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What is your favorite pocket knife?
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Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 06:52:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like a stockman. My friend likes his Sodbuster.
Bro-in-law carries one of those small Swiss jobs, he says he can cut his nose hair with the scissors. Seen many a trapper. My wife carries a folding paring knife on road trips to peel apples, and cut cheese, etc.

I have an old Case whittlers with that small coping blade, and a clip blade. Mostly though I go with the Schrade stockman that I've carried for 20 years or so. The clip blade is about half the size it was when new.

Used a Buck 110 for years. Lost it in the Chesapeake Bay one night. I like those Old Timer sharp fingers to work deer with.

I'd be interested in hearing what your choices are. I gave all the men on my crew a knife some years back. It was a one arm man razor. Had green picked bone handles, and their intials where engraved on the pen blade. Those were early Frost Cuttlery knives. For a month after Christmas they all carried them to work. :^)


Chicken    Posted 12-10-2004 at 18:40:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
well my trusty black phantom of course!


Jimbob    Posted 12-23-2003 at 09:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not have a pocket knive. I better get one as it sure looks like everyone else has one.


Newgen    Posted 12-23-2003 at 05:23:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if it counts as a pocketknife or not but I'm never without my Leatherman tool. I've had cheaper ones but the genuine Leatherman is the one I get along with tthe best.


Wm. from NC    Posted 12-23-2003 at 04:35:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Schrade "Uncle Henry" that I have carried for about 20 years. I use it for everything. I do a lot of woodworking and you wouldn't believe that things you can do with a good knife. I feel undressed, without my pocket knife. It goes everywhere I go.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 12-22-2003 at 19:32:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got a schrade knife one Christmas that had all the pliers in them I broke them in a car crash and mom got me a new pair for my 23rd birthday. I cant live without them. I also like them better than my Leatherman because the blades are in one side instead on on opposite sides where the open edges hurt your hands when you grip something firmly.


THANKS EVERYONE-    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:57:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've enjoyed reading these posts about pocket knives. Ya'll have a Merry Christmas, and keep them blades sharp... you may need to open a box or two Christmas morn.

Mike D.


Charles(Mo)    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:38:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I collect Case knives, but what I carry every day is a Henkel 4 blade congress. I use it every day stripping wire. Best knife I ever had.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:46:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Charles,
That Congress knife, are all the blades the same on it? Sure can't see you stripping wire with a Case collectable. But that Henkels is a pricey number too if I remember.


Charles(Mo)    Posted 12-22-2003 at 19:20:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Mike,
It has the 2 sheepsfoot(sp) blades and then 2 smaller blades that are a little different.

I paid $23 for it about 12 years ago. It still has good snap and the blades are still pretty full. I put the buffing wheel to it every once in a while to clean it up. Those red bone handles sure are pretty.

My son carries the case sowbelly I got him when he got out of the Navy this past summer. He likes the feel of a strong knife. I would carry a large stockman from Case if I could. But I can't because I like collecting Case knives and I just put them in a folding pouch.



Charles(Mo)    Posted 12-22-2003 at 19:11:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Mike,
The 2 main blades are the same. I don't remember the style blade, but all congresses have the same type main blade. and the small blades are a little different from each other.

I paid $23. for it about 12 years ago. It still has a lot of life in the blades, plus good snap.
I like the way it feels in your hand when you use it. It is a great knife.

I really like my Case knives also, but I don't carry them. They are just for looks. I hope to give them to my kids before I pass on.


Joe Dirt    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:29:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Buck 503 that I carry with me everywhere. It's small, but isn't bulky to carry in my pocket all day along with the flashlight and chapstick. I also have an Old Timer with a Schrade 50T blade that I got from my uncle. It stays in the house for opening stuff.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:54:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe Dirt,
How is it that you carry a flashlight all day? What kind of work do you do? Got me thinking.


Joe Dirt    Posted 12-23-2003 at 05:45:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Mike,
I'm a farmer. You'd be surprised how much it gets used. If it were any bigger I wouldn't carry it but it's one of those Mini-Mag lights that takes 1 AAA battery. Little thing throws alot of light for it's size!


Joe Dirt    Posted 12-23-2003 at 05:48:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

Another try...


jf    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:09:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
old timer that was stolen from me in the 7th grade by a punk thug oh well now he is sharing his shower with some lovely felons. I can't keep a pocket knife lose em fast


Mike D    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:15:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi JF,
Donna found a KaBar for Cliff on Ebay. There might be a match to your Old Timer there too.



