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Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 22-rimfire, Jun 29, 2018.
I use all my knives in and around my house.
But this is what I do and can carry legally here.
I always have a Manix2 S110v in my pocket, and then my main user a Mora Garberg SS in a lightweight kydex with a pocket clip(Ulti). The Garberg I picked up in the exchange for $50, probably the best $50 I've spent on a knife!
The S110v Manix2 will cut cut cardboard longer, by my hand loves cutting cardboard with the Mora, lol. Even when the Garberg is dull, it's thin edge still cuts some cardboard well. I cut cardboard all last week(boxes that outdoor tables and umbrellas come in, 100's of them. I dulled so many knife each day, lol, what worked best? A VG10 kitchen knife, lol, even out lasting a bravo1 LT in elmax(all geometry, lol). The Garberg and 2 minutes on a Chosera 800 stone worked well between boxes, strope didn't do it.
I need to add a premium slicer fixed blade to the field, my hunting knifes were to thick, even a LT Wright full flat A2 had to much resistance, but the A2 lasted over double the Garberg in dulling.
I used to carry a Mora Bushcraft Black, but the Garberg is double the knife!!
As a follow up, today I used my Street Beat opening boxes and with some light tasks inside the house today. I also used a Leatherman Rebar to improve some skewers from the camping box we use for hot dogs and marshmallows. And I sat out back and sharpened a few knives I missed yesterday on the sharpmaker, plus sharpening one freehand on a DMT plate and the sharpmaker rods, just to keep in practice.
Then, the whole family ended up outside, building a fire in the firepit to help get rid of some leftovers from trimming bushes around the property a few weeks ago. I used the Mora in the kindling bin, my wife used her Delica, my daughter used her My First Victorinox, and my son used a A.G. Russell Hunter Scalpel. We had a good time making feather sticks and a big pile of dry wood shavings and challenging each other to make the thinnest wood curls possible. My wife got the fire going using some cotton and some old man's beard that took a spark from a ferro rod. We hung out around the fire, keeping warm in spite of the overcast and wind, feeding it small branches until the rain started.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics since I was focused on keeping the kids safe and well supervised. I thought about pics a few times, but... kids ... not only kids, but kids with knives around fire. :~) . . . So no pics, but a lot of fun.
I work in security, and always have a Becker BK5 within arms reach attached to a molle type backpack.
Other than that, I always have a waved (via Snaggletooth MF) Cold Steel Broken Skull. Hate the name, love the knife. Every now and then, it is replaced by a Spyderco H1 or PM2. Or one of my handmade fixed blades if I feel like it.
I’ll post some photos a bit later. The ones made by Murray are super-sharp - I’ve been a customer since 2007 or so. Recently I bought a Muteki made by one of his apprentices. It had good ergonomics, and an overall good design, but I was disappointed in the sharpness and the evenness of the secondary edge.
I admit I don’t use the three-finger test of sharpness. Especially when I’m using waterstones and my left hand is wet - the sensations just don’t give me enough info. So I do what Murray says not to do - run my fingers over the blade sideways. I can distinguish a burr from a grabby edge this way, and my findings correspond to how the knife cuts paper.
Maybe I’ll go attend his sharpening class. Expensive, but I bet I’d learn a lot!
I’m still learning and can’t yet sharpen a blade as sharp as Murray’s are when they’re new. So I use them gently. I have worked on the Muteki, and have improved it - I can use it and get it back sharper than it came.
Buck 110 or Old Timer LB7 (every day for nigh on 47 years, with a 2 week break in 1975) The last month or so, I've had a Buck 112 on the belt.
4 Blade Scout/Utility or SAK Huntsman in my pocket for almost as long.
A (large) Stockman, Canoe, Barlow, (large) Sunfish, Trapper, Sheepsfoot, or Marlin Spike to keep the Scout/Utility/Huntsman company.
Here are my Carters, from Left to right. Carter Pipsqueak (4.75" OAL) (yr 2007), Carter Wharncliffe (2007), Muteki-apprentice (2018), Carter Wharncliffe (2018). I sharpen them with waterstones, at least so far.
