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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:30 am

VG-10 laminated stainless. All my hard use knives are carbon steel (Swamprats and Ranger), but I needed something "gentlemanly" to keep the sheeple at bay:

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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:53 am

Right now I've got a Schrade liner lock clipped to my right front pocket with a small Buck stock knife that I've modified to serve as a pipe knife in that pocket.

Sometimes I change off with a CRKT M16-10KZ as my main blade and a Case stock knife in the pocket. Depends on my mood and where I'm headed.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:19 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:


Kyle, I've been carrying this exact Gerber for at least 5 years. It's a great little knife. Fits perfectly into the little change pocket in my jeans
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:09 am

Cuervo25_1 wrote:
Speaking of case and buck knives ,is it just me or does it seem their blades arn't as good as they use to be?

The fact of the matter is that most consumer products are made with recycled steel. New steel is too expensive to make reasonably priced tools out of. In a past lifetime*, I was able to use a chisel set that had been milled from an old ford's engine block. This nice steel took and held an edge like no other.

*an interesting group of friends at an institution called the School of the Building Arts.... took some woodworking, stone masonry and blacksmithing courses. My carpentry teacher taught me about the steel thing, oddly enough, but this was confirmed by the Blacksmith. On a molecular level, new steel is much more "organized" thus takes to honing better. because recycled steel isnt heated to the same temperature necessary to smelt, simply to melt using inductors rather than blast furnaces... blah blah blah.... nice tangent?
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:45 am

monbla256 wrote:
I used it in 'Nam (I was a combat corpsman) and it's got cracked and broken scales on it now but the steel still takes and holds a sharp edge and it still closes well and slides in my pocket like it belongs there

Thank you doc for what you did. Your breed is the best of the navy, and the only ones that I would stand by or buy a drink for. You are the reason that many of my brothers have come home, semper fi, and thanks again for your service.
As for my pocket knife, I carry a buck 110, passed down to me from my godfather, and a gerber multi tool.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:48 am

jefe1037 wrote:
On a molecular level, new steel is much more "organized" thus takes to honing better.

My friend makes knives from blanks he's cut from an old 6 ft. dia. circular sawblade he "liberated" from an abandoned sawmill he found in the middle of nowhere. It's takes a while to get an edge because it's very hard, but it stays sharp forever,,,,my buddy makes the same "organized molecular" claim due to the years of being used/vibrated and the original hardening process. ,, now back to our show.

I carry a CRKT K.I.S.S. Tanto,,,almost identical to Kyles Gerber(the carry clip is different,,,,I wonder who copied who?) anyway I've had it for years. It's blade is austenite and harder than hell.

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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:37 am

I carry a Svord Peasant, it's cheap, keeps a nice edge and is so simple there's nothing to go wrong. Now that I see PB's Russlock I'm considering an upgrade...
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:25 pm

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I dig everyone's choices so far, kind of gives me a chin-scratcher for a new knife--one that isn't stainless so I can actually have a sharp knife for a change.

Yeah, what's the point of any knife if it's not sharp? My sources tell me that it doesn't matter about carbon vs. stainless. The problem is the factory grind on most knives. Imagine a "V". It's too obtuse. Using Crocksticks will work, but only after you have made the V more acute by some form of grinding to thin the blade, in effect. You won't be able to reach the edge because the shoulders of the V obtrude. Am I making sense? I have checked this out using a 30-power microscope. All you do is polish the top of the V.

So what does anyone use for sharpening? I have written off conventional stones; I simply don't have the control to make them work to the degree I would like.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:53 pm



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sometimes ride in addition to the old case.. lol
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:04 pm

The advantage of stainless is of course, the stainless part. Though where I live, moisture is not a problem. I can get a good stainless knife to shave arm hair. My problem is keeping it that sharp...

...but I foresee a topic that could turn into "one of those" kinds of conversations, and after the "meerschaum in the cold" chimpfest, I'm hesitant to bring it up. Laughing I'm sure you all have heard the confidence of "the right way" and "the right tool" to sharpen a knife from some guy--age old man-pride kind of stuff, "my daddy taught me THIS way, and it's the right tool and the right way," "I was in the service, and THIS is the right tool and the right way," "You callin' my daddy a liar?" "You sayin' two tours in 'Nam made me a fool?" Muttering of unsavory maternal comments, poolsticks gripped more and more tightly, grimacing, growling...

...I use some weird triangle-shaped "diamond" thingy for my kitchen knives, and they still cut everything from tomatoes to bread to chunks of beast with precision and ease, so the folding knives get the same treatment. Again, more a "keeping them that way" issue, which may be the quality/nature of the metal, which isn't great. I don't own fine knives.






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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:13 pm

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Really? A knuckleduster? Laughing No sandbag? Paddy-whack? Blackjack? Cool

Made me think of this strange instrument... the Apache Pistol...




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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:20 pm

Got this one back in 89 or 90 when I was still Active duty Navy; It replaced a buck 110, which I still have but rarely use.



