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My ONE & Only

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by HunterSheffield, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. HunterSheffield


    Jul 10, 2016
    Being a "recovered collector" of many things and embracing a minimalist lifestyle I find myself at bladeforums doing the research to find the one and only EDC knife. I have always carried a pocketknife since I was a teen. (over 40 years).... My Dad gave me my first knife, a small Case 2 blade peanut in stag. I carried it for over 30 years until I lost it unfortunately during an auction in rural Indiana. I purchased a PUMA 572 "Senior" and carried it for several years thereafter. Recently a friend asked me if I would ever sell it and if I would, he wanted to buy it. I told him I was thinking of buying a new knife and promptly told him if he picked up our lunch tab he could call the PUMA his own.

    Now....for the big question. I have narrowed my choices down to THREE knives and I truly desire to own only one. As an auctioneer I can tell you I sell off massive collections and those experiences lead me to the mantra of "Buy Once" I desire very few material items in my life but what I do have should be of the highest quality...(within reason). I believe that any of these would do the trick honestly but I wanted those of you with so much more experience to provide some guidance, even if it was YOU and someone asked, "if you could start all over and only own one knife, what would it be?"

    Candidates are....Lowest price....Spyderco Delica Medium Price Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Highest price Sebenza 21 small

    Thanks in advance for any and all constructive feedback and suggestions...perhaps I am missing a knife that would truly be a One & Only. Be brutal. you won't hurt my feelings if you think I am totally offbase.
  2. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014
    Sebenza 21
  3. wensynch


    Apr 30, 2016
    This is more a question of how much you willing to pay, then it is which of the 3 would be a good EDC fit for you.

    If money is no matter, I think the answer will unanimously be Sebenza. It is 2x the cost of 1 and 7x the cost of the other.

    Delica is a fantastic EDC. Tried and true, reasonable costs per construction and it's easily pocketable, big factor for everyday carry. It's offered in plenty of blade shape and colors and it's easily replaceable with another.

    PM2 is their bread and butter for everyday carry non-ordinary duty, ie military, law, knife stuff.
  4. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    With your parameters, the Sebenza is worth the investment.
  5. Dknight16

    Dknight16 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    Small Sebenza. It is both elegant in design and fully capable in function. If you are going to go to one, why not make it completely great rather than completely adequate?
  6. ExtremAddiction

    ExtremAddiction KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 12, 2013
  7. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Yep. If you are going for one and done, get the Sebenza. Better to have one $400 knife than 10 $40 knives. Nothing wrong with the other choices, for that matter.
  8. Scott Dog

    Scott Dog

    Mar 15, 2000
    No doubt get the sebenza
  9. JR88FAN


    May 5, 2013
    This is exactly where I am at...

    I've owned a few hundred knives, and the most I had in my collection at one time would be around 50.

    Obviously a lot of them where not users, but most of them where, and as my tastes changed over the years so did my knives....(My price range during the past 2-3 years has been $400-$2K...)

    The one knife I avoided during all my years enjoying this hobby and always searching for the "perfect knife" was anything from CRK. (The only knives I "knew" I wouldn't like even though I never tried one)

    Late last year I finally bought a small 21 Insingo.....and I learned a lot after using it non-stop for about 4 months;

    There is no "perfect knife"
    FOR ME, the Sebenza is as close as it's gonna get...

    I now ONLY own 1 knife: A large 21 Insingo, and for the first time I am not "chasing" anything.
    I am enjoying a knife that doesn't lose it's initial appeal, and a knife that for what I like, has no faults...it's a fun time.

    Sometimes I gotta laugh thinking about how much $ I spent just to end up finding "perfection" in a relatively inexpensive knife that I could have bought a long time ago, but I really think that using so many different knives over the years is the reason I can really appreciate how good this knife is.
  10. gonebad395

    gonebad395 Ironworker!

    May 19, 2015
    I own the large inkosi and when it comes down to it if it's one and done crk is where to go
  11. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Welcome to BFC huntersheffield!!!!!
    Looks like the Sebenza is the route to go. And I must agree, it's not the perfect knife, but it's the perfect knife for me. You'll have to post some pics when you decide which knife you're going to go with.
    Spyderco and CRK have forums here. Have fun in your hunt and enjoy the stay here.
  12. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I'm not a fan of either of those three knives. Just never found anything I liked about them.


    If you told me I had to pick one of these knives for the rest of my days, I'd pack the small Sebbie 21 Insingo.
  13. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Gotta go with the Seb!

    Thread needs a pic!

  14. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    Out of your list, the Sebenza!!!
  15. gdpolk


    Sep 19, 2011
    I'd go with the small Sebenza personally. I'm not a big folder guy and even I can see why it's so highly regarded and have thought about getting one after borrowing a friends a few times. I really prefer my Leatherman for edc most of the time, but every time I play with a Sebenza it just seems right.
  16. rcb2000


    Apr 15, 2014
    If I could only have one for life, probably a Sebenza
  17. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Welcome to BladeForums, HunterSheffield. Of the three you picked...for me, it would be my small 21 Insigno. That said, you should go with the one you think will give you the most pleasure.

    @ JR88FAN: I'm not sure I could go with only one knife, though I too enjoy the minimalist philosophy. I'm getting there slowly, but surely. :thumbup:
  18. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    I've never handled any of those three, so I'll leave the knife recommendations to others. However, I will recommend that once you have made your purchase come on here to post a pic and then never come back on this forum again. Yes, I'm being serious for your own good. Just enjoy your one, and leave it at that. I'm moving towards a more minimalist lifestyle myself, but I still have five folders at the moment when I only need two. So good on you for sticking to one.

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  19. luke86


    Mar 29, 2015
    Ditto. Make your selection and never come back. These things can be addicting and this forum will just make you want to buy more. I can't stay away.
  20. Slipperyfish


    Apr 6, 2014
    I too only look for the one perfect knife. The perfect folder, fixed blade for bushcraft, fixed blade for skinning, folder for small tasks, folder for defense (never mind the fact that I will probably never need or use one for defense), perfect tanto, perfect auto, etc, etc, etc, etc.... Help. Gator's advice is paramount if you only want one knife. This place is evil;)

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