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Bill R
12-10-2007, 07:06 AM
Time for another pocket knife thread.

At work, I have a Leatherman WAVE on my belt, and a SOG Flash II in my Carhartt jacket pocket.

I also always carry a Buck Cutback clipped in my pants pocket.

What do you all carry?

Ian McColgin
12-10-2007, 07:16 AM
I keep looking for someone to make the perfect folding riggers knife:

One side a spike,

The other side two blades, one sheeps foot thick back, the other serrated edge,

Bolsters cut for shackle key,

Fat screwdriver nub at one end, and most of all

A shackle loop at each end so's I can hang it from both ends on a neck band and it won't pendulum about.

paladin
12-10-2007, 07:33 AM
balisong with titanium bolsters in pocket....Randall #2 in my go to hell bag, Randall #1 in the survival kit.....

TomF
12-10-2007, 08:40 AM
Nothing too special ... I rotate between a couple of swiss army knives (huntsman, camper), an cheap old Barlow with great carbon steel blades and a black handle ... was my dad's, and sometimes a hawkbill.

If I'm taking a jaunt into the woods, sometimes I'll add a 4" or smaller fixed blade. Usually a cheap pukko by Moro, a belt knife designed by a friend for deer hunting, or another I ground from an old file based on the old French boucheron style ...

Canoez
12-10-2007, 08:45 AM
Swiss Army "Tinker" model. Don't leave home w/o it.

Wife bought me a Gerber multi-tool years ago. Don't care much for it. Would probably like a Leatherman product.

Phillip Allen
12-10-2007, 08:47 AM
I thought such weapons weren't legal in civilized places...

Ian McColgin
12-10-2007, 08:50 AM
I've tried the various immitators of Leatherman, including otherwise good brands like SOG, and they don't measure up for me.

I went up to a wave about five or six years ago and pretty much use all the blades within a week. But I miss my original Leatherman which is so handy and which has locking screwdriver blades.

S.V. Airlie
12-10-2007, 08:51 AM
Swiss Army "Tinker" model. Don't leave home w/o it.

Wife bought me a Gerber multi-tool years ago. Don't care much for it. Would probably like a Leatherman product.

I didn't leave home without it but nor did I arrive with it.. It's been sold at some auction at some airport..

Joe (SoCal)
12-10-2007, 08:57 AM
http://www.premiumknives.com/knifefiles/Kershaw_Shun_Knife/Kershaw_Knives_K1660ST.jpg

Kershaw Ken Onion spring assisted pocket knife is one of the best knifes to have onboard. It opens with one hand fast and has a scalloped edge that can cut through any line, fast. literally if an emergency comes and you need to free a line before you can finish the panic thought this little wonder will have the line cut with one hand while your other hand is holding on for dear life.

It opens as fast as a switchblade, and they sell em in Wallmart for about $40

Canoez
12-10-2007, 09:00 AM
I didn't leave home without it but nor did I arrive with it.. It's been sold at some auction at some airport..

I travel with mine all the time. I do make certain to put it in my checked luggage now.

Only had a problem carrying it once. We were in London getting ready to go on the London Eye and there was a metal detector before you got on. So, I did the prudent thing and handed the knife to the security guard who tagged it with my name and returned it to me after the ride.

Fellow behind me was carrying a slightly larger lock-back knife. They held him and called the police to take him away. Apparently it's not legal to carry a knife with a blade as large as he was.

J. Dillon
12-10-2007, 09:09 AM
I always carry my Swiss army knife ( marine version)even when traveling abroad. The array of blades make it more all round usefull. Only problem is the cutting blades do not hold an edge worth a dam.:( I'm trying to figure out a way to remove the main blade and putting in a hi carbon steel blade. I guess with a bit of tinkering it could be done.

JD

Tar Devil
12-10-2007, 09:15 AM
I guess this is a good place to ask this... I'm wanting to get my son a hunting knife. Recommendations? (For the budget minded, please)

Phillip Allen
12-10-2007, 09:19 AM
fixed or folding Phil?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2007, 09:29 AM
Owing to my own stupidity my Leatherman Wave was confiscated by airport securty in Athens last month. :(

I will have to get another...Christmas hints have already been dropped.

Meanwhile my original Leatherman is on my belt and it is slightly too big, though it is an excellent tool in other ways.

If I have one comment on Mr Leatherman's excellent invention I wish the lanyard eye were a little bigger.

Otherwise I use an Opinel - cheap and simple.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2007, 09:30 AM
I didn't leave home without it but nor did I arrive with it.. It's been sold at some auction at some airport..

snap! :mad:

Paul Pless
12-10-2007, 09:35 AM
I guess this is a good place to ask this... I'm wanting to get my son a hunting knife. Recommendations? (For the budget minded, please)for deer?

Tar Devil
12-10-2007, 09:35 AM
fixed or folding Phil?

I'm open to suggestions...

Phillip Allen
12-10-2007, 09:40 AM
small folding hunter...I don't like stainless but a lot of folks do...nothing big...a Wal-Mart Buck is a good deal at probably 25-30 dollars

Tar Devil
12-10-2007, 09:43 AM
Thanks, Phillip. I'll check that out this afternoon. With or without the hook?