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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:33 pm

Imagine a newbie coming to this site, and stumbling upon this thread! WTF? lol!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:42 pm

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Really? A knuckleduster? Laughing No sandbag? Paddy-whack? Blackjack? Cool

I'm old school Kid.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:50 pm

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Kyle Weiss wrote:


Really? A knuckleduster? Laughing No sandbag? Paddy-whack? Blackjack? Cool

I'm old school Kid.

Whatever gets the job done. Threw a hot can of spaghetti-o's I was toasting on a charcoal fire in the face of some crackhead that was shakin' down a buddy of mine under a bridge. It wasn't epic, but it worked. Laughing Ah, the teen years. Fun.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:36 pm

Who says assault by canned pasta isn't epic?

Lol I can just see PB now....Marlboros rolled up in the sleeve of his 2 sizes too small white tee, pulling up on his panhead with brass knuckles on one hand, chain in the other. His buddies behind him with jeans rolled up flood style, one sporting a baseball bat and the other weilding a switchblade.

The fat middle aged cook in the greasy spoon across the road says "Looks like that Salyer kid startin some trouble again, just last week they found the Jones boy unconcious and bloody on the side of the road. Rumor has it he owed Salyer money for some bike parts. I'll tell you what, that kid is a bad seed, his daddy ought to give him a good whuppin."

Lol don't mind me I didn't sleep last night...little delirious today.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:08 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
puros_bran wrote:
Kyle Weiss wrote:


Really? A knuckleduster? Laughing No sandbag? Paddy-whack? Blackjack? Cool

I'm old school Kid.

Whatever gets the job done. Threw a hot can of spaghetti-o's I was toasting on a charcoal fire in the face of some crackhead that was shakin' down a buddy of mine under a bridge. It wasn't epic, but it worked. Laughing Ah, the teen years. Fun.

The single time I was ever in a pocket, I used the most immediate weapon at hand. Some guys in a dodgy part of town stopped my car and tried to force me to drive down a blind alley. The one that was armed had a short-barreled H&K G-36. Those of you who know your guns are thinking the same thing I was: where'd this hoodrat get a rifle like that? The airsoft store, of course! He was smart enough to take off the orange plastic muzzle cap, and keep far enough away to keep me from getting a good look, but dumb enough that "far enough away" was directly in front of my car. I just hunkered down a bit in my seat and floored it. I'll never forget the look on his face as he rolled over my hood. I'd driven a few more blocks before I even thought about the .38 Chief's Special on the seat beside me.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:26 pm

This is interesting as the latest knife purchase I made was a "Dr.'s Knife." I use it primarily with my pipe. The slender build allows me to use it as a tamper and all purpose pipe-tool.

However, I'd really like something non-stainless that will keep an edge. My carving knives are razor sharp and I simply sharpen them with a leather strop and yellow compound. Man, just a few swipes on that stuff and you can shave with the things.

I'd like a pocket knife that sharp.

Any suggestions where I can shop online?

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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:33 pm

Leatherman in a pocket, miniature Spyderco on the keys, a Victorinox Huntsman and a cheap (but with precise pliers!) multi-tool in my backpack.

The mini Spyderco is mightily practical to use around knife-scary people. Nobody perceives it as a threat, so you can open or peel things unconcerned.
Leatherman has a semi-serrated blade which I find useful at times, and the poor cheap multi-tool (3$ !) gets so abused it could sue me if it could talk to a lawyer, but it's still in great shape. I wanted to buy myself a Leatherman Charge TTi, but I can't see the point of it now. Not saying that they are equal, but this cheap multi-tool is more than adequate for my needs.
The Victorinox is the only blade (that I have) sharp and thin enough to cut plug tobacco fine. Wink

As for weapon vs tool - I carry a pepper spray as my first choice. I could use the Leatherman in a case of dire need (spray malfunction), but pepper spray is so much more civilised.


I admit, I do have a drawer full of cheap Chinese knock-off folders, but for some time now I'm not interested in buying a single knife any more. (Except for a blunt balisong trainer, but that's an OCD reliever, not a knife. Razz ) I'm waiting to finish the smithy bellows with a friend, and then we can try ourselves at bladesmithing. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:56 pm

s.ireland wrote:
Kyle Weiss wrote:
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Kyle, I've been carrying this exact Gerber for at least 5 years. It's a great little knife. Fits perfectly into the little change pocket in my jeans

I forgot to reply to this, Shane:

My only qualm with that particular knife is if it isn't tightened at the joint precisely, the tip tends to poke at my fingers, get caught under a fingernail, etc... gotta be careful with it.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:14 am

I pulled the trigger on this last night. All you people and you're pocket-knife talk, have me jonsin for a new one. Man!!!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EI7578

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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:33 am

Kyle started it !!!,,,

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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:34 am

mark wrote:
Kyle started it !!!,,,

Damn it, Kyle!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:57 am

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A slightly modified Victorinox, an M4 Sebertool, and a Spyderco Endura 4.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your pocketknife?   Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:15 am

Lesath - I love that Spyderco
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