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Choosing a knife is a very personal thing. A lot depends on why you want it. Even through a knife is very versatile, the design and size of a knife can affect its performance. One of the most experience hunters I know, field dresses out all his game from elk to birds with a small inexpensive 2 ½ inch bladed pocket knife. He claims larger knives are too cumbersome.
Personal if I am going out in the woods for any period of time I will carry a larger sheath knife (normally an old Marine Corp K-bar) and a folding knife at the very least.…Read More...
This article on tools and knives was written by Ed, a friend of mine.
Any “tools and sharps” in your bug out bag, stashed in the man overboard bag or aircraft crash kit must be compact, durable and versatile. An old school friend of mine was a Navy Chief Construction Electrician who always carried a pair of linesman’s pliers, box cutter and screwdriver everywhere he went. When he worked at many military installations and US embassies overseas, he couldn’t carry a “weapon,” but could go almost anywhere carrying his VOM meter and tool belt.
He recalled several times during the Cold War when his everyday work tools served an impact weapons, prisoner restraint, intimidator or come-along.…Read More...
Being retired gives me the time to research and play with a lot of different products. As a result I am always on the lookout for different and uncommon items. The other day I ran across the most unusual knife, the Cardsharp by Iain Sinclair. They call it a Credit Card Folding Knife. It is the size of a credit card when folded. It has a shard steel blade with a plastic handle when unfolded and is a approximately 5 ½ inches in length.
I have played with the knife and unfolded and folded it numerous times with no sign of ware. …Read More...
One question that always intrigues me is what kind of knife people carry? I normally always carry at least three knifes. They consist of a Leatherman Wave, an older Gerber multi tools and a Spyderco.
I have been carrying the Spyderco since about 1991 and I use it almost every day. Out of the three knifes this is the one that gets the most use. The one I am carrying, I believe to be an early model of the one they now sell as the Endura with a 2 1/2 inch serrated blade. The serrated blade has proved to be surprisingly easy to keep sharpened. …Read More...
I know that some of you will disagree with me on this one. For a good knife for field use that is adequate for self-defense, I like the USMC Mark 2 Combat Knife, commonly called the KaBar. This was first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in November 1942.
Since the early 1960’s I have had several of these and they have all held up well. They have a seven-inch blade which I have found adequate for chopping up wood for kindling, making snares and other uses around camp. Just the other day I used one for cleaning and filleting salmon.…Read More...
Knives are a subject I have wanted to write about for some time. The reason I have hesitated is that the type of knives you select is a very personal thing. I am a collector when it comes to knives; I have all types and sizes and never have less than two on me, often more.
A few simple guidelines will help you determine what type of knife is right for you.
- Fixed blade or folder, a fixed blade is normally bigger and stronger. A folder is lighter and easier to carry concealed in many situations. In some states, a fixed blade may be illegal to carry concealed.