WV Hillbilly    Posted 12-22-2003 at 16:02:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandpa gave me a Schrade 8OT in '64 when I graduated from high school, carried that one until mid 80's and was given a new one to replace the badly worn one by my son. That one is still in my pocket, badly worn and the suggestion has gone out to a favorite grandson that grandpa needs a new 8OT for christmas.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 16:56:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet Schrade would give a new knife to your grandson to give to you if they knew... Take Care


Gene SC    Posted 12-22-2003 at 15:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a lot of nice collectors knives. (mostly case) but
I carry a case XX med. Stockman. I like the
Large Stockman to work with (const, mostly carpentry) but they're rough on pockets:



MikeD.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 16:59:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you. Hard to beat a stockman. I've cut many a box open with the sheepsfoot blade. I like the clip blade, gets splinters out well.


Fawteen    Posted 12-22-2003 at 14:55:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I carry a small Schrade Old Timer. I've worn a couple of 'em plumb out.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good old Schrade. Me too.


TO35    Posted 12-22-2003 at 14:36:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tote 3 knifes.... Old Timer 3 blade(forget name) but its a dandy....Buck lock back with seraded Blade.....and a no name slim metal pen knike that belonged to my grad dad.... the first two have many uses.....second only cleans my finger nails...lol

Best wishes
TO


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello T O -
If you are like me your pocket feels empty without your knife. Can't imagine not having it close by when I need it.


Donna from Mo    Posted 12-22-2003 at 14:32:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cliff swears by a cheap brand, KaBar. Not the new ones though, they are junk and won't hold an edge. When he lost his pocketknife, he couldn't find anything that suited him. Finally we watched Ebay until we saw an old KaBar, somewhat worn, exactly like the one he'd lost. He's now a happy man!


buck    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'm with Cliff here, my favorite working knife is an old stag handle stockman style Kabar.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:12:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Donna,
Good old Ebay. I found a PRR switch lantern for my Dad a few years back. Been looking for a long time. Found one on Ebay the very first attempt. That KaBar go that way for ya'll?
GLad to read your post.



Ron,Ar    Posted 12-22-2003 at 13:59:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
old timer bearhead trapper, has a pick and tweezers. The pick comes in handy for electrical work (12vdc) on the job. I had a Gerber I liked once, blade was harder than any I ever owned. Hard to sharpen it was. It got stolen. Now I just stick to the old-timer.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:24:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, Ar,
Looks like most of us like these Old Timers and Schrades. Same thing pretty much. I don't know the Bearhead trapper. The tweezers could come in handy every now & then for me.

When I was a kid we drove past the Gerber company store in Michigan. A few miles before we got there Gerber had set up signs along the road like the Burmashave signs. This is what I remember from one of their slogans:

"Skinny Skinny, run for your life."

then- "Here comes Fatty with a Gerber knife."

I guess that ain't PC anymore, but it made all of us laugh.

Take Care



Willy-N Bali-Song    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:41:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is a nice Pacific Cutlery Bali-Song Bushmaster. It is 14 3/4 inches long 3/16" thick and made in the early 1980s in the USA. Hand Ground Hollow Cut Blade. Great Bush Knife and well ballanced for use. This was a 80.00 knife back in 1986 but was well made.Mark H.


Holy Moses!    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:30:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark you must have deep pockets! No pun intended. Sure like like a brush getting tool. Looks well balanced too. Mike D.


Wisereader    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:09:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
My trusty old Case. No idea which model, just two blades and fits great in the pocket. Best feature is that I keep losing it, but it always turns up, one way or another!


Austrailian model?    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats one of those boomarang Case knives.


TB    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:03:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Swis army Victorinox tinkerer ES-VI3P


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:29:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey TB,
Is that the one with the magnifying glass on one of the blades? I saw a guy light a fire with his at lunch one day. Set a paper bag on fire.


bob ny    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:00:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i still carry a folding klien folding linemans knife that i got the first year i worked for a power company 47 yrs ago its has a curves blade that is a lot thinner then it was then


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:33:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Bob,
I bet the handles are as slick as cat gut too. Does your Klein knife have a lanyard loop on the end? The blade is a hawkbill?


bob ny    Posted 12-22-2003 at 18:28:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
did have the loop but i removrd it when i stopped working in the field and went to management. that old knife has been to weddings, funerals.family picnics used for first aid,gutting deer,cleaning hooves,taking splinters out and numerous other uses it is in my pocket right now


Ludwig    Posted 12-22-2003 at 11:47:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I carry a little scharade, holds and edge as well as anything I've ever carried. I touch it up occasionall with the ceramic sticks and really sharpen it good with a diamond sharpener once in awhile. This is the third one of these I've had, lost one and broke one, you can't pry on anything with hard steel.
I had a rokon(sp?) last year that was great but I lost it. I used to carry a little swis knife too for the scissors but found I was losing them too easy.

