Knife perferences

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Knife perferences

Post by JerryB » Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:16 pm

So, what do folks prefer? Folding or straight? Larger or smaller? Brands? Multi-tool versus simple blade?

I ask out of curiosity. I just used my REI dividend on a straight blade, even though I have no rational need for one. The grown up in me says small multitool. Thoughts?


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Re: Knife perferences

Post by odd man out » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:02 pm

For general backpacking I use a Victorinox Ambassador Swiss Army Knife. It is a minimal knife with a small blade and scissors (which I use more than the blade). It is exactly like the more familiar Classic, but slightly larger. I find the blade and scissors are more functional when a bit bigger but anything more is not necessary.


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Re: Knife perferences

Post by JerryB » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:33 pm

I should have mentioned this in my first posting: I almost always carry a Leatherman multi-tool. I have used the small pliers far more than the blade.

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Re: Knife perferences

Post by hooky » Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:44 pm

If fires are allowed, I carry a fixed blade for batoning wood. If no fires, I just carry a little benchmade folder. Mini Griptilian.

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Re: Knife perferences

Post by DonNewcomb » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:16 pm

Leatherman Micra.

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Re: Knife perferences

Post by fonixmunkee » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:09 am

I carry a Leatherman multi-tool for obvious reasons. I keep this in my backpack. I then also carry a cheap-o Kershaw on my person for quick-access.

A Leatherman multi-tool has always been on me at work and in the wilderness for around 20 years. In that time, I've had three Leatherman...the same component always breaks on them: the scissors. When that happens, I fill out an RMA on the Leatherman website, mail in the broken multi-tool (at my own expense), and a few weeks later, I get a brand-new, current model back. I've done this twice over the past two decades.

The Kershaw is a cheap, Chinese-made blade (around $26). They are extremely reliable, but if I damage the blade or lose the knife, they are cheap enough to be considered "disposable." I believe the one I'm using right now is the Kershaw Brawler 1900.
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Re: Knife perferences

Post by Tom » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:27 am

When backpacking, it's the original Leatherman PST that comes with. I've had it since the era when that was the only Leatherman you could buy, and it's held up impeccably. (It doesn't have a fancy scissor like the model Fonix has.)
As JerryB notes, the pliers gets equal use with the blade, the rest of the accessories are on a random-need basis.

The only time I carry a straight blade is scuba diving (a blunt tip dive knife) and big game hunting. (A Gerber.)


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Re: Knife perferences

Post by wmmichael20 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:31 am

Gerber multi tool ....of course for the pliers and a buck 110


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Re: Knife perferences

Post by Stephen » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:35 am

Gerber EAB pocket knife

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Re: Knife perferences

Post by Base654 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:57 am

I carry a micro Victorinox for slivers and nail issues and a Gerber Moment fixed blade for everything else.


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Re: Knife perferences

Post by SoonerDad » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:43 am

LM Juice has always been all I really need.

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