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FEAR of Failure

Mar 2, 1999
Has anyone not used a knife for a job that they needed to do because they feared the knife would fail? Details please.

YES,it is sharp, just keep your fingers out of the way!

On the contrary, if I have questions about a knife's strength, I torture it. It's the only way to be sure. Two that have passed; Chris Reeve Project 1, Buck Titanium.
No, because if a knife wouldn't do something that I thought it should do its pretty much useless to me. I am with Snickersnee on this one.

Well, there must have been hundreds of times when I was carrying a folding knife (before my enlightenment) when I didn't use a knife to pry at something, even lightly, for fear it would break. Does that count?

-Cougar Allen :{)
I carry all kinds of knives, from little keychain knives to big fixed blades. There are definitely times I trade in the one I'm carrying for something bigger. These days, it's not that rare that I trade in my Calypso Jr. for my Axis. The Axis is my folder of last resort -- if the job's too big for that, I grab a fixed blade.

All too often I find myself with then opposite problem. I don't use it because it's too big. Big blades and thick blades don't do fine work at all well, and a knife is a precision tool in some applications.
That's probably why I favor the smaller knives with a versatile assortment of blades.

Desert Rat