At work I'm the only one with a knife, comes in mighty handy opening boxes and such.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:38:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lost my knife through a hole in my pocket. I was on a pump jack when it happened. The knife fell onto my boot, then bounced down alongside a foundation. I couldn't go back down as we were siding and trying to beat nightfall. Found the knife the next morning. Fretted some that night though.


kraig WY    Posted 12-22-2003 at 11:16:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm like you, I like, and never with out my yellow handled, Case Stockman. Seems like I have a million knives but I use this one for everything. I embarass the wife when I pull it out in restruants to cut meat. A good knife is one you can cut on a few calves, then peel an apple. Always have a pant leg to keep it clean.


yep,    Posted 12-22-2003 at 17:42:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We think the same on that. I cut pork chops at the neighbors one night with mine. Everyone else at the table had a steak knife. Nobody had it on me... Thanks Kraig. Mike D.


Willy-N EBay    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:23:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike there are a lot of nice 110 Buck Knives on eBay going cheap! There resale is not near what you had to pay in knives shops a while back. I bet you could get one for a 3rd or less of a new one. Mark H.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:28:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great idea Mark. Got to get past Christmas first.
HoHoHo.... This thread has brought back a lot of memories for me. Sure have appreciated the comments.

You can find some really good buys on Ebay. Thanks for the reminder.


Willy-N LOOK!    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:26:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a link to 36 of them for sale. Can't beat the prices on them. Mark H.


Battleborn    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:04:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Buck 110. I have a heap of others, but like the buck the best. I am so good at sharpening that I can turn it into a ball peen hammer in moments. Luckily I owned a deli for a while, and a nice old guy used to come around and sharpen the slicer and knives. I take it to him once in a while and he does a brilliant job. When I had the deli, I definitely proved that a dull knife is a dangerous thing.
Paul.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:16:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paul,
What kind of knives did you use in the deli?
Did you use a steel there to sharpen them ocassionally?
Hard to beat that 110 Buck. Sure miss mine.


Battleborn    Posted 12-22-2003 at 10:49:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used Henkle (?sp) bread knives and chef knives and a hobart 440 steel slicer. I tried using the touch-up steel but, alas, I just made things worse. Some of the employees could at least keep the edge usable. It sure was nice when the sharpener guy was done. Much safer and easier.
Paul.


LH    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a police officer I got into carrying and collecting tactical knives, meaning the one handed opening and closing designs with pocket clips. Started off with Spyderco until I discovered Benchmade brand.I own several of those and carry various models, they are real quality knives but they come with a pretty hefty price tag as well. For the past year my everyday carry knife is a Kershaw Whirlwind its not so expensive and I use it for everything. I also love the old Case bone or stag handle knives but I hate to carry something so pretty.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:37:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello LH,
I don't know anything about Benchmade, but I take a look at them. Those great old Cases make good Sunday knives.


Willy-N    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:08:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Benchmade has some nice knives! Big bucks but worth it in there quality. Lot of good looking junk being sold nowdays. Mark H.


deadcarp    Posted 12-22-2003 at 08:34:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
well in the drawer i have dad's old timer and grampa's case, and in a box in the garage i still have my other grampa's old skinning knife. it was ground down from a file back when they were hardened all the way thru - stiff and a bugger to sharpen but once it is, it'll skin a whole beaver without touching up. but i keep a leatherman in my pocket - use it many times a day, you can get spoiled with versatility after awhile :)



Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:25:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello DC,
I found my Father's knife in some of his belongings this past week. I have it here on a shelf above the desk. It is a Camillus boy scout knife. Stockman style. Nearly worn out. It brought back a lot of good memories. Made me think a lot. That is why I posted the question this a.m.
We have my G'pas drawknife. It was made from an old file. Town blacksmith made it. Dad said he remembered G'pa paying for the work when he gave the smithy the file. It is sharp.


Salmoneye    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on the day and what I expect to run into...

I still have my old Buck 110...Has the square sides instead of the newer rounded edges...Harder than heck to put a good edge on, but once you get there you are good for a while...

I also carry religiously my Victorinox...One small blade, a file, scissors, toothpick and tweezers...Whole thing is maybe 2 inches long...

My 'favourite' (read scared to lose or bust) is a Case XX Gunstock with Samber Stag handles, and Damascus blades...It was a gift from my Wife before we got married...It is a limited edition made for Thompson-Center Arms Company numbered 20 of 250 and dated ...I sincerely love Damascus blades and also own a Bear MFG hunting blade that I can literally dry-shave with...Amazing steel...


Redneck    Posted 12-22-2003 at 13:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was the Bear made in Jacksonville?


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:41:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
My old 110 was like yours. If I could have swum as fast as it sank I would have jumped off the boat for it.

I had a Case Mako Shark with those stag handles.
Went out to Wyoming to hunt with a friend. It was his 30th. birthday while we were out in the boonies. I gave him the knife. He carries that daily. Has had to replace 2 sheaths. That was in '86.

I like those Damascus blades. How hard are they to sharpen? You use a contender to hunt with by any chance?


