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If I could keep only one knife...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JAMacdonald, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. IUKE12


    Nov 25, 2005
    Only one huh, doesn't seem fair but I'd go with my Esee 6 and try not to look at the pile of great knives I left behind.
  2. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Sounds like your Sebenza has a stubborn wire edge, OP. Try a strop and running the edge down a block of wood to knock the burr off. If you're super frustrated, send it out for professional sharpening; I bet your troubles go away. :thumbsup:

    If I could only keep one pocket knife, I'd choose a cellidor two-layer Victorinox SAK. Probably a Compact or Tinker. They may not be super sexy, but the sheer utility of a SAK blows everything else out of the water, IMO.
  3. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    One folder for everything...probably a Cold Steel Recon 1.
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  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    That is an excellent choice. Great knife! It is certainly one of my top 5.

    To me, I still need a small folder for the small things.... but if I had to just go one knife period based on my normal usage these days, instead of the Small Tinker, I would probably go with the regular sized Tinker. I'm used to carrying a small knife every day and both a fixed and folder in the woods. I often carry a small fixed blade as an edc type knife as well. The BK-62 is just a tad too large for edc use but if the world changed, it would certainly be an apt daily carry.

    As @timberweasel said, the shear usefulness of a SAK pushes me to choose just that. I have lots of what I consider better knives, but they mostly stay out of my pocket and a SAK rides there comfortably.
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  5. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    I could go with my PM2 in S35VN for my folder and my Dark Timber Honey Badger in 3V for my fixed and be fairly happy.
  6. A.S.

    A.S. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Spyderco Delica
  7. Roy Batty

    Roy Batty Y'all can sling load DEEZ NUTS Platinum Member

    May 25, 2016
    BRK Ultralite Bushcrafter for me.
  8. RoyalHolic

    RoyalHolic Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    My Cold Steel Code 4 takes the cake, My Sebenza is awesome but if I only had to keep one knife...........Code 4.
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  9. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    No way I could do it. But if I had to...

    Probably my Manix 2 CTS-XHP. It can handle most tasks. Plus it's a decent fidget knife, plus CTS-XHP, plus those ironwood scales...
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  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Only one knife? Such a silly, unrealistic premise...
    About the only time I only have one knife on me is when I'm at work. Usually it's 3. A fixed blade, a modem folder, and a traditional. Sometimes I carry two fixed blades, but may (unintentionally) pocket a folder out of habit.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2020
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  11. RoyalHolic

    RoyalHolic Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    I think OP is saying if he could only keep one of the knives he essentially reviewed as he went through a list of most brands he's tried out.
  12. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Yes, I read his post... and think it's great that he was able to pick just one knife from all that he's tried. Quite a few others have chimed in; some with their one, others listing multiples.
    Would my response have been more acceptable if I had said I could be satisfied with a specific unnamed custom fixed blade, Reate K2 (bronze), and Buck 501 (green canvas on s35vn)? I could...but I'd still need onefor work.
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  13. timberweasel

    timberweasel Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    It isn't the easiest thing to admit as a knife-nut, is it? After dozens and dozens of knives, thousands of dollars spent, and it's a $30 SAK that gets the nod... :oops: :D

  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    It really isn't but I have come around to just accepting things as they really are. 90% (at least) of my cutting can be handled easily with a SAK and I use the small set of added tools on the Tinker more often than I care to admit sometimes. Lately it has been the flat head screw driver and I like having options on opening bottled drinks when I am not at home. I simply don't like to have a pocket full of stuff.
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  15. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    One knife forever? Maybe if you were Otzi the Iceman.
  16. blanex1


    Feb 11, 2015
    the sebenza 21's are fine but one must strop CPM S35VN to keep it running sharp.
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  17. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Come on your on BladeForum! No one has just one knife. :rolleyes:
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  18. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Agree with Large Sebenza drop point or my Case Bose Premium Stockman. Both have flawless craftsmanship, made in USA, and will most likely have superb customer service long after I'm gone.

    A Ducasse will be my next purchase. Absolutely stunning work, at least by visual inspection, as I have not handled one yet. Seems to me like a modern twist on Ron Lake knives.
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  19. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
    Yeah I guess I’m comparing to Benchmade 154 which holdS an edge far longer than my CRK. I’m sure they’ve heard the “too soft” complaints so many times they just disregard the suggestion.
  20. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020

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