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Philosophy of carrying a knife?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Blowpop, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Learning too what I like and consider important, it is a process. But starting to not be afraid to use what I have, not abuse, but still use for just plain cutting things because it needs to be cut. A couple of points of that education so far: Thinner is usually better, decent steel will do just fine, decent fit and finish, and a comfortable handle makes for less blisters and hot spots.
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  2. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2018

    "Many times I thought I had found the perfect knife but was hesitant to use it when the opportunity presented itself due to a few factors; price, collectability, and resale value (new vs like new vs used). So I would end up keeping the knife in my pocket and babying it so that I could then sell it without losing much money and have gotten to experience a more rare knife."

    This has happened to me so many times it's not even funny. But now I do have a kick ass collection.

    I found my most perfect knife to be at $150-$250 range, close to 4 inch blade (3.5 to 4.1) and I do like CPM 20CV M390 and S35VN a lot.

    So now my pocket carry depending on a day: Coldsteel SR1, Spyderco Endura, Benchmade Barrage 581, ZT 0452 and LionSteel KUR.

    The one I love the most: Lionsteel KUR ($185)
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  3. Blues Bender

    Blues Bender Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
  4. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Heh, serious Prac-Tac fiction spillage going on.
  5. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I believe mans attraction to a knife is hard wired. Put a Neanderthal in a modern kitchen and what is the first thing he will recognize and use?--A knife.--KV
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  6. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2018
    Wow! What a story! Thanks God you are fine and you were able to deploy the self-defense tool in a timely one-second/split-second fashion...

    I do usually hate to say I carry knife for self-defense because I am not a Ninja and just a have a basic training that allows me to use knives and swords - something I learned on my own.

    I usually tell anyone who asks me what the best self-defense knife to go and get a Zig Zauer or Glock 40 caliber or at least 9mm with hollow head bullets. In this century unless you are trained to use a knife - knife for self defense is not a good idea.

    But again I carry my knives to open boxes, letters, cut cake at the office at work (does freak some people out if I pull my ColdSteel 4Max) or cut an apple, or wires or other lunch items...
    But it attacked I want to be sure of one thing: I can deploy it out of my right pocket and open it and have it in a defensive or offensive hold in my fist within 1 second...

    LionSteel Kur on ball bearings, Benchmade Barrage 581 or Coldsteel Sr1 or 4 Max does satisfies those requirements. Deploying 4 max is a bit tougher, super huge knife.
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  7. Basp2005


    Dec 6, 2015
    Have a knife.
  8. bouddha0357


    Jan 23, 2013
    This is my EDC:

    Al Mar Eagle HD
    Leatherman Wave +
    Bit extender and bits
    Duct tape
    "Survival" cards

    The philosophy is as follows:

    - Simplicity
    - Modularity
    - Adaptability

    There are very few situations that couldn't be made easier with this EDC.

    The Al Mar Eagle HD is my favourite folding knife, VG-10 is more than enough for most use, it's solid yet thin and light, and most definitely a user!!

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  9. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    There is no perfect knife. Knife materials and designs change and evovle all the time, so do personal interests and preferences. What you think as perfect today may not be so tomorrow. For me, I just enjoy what I have NOW, and if I lose interest in a knife, I move it.
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  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    @Blowpop Just want to tell you that I enjoyed your story and I have similar feelings.
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  11. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
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    My EDC's are not hard to sharpen, and they have superior edge retention. The William Henry B-15 Titan in ZDP-189 at 67HRC sharpens easily on Shapton Al2O3 water stones. The Darrel Ralph custom MADD MAXX in CPM S-90-V sharpens easily on Venev Diamond "stones".
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  12. Enactive


    Nov 30, 2018
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  13. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    When I started collecting watches I had a old watchmaker tell me. If you're to scared to walk down the street without it getting stolen, or if it got broken can you easily replace it? If the answer is no then it's too much watch for you.

    I feel it's the same with knives. If you can't replace it, or you're too scared to use it then it's too much knife for you.
    I'm guilty of this myself. I bought a used William Henry and I can't bring myself to even cut paper lol.
    I believe everyone has a limit. I know my limit keeps going up every year. But I also know mine is pretty low @ $200. Any more expensive and I can't bring myself to use it. But there is probably some crazy guy out there prying a paint can open with a $1000 knife
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  14. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Ergonomics are more important than the newest blade steel. So are blade geometry and heat treatment.

