider an edc. It took me a few days of carrying both it and a modern folder before I could fully trust it. Once the training wheels came off I have yet to look back. I have now as of today not a single modern pocket knife in my possession. I also do not own any single blade traditional's yet(and I am sure that will change) because I am still stuck on the multiple applications a knife with more then one blade can be used for. Right now I am not using the #79, I carry a smaller 2 bladed Jack on GEC's #66 frame. It is very close to what I perceive my perfect knife to be. I am starting to lean more to a spear blade as my choice for a main blade. They are typically thicker then a clip and I dont find myself using the fine tip of the clip for piercing. Though I will say that my #66's clip point has held up just fine. I also prefer a straight blade for a lot of tasks, the wharncliffe/sheepsfoot blade on my #79 really opened my eyes to how well that blade shape lends itself to cutting templates and doing the finer tasks like shaving wood. I am still learning and experimenting with what works for me. I have a GEC #66 stockman that should be here soon and am going to give it a try. Its fun trying new patterns and I enjoy it tremendously. Since carrying a multi blade traditional in my pocket I rarely reach for my razor knife anymore and that has saved me money on those blades(not like my knife buying hasn't exceeded that savings ).
I do not notice many people using traditional's on job sites. Most guys use the modern with a utility knife combo. While I still use my utility knife, its mainly for dirty jobs. I am searching now for a good fixed blade to carry in my tool bag for the rare occasion I need one. A few times I have caught a look using my traditional and I take the time to educate and explain when I can, trying to convert others . I recently shared how I gave one of my helpers an older blade of mine, he still carry's it every day. While I am willing to pay more then $100 dollars for the knives I carry, away from this forum I dont know many others that share that same appreciation for a great knife. I think the $50 dollar mark is the roof for most guys working construction from what I have seen. Sure I will occasionally see something pricier then a delica but for the most part I see cheapo gas station blades with the occasional case knife here and there. I do notice that guys are willing to pay good money for multi tools which I really dont understand but that is a little off the topic. Unless traditional's start getting carried in movies or on t.v. shows I really dont see them becoming a trend. Most people scoff at the fact it does not lock open. The modern day folder companys have done a great job brainwashing the locking function as a mandatory design feature on a knife. They have their uses yes, but not for an edc knife, not for me anyway.
Looking for a good conditioned TL-29, wooden scales with no factory bail(no lock preferred either). PM or Email me if you have one for sale, thanks.