I hardly ever use my carry knives. Although, I have found myself in situations where I really needed a knife and having one available made things easier. I don’t carry a knife because my lifestyle requires it, I just enjoy having one with me.
Tramontina in my truck, lighting otf in my pocket and opinel 12 in my lunchbox every day. Victorinox/Forschner at work all day although I have been eying the dalstrong cimeter and boners.
The lightning has shocked me. Been carrying it for 3 years and for the first 2 months I flicked it in and out all day as a thumb exerciser for an injury. I flick that thing at least 20 times daily.
SOG QAD promo knife that came with a sight I bought for my target bow. It's tiny, extremely thin and fits into my fifth pocket where I like to carry a folder as a backup to my daily primary.
They're just cheap junkers but I think it's 8Cr13MoV and I'm very pleased with it overall honestly. I've got two of them.
My primary is a Mora Eldris, tucked right next to my pocket gun.
My buying habits over the next 3 to 6 months are to make sure that I have 2 or 3 of a kind right at 3 inches in blade length. My goal is to fill that need with Spyderco Natives in Maxamet, Bradford Guardians in M390 or Winklers in 80CrV2. They are great knives and I'll wear them every day.
That is the size I prefer as well. I like the Steel Will Mini Cutjack (M390) flipper for this. I just added a Boker Urban Trapper (VG-10) and at least temporarily parked the Mini Cutjack to carry this one and see how I like it. So, far I like it. The blade length feels a little longer than I normally carry and probably because it is very slim. But it is right in the 3.0-3.25" size range I like. I'm having fun! There is always something new, but I have become much more selective in the last couple of years.
All these knives are pretty much daily usage.
^^^Lunch at my desk^^^
^^^Letter Opener on my desk^^^
^^^My custom LM Charge AL, always in the bag^^^
Current rotation. The cf seb and the slysz get more attention than the others though
Right now, out of everything I own, a Benchmade 531, a US made Kershaw Zing and a Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter normally get used more than anything else. When I have the blade redone on my Griptilian, it will replace the 162 as the knife in third place.
However, I was recently given a RAT 2 and it has kicked the zing and 531 to the back of the bus. Just testing it out. Time will tell.
My Cold Steel Code 4, Spyderco Endura 4, Ontario RAT Model 1, Ka-Bar Becker-Necker BK11 and Benchmade Griptilian 550HG have served as my EDC knives (currently it's the Code 4) and they've seen the most and the hardest usage out of all my knives. I've also been rather abusive with my Real Steel Bushcraft 2 (chopping, mainly) so although I didn't use it as much, when I did, I used it pretty hard. My Gerber Strongarm has done some chopping but it has rarely seen use since. The rest of my knives (another fifteen or so of them), including my former EDC knives, rotate for casual use within and around the home, so I basically use all my knives for day-to-day usage.
TOPS/Buck CSAR-T tanto folder. It’s a great durable, well made knife.
I noticed the last couple years I've mainly only carried my Swiss Tool or Leatherman multi tools on my belt and no knives. I've recently changed back to a EDC rotation. Right now I've been carrying my Buck 110 anniversary edition. I've also enjoyed carrying my Spyderco Manix and Police knives. Opinel knives are also in the mix. All these knives I've mentioned are carried in a sheath on my belt...one at a time of course. For pocket carry, I like my mix of SAK. I used to daily carry also my Chris Reeve large and small Sebenza knives and those are in my safe at the moment. I will be eventually letting them out to see the light of day eventually again. I don't like to clip knives to my pocket as they tear up the pocket edges and I already carry a few things in my pockets. Aloha and be safe.
I always have a Buck 110, sometimes a 112, on me. I switch between the pro, the alaskan guide, a stag version and a oak handle version from the custom shop. I grab a modern folder everyday as well. Lately it's been a ZT 0566, Spyderco Native (regular version or lw), BM North Fork, or a BM mini grip. I usually switch every couple days at the most....buy the combo I've been going with the most has been the 110 pro and the mini grip. When the weather gets cooler I'll be grabbing one of my GEC's too.
This is my EDC most days of the week. I'll switch it up for the weekend to spice things up, but when I need to do something this 7 gets it done.