    Give me a SAK, a modern locking folder and a fixed blade. The SAK gives me a dress/travel knife.
    The modern folder is for EDC and the FB for field/camping use.

    For example:

    1. Victorinox Cadet
    2. Benchmade Griptilian
    3. Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter.

    With a three knife combo you have most everything covered.

    Adding a multi-tool is a plus. So are an axe and folding saw.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2019
  15. Stumpy72

    Stumpy72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 5, 2018
    If I had to articulate a philosophy of choosing what kind of knife to carry, it’d probably be something like “Pick a knife style and size (thumb stud opener, flipper, large or small, etc) that’s appropriate for your intended needs and uses, buy the most appropriate one that you like, can afford and stick with it.” Owning more knives than you carry at one time is collecting, which is a totally different subject than carrying. I’ve now been carrying one knife exclusively for >10 months and that exercise has made me realize that my collection of ~2 dozen folders is totally unnecessary for carrying purposes.

    The anecdote above about having a knife confiscated by law enforcement was a real eye-opener for me. That story speaks volumes in favor of carrying modestly priced knives--like for instance a Spyderco Endura instead of a Shiro 111. If I ever had an Endura taken from me, I wouldn’t much care. If my Shiro 111, 95T or one of my Damascus CRKs ever got grabbed, my agony would know no bounds. That story now has me reconsidering my high end/high price preference and seriously considering downgrading into far more modestly priced knives.
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  16. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    I'll admit to not having been here for a while. :) Once I found 'the one' I kinda lost interest.
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  17. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    I carry whatever knife I like. (plain nothing fancy multiblade traditionals for the most part.)
    I don't have anyone to "impress" and I feel no need to "impress" anyone.

    I consider a knife a tool. I never felt an urge to impress anyone with one of my wrenches, ratchet and socket, file, chisel, hand plane, or ratchet strap, either.

    I've noticed over the decades that friends who had fancy stuff and showed it off ... lets just say their fancy stuff had a tendency to "grow legs and walk away" when they were at work or something. (to include their fancy vehicles in the parking lot.)
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  18. JB in LV

    JB in LV Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2016
    OP, I consider myself fortunate to have knives that I carry, use, and enjoy. They range in cost from Opinel to Sebenza. I have always leaned toward traditional slip joints and mostly hang out in the Traditional SubForum. I am also quite fine with modern takes on traditional patterns. Look for quality, value, and try to match what I carry to my expected uses in a given day - working in an office, around the house and yard, kitchen/food, camp/hike/backpack, minimal whittling, et cetera, et cetera. My reality is that an Alox Farmer or Cadet would usually be all I need, for cutting and their added versatility, but I enjoy variety. Kitchen knives (mostly Shun) for daily cooking and food prep.

    There is an element of having the ability and discretion to have nice items that I could not earlier in life, but have now earned. I generally budget, then get something I want when I set aside enough. And take care of what I own. I am not conspicuous in how I carry or use, respectful but also not overly concerned by the opinions of people who are not me. I have pretty much dialed in these preferences, and have knives to enjoy for the rest of my life.

    Another philosophy is to be positive on this site, pursue topics of interest, read posts by others that may have different uses and opinions, learn, enjoy, and share with like-minded people.

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  19. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    For a work EDC that I open boxes with and some use carving up plastic
    I use a 117 dollar Spyderco Lil Native. I love one handed use and the compression
    lock is ideal for that. The blade came perfectly ground in S30V and works perfectly
    for 3 weeks or so then I sharpen on the sharpmaker. This takes 3 minutes!
    Even though the Lil Native has only 2 inches of sharpened edge it does everything
    I need. I love the cutting performance, handling, ease of edge maintenance, and
    small size and weight. Even though it slices well, it has a decent spine and a strong
    enough tip. It also does not trigger muggles!
    For me it is the best EDC knife I have ever owned. It needs nothing.

    I have lots of other knives of course. And on the weekends everything from a Police 3 or 4,
    benchmade infidel, ZT 0452 or 0462, or Native Chief may be in my pocket.
    Most used weekend blade for cutting? Bentobox blue scaled M390 Para 2. It still does
    not need sharpened!!!
    I really prefer large knives. But I discovered how nice a wicked sharp slicey small
    one is...and it was a bit of a surprise to me. And S30V works perfectly for EDC.
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  20. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    The best EDC knife is the one you have available when you really need it.:)
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