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Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:33 am

I currently have a 3" Trekker knife that I bought for $20 or something from a Cabelas. I bought it around October and the blade is already loose. It's kind of a crappy knife and I'm looking at buying another one tomorrow from Bass Pro Shops.

Any suggestions? I am thinking about a Kershaw.

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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:25 pm

If you want a good, but simple knife (no gimmicks, just a good quality carbon steel blade), get a French Opinel knife. They are very cheap for their quality and come in different sizes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinel_knife

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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:06 pm

I have always been a fan of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. I have carried the same one for 21 years and it has never failed me. The handles are nicked up, but the blades are still in top shape. I don't have one of those crazy models. Mine has: two blades, a file, scissors, cork screw, punch, and two screwdrivers (with can and bottle opener).

I also have a Swiss Army rifle (K-31), but unfortunately it is only a gun. I was hoping it would have a bottle opener at least.
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:21 pm

Look at the Cold Steel Voyager, Spyderco Delica or Benchmade Mini Pika. They are all 3" models. The Benchmade is a little cheaper at around $40 while the other two are in the $50-60 range.
 
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:30 pm



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
I am thinking about a Kershaw.

Yup, I got one in South Africa a while back - and the blade is excellent. It is a very solidly-constructed knife and needs minimal sharpening to maintain an edge so sharp you can shave with it. Superb quality.
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:44 pm



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 4):
so sharp you can shave with it

Ever done that? I have always wanted to try shaving with a knife, but always wimp out and go with a razor.
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:46 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 2):
I also have a Swiss Army rifle (K-31), but unfortunately it is only a gun. I was hoping it would have a bottle opener at least.

The take an Israeli Galil rifle next time. It has a bottle opener in the forestock. The reason is that the Israeli recruits tended to open beer bottles with the magazine lips, thus bending them and causing stoppages. So the designers of the Galil tried to overcome this problem by integrating a handy edge in their rifle especially suited for this purposes, so that the soldiers would leave the magazines alone.

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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:49 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):
The take an Israeli Galil rifle next time. It has a bottle opener in the forestock. The reason is that the Israeli recruits tended to open beer bottles with the magazine lips, thus bending them and causing stoppages. So the designers of the Galil tried to overcome this problem by integrating a handy edge in their rifle especially suited for this purposes, so that the soldiers would leave the magazines alone.

Christian Sharps made a small number of carbines with a coffee grinder built into the buttstock because the yankees ran on coffee. For the most part the soldiers would take the coffee beans that the quartermaster issued and put them in a sack and pound them with their rifle butts or just chew the beans.

The Galil is the AK47 perfected.
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:11 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 5):
Ever done that? I have always wanted to try shaving with a knife, but always wimp out and go with a razor.

Sure have, just as a test.......
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:15 pm

Let me put in a vote for a multitool--specifically from Leatherman. They have very sharp blades, and can do a whole lot more than just cut things. They're also very durable. I have a Leatherman Wave...it's outstanding.

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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:45 pm



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 8):
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 5):
Ever done that? I have always wanted to try shaving with a knife, but always wimp out and go with a razor.

Sure have, just as a test.......

When I was in my late teens, I had a Spanish Navaja with a horn handle similar to this one:

The blade was carbon steel and I had honed so sharp that I actuallydid shave myself with it on occasions. Unfortunately this knife got stolen.
I also liked the sound it made when it was opened "crackcrackcrack". The wikipediaarticle compares it to the sound of a shotgun being pumped, this is from the time when they were use for fighting.

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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:35 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
The blade was carbon steel and I had honed so sharp that I actuallydid shave myself with it on occasions. Unfortunately this knife got stolen.

I know that feeling. I had an IXL (Wostenholm) hunting knife that had been my father's. It had a slight curve in the blade and I asked him about it. He said "Ahhh, the old man (my grandfather) used it to cut some 1/2 inch wire rope when we were out in a gale one time and the deck railings got loose. He had to get them overboard fast."

someone decided they needed it more than me.
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:56 am



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Any suggestions?

I carry a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.

A lot of the officers I work with carry Leatherman knives.

Both are very good brands with each having many different products.
 
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RE: Best Pocket Knife?

Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:30 pm



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 1):
If you want a good, but simple knife (no gimmicks, just a good quality carbon steel blade), get a French Opinel knife.

I second that.....pretty cheap, no gimmiks, excellent blade.
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