Besides CPK knives, whaddaya like?

TRfromMT

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Besides CPK... I like cast iron! Makes the best deep dish pizza, for example.

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I’m at the point where I have trouble justifying fixed blades aside from CPK, with a few exceptions (Joe Watson makes a hell of a discreet carry fixed blade, a niche Nathan hasn’t filled yet). I haven’t quite figured out my folder grail. I’ve owned most of the trendy and/or classic ones (CRK, Hinderer, Holt, Shiro, zillion Spydercos and a bunch of Benchmades etc). Demko AD-15 might be close to “the one” if I had to pick; it’s got a chunky ergonomic handle, a fidget friendly lock, and a beefy blade with a great hollow grind.
 

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I’m at the point where I have trouble justifying fixed blades aside from CPK, with a few exceptions (Joe Watson makes a hell of a discreet carry fixed blade, a niche Nathan hasn’t filled yet). I haven’t quite figured out my folder grail. I’ve owned most of the trendy and/or classic ones (CRK, Hinderer, Holt, Shiro, zillion Spydercos and a bunch of Benchmades etc). Demko AD-15 might be close to “the one” if I had to pick; it’s got a chunky ergonomic handle, a fidget friendly lock, and a beefy blade with a great hollow grind.
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I spent a little time splitting kindling for the fire pit with the Aurora Borealis Kodiak by forum user RevolverRodger. I didn't do any chopping with it, everything was already in rounds, but it split really well. The straight grain stuff was effortless and the ones that needed a little more persuasion, it had their number too.

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I saw these for sale and thought they were a great value and good looking knafe!!! I’m interested in hearing how the SK85 holds up.

I spent a little time splitting kindling for the fire pit with the Aurora Borealis Kodiak by forum user RevolverRodger. I didn't do any chopping with it, everything was already in rounds, but it split really well. The straight grain stuff was effortless and the ones that needed a little more persuasion, it had their number too.

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I saw these for sale and thought they were a great value and good looking knafe!!! I’m interested in hearing how the SK85 holds up.

This is my first experience with SK85. It came nice and sharp, and the geometry is good. I will say that I hit a knot in one piece of wood that stopped the blade solid and I thought well here we go. My boy and I glanced at each other real quick and then I drove it on through the knot with a few whacks. No blade damage to be seen. Got his nod of approval ha.

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I like this Eric Fritz knife I’ve had for awhile. I’m not sure if Nathan would consider it a Bowie. It doesn’t have a trailing point, it’s more like a clipped point with a nice swedge that’s almost sharp. It does have an Ironwood coffin handle though.
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I've applied couple of coats of wood conditioner (supplied with my Larch wood cutting board) to these GB axe handles and they are coming along but the one on top is developing a much nicer color (patina? for wood?) on the shown side. I wonder what made that hickory darken faster, because they all started with the same yellowish color without the conditioner. Maybe you woodsy guys can help me? recommend better oil or conditioner? I have good quality mineral oils too :)

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Sadly whoever packaged the middle axe, the Large splitting Axe, fudged up because the GB booklet was wrapped around the bottom of the handle which put impressions and dimples. I will be doing paracord wrapping any way for both hands, on the bottom and up top by the neck so no worries for those impressions.
 

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I have been meaning to post this for a while. Lucas Forge made this. I requested it to the specs in Kephart’s Camping and Woodcraft to pair with my hatchet. I received it late last season but I was able to use it for three days, mostly in kitchen duty. It’s so simple but it feels just right. It’s genuinely uncanny. I pick it up and it gives me this “ah” feeling. Like, to me this is how a small knife should feel. It wasn’t crazy expensive either, all things considered.
 
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