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Tactical to Traditional??

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by xICEMANx, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. jujigatame


    Mar 21, 2005
    There's no reason you can't have a nice balance of traditional and modern if that's what you want. I moved out most of my modern one hand openers and stuck with a small stable of Spydercos. Other than that it's SAKs, old Case, old Camillus, and a GEC.
  2. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Ok guys if this turns into an excuse to talk about and post pictures of your non-traditional knives it'll get closed real quick.
  3. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    It seems I am moving more toward traditionals myself. A year ago I was heavily into Benchmades and thought the axis-lock was the greatest thing in the world. But, I guess, the novelty wore off and I started to look for something different and decided to get a traditional to see if I would like one. I did. I now have 6 Sod Busters, 3 trappers and 1 swayback gent, all by Case. The swayback gent is my favorite traditional. It is a 2009 (NOS) with navy blue bone scales. I bought it at a hardware store, which seems highly appropriate for a Case. It does most of what I use a knife for. And I can sharpen this knife with the equipment I already have.

    There is something appealing about things that were designed a long time ago that are still being made today. Like a Harley V-twin motor, a Colt 1911 pistol, a Buck 110 or a bone handled slipjoint knife. I myself have a Walther PPK/S that I carry for self defense. That line of guns was designed in 1929. I guess I'm old school deep down.

    Looking at the vintage catalog sticky thread in the traditional forum I found a 1913 Sears catalog sheet with a Wilbert "sensible cattleman's knife" that looks amazingly like a Case trapper pattern. Heck, Wikipedia tells me that the oldest pocket knife was found in Austria and was made around 500 BCE. It had a bone handle.

    When I die I would like to be found carrying a quality knife that reflects my values. I'd like the coroner to say "Well, he had good taste in knives." Perhaps a bit morbid but that's just me. I'd be OK being found with my traditional navy blue, red shield, bone handled wharncliffe bladed knife.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014
  4. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    I was in your same position. I will say this though. There is a tool for every job and need. I wouldn't rush out and sell your "tactical" knives just yet. Instead of looking at them as macho "tactical" knives, look at them for what they are, a rugged tool that you can appreciate the engineering and design that went into them. A quality built knife is a quality built knife, no matter if "tactical" or "traditional". If you are going to sell off stuff, get rid of the lower quality knives and keep the good ones. As someone who just loves knives, no matter what style you want to put them in, I prefer quality over quantity. I love traditionals and my new forum knife, but I've also rekindled my love with Emerson knives. Can you think of two totally different knives than a 77 and a Commander? That all being said, I know from experience, if you sell a quality knife to pigeonhole yourself, you'll eventually end up regretting it or buying the same knife down the road for more $$. It's easy to get wrapped up in something new and exciting. Variety is the spice of life. Just my .02
  5. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    Yes, there is much truth here. I don't plan on selling any knives. Quality is quality, I, like you, buy quality when I can.
    Traditionals are new to me and perhaps I am being biased due to the "newness."
    But there is something about them that is different from my other knives.
    I do enjoy my high tech stuff, too.
  6. arizonaranchman


    Jan 1, 2012
    No stable of traditional pocket knives is complete without an SAK :)

    Vic Farmer in orange Alox
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014
  7. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Have the same one.. it's usually close by on weekends.
  8. csisland


    Aug 8, 2013
    Have you used the saw at all on that Farmer? I don't think I would use the saw on the SAK. If I'm going out camping or on a long hike, I usually just take a Laplander along and stick it in my backpack.
  9. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Agreed. Once I got my GEC 72 I was hooked. What I love/hate is that you can't just go out and buy whichever you want. It's like they are all limited editions and once gone, they are gone (at least with the GEC stuff). I really love the single blade versions, but everyone has their favorites. I remember making a list of about 8 the day after I got my first. You do just feel cooler with a traditional in your pocket.
  10. Hawk45

    Hawk45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    I haven't on my Farmer, but I have one on a SAK I got when I was in Boy Scouts as a kid, and it does very well if you take your time on small limbs and if you need a precision cut.
    Most anything you are going to cut with it you can probably break by hand if it's dry. It is useful if limbing small green limbs. It won't do as well as your folding saw though. It's serviceable in a bind.
  11. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    GEC Bullnose or Bullbuster! Go!
    Or, a Case Sodbuster!
  12. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    Lately, my interests have been running back to traditionals like those of my youth. As far as SAKs go, I've been carrying one or other regularly for over 30 years now...for the last 15 years, a Vic Executive.

    I went through a few years of hardly buying any knives at all. So far this year, I've bought a few traditionals by Case and a Buck. Not only are good traditionals very effective in most day-to-day uses, but in general, except for GEC, they tend to be much less expensive than most basic modern folders. I also like fidgeting around with them when I'm sitting around, something I don't do with my moderns.

    That said, I still find moderns have their own uses. I carry a Spyderco Pacific Salt down in my pocket and don't clip it. I also own a Sebenza and Umnumzaan. That's not counting the high number of moderns I also own. They have their place for me. So for myself, there is no either/or.

    I have been preferring to hang around the traditional and multi-tool forums lately more than the other forums/subforums, though I rarely post, since I can't post photos of my knives.

  13. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    double post.
  14. Bladenoobie1


    Jul 20, 2012
    I got into traditionals as they are easily pocketable, have thin blades, and good cutting performance. I haven't purchased any tactical style knives in awhile. Been sticking to pretty much just traditionals.
  15. sunandsteel


    Oct 23, 2013
    Even though I only own 1 Bullnose, I like the Sodbuster and Sodbuster type knives alot.
  16. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Us older guys were into traditionals before they were called traditional. I remember when it was just called a pocket knife. ;)

    If you think finding certain ZTs is difficult try finding a Case/Bose Swing Guard Coke Bottle/Swell Center Jack.

    There's a lot more chance of building a nice collection of vintage traditional knives and definitely a lot more to choose from.
  17. Chris Montgomery

    Chris Montgomery

    Dec 8, 2011
    Exactly! I remember the first time I saw a "modern" one hander. I thought kinda cool, but wow is it ugly. As a mechanic I can appreciate the tight tolerances and mechanical locking systems, but for me it's kinda like seeing a TV screen in a car. They are kinda cool but not my cup of tea. I miss the days when travel time included family conversation and games of "I Spy". There is an element that's missing for me, a complete disconnect with the values my father tried to pass down. There is an elegance that is missing that I cannot find in "tacticals". And yes I do occasionally wax nostalgic.

  18. Dean51

    Dean51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    No stable of traditional pocket knives is complete without a 4" Stockman:rolleyes:
  19. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    No, it's not!

  20. Dean51

    Dean51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    I saw that SAK and couldn't stop myself. :)

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