Phillip Allen
12-10-2007, 09:43 AM
just plain...servicable...more likely to still be around after you're gone

Joe (SoCal)
12-10-2007, 09:46 AM
The letherman Wave is a great tool to have in your toolbox or on your belt, but as far as a pocket knife it's WAY too bulky. As a belt knife I guess it's OK.

IMHO a good pocket knife should be something slim and effective that just slips into your front dress pants pocket or work jeans with ease and without bulk, most multi tools don't fit that bill.

TomF
12-10-2007, 09:50 AM
I've always liked fixed better than folding, TD. It means you can use the knife harder, e.g. with a baton to chop through branches etc., as well as for gentler uses.

Depending on the price range you're looking into ...

Pretty much anything by Bark River is quite amazing - in terms both of manufacturing quality and design quality. A very highly rated all-round field knife is their "Scout" - though you can go up or down in size and model and be happy.
http://www.barkriverknifetool.com/furfinfowl/scout/largeknives/10BlackCanvasHollowPins.jpg

Traditional scandinavian knives are an amazing product of design tweaking; they're hugely useful, rather than designed for ego. Ragnar's Forge sells a whole whack of them by major and minor makers - for fair prices. http://www.ragweedforge.com Ragnar's also a great guy.

Bill R
12-10-2007, 09:50 AM
small folding hunter...I don't like stainless but a lot of folks do...nothing big...a Wal-Mart Buck is a good deal at probably 25-30 dollars

Gerber also makes a nice folder with about a 5"-5 1/2" blade, and a no slip handle. I believe it is the Gator(?). I have one on my day pack, and it is IMHO provably the best all-around hunting knife I have used. Big enouth to field dress big game, and small enough for small game. Also, cheap enough so you don't cry if you break or lose it. About $30ish just about anywhere.

JTA
12-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Swiss Army "Tinker". Didn't realize how popular it is. Extremely handy pocket knife for me.

I discovered about 8 months after Katrina that my knife collection had floated away:( I kept all my knives in an old ammo can. It seems that ammo cans float real well. Several were handed down to me, tough loss.

Jack

Canoez
12-10-2007, 10:09 AM
Swiss Army "Tinker". Didn't realize how popular it is. Extremely handy pocket knife for me.

I discovered about 8 months after Katrina that my knife collection had floated away:( I kept all my knives in an old ammo can. It seems that ammo cans float real well. Several were handed down to me, tough loss.

Jack

Like Joe says - it's a pocket knife and you don't want it to be too bulky.

The Swiss Army knives that have everything (including the kitchen sink) always seem like such a pain to me. They do everything you want, but they don't do it well.

Strange, but I seem to have a preference for the Victornox over the Wenger versions, too.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
12-10-2007, 10:26 AM
The Leatherman Wave is a great tool to have in your toolbox or on your belt, but as far as a pocket knife it's WAY too bulky. As a belt knife I guess it's OK.

IMHO a good pocket knife should be something slim and effective that just slips into your front dress pants pocket or work jeans with ease and without bulk, most multi tools don't fit that bill.

I agree, Joe. One good thing about the Opinel is that due to its unusual construction (mostly wood) it is lighter than most folding knives. Its a knife; it does not do anything else. Won't open a can or get a screw out, but it is light (rather than small) and won't be annoying or wear a hole in a pocket.

Mrleft8
12-10-2007, 10:40 AM
I carry a little Buck 3 blade dealie. I think it's the second smallest they sell. I used to have a really beautiful Schrade 2 bladed job that my grandfather gave me 35 years ago, but it grew legs and ran off with someone else the day before my wedding.
I used to be a proponent of the "Bigger is better" school of pocket knives, and had a long list of big 3 1/2" to 4" folding blades that wore holes in my pockets and escaped to freedom down my pants leg.... I keep an Opinel in a zip lock bag in the glove compartment. Love 'em, but they rust if you lok at 'em crosseyed.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
12-10-2007, 10:45 AM
I have a ten-year-old Wichard pocket knife - with which I am very happy BUT they don't make it any more.

http://www.wichard-usa.com/Catalog/knives.htm

Almost all their folders now have a semi-serrated blade - goodness only knows how you hone that.

Bob Adams
12-10-2007, 11:53 AM
A Barlow bought many years ago at the local hardware store, not WalMart.

Spin_Drift
12-10-2007, 12:00 PM
I have one I'm quite attached to and I carry it all the time. Have to to take a photo and post it.

Here is a link to Heimo Roselli, a friend of ours who make the finest knives in the world. http://www.roselli.fi/1/hinnasto/uhc_tilaus_e.shtml

Check out his Damascus steel which is pricey but worth it.
http://www.roselli.fi/1/eng/products/damasti.html

I've gotten David several Roselli knives including a Bear Claw.

As you see in the photo, it's really small. Don't laugh, -some men at the hunt did, but changed their minds quickly when they saw how it worked.

You hold the blade tip resting between the tips of your pointer and middle finger and when you "run your fingers" on the animals skin, it opens one up like a zipper. It also breaks even large bones like the leg of a moose.

