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Offline David in MN

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2018, 11:13:41 AM »
OK, I'm doing a little bragging here but yesterday I got my Benchmade Adamas. Been wanting one for a while and finally bought one. I like it but it's just a little more knife than I need.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2018, 12:14:05 PM »
OK, I'm doing a little bragging here but yesterday I got my Benchmade Adamas. Been wanting one for a while and finally bought one. I like it but it's just a little more knife than I need.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2018, 02:08:43 PM »
https://www.benchmade.com/adamas-family.html

I got the sand color because all my other knives are black and I liked the difference. At 7.6 ounces she's a little sensitive about her weight but it's a tank. To further illustraate how unnecessary it is it comes with a molle sheath. But oh man is the fit and finish perfect with no play in the blade. You pay for a Benchmade but they do quality work.

I might have to buy another smaller knife for real carry. This is a bit silly. But I love it.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2018, 02:37:59 PM »
https://www.benchmade.com/adamas-family.html

I got the sand color because all my other knives are black and I liked the difference. At 7.6 ounces she's a little sensitive about her weight but it's a tank. To further illustraate how unnecessary it is it comes with a molle sheath. But oh man is the fit and finish perfect with no play in the blade. You pay for a Benchmade but they do quality work.

I might have to buy another smaller knife for real carry. This is a bit silly. But I love it.


Choking here........ $230.00  ???

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2018, 02:39:44 PM »

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2018, 02:59:28 PM »
  Today,I carry a COLD STEEL POCKET BUSHMAN as it is all stainless steel and is a big honkin' knife that is a slim package in the pocket. I don't recommend it as a work knife though as the one piece handle is all stainless and too thin to grip well though it makes for an intimidating knife and locks the blade in a 'tough as a tank' fashion that I like as I tend to use pocket pry bars a bit too heavy and have broken the lock on a few...this knife will drive through a car door multiple times to get someone's attention with it's 4116 cryogenic treated stainless steel it is hard to sharpen though retains an edge like few other knives I have ever seen .  I bought several at $19 each...cost more now.

https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Pocket-Bushman-Folding/dp/B01AALX1O0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523306876&sr=8-1&keywords=cold+steel+pocket+bushman

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2018, 03:51:48 PM »

Choking here........ $230.00  ???

Yeah, there's that. But I haven't bought a knife in a decade or so (at least not a tactical model) so I went for it. This was definitely a bucket list item I jumped on when my SOG broke a spring. But judging on the quality I'd imagine I'll be a Benchmade guy for life now.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2018, 03:58:22 PM »
Yeah, there's that. But I haven't bought a knife in a decade or so (at least not a tactical model) so I went for it. This was definitely a bucket list item I jumped on when my SOG broke a spring. But judging on the quality I'd imagine I'll be a Benchmade guy for life now.

I don't think spending $230 for a luxury item you appreciate and enjoy is unreasonable.  But I would worry about losing it during my day to day.  I once lost (and found weeks later) a $30 knife I was quite fond of.  I was fairly sad for a while.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2018, 05:00:14 PM »
I've lost knives over the years. Not many that I can recall the names though. This old timer  I carry now I've misplaced a couple of times, for a week or so at a time. Man, talk about lost in the woods..... ??? :o :'(

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2018, 05:09:45 PM »
I don't think spending $230 for a luxury item you appreciate and enjoy is unreasonable.  But I would worry about losing it during my day to day.  I once lost (and found weeks later) a $30 knife I was quite fond of.  I was fairly sad for a while.

My wife did joke that I only need to buy a couple more to make up for her favorite purse.  ::) I don't make excuses anymore. I live like a pauper 99% of the time so when a 1% day shows up I can laugh and enjoy it. I don't have a fancy watch and I never eat out. My furniture is old and slowly being replaced by what I make. All my discretionary money goes to powertools, guns, and now a dream knife.

Losing toys sucks. This knife will either be on me or in my nightstand safe. I've learned my lesson from having 2 dozen utility knives floating everywhere.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2018, 05:34:42 PM »
  Some times you just gotta' get yourself a treat..... I have my fathers Randall # 1 that he carried in Viet Nam '63 to '67 and it is an heirloom that few would respect as I do.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2018, 05:44:15 PM »
Treat yo self.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsABTmT1_M0

Just imagine if I admitted I'm buying a gun later this month as well...

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #42 on: July 15, 2018, 10:48:42 AM »
The best got better. Milwaukee has a compact Fastback utility knife that you don't know you need.

https://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-48-22-1906-Fastback-Compact-One-Handed/dp/B01HQQ0YZ6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

I love the Fastback line and while the clip is horrible everything else is ideal. It's tiny but opens well with great ergonomics. I love big tactical knives for their use cooking outside and for doing heavy work but for getting into a box or opening up clamshell packaging utility knives rule.

I've posted before about this type of knife. I have tried several brands of folding utilities like Gerber and Lennox but the Milwaukee wins hands down and the compact is actually better than the full size. As a former construction worker and current woodworker the idea of not having a Stanley 99E on me almost makes me sick but the Stanley gets put down in the shop and the Fastback is in my pocket. It just works better. That's a big thing to say considering I own something like 14 99E knives. Heck, I'm even worse on the Fastback than the 99E because blade changes are so easy. It's finally the pocket knife you can treat like you hate and still love. If worse comes to worse it's a $15 replacement.

Try this blade and I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's always in my pocket these days.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #43 on: July 16, 2018, 08:54:08 AM »
A leatherman something and a gerber eab light... and a swiss army classic.. i think that is all, for now.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2018, 04:57:24 PM »
To day was cheap and practical...nothing more than a Harbor Freight simple box cutter.   I was using it to setup a cheap just in case tool kit that had a bunch of plastic all over it.  Now that the day is over; tossed that box cutter into the