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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 22-rimfire, Jun 29, 2018.
Whatever knife is in my pocket with me that day. I don’t carry multiple knives as I feel as though that’s a bit excessive. - it can be anything from a strider to hinderer to chris reeve.... I don’t own any knives I am too afraid to carry and use, I spent too many years doing that... never again!
Granted I don’t need to use my knife a whole lot. I just like knowing it’s there if I need it.
Depends on what I have to do.
Usually either a stockman or a 4 blade scout/camp/Demo knife or a SAK with scissors or a wood saw, depending on which I need.
For breaking down the boxes used to ship me stuff, I use a Stanley 10-499 box cutter.
Of course for spreading butter or whatever on bread, or roll, a muffin, or bagel, I use a no name cheap "butter knife" or the back of a spoon if my butter knife is AWOL.
benchmade mini grip, everyday without fail.
I have also pared them down,mini grip is a given snagged at a going out of business sale for $40.,it's great edc my 220 case that was a Christmas gift,alox electrician and my victroinox executive which probably sees the most use,been on the hunt for a nice med sized stockman but just can't pull the trigger on one, to each his own
This has been a really fun thread to see get recycled and it's been interesting seeing some old and familiar names and how relationships to knives have changed or stayed the same.
Joining BladeForums (and several other knife forums) several years ago was a result of a renewed interest in knives. As a kid, I was fascinated with pocket knives and in college dropped out of the habit of carrying and then came back to it.
When I came back, I admit to going on something of an experimental binge trying all sorts of different things. Eventually, I settled on a pattern of use that has held steady for well over 5 years and with that, I'm no longer straining to find the right thing.
For EDC, I carry a Leatherman Micra in my RFP. I buy em used, tune them up and usually modify the main blade to a sheepsfoot for carving and better package opening.
I also carry a large traditional folder vertically in a pocket I've sewn into my RRP. It's almost always a Buck 110 or Opinel 9, but there's a small cache of favorites that come out for a day or 2 to remind why I love the 110 and Opinel so much.
I keep an EDC bag nearby 99% of the time and I keep a Leatherman Juice there. If I need to do some work on the property, I just replace the Micra with the Juice.
Since August 2017 I've been carrying a Benchmade Bugout every single day. The only change is in February of this year I bought a second Bugout in a different color scheme, so I now choose between the two which color I want to carry for that particular day.
As an aside, others in the thread mentioned that when they pared down their collection it was a liberating feeling and I wholeheartedly second that as it was my experience as well. A few years ago I "finished" my downsizing by paring my collection down to three knives--the Bugout, a fixed blade that lives in my hiking pack (Benchmade Puukko), and another folder that I carry for a dressy event or when I just want something a little different for a few hours (Benchmade Mini Crooked River). That met all my needs and with an extra to boot, just for fun. I thought long and hard about bringing in a second Bugout. In the end, I decided to buy it and trial it. It's been a little different having two knives on my EDC tray and having to make a choice every day because for two and a half years there was no thinking about it, just grab my blue Bugout and go. Choice can be a good thing or a bad thing. Time will tell if the second Bugout or the Mini Crooked River stay because truth be told I enjoyed only having two folders. For those considering paring down their collections, it's okay to take your time. It didn't happen over night for me; I steadily sold a few off at a time until I found the right amount for me at that time. I have had a sense of freedom ever since.
You and @jackknife have certainly influenced what I carry. I think you introduced me to the Leatherman Ps4 Squirt and it has "stuck" for years. I looked at the Micra carefully and judged that I wouldn't carry it as an edc or regularly because I am not scissors oriented on my SAKs or multi-tools in terms of regular use. The only possible change with the Squirt is to change it to the Style PS (without a blade) as I never use the blade on the Squirt anyway.
I also went through a period of buying all sorts of knives. But in the end, sanity and my foundational perspectives won the day. I carried a Schrade 250T for years for both work and hunting. It is essentially a two blade Buck 110 and carries the same. But as time went on, unless I was working in the field or hunting, I stopped carrying the Schrade. Even though I bought a newish USA 250T a couple years ago, I still don't carry it. But it's there should I need it.
fixed blades i have been using the most ka bar 1211 and 1258 for years thay are good knives yes there is better but I like them my SP10 see use when I need a bowie
folders I only really use 3 now one 440 4 inch cold steel ti lite 2 the s35vn ti lite 4 and the cold steel counter point 2 I never thought I would end up using the ti lites so much but thay are good for what I used them for i find the blade shape more useful than I thought so for a few years now only really used them
I carry and use my Spyderco Manix2 Maxamet and my my Spyderco Military S90V, every day.
Admin strongly disapproves of me carrying these on campus, but I have tenure!
Living in NYC I won't carry a flipper or any blade that locks open. The laws changed recently but it's not worth the time to deal with the clueless types. Now I carry a JE Made interframe slippy.
In my collection there a lot of folding knives from Shiro, Koenig, Microtech, SAK, Leatherman, Olamic, Spyderco, Benchmade, Hinderer, Strider, AlMar, Lionsteel, Boos, Reate, Buck, Cris Reeve and ZT, to name a few, they all get some EDC time small that it may be, because the majority of pocket time is spent with one of four Benchmade Bugouts, they do what I need them to do and I don't worry so much if they are lost
This knife gets a lot of use
John Gray nitro v wharnie
Use all my knifes in the right occation, but the occation is most often right for a SAK. Today: The Explorer. Magnifier and tweezers for splinter renoval from the foot of my daughter (after a ice cream-bribe)