Tylerdurden
12-10-2007, 01:47 PM
Not a pocket knife but a good field knife in the city or the country.

http://www.kosterknives.com/chiruwa1-t.jpg

cs
12-10-2007, 01:54 PM
The Gerber Gator is a great knife Phil. I like it better than my Buck 110 Folding hunter.

As far as pocket knives, I carry a small Frost single blade lockblade, real similar to below.

http://www.frostcutlery.com/images/prods/SW-103WABS.jpg

Chad

BrianW
12-10-2007, 02:00 PM
Tardevil,

This guy...

http://geneingramknives.blademakers.com/

...makes a great knife. Not exactly sure what your budget was, but they go from about $150 and up. Takes awhile to get one, as he's real busy. Give him a call though, and let him know you heard about him from a guy in S.E. Alaska. He's sent a bunch of them this way.

Here's a picture of mine...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/hunting/IMG_0642small.jpg

It will handle a deer easily. I've skinned a black bear, then used the same blade to remove the skull from the hide (precision job, when trying to not to make any extra holes.)

TomF
12-10-2007, 04:05 PM
Not a pocket knife but a good field knife in the city or the country.

http://www.kosterknives.com/chiruwa1-t.jpg
Couldn't agree more, Mark. Daniel Koster's khuks start life as Himalayan Imports knives, which he re-handles and generally pretties up a bit.

The un-tweaked versions from HI are among the best deals in the knife world - hand forged and differentially hardened, at desperately fair prices. We've got 3 in our house, ranging from 12" to 18." Not great for skinning game or whittling a hot-dog stick, but versatile enough (used as chopper, drawknife, etc.) for pretty much everything else.

t

Lew Barrett
12-10-2007, 04:11 PM
I have my old Puma Packer. Have had it for 20 years.

Canoez
12-10-2007, 04:14 PM
http://www.japantoday.com/news/jp/dbfiles/newsmaker/hogan.E.jpg
:D

seanz
12-10-2007, 04:42 PM
That's not a pocket knife, this is a pocket knife............

http://www.premiumknives.com/knifefiles/Mercator_K55K_Soligen/Mercator_K55K.jpg
Pic lifted from net, mine is less shiny and has no logo.

Mercator with a thin steel body and locking blade,has taken two years of use and abuse.
There are some very fancy knives on this thread.............
And not only but also A LEATHERMAN IS NOT A POCKET KNIFE
:p

Yeadon
12-10-2007, 05:11 PM
Great thread. I'm thinking that a leatherman is in my future.

I also have a small Benchmade (http://www.rei.com/product/737700), which I got a year or two ago with the help of my REI dividend.

My favorite all time knife, however, is a little guy that I got near the checkstand at Hardwick's Swap Shop in the U-District. I think it cost me upwards of $2. I've lost and found various knives over the 10 years since I got this knife, but that knife from Hardwick's always seems to be just sitting there, staring at me, whenever I need it. It is impossible to lose a $2 knife.

Memphis Mike
12-10-2007, 05:12 PM
http://www.kosterknives.com/chiruwa1-t.jpg

Mark beat me to it. I carry one of these when out slittin throats but I've found my small Gerber folding to be sufficient for just piddling around town.

My Gerber.

http://www.gerberstore.com/gerber/images/items/5848_lg.jpg

Spin_Drift
12-10-2007, 06:54 PM
My pocket knife is a Marttiini, http://www.marttiini.fi/puukot/shop/english/default.htm
made in Finland. The handle is curly birch and the 9 cm blade is made from a special stainless chrome steel.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifeopen.jpg

The text below is what Marttiini says about the knife...

...The composition of the materials (containing 13% of chrome) tempered to 54-56 on the Rockwell hardness scale (HRC) is the best combination for knife blade. The 13% of chrome assures the steel to be durable, absolutely stainless and saltwater resistance (even acid resistance).
The blade is hand finished, extremely sharp with sharpening angle of 22 degrees.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifeblade.jpg

It has a Liner Lock mechanism. The knife's body is also stainless steel and can be totally disassembled for through cleaning with a tool that comes with it.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifetopopen.jpg

The handle is made of pale Finnish curly birch which grows only in a bounded area in the middle of Finland. This hard, thick grainy material is very suitable for knife handle, it is durable, easy to timber, beautiful and very sought-after. Due to limited availability it is more valuable than ordinary Finnish birch...
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifefolded.jpg

Michael Beckman
12-10-2007, 07:30 PM
http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/7482/31035k34qslaa280nk6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I use this. Its a Camillus rigging knife of some sort. Quite handy, but the spike isn't that great. I'm looking to get a fixed blade knife to go with my regular marlinspike.

Thorne
12-10-2007, 07:45 PM
I carry the cr*ppy cheap Buck keychain knife -- great for opening boxes and beers. For real work I use the Opinel folding high-carbon #7 on a small belt sheath.