Salmoneye    Posted 12-22-2003 at 08:47:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

Damascus takes an edge fast...Gives it up fast too though...

I have not hunted with my Contender in a few years...Have not hunted for spit since The Girl came along 6 years ago...This is the first year that I have started getting back into it and only spent time on Ducks and Geese, so the Contender still has ssen no use...Yet...

I have two barrels...Purchased it the first year the 'Hunter Package' was offered...Came with barrel, scope, mount, sling and sheepskin case...Original barrel is a .45-70 10 inch 'Hunter'...That is the bull barrel with the TC Muzzle-Brake...Then I bought a .357 Herret...Sweet handgun caliber...

Only thing I have taken with it was a bear back in 1991 I think...



Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:13:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did you get excited any when you took the shot?
Probably not, right?

I have the same rig you have, but in 7-30 Waters.
Been real effective with our Virginia white tails.
Durn thing is loud though, but I only really notice when I'm zeroing in on paper. I wear muffs then too. Can't hear the thing when I'm in the woods. Funny how that is. Nailed a Russian boar with another T/C in 45-70. Don't think all the powder gets burned good out of that hunter barrel. Traded that one for our varmint rifle.

The Damascus steel is folded over & over when it is formed, right? They are sure interesting looking knife blades.

I have not had the chance to hunt this year. Got a
similar occupation to you- part time stay at home dad. We got boys. Work the tail end of every week. Don't leave much time to play in the woods. Looks like I'll get out after Christmas. Our season is long down here. The T/C is due one, and these critters at home scarf down the venison jerky like it is candy.


Willy-N    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:25:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I carry a few different ones. I have a Buck 110 Folder, Belt Clip Type Stainless Folder with 1/2 serated blade and my favoite a 2 bladed Kershaw 3130 Stainless Knife that was presented to Eddie Bauer Store for selling reasone and never went into production looking like it under that number. They decided not to carry the knives and had made a set of 3 different ones and I bought all 3 at a auction from them. I only use one of them. I also have a few more in my collecton a Bali-Song Bushmaster from the early 1980s, A Statue of Liberty #1999 of 2,000 made that has Oak handles made from the doors replaced off the Island and a peice of Copper from the Lady embeded in the handle that was removed for repairing her. It is highly Polished and 24k Gold inlaid. Got that one for a gift from my wife back in 1986 and it was made by Buck when they were making real nice knives not competeing against China's cheepe's that now flood the markets. Mark H.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:44:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad always said:
"Don't trust a cheap knife, don't trust a dull knife."

Mark, could you post a photo of that Statue of Liberty knife?


Willy-N Picture    Posted 12-22-2003 at 08:39:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is a picture of it. It looks better than the picture shows. Hard to take a picture with the polish areas reflecting. Mark H.


that's a keeper    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:00:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can understand it's value to you. Thank you for posting the photo. Mike D.


Darren in TN    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:15:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'll probably get nailed for this one, but my all-the-time companion is a Spyderco, which is a japanese make. It's been in the ocean a number of times, waded backwaters, been caving too many times to count, and generally proven itself serviceable in the most adverse conditions. For american made knives, I like a schrade for a folder or a cold steel for a sheath knife.


Mike D.    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:22:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
A nephew is a fireman. In his company they all carry Spyderco knives. He said you can count on them to cut through a seat belt in a hurry. I like them.


Grove r    Posted 12-22-2003 at 08:12:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't carry nothin' I can't afford ta loose....and I have lost plenty.....even lost my ver.....well....thats another story. The wrist watches I carry are the cheapest made..sulphur has a real likeing to the inner workings of a watch.....if the knife will hold some kind of an edge, that is good enough...time I get done scrapping a serial tag on an old motor or digging a stone or nail outa a tire, or opening a can of something......don't realy think anything of any value will survive long....'course, I'm not tryin' ta impress somebody.........have a gooder, R.E.L.


Willy-N    Posted 12-22-2003 at 08:51:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never carry my nice ones. I would hate to scratch them up. My Kershaw only cost me $5.00 but it is worth many times that. It holds a good edge and is very strong. I found the cheaper ones break just when you need them most. I can pry, cut and dig and the hinge stays tight plus it locks solid and won't close on my fingers. I have wore the Black handle smooth in places but can flick it open like a switch blade by my thumb with one hand and that is handy when you need it to cut something and only one hand to work the knife with. I keep a few knives hanging in the barn and behind my seat in the truck just in case of a emergency. One time it came in handy when our dogs collar was caught in a fence they don't wear collars anymore. Mark H.


Darren in TN    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

That's not a bad point, guys. The spyderco knives come with belt/waistband clips that are REAL handy. They keep the knife close at hand where you need it, and make it hard to lose, too. Of course, you can get a $5 knife at a gas station with the same kind of clip. Try one out if you haven't yet-- they're real handy.

Darren in TN


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