Light weight knife for hiking - have to admit, it makes a difference.

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HARDBALL, Victorinox makes a version of the paring knife that comes with a red plastic blade cover. Makes is ideal for stashing in a pack. They also have a nylon belt sheath for them. Sometimes hard to find, but they are on the 'net. Great little knives to have in a pack, they do cut like the dickens!


Hi "jackknife"

Oooh, a Vic Paring Knife with Red Plastic cover (and/or a Nylon Belt Sheath) excellent! I will have to search for those items. Thanks.
 
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Hidden tang puko's are pretty traditional wilderness knives.

I'd probably take the one on the left. 15n20, .07 thick. Burnt hickory handle through peened tang.

Relatively light.

Hi Big,

Sweeeet Puko's! In fact, I wore my "lil' Jewel" in the Woods today. Great super lightweight Knife to wear/carry. I too own a couple of "Silky" Saws. A BIG one and a smaller packable one. Awesome Saws.

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I so have a Silky Saw Zubat that is very light, and might be a good option if I really needed to cut wood.
Hidden tang puko's are pretty traditional wilderness knives.

I'd probably take the one on the left. 15n20, .07 thick. Burnt hickory handle through peened tang.

Relatively light.

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I so have a Silky Saw Zubat that is very light, and might be a good option if I really needed to cut wood.
 

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Hi betzner,

What is the correct "spelling" of that 0.95 weight Knife. I tried to search but can't find. Thanks.

HARDBALL

It's custom, designed and made by Raimund Lhotak. The blade length is just under 3" and accounts for the lesser weight. He also produces a slightly larger model, also in titanium, as shown below, at around 4" - weight less than 3 oz.............

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It's custom, designed and made by Raimund Lhotak. The blade length is just under 3" and accounts for the lesser weight. He also produces a slightly larger model, also in titanium, as shown below, at around 4" - weight less than 3 oz.............

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Raimund also makes a much larger camp knife that can't be but 5 oz or so.


While we're at it, how about a 10 oz machete? :D Could be brought down to as little as 6 oz.


Could also go with a 30" long camp axe at about 2 lbs. Could easily be as little as 1.5 lbs.

 

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The absolute lightest fixed blade knife I own is a Spyderco SEARK. 2 oz. A fellow could do worse.
 
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Hi all,

Oooh Man, I got it bad! The Knife Bug! I just tonight ordered the following Knife (which I've wanted for like ten years) : HARDBALL

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Getting ready for a nice 12 mile hike right now. I hike alot, this is what I have over the years boiled down to as essential:

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Basic water procurement, medical supplies, shelter start, fire, and signaling. A tiny bit if extra calories in case.

Buck Paklite and Leatherman sidekick are plenty for me on almost any day hike. Over time ounces are really adding up to holding me back. I diched the larger backpack for a lightweight one, that also really made a big difference.
 
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I know no one will believe any human could carry that much weight but, just in case I get into an emergency or survival situation in a forest wilderness and need a knife that will do just about everything a knife can do, on long hikes and camping trips I carry a knife that weighs a whole pound!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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I've thought about taking something like one of these paring knives into the woods, as weight conscious fixed blades:
Dexter Russel commercial paring knife & Spyderco Paring knife
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The Dexter Russel weighs .75 of ounce - would need a sheath. Very flexible blade, but thin and sharp, stainless.

Spyderco is about 1.7 ounces - also, would need a sheath.

Spyderco has a great handle, to me - well shaped, could be used with thin gloves, sanitary. Thin stock, little bit stiffer than the Dexter, easier to pinch grip due to taller blade. Very sharp and stainless, too.

Those Dexter Russells are lasers. Light as a feather and cut like nobody's business.

Victorinox makes one identical to it, and they make a little sheath for them as well. We keep them around at work, and I have one in a B.O.B. now too.

Dirt cheap. You can toss two of them in your pack with sheaths for next to nothing.
 

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Those Dexter Russells are lasers. Light as a feather and cut like nobody's business.

Victorinox makes one identical to it, and they make a little sheath for them as well. We keep them around at work, and I have one in a B.O.B. now too.

Dirt cheap. You can toss two of them in your pack with sheaths for next to nothing.
I too, have liked Victoronix versions. I have not picked one up, but I've thought that one would fill the intent of this thread, plus the blade covering/slip cover would make it ready to go from the start. They have a sheepsfoot version, too.

These little paring knives fly beneath the radar, in my opinion. Lots of value in and out of the kitchen. I think I payed $7 for the Dexter.
 

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I am going to buck the trend and stick with the Great big camp knives. I may travel slow, but I will go in style. Oh...and no spandex either. :)

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I am going to buck the trend and stick with the Great big camp knives. I may travel slow, but I will go in style. Oh...and no spandex either. :)
n2s

I can understand hiking with a 2 lb Croc Dundee knife, but not wearing fuchsia-colored spandex? Man, get with the times.
 
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I've thought about taking something like one of these paring knives into the woods....

I think you are on the right track here. If you hang out at the Backpacking Light forum, the "little vicki" 4" Victorinox paring knife accounts for most of the mentions when it comes to carried knives. I've got one for backpacking, weighs ONE OUNCE with sheath. But the blade is 0.05 in width, which is so thin it makes me nervous. If I were hiking the Appalachian trail with lots of traffic, it'd be sufficient. But going solo into remote areas, I prefer a knife that's at least 1/8" thick.
 

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I think you are on the right track here. If you hang out at the Backpacking Light forum, the "little vicki" 4" Victorinox paring knife accounts for most of the mentions when it comes to carried knives. I've got one for backpacking, weighs ONE OUNCE with sheath. But the blade is 0.05 in width, which is so thin it makes me nervous. If I were hiking the Appalachian trail with lots of traffic, it'd be sufficient. But going solo into remote areas, I prefer a knife that's at least 1/8" thick.
It's true, one can always go lighter.

I think 3/32" to 1/8", depending on the the blade geometry, is pretty sturdy and I too, prefer something a little more robust. My activities outside can wander into fatwood hunting, bow drill fire practice, fire making, and other prying and scraping type practices...sometimes I need more than lightweight slicing.

So I bring two blades....one to save weight and the other for fun :D
 
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