Before injury and the doctor told me I had to switch to low impact, I ran 30-40 miles a week (trail running to be specific) with a CRK small Sebenza. I found it light enough to not bounce around and the clip was strong enough that it stayed secure. Anything heavier got annoying. I did it for...
Without question, my most versatile knife is the Fiddleback Forge Monarch. It’s the biggest fixed blade I can easily carry almost everywhere with a basic sheath. Blade length (3.75”) is enough for almost any task I’d use it for, EDC or in the woods.
I do not carry a knife for defensive purposes.
When not in the backcountry, I typically carry a small fixed blade (<2.75”) for general usage, and a small traditional folder as a back-up for those times when an extremely sharp/thin blade is a better option. It works for me.
I do this too for knives I love, mostly to have a back-up in case of loss. So far, the few I have are:
Fiddleback Forge Esquire,
CRK Small Sebenza,
GEC 62 and 29.
I could see a second Fiddleback Forge Sneaky Pete and Monarch, though these are not easy finds.
I’ll second the Fiddleback Forge Monarch. It’s as big as I would be willing to EDC. Crazy comfortable and shockingly easy to conceal.
I’ll also nominate its smaller brother, the Esquire. It has been my most carried knife over the past year.
I’m sure this was a very tough decision, but I’m also sure you made the right call. No time off and working through chronic pain is simply not sustainable. If you had stayed on that path, bad things were bound to happen.
Nice review! I agree with all of the points made so far, especially those about torque control and being a compact powerhouse. The handle is a perfect length for me and I appreciate the extra purchase I get with the taller design (vs say my bushraptor). It’s a hell of a slicer at 1/8” stock...
I certainly haven’t tried them all, but so far, it’s the Esquire for me. I give it a slight nod over the Runt for the slightly longer blade, but I can’t argue against the Runt. To be honest, I go back and forth on those two. The Runt’s three finger grip is a lot more secure than I thought it...
I’ve had good success using Howards Feed & Wax on my wood handled knives.
Regardless of what you were told, never put a wood handled knife in the dishwasher. Immediately hand wash under running water (i.e. don’t let it soak in water) and dry. If carbon steel, wipe with oil (I used mineral)...
My guess is the answer is around legal liability.
I’ve had enough hand to hand combat training to feel like I could fight at least as well open handed with much less liability.
As a rule, I stay out of high crime areas. If I feel a need to carry a weapon, it’s going to be a pistol.
I greatly prefer fixed these days, but always have a folder on me. My two folders would be:
1. My original CRK small Sebenza - Sentimentality. My son’s scout troop was anti-fixed blade. I carried this on every trip we went on together. Also every trip I went on with my daughter and her...
For all but winter backpacking, I have never needed more than a sharp, 4” long, 1/8” thick fixed blade. I always have one of those on me when I’m in the woods.
For winter overnighters, I add a GB small forest axe, largely because it’s the one backcountry arena I actually plan on...
For me it’s about having a low threat option. Slip joints fill that bill perfectly.
For stealth, speed, and strength a fixed blade cannot be beat.
Modern folders are a compromise between the two. While they certainly have their place, I’m solidly in the fixed and slip-joint camp. If I have...