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Pocket fixed blades.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, May 15, 2012.

  1. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004

    Of late I've been playing more and more with small pocket fixed blades, traditional of course. Last winter I picked up a pocket puuko, for lack of a better description. As you can see from the peanut tossed in for scale, and the Mike Morris pocket fixed blade I've carried a fair bit, it's about the size of a open peanut but with a thicker handle for a better grip. It's actually a good knife, carbon steel, and holds and edge very well and cuts well in spite if the thick scandi blade profile.

    Aside from the problem of arthritis in the hands, I can see the big advantages of the pocket fixed blade, like no cleaning of hidden areas or the blade being hard to open with cold/wet hands. People who have seen it seem to think it's cute, and the fear factor seems non existent for the non knife people. I guess the looks are disarming.

    I wonder if pocket puukos are the answer to the senior citizen pocket knife?
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  2. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    Who are you and what have you done with the real jackknife? Posting pictures and now using the term fixed blade, it's like you're an entirely different person. ;)

    I can definitely see the advantages of a small fixed blade. They're lightweight, convenient, and stronger than a folding knife. For some of us though they're not practical for everyday use. Fixed blades look out of place when wearing slacks or khakis. And though a person can carry one in his pocket, that isn't always a legal option. In my locale, fixed blades must be worn openly. Keeping it in your pocket, or in a neck rig under your shirt is a big no-no.

    I have picked up a few small fixed blades along the way. I like to carry a puukko when I go out on a dayhike.


    - Christian
  3. DrPenguin


    Mar 2, 2005
    Nice little knives Carl. I like them. I have never owned a fixed blade in my life by am strongly considering one to replace my broken locking blade hunting knife. I'm not sure I've ever seen a little fixed blade like that in years. Kind of brings back memories of the old Case finns from when I was a kid.

  4. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    The holy grail of peanuts makes an appearance.
  5. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004

    Just an old dog trying to learn and keep up with new tricks. I've got to learn this stuff.

    Yes, there's a little problem with the concept her in Maryland too as far as the fixed blade having to be in plain sight. But there are sooo many advantages. Being an old timer, I've always felt the sheath knife was the original one hand knife. Growing up, it sometimes seemed like every second man had a Case or Western, or Kabar little finn style of knife, and it was small and discrete enough that they were accepted to be worn in public. Not just for hunting either. Delivery truck drivers, warehouse workers, dock workers, and construction workers wore a sheath knife on a regular basis. The Buck 110 changed all that in 1963. In the last quarter of the 20th century the whole knife scene changed dramaticly. It went from the everyman having a two blade jack for edc and a small sheath knife for harder work, to one hand folders with all kinds of blade locks.

    I'm just a hold out.

    To me, it still makes more sense to have a small pocket knife for 98% of way you do, with a sheath knife on deck for the just in case factor.

    There, I called it a sheath knife.:D

  6. brets-ftw


    Sep 11, 2010
    I like the idea of a small fixed blade along with a jack knife, in fact that's why i carry them but never in pocket, way too much clutter in them as it is.
  7. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    This is great news! I'm going to stock up on popcorn and get ready for some pics of the legendary knives we've been reading about. :thumbup:

    -- Mark
  8. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator

    Sep 2, 2004
    I'm a huge fan of small fixed blade knives. Here's a couple that find their way into my pocket now and then:
    Jerry Halfrich "Russell Terrier", 6 1/4" OAL with a pocket clip sheath.
    E.G. Talley City Knife, 5 7/8" OAL with a KSF pocket sheath
    Don Cowles, 6 3/4" with a pocket clip sheath.

    You are onto something, Carl. I can carry these in New York state without any concern, so I do. I wonder if the pocket clip sheath would qualify as "plain sight"?
  9. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    In CA a pocket fixed blade knife can get you in trouble. A fixed blade knife is considered a "ready weapon" and as I said can get you in trouble in a hurry. Some do carry them and the "ready weapon" rule is used mostly for those that have committed some other infraction to add more weight to that charge.

    I've always been satisfied with just carrying a folding knife in my pocket. When I do carry a fixed blade knife (rarely these days), I carry it on my belt in plain view.

    Surprising to me Gary that NY lets you guys there get away with carrying a fixed blade concealed in your pocket. Nice knives you've pictured above by-the-way.
  10. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi guys!

    I like the concept of these small pocket fixed blades... I don´t have one til now. Here in Germany are not very much of them available. Neckknives are easier to get, but they are no traditionals, usually :(

    Your knives look really great guys! Congratz on all of them!

    Kind regards
  11. kamagong


    Jan 13, 2001
    Get yourself a nice puukko Andi. They're easy enough to get from Finland.

    - Christian
  12. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi Christian! Puuko from Finland would be a good choice... I wanted to have one anyhow... Just own a couple of Moras which are scandi-grinded, like them as building lot knives.

    Kind regards
  13. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator

    Sep 2, 2004
    Ed, I live in Central New York and our local laws defer to the state law for weapons, to the best of my knowledge. Many local jurisdictions have their own laws, NY City being one, so you have to be concerned about where in the state you are. I used to get to NYC quite a bit on business, but now it's an occasional trip for a ball game or shopping (if my wife twists my arm hard enough).
  14. USAFSP


    Jul 2, 2000
    I would love a little pocket Pukko. Right now I carry a Chris Reeve Professional Soldier in my pocket usually. It’s a 3 finger knife but it’s comfortable in the hand.


    I have a folder but I prefer the Chris Reeve for EDC. I do wish it came in a colour other than black but it’s a tough little knife. It’s about the size of a small Sebenza when open but the blade thickness is about double that of a Sebenza.
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  15. rinos


    Feb 17, 2008
    Puuko usually isn't very small,and if peanut is not there i could mistaken that puuko for "regular size"knife :)
    I like idea of fixed pocket knife and have couple ,that i use that way,but with 2"-3" blades


    Like this one
  16. MT Damascus

    MT Damascus Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    This is a Boker damascus Beauty, a Teyke design, 2.5 in blade of 20 times twist Damasteel, full tang, Damasteel bolsters, dovetailed, and Massaranduba handles. It has a belt sheath, but I thought it fit the thread. It is a great little knife.

  17. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Carts before horses, the sheath before the knife: I love the look of the KSF pocket sheaths, enough that I'd like to have one and then determine what smalled fixed blade to get, to put in it. :)

    ~ P.
  18. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    i actually started carrying pocket fixed blades before i switched to slip joints
    here's a couple
    ray laconico

    brian andrews prk

    couple bark rivers
  19. Frederick89


    Dec 30, 2009
    In Finland very small puukkos, called junki, can be used as pocket fixed blades. They have a 6-7 cm blade and 9-10 cm handle usually.
  20. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    I think they work pretty well. I have a couple that I sometimes carry around home, but unfortunately can't carry them off the property because of the ban on concealed fixed blades. I do like them, though.

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