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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by MattWRog, May 22, 2020.
+1, or better, +318
Moki small fish owl for me too...though I’ve been carrying it since the dead of winter.
A MAM or maybe a Svord Peasant? I don't know how light the Svord is.
A peanut pattern or size might be another option?
If your shorts can use a belt, there's always the Buck 110 or 112. Both are under half a pound, so are not very heavy. Weigh less than half what a loaf of bread weighs, even. I don't know anyone over the age of a month or so in good health, that thinks a full loaf of bread is heavy.
This thread is timely. I was thinking just this same thing the other day. For me, I want a Stainless Steel with scales that can get wet. Last year it was a mix of SAKs. This year I am thinking of picking up a Viper Swayback for outdoor summertime activities.
Lots of good suggestions. Hard to beat the Moki at 1oz
Another way to go during the summer with light weight shorts is a sheath/pouch on the belt. Then you can carry even a large knife with relative ease. Also, I find small knives in light weight/floppy pocket shorts tend slide out when you sit down.
Buck 303 comes in at 3.25 long and less then 2 oz. all stainless and punches way above its weight class.
I find it to be the perfect summer carry.
If you like big knives, the SK blades smokejumper version of the 110 is slimmed down to just 3.2 ozs and comes in cpm 154.
@Signalprick makes lightweight mods. Here is my brand new #71 with Micarta and G10. Light as a feather.
True and I think weight is crucial when wearing shorts or lightweight trousers, you don't want some anchor weighing you down Actually, it's likely one of the reasons pocket-clips became popular, many people dislike knives banging about in the pocket, but then, Moderns tend to be massive and unwieldy You won't find a better made knife than the Moki, plus it's lockback. It's all about precision in action and form, it's a gem The only criticism I'd level at it is the Micarta is rather lacklustre, or rather shiny Bit like old LP vinyl....
CASE Sodbuster junior has already been shown but this too is an inexpensive but decent lighter knife, if you want a more pointy blade it's worth looking for a Queen Cutlery Country Cousin, their version of the Sodbuster, slightly smaller than the CASE but has D2
Absolutely. Modded or custom made shadow and liner-less opens up all sorts of possibilities.
I have a small collection of linerless slip joints and they get most of my pocket time.
My other favorite summer carry is a case slimline trapper with the caplifter. Much smaller and lighter than a regular trapper.
The stainless blade is great for the lake or beach. Just long enough to cut summer picnic food and the caplifter is the most important summertime tool.
I had almost forgotten... I had a Cold Steel "Lucky" for a while, then gifted it to a friend, but it was amazingly lightweight, with two blades, opposite end. The blades are identical in shape, but one is serrated. The steel is S35VN, and it's linerless carbon fiber. It was made in Italy for Cold Steel, and I probably should get me another one. It also comes in a single blade version, called the "Lucky One".
I was surprised how nice it was... and amazed how light it was.
edit: I had forgotten it comes with the unmentionable clippy kind of thing on it, but it's a quick job to remove it.
Summer carry is usually something in stainless, usually a 4 1/4" Stockman, but a couple of other knives do make the rotation, like the 2018 forum knife. Which carries really small for a 4" knife. No problem at all in the lightest of shorts.
I have a green victorinox alox bantam resting among my summer gear, that is really light, slim and ready to open a refreshing beverage.
Not many SAKs lighter than this!
I carry these lightweight builds from @Signalprick alot lately. The smaller one hasnt left my pocket since i got it. I highly recommend Jason if you get the oportunity to get one of his builds or have him do custom work do it!
Do you have any requirements other than no SAKs or Opinels? Blade length? Number of blades? Thickness?
Whenever I’m wearing athletic shirts or track pants I generally carry a 100% non-traditional Spyderco Dragonfly. Because I’ve had slipjoints jump out of the pockets of such clothing, I clip it onto my waistband.
Lightweight slip joints is a topic near and dear to me. Here is a folder of pics from some of my favorites from Dunlap, Good and Ohta:
Lookin' good fellas! You guys rock!