Mystery GAW/Challenge

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Crazy Canuck, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Here's part of the beef... We're a bunch of carnivores here so it's not holding up for long. :p
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  2. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    Ok, sign me up, Mr. Mike :thumbsup:
    I'll be totin' my custom spanish-made navaja. Not sure why I stopped carrying it. Probably because it lacks a lanyard hole and would ride sideways in my pocket, something I am not a fan of. This week will give me time to experiment with a couple different carry methods I've been thinking of trying.

    [​IMG]IMG_20190524_5614 by Pine Moon, on Flickr
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  3. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I'm retired, so I can devote full time to this project.
  4. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Great idea for a GAW, Mike, and I can't resist playing along. I'll also jump on the bandwagon and play for @Modoc ED if that's okay.

    A few years ago, @WhittlinAway sent me this kind gift of a Western USA 6504 Whittler. (c.1979) You may notice it looks a lot like my avatar. (way back when I joined BF, I just arbitrarily selected from some images on my computer, thinking I'd change it from time to time, staying with the theme of old print catalog pictures. I got lazy and that never happened. I can't change it now or no one would recognize me ;)) This one was in such fine, new-old-stock shape, I put it aside thinking I'd keep it for a spare in case my old, almost worn-out version broke or something. I'm starting to realize that I have too many knives to wear any one of them out, and they will all outlive me, so I'll take this opportunity to carry and use this nice little knife. Maybe I'll even try a little whittling this week, but no promises. :D
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  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Try the safety pin, it's a game-changer. :cool::thumbsup:
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  6. Crazy Canuck

    Crazy Canuck Singing along with the voices in my head Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    I've been tempted to try that too John, but I'm always worried it'll open and poke me in the leg!
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  7. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Good to see you recommending this, John, and I can give a testimonial that it's a marvelous carry method. I learned it from @redsparrow (thanks, James :)). All of the pants I wear often have a safety pin forming a little "pocket sheath" in the left front pocket, and it stays there through the laundry, hanging in the closet, walking 5-6 miles per day.

    Mike, I think I've been using the safety pins in my pants pocket for at least 2 years and have only experienced your "nightmare scenario" once! :eek::thumbsdown: To me, it has been well worth it! ;):thumbsup::thumbsup:

    - GT
  8. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I've only been using it for about 6 months, but I haven't had one pop open on me yet.
    I use a pretty strong safety pin and pinning it in my pocket is now a daily routine, like putting my wallet in my pocket, it's just habit now.
  9. Crazy Canuck

    Crazy Canuck Singing along with the voices in my head Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    @5K Qs you didn't tell us what you were going to be carrying. ;)
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  10. JTB_5

    JTB_5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    You went small, and I went big. That's a really nice peanut. I gave one to my wife to replace a knife she had confiscated by TSA. It really is a handy little knife.

    Thanks for thinking of me.
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  11. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    After a couple years of using a safety pin to form a sheath out of a corner of my RFP I finally had to upgrade to a couple of stitches. I never had a pin open accidentally but one pulled thru the flimsy pocket material. Now I only use a pin temporarily until I can sow the 2-3 stitches it takes to make a permanent sheath out of the pocket's corner.
    I found I can comfortably carry a larger knife when it stays upright rather than when one lays sideways in the pocket.
    Sorry for the derail, just want to make pocket carry as safe and convenient as possible.
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  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    The Bullnose makes a pretty good steak knife...
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  13. btb01

    btb01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Great idea for a GAW, Mike! And a great knife choice, too! I love the Case Texas Jack, but I don’t carry mine as often as I should, either.

    That said, I have a few other knives in mind for this (plus, I carried my Texas Jack just last week for @Jack Black‘s Random Tuesday thread), so I’ll make a selection by tomorrow and post it here once I’ve decided.

    Excellent choice, John! I think the #71 Bull Nose is absolutely the best bang for your buck when it comes to GEC knives, and it’s one of my favorite knives. I have a few that I carry all the time, and a couple “backups” still waiting for some pocket time. :rolleyes: :D
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  14. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    I don't have a picture handy but I think I'm going to start carrying my second hand, modified Schrade third generation congress stockman whittler thing.
    The previous owner sharpened it with what appeared to be concrete at about 70 MPH.
    I cleaned up and sharpened it to be a whittling knife but eventually it was pushed out by something else.

    It'll be fun to carry it again.
  15. jnaught


    Mar 13, 2017
    My selection:
    I’ve actually never carried it. Bought this for my wife before we were married (everybody should have at least one pocket knife...). She carried it for a bit, but it has just been sitting in my knife drawer for a few years now. Still had the factory edge on it and was still mostly sharp. Took it to the stones anyway this evening and erased the micro-bevels. Looking forward to pocketing it; it’s a beauty:
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  16. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, I’ll be back, anyone need anything Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Great idea for a GAW !!!
    I’m new to the traditional side of the forum here, so not an entry, but still wanting to play.
    Couple here don’t see much carry time
    Western from my younger days
    Imperial BSA Cub Scout
    An a Gerber steel to keep em keen
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  17. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Alright, I will be carrying my Opinel #8. I like it, and it cuts well but I never use it because I always think itll be too fat in my pocket. So I am going to try it out for a week and see what happens. Good luck everybody.:)
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  18. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I'm in.
    I've had this Camillus 69 with fancy liners for a long time, and may never have carried it. Too fancy? Too narrow in the blade? Too much bulk for the blades? I don't know. We'll see how it goes.
  19. CelloDan

    CelloDan Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    I have posted before how much I like my Grohmann slimline and yet I have never used it. It just sits above my desk on a shelf. So I will take this opportunity to carry it and give it some well deserved pocket time.
    I bough it in person at their factory in Nova Scotia. I asked if they had seconds so the front person went inside and after a while came out with this one at 50 % off. I still don't know why is a second ( even after the employee showed me some supposed minor flaw). Looks just fine to me. :)

    My two Grohmans on top of a Nova Scotia lighthouse :D
  20. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    Yes... Heard that one here before, John. I believe it was from you.
    The pin method is one such way I'll be trying this week, likely today :thumbsup:
    The other is this modified slip with belt strap.

    [​IMG]20200308_090256 by Pine Moon, on Flickr

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