The old Metro design was horrible, bad design for the bottle opener, knife could come open in your pocket (and did).
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/policestuff_1975_654597313

I haven't tried this one but it looks nice -
http://www.moontrail.com/images/P/buck-nrg-blk300.jpg


This is the one I carry. Quality is very low, but price is under $10 -- so when I forget I'm carrying it at the airport, I can throw it away without crying...
http://www.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/buck/images/756blinch3.jpg

Joe (SoCal)
12-10-2007, 08:25 PM
If you want the ultimate in hidden pocket knife. Get a nice Microtech military grade automatic ( switch blade ) knife.

http://www.thebladeshop.com/ProductImages/microtech/MT142-11.jpg

Oh and you have $475.00 and dont mind getting arrested in most NE States ;)

Vince Brennan
12-10-2007, 08:29 PM
Camillus riggers in the sheath on my belt (that's it in the avatar) or an old Olean Metals "Linder" style sheath knife, but for pocket use, an Opinel 4" locking...

http://www.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/opinel/images/111080.jpg

My friend Brian turned me onto these a few years ago (well, more than a few) and it's an excellent choice for a "pocket" knife. Won't open doors or bottles, won't walk the dog or make breakfast, but with a bit of attention its as sharp as you'll ever need and strong enough for most "knife-y" tasks.

Woxbox
12-10-2007, 09:04 PM
Myerchin BW300 and a small Kershaw they don't seem to make anymore. The Myerschin does everything, but it's bulky to carry around all the time. The Kershaw pops open one-handed and weighs nothing.
Oh, a Swiss Army too, the most usefull parts being the cork screw and toothpick.

WX
12-10-2007, 09:41 PM
I once had a beautiful little German steel pocket knife. but I lost it. Now I use a Curry Lockspike.
http://yachtequipmentshop.co.uk/images/lockspike_bosun.jpg

Carrying a pocketknife in public is illegal in this country, you might want to keep that in mind. they won't give it back either.

botebum
12-10-2007, 09:45 PM
CaseXX three blade(2 blade as of a couple months back:() Last knife my Dad bought me before he passed. He'd ask me just before my birthday every year if I'd managed to lose or destroy the last one he'd bought me. If it was gone he'd send me the money for a new one for my birthday. I think I've had this one longer than any other:rolleyes:.

Doug

Tylerdurden
12-10-2007, 09:57 PM
Carrying a pocketknife in public is illegal in this country, you might want to keep that in mind. they won't give it back either.


Wow, you guys need to grow a pair.

Woxbox
12-10-2007, 11:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by WX http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/showthread.php?p=1711609#post1711609)

Carrying a pocketknife in public is illegal in this country, you might want to keep that in mind. they won't give it back either.


How can that actually work? There are more than a few professions where a person needs a knife. And how do you take one home after you buy it, after all?

Tar Devil
12-10-2007, 11:18 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, guys (wasn't trying to hijack, Bill...kinda keeping in the spirit!). I got some good ideas.

Brian, that guy would be a bit out of my budget... at least until my kid graduates from college in May! I'd love nothing more than a custom knife for my son, but they're a bit pricey this year.

WX
12-10-2007, 11:35 PM
it's aimed more at stopping youths from packing a weapon, it doesn't stop knife fights but given the number that get confiscated it must reduce the number.
As for grow a pair I assume you mean balls. As a nation I think we have proved that we have ample in that department.

seanz
12-11-2007, 01:08 AM
Quote:
And how do you take one home after you buy it, after all?

The sales staff are very insistant about taping the box shut and having the reciept with the box, well that's what I found when I bought a knife in Oz last year.
The knife is a Byrd stainless, good in all ways except weight, it belongs in a coat pocket not a pants pocket.

seanz
12-11-2007, 01:22 AM
Camillus riggers in the sheath on my belt (that's it in the avatar) or an old Olean Metals "Linder" style sheath knife, but for pocket use, an Opinel 4" locking...

http://www.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/opinel/images/111080.jpg



I've got an Opinel but it's been relegated to 'handy knife for the shed' because you can't sit on it if it's in your back pocket and has that 'pleased to see you' look if kept in the front pocket.


My pocket knife is a Marttiini, http://www.marttiini.fi/puukot/shop/english/default.htm
made in Finland. The handle is curly birch and the 9 cm blade is made from a special stainless chrome steel.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifeopen.jpg





http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/pocketknifefolded.jpg

Now I know what I want from Santa.
:D
That's one very cool pocket knife Spin Drift.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-11-2007, 03:29 AM
Hmm...where do I begin. I have quite a number of them, not collectibles any, but different all:

This one is a darn nice spike knife for the money and available locally for $11:
http://www.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/smithwes/images/CKMAR1.jpg

I started with an original Leatherman PST (back from before they even made them in the USA, the early ones were from Japan!), nice size, upgraded to a PSTII which had a pair of scissors, then recently I ran across a stupendous deal on a SOG Pocket Power Plier S44, but made under license from SOG by Stanley, in the USA. Identical to the SOG but $18!. But no scissors on either (but spacer washers doing nothing). So I rearranged the tools more efficiently and took the scissors off my old PSTII, I'll be damned if they didn't drop right in, same size hole, same cam profile. This isn't the Stanley but looks just like it, sans scissors:
http://www.multi-tool.org/SOG-PPP-3.jpg/SOG-PPP-3-full.jpg

I just gave someone a Leatherman Juice Xe6, lots of bang for the size. The Wave is nice, but a bit big for carry; I don't need more than one knife blade and by the time I need jaws that big I reach for real pliers.

