Thoughts on the "best" knife?

Joined
Mar 18, 1999
Messages
9,964
I find the question of "what is the best knife..." posted quite a bit on the forums(I'm guilty of this too!) Ever since my childhood, when my love of knives started, I have been on a quest for the perfect knife. As I have grown older, I have realized there is no "perfect" knife. And what does that mean anyway? Perfect as far as what? I have come to another, and even more IMPORTANT conclusion. If I were to find the perfect knife, I would have to stop buying new ones! Maybe my wife would like that, but I wouldn't! I like trying new and different blades, while still keeping around old favorites, which are less than perfect. Just some idle thoughts while sitting at work.
smile.gif
 
I think the best knife is the one that you think is the best.
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by tknife:
I find the question of "what is the best knife..." posted quite a bit on the forums(I'm guilty of this too!) Ever since my childhood, when my love of knives started, I have been on a quest for the perfect knife. As I have grown older, I have realized there is no "perfect" knife. And what does that mean anyway? Perfect as far as what? I have come to another, and even more IMPORTANT conclusion. If I were to find the perfect knife, I would have to stop buying new ones! Maybe my wife would like that, but I wouldn't! I like trying new and different blades, while still keeping around old favorites, which are less than perfect. Just some idle thoughts while sitting at work.
smile.gif
</font>

 
Since I own TOO many knives to post a BEST knife. Let me state that the best knife, is the one on you when you need it.
Collect them, rotate their use in your daily carry, whatever. When you need a knife, it is the one on you that always seems the best. My..02 worth

------------------
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear. G.Liddy
 
I think except of some very specialised designs almost all general utility knives out there are good enough to do about anything you need to.

Seb
 
The best knife is the best knife for the task at hand. For instance, I wouldn't want to have to rely on my small sebenza to chop down small trees or split kindling and by the same token, I wouldn't want to have to rely on my battle mistress to clean a small trout or fillet a bluegill.

But one thing all my "best knives" have in common is that they are durable. I hate knives that are unreliable and prefer ones that are designed to last a lifetime or two of moderate to hard use.

------------------
Hoodoo

I get some pleasure from finding a relentlessly peaceful use for a combative looking knife.
JKM
 
I think most of us would have a different idea about what the best knife is. We all want different thing out of our knives.
Also, the knife that we think is best now will not be the one we think is best in the not to distant future. A new favorite always comes along, and I would not have it any other way.

Keith.
 
There's a similar editorial on this in this months Knives Illustrated. I agree with what everyone here has said. There really is no one best knife. I have may favorites that I carry but if you asked me to tell you what I thought the best knife in my collection was I wouldn't even know how to try to pick one.
 
Back
Top