Carrying Good Quality Knives

good quality knives

I am a great believer in carrying good quality knives.  A couple of years ago I purchased a Benchmade 940 Osborne.  Since then I have been using it as my everyday carry and it gets some rough treatment.

Recently I was involved in insulating two buildings with 2-inch rigid foam insulation with a thin aluminum facer.  After experimenting with a few ways of cutting the insulation, I ended up cutting it with my Benchmade.  I used it to cut most of the insulation in both projects.  The knife held up very well.  Here is a link to one of the projects Shipping Containers and How to Insulate Them 

My knives are normally kept very sharp and after all this it still retained a good cutting edge.  A few strokes on Spyderco crock sticks and it was as sharp as ever.  This particular knife is just one of the many good choices that are available on today’s market.

Every good prepper needs to have good quality knives.  Just be sure that you are not violating the law in the area in which you reside.  I know in some of the large metropolitan areas knife laws are now becoming common.  For instance, the City of Los Angeles bans concealed knives with blades over 3 inches.  I attempted to find a website with a good explanation of these laws but was unable to find one that I would trust.  You need to check the laws in your local area.

Good quality knives do not necessarily have to be expensive.  They just need to meet the following criteria.

  • Maintain a good edge
  • Either be a fixed blade or lock in the open position.
  • Serve the intended purpose

That last one, serve the intended purpose is very open to interpretation.  I have a friend who has carried a cheap knife that he purchased for under $4.00 twenty years ago.  He is an avid hunter and every year, he uses this knife to clean and gut large game, including deer, antelope and elk.  The knife has served him well.

Finding good quality knives is a very personal thing.  The one that works for me may not work for you.  Take a good look at what is available and see what fits your needs and always have a spare for backup.


5 thoughts on “Carrying Good Quality Knives”

  1. I also picked Benchmade as my EDC knife. I selected the Griptilian with the 3.45 inch blade, AXIS locking mechanism, and thumb stud opener. I saw it mentioned the most frequently as a good outdoor knife. In VA, don’t have to worry about being a little over 3 inches.

  2. My own experience has been that plain carbon steel blade, properly eat treated, are more easily maintained in the field than modern high-tech specialty steels which defy resharpening without diamond Lansky or professional grade equipment. I keep multiples of serviceable, factory-made knives, old Cammilus, K-Bar or Mora, which are touched up with a pocket steel or DMT diamond rod after each use. Carbon steels seem to generate better sparks for fire starting and I won’t cry if I break one abusing it as belay anchor piton lowering a stokes litter or having it stolen in a devceloping country on deployment as happened with my Loveless chute knife.

  3. I carry a DMF folder from Gerber. I believe that the best pocket knives for my self defence and use them for everyday carry.

  4. Another fan of the highly serviceable and affordable Mora here. Best blade for the buck, hands down winner among factory-produced blades! And for less than 1/10th the price of a real handmade Kainuun puukko imported from Finland!

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