I also have a SOG EOD Powerlock, also a bit big to carry but sometimes you just need a crimper for blasting caps.
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-41363358441285_1974_6648159

For fixed carry, I have a few I have made for myself, no photos, but I also like the old Schrade 152 (also known as the Sharpfinger), small and light and the old ones were high carbon, not stainless, I would gray phosphate them. I can't find a good photo link to post. Schrade USA went under but I think they are being made again but in China from stainless, though the newest high-carbon stainless steels I hear hold an edge well, though still more difficult to sharpen.

I carried that tiny swiss-army with the small blade, scissors, and nail file, but seem to have lost it, which is ok, I found it years ago along a river. Currently carrying a Case Sod Buster (also found badly rusted, since refurbished) with only one blade, nice size for cutting and paring, seems to like a sharpening steel between stonings unlike my others.

I think I'd like one of those Leatherman Micras for constant carry, been meaning to take a trip to the airport auction store to pick one up cheap.

I'm sure I'll think of another ten I have laying around.

I was just thinking the other day about how sad it is that kids don't carry pocket knives much anymore. I know that even back when, you couldn't take them to school. But it was a happy day when I got my first as a birthday present. Probably one of the finest things you can give a boy, or girl, if she's into that sort of thing (which I would hope and encourage if she was a daughter of mine).

I'm a liberal, but I'm not sure if I'd vote for a candidate for president that doesn't carry a pocket knife...

BrianW
12-11-2007, 07:09 AM
Brian, that guy would be a bit out of my budget... at least until my kid graduates from college in May! I'd love nothing more than a custom knife for my son, but they're a bit pricey this year.

Understand completely. In that case, I will second Joes choice, a Kershaw Onion spring knife as a great pocket knife. The things snaps to life like it should be illegal! I carried one everyday, in which I didn't lose it. :)

Joe (SoCal)
12-11-2007, 07:19 AM
I have to say if I was to wear a fixed knife Brian those are some truly nice knifes. And WHOA !!! that folding one Spin Drift posted is one beautiful pocket knife. I love the fact that it comes with it's own tool to open it up and clean it. Problem is I would loose it :( I've already lost 2 Kershaw Onion spring knife I figure about one every 2 years :( But they are only $40 so it doesn't hurt as much as those other knifes would. The reason I loose them is weird they are thin little slippery pocket knifes that have a habit of working free and sliding out of my front pocket when I sit down :( 98% of the time I find it wedged in the drivers seat of my car the other 2% of the time .... I don't find it :(

Tylerdurden
12-11-2007, 07:40 AM
it's aimed more at stopping youths from packing a weapon, it doesn't stop knife fights but given the number that get confiscated it must reduce the number.
As for grow a pair I assume you mean balls. As a nation I think we have proved that we have ample in that department.

It remains to be seen if we have a pair here in the US the way things are going but the way you Aussies laid down surprised me.
I assume soon you will have to ban forks too.

Canoez
12-11-2007, 08:40 AM
I have to say if I was to wear a fixed knife Brian those are some truly nice knifes. And WHOA !!! that folding one Spin Drift posted is one beautiful pocket knife. I love the fact that it comes with it's own tool to open it up and clean it. Problem is I would loose it :( I've already lost 2 Kershaw Onion spring knife I figure about one every 2 years :( But they are only $40 so it doesn't hurt as much as those other knifes would. The reason I loose them is weird they are thin little slippery pocket knifes that have a habit of working free and sliding out of my front pocket when I sit down :( 98% of the time I find it wedged in the drivers seat of my car the other 2% of the time .... I don't find it :(

Joe : Put it on a leash. I had a similar problem and I used to have a small piece of braided line - maybe 1/32" diameter had a loop on one end big enough to make a lark's head. On end got tied to the knife, the other to a belt loop adjacent to the pocket. Was just a long enough line to let you take it out of the pocket and do what you needed to.

Joe (SoCal)
12-11-2007, 08:43 AM
Great idea Canoez, thanks

Canoez
12-11-2007, 08:52 AM
No problem. After losing your third knife in two weeks :( when you need it moment-by-moment, you can become very creative.

Hughman
12-11-2007, 09:56 AM
This thread reminded me to go to the sharpening stone! ;)

Another vote for tinker, by Victorinox. I lost my last one, and today I have an old Colonial in my pocket that I found, like the one at lower left.

I lose knives too, but I have also found this one, and two leathermans ..leathermen?

I just discovered these are collectable! (although mine is in less than stellar cosmetic condition) It holds an edge much better than a Victorinox, being carbon steel. This page shows the style.

http://www.colonialknifecompany.com/images/80s-1-lg.jpg

Spin_Drift
12-11-2007, 01:15 PM
I hope you don't mind me posting couple of other knives though they are not pocket knives.

Please let me know if you'd rather I start another thread on other kind of knives. I have few more unusual ones you might enjoy seeing....

This first one here I call my "Arabian 1001 Nights" knife. David used it several years ago for skinning a Wild Boar. Somehow the boar's body flipped on the blade and broke it off from the handle.

I was heartbroken as loved the knife -it's handle fitted my hand perfectly and I loved the shape of the blade. I seeked out a knife maker and found Heimo Roselli. http://www.roselli.fi/1/index-eng.html

I called him up and he agreed to duplicate my broken blade with one he'd make from his ultra high carbon containing bladesteel (1,5 - 2,0 %). (The outstanding edge holding properties of UHC-steel results from the high amount of hard carbides produced in the forging process.)

Next week I drove couple hundred kilometers (each way) to take the knife to him... It was a trip well worth while as I ended up making friends with him and his wife Astrid.

Enough of spinning yarn, here is the knife...

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Arabianknife2.jpg
"back side"
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Arabianknifebackside.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Arabianknife.jpg


:D :D

htom
12-11-2007, 02:55 PM
Pocket knife, CRKT M16-13sf. Do not carry this in your pocket tip-up.

Belt knife, inexpensive and useful: SOG NW Ranger (s24), KA-BAR (USMC pattern), SOG Tsunami (s43) and Mini Tsunami (m43) (both discontinued :(.)

John B
12-11-2007, 03:16 PM
Joe : Put it on a leash. I had a similar problem and I used to have a small piece of braided line - maybe 1/32" diameter had a loop on one end big enough to make a lark's head. On end got tied to the knife, the other to a belt loop adjacent to the pocket. Was just a long enough line to let you take it out of the pocket and do what you needed to.


If you're going to do this, the leash needs to be the full stretch of your arm held vertically up.
I prefer a loose lanyard and throw a couple of loose winds around my wrist as I'm doing the job. perhaps I'll tie it on to something when going aloft but otherwise not.

Think about it a minute.

David G
12-11-2007, 05:33 PM
I'm no knife aficionado, but I do appreciate tools that work. The one that's with me always is a small Victorinox that has a bill clip, small blade, file, and teeny little scissors. I bought it mainly for the knife/bill clip combo. It's really just a bill clip "with benefits", but very handy, slim and lightweight. Liked it so much I bought my brother one last year.

I also have the SOG EOD Powerlock shown in Bob's post #55. It goes on my belt, in its leather sheath, whenever I'm boating, camping, hiking, or on a jobsite. For work, I particularly like the little spring-loaded stub on the bottom right of his image. You can clip a 1/4" socket onto it and then plug in any 1" drill bit tip. In my work, I see a variety of fastener types. I use mostly square drive, but sometimes also see phillips, straight, torx, and more. Therefore, my change pocket always has the socket and 8 tips. More varieties are in my toolbox.

Being local, I also own an early Leatherman. Forget the model. Fine tool, but I picked the wrong model - just too big for my pocket and too small for the full variety of outdoors tasks. Kershaw is also local, and I really like their knives. I own two, for specific tasks.

WX
12-11-2007, 05:42 PM
First of all I like a good knife, bloody handy tools.

As for: but the way you Aussies laid down surprised me.
I assume soon you will have to ban forks too.
I happen to like the idea of being able to go out for a meal or drink and not run the risk of being knifed and there is no reason why I should need to pack a knife for a night out. This comment of your Tylerdurden is so stupid I can only assume you are just sh*t stirring.

Canoez
12-11-2007, 07:02 PM
If you're going to do this, the leash needs to be the full stretch of your arm held vertically up.
I prefer a loose lanyard and throw a couple of loose winds around my wrist as I'm doing the job. perhaps I'll tie it on to something when going aloft but otherwise not.

Think about it a minute.

John, for my needs, I don't use a lanyard that long. My lanyard was about 18 or 24" long - not that long really.

I was always taught that I shouldn't be using a knife too far away from my body as I would not be making a good controlled cut. Kinda like not cutting towards yourself. For your use, you may like it longer. To each their own.

htom
12-11-2007, 08:08 PM
When I use a lanyard on a knife it's a loop of 1/16" bungie cord, maybe 18" long before tying, tied in a loop with a sliding knot. To put on belt, slide the knot to the knife, have a large loop to feed knife through. To use, remove from belt, put hand through large loop, tighten sliding knot to wrist. The loop is attached to the knife with a lark's head knot, so it can be easily removed.

John B
12-11-2007, 09:26 PM
Fair enough ,but its when you forget canoez, or you have to reach for whatever it is in an emergency situation perhaps. I mean, thats why I carry a lockblade aboard, especially racing.
Then it can go very pear shaped as the knife stops and your hand carries on up the length of it. That isn't good.:eek:

Peter Eikenberry
12-11-2007, 10:12 PM
Nice thread. I have collected knives for years. I have 60. Everything from a tiny little two blade old henry pen knife that I keep in my tackle box up to several large daggers and a sword. But what do I carry? I keep a baby buck in my pocket. It's about 1 1/2 inch long, small, light and sharp.

For a more utilitarian tool I have a Buck Tool. I like it better than the Gerber, but I also have a Winchester Tool that I keep in my car.

But by far my favorite and the one I have used the most for decades (I was given it when I was a teenager) is a Marbles Ideal Knife. It was made in the 50's and has seen a lot of use. My next door neighbor back then was a homicide detective. He took it off some guy who tried to stick him with it. Well, I' sure you've all heard the old joke about bringing a knife to a gun fight. It holds an edge better than anything I've ever seen. It's indestructible. I have used this knife for everything from skinning a deer to cutting down small trees.

I have a Columbia River Knife And Tool (CRKT) knife that I keep in the car. CRKT makes really good knives. I think I have six. The biggest is a Bowie style knife. I also keep a survival kit in the trunk and it has two knives in it, a folder from CRKT and a Schrade Hunter.

Probably the most unique is a Martini made in Finland. It has the most beautiful handle I have ever seen on a sheath knife. I Has a blade about twice the thickness of my Marbles. I suppose the Finns use these things for skinning Reindeer (LOL)

"You can never have enough knives." anonymous.

Peter Eikenberry
12-11-2007, 10:28 PM
"Quote:
Originally Posted by WX

Carrying a pocketknife in public is illegal in this country, you might want to keep that in mind. they won't give it back either."

You are misinformed. Carrying a knife is not illegal. A samll pocket knife is legal in all states and even in Federal Offices. It has to have a blade no more than 2 inches in some states and other states mostly in the west allow up to 4 inches. In many states you can carry any sheathed knife as long as it is not concealed (the same applies to handguns) There is a whole body of law and court cases on this. It also depends on the circumstances. Oregon has been on both sides of the issue upholding the right of law abiding persons to carry a pocket knife and at the same time serious prosecuting people who were carrying one while committing a crime (they didn't use it, they just had it.) What you need to do is find out what the laws are in your state. You can actually find this on the internet.

http://www.thehighroad.org/library/blades/knifelaws.html
or
http://pweb.netcom.com/~brlevine/sta-law.htm

Heres a book on it. Knife laws of the fifty states http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/ItemDetail~bookid~39854.aspx

However, there are places you cannot take any knife. Airplanes are definite no no. Schools and public buildings like courthouses are another place you don't want to be carrying anything that can be construed to be a weapon. You have to use common sense.

Joe (SoCal)
12-11-2007, 10:33 PM
Peter Eikenberry, WX Location: Uki, NSW, Australia Not the United States of America, folla ;)

StevenBauer
12-11-2007, 10:38 PM
I've been enjoying this thread, too. We'd love to see pictures of some of your knives, Peter. And anyone else with something special to show.

Spin-drift, I have a knife question for you. About twenty years ago friend had what he called a Puukko knife. The handle was triangular, the blade had a straight taper. Pictures I've seen of Puukko knives look different. What's the scoop? Was his just a different style?

I switch off carrying a small rubber handled Kershaw, a Case with thin SS sides, the small Myerchin(still pretty large) and a couple of small plastic handle jobs, one is a Case, the other a Kershaw.

I couldn't imagine not carrying a knife around in my pocket, how would you sharpen your pencil? Or cut a piece of string?

Steven

Peter Eikenberry
12-12-2007, 12:28 AM
My apologies to WX. As usual I looked at the wrong profile. Whoever's profile it was said Pennsylvania.

Are you serious? You can't carry a small pocket knife in Australia?

What about Crocodile Dundee? (just Kidding) Of course if he had packed that thing around in NYC he would have been in the slammer right quick. The movie makers take a lot of license.

Peter Eikenberry
12-12-2007, 12:44 AM
Here's one I found in a thrift store last year. I paid $25.00 for it. It is a Hibben Silver Shadow and is considered to be very rare and collectible. I wrote to Hibben and sent them photos just to confirm it isn't a fake because a lot of fakes have been made in the far east.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/Hibben.jpg

Buried in my photo archives are photos of most of my knives for insurance purposes. I'll dig them out.

tattooed john
12-12-2007, 12:52 AM
I think WX is mistaken.

It is illegal to purchase or carry a knife in NSW if you are under 16 years old. Otherwise you are able to carry a knife if you have a legal/ legitimate reason such as your trade requires it (maybe trimming your fingernails). I dont think that self defense is considered a legal reason. Anything to do with poking or cutting people is most definitely out.

These laws were introduced after a spate of gang related knifings by teenaged boys in Sydney. We didn't roll over and take it- most New South Welshmen and women were in concurrence for the reasons WX stated above-

"I happen to like the idea of being able to go out for a meal or drink and not run the risk of being knifed and there is no reason why I should need to pack a knife for a night out."

I usually have a pocket knife on me but left it at a friends house the other week. I have missed being able to use it at work numerous times since.

Peter Eikenberry
12-12-2007, 01:49 AM
Over reaction. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. Is being a sailor considered sufficient reason? It's unsafe to not carry a knife on a boat.

Here's two more. The first is the Marbles.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/Marbles-13A.jpg

And this is the Martini.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/Martini.jpg

ChrisBen
12-12-2007, 10:26 PM
I got this riggers knife from Kershaw about ten years ago after losing to many other brands from pockets. It's a little to bulky for pockets so I carry it in the sheath.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r133/loki59/kershaw.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r133/loki59/kershaw1.jpg

No pockets or sheath hanging down with these Bowens.
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r133/loki59/bowen1.jpg

WX
12-13-2007, 12:16 AM
tattooed John, you are probably correct there, I believe it was aimed more at the younger members of our great nation. I always wanted a crossbow but I know they are definitely illegal in NSW.I have one on a keyring and it looks just like a key. I was at Coolangatta airport one day and forgot it was on there when I put it through the security x-ray....they didn't pick it up.

Peter Eikenberry
12-13-2007, 01:02 AM
Here's a little pocket knife I picked up at flea market. It's a cheap fake but I couldn't resist. Yes that is the Marilyn Monroe photo from Playboy in 1953.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/_MG_1323.jpg

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 03:40 AM
Spin-drift, I have a knife question for you. About twenty years ago friend had what he called a Puukko knife. The handle was triangular, the blade had a straight taper. Pictures I've seen of Puukko knives look different. What's the scoop? Was his just a different style?


Hi Steven, puukko is a Finnish word for knife...:) Here is some info:

In Scandinavia and all of Europe, the Finnish puukko (knife) is well known and highly esteemed. These knives are razor sharp, have long edge retention, and are easy to resharpen.

Finn knives are comfortable, practical, lightweight and durable.

The "Puukko" is an excellent tool that will endure for many decades. Some are rugged working tools, others are beautiful collectors knives, but all are made for use.

Finnish people live in a harsh and challenging environment. They survive by living in and with nature. Long ago, they developed a multi purpose survival knife - the Puukko.

It was used daily for many kinds of tasks in the home and outdoors.

These basic tools are one of the oldest and most traditional of knives still being used today.

Most of these knives are made in the same way they have been made for generations. Each generation adds some new knowledge to the knifemaking process.

One of the oldest families of knife-smiths have been hammering steel since 1610 and continue to produce award winning knives today.

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 04:02 AM
This is a "Winter War" knife, made by a Finnish solder in the front line in 1940.

(Lille bit of interesting info in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War )

He made the sheath from the body of a Russian enemy plane which he shot down. The leather handle was made from the leather of the airplane's seat.


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Winterwarknife.jpg

The picture of the engraved reindeer tells that he was located at the Lapland - Russia border. The 40 is the year made and the lion crest is the crest of Finland.


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Winterwarknife2.jpg

The back of the sheath is also engraved. Engraving is crude but the knife is precious as it's history is so interesting...:D

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 04:07 AM
Here's a little pocket knife I picked up at flea market. It's a cheap fake but I couldn't resist. Yes that is the Marilyn Monroe photo from Playboy in 1953.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/_MG_1323.jpg


Nice. Real collector's item.:D

Peter Eikenberry
12-13-2007, 11:48 AM
Shiv: n. Slang
A knife, razor, or other sharp or pointed implement, especially one used as a weapon.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From the Free Dictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Shiv

Now there's a term I havent heard in a while. Strangely enough lawmakers in the US haven't used that one yet, although they have used just about everything else,

for instance in Oregon "166.360 (5) "Weapon" means: (b) Any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slingshot, metal knuckles or any similar instrument or a knife other than an ordinary pocket knife, the use of which could inflict injury upon a person or property..."

No shiv here.

Or California: "any ballistic knife, any nunchaku, any metal
knuckles, any belt buckle knife, any leaded cane, any shuriken,
any lipstick case knife, any cane sword, any shobi-zue, any air gauge
knife, any writing pen knife, or any instrument or weapon
of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slungshot, billy,
sandclub, sap, or sandbag... [see below for definitions]

New York says: "(1) He possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun
gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal
knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles,
chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type slingshot or
slungshot, shirken or "Kung Fu star"; or
(2) He possesses any dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto,
imitation pistol, or any other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon
with intent to use the same unlawfully against another; or
(5) He possesses any dangerous or deadly weapon and is not a
citizen of the United States...

So if you are an illegal alien and carry a knife it's a criminal offense.

So I guess you can carry a shiv. LOL

By the way: like in Australia, in NY it is illegal for anyone under 16 to possess "any dangerous knife" What about all those Boy Scout Knives?

There is an old joke about what a boy scout will do to get an genuine gold plated triple bladed official boy scout knife. But then, some other time and place. Got to keep this family oriented.

Nicholas Scheuer
12-13-2007, 11:57 AM
I carry a couple break-off utility knives in each my vehicles, and nothing in my pockets, so I don't have to worry about forgetting, and having airport security take anything away from me.

We have nicer knives stashed about our boats.

Lost a real nice corkscrew returning from a Wine Country vacation in california awhaile back.

Moby Nick

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 11:57 AM
Over reaction. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. Is being a sailor considered sufficient reason? It's unsafe to not carry a knife on a boat.

And this is the Martini.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/spinners1/Peter/Martini.jpg


Really nice Marttiini Puukko :)...

Beautiful "Visa Koivu" hilt... :D

Peter Eikenberry
12-15-2007, 07:56 PM
Thanks spin drift, You can't see it in the photo but the knife makers name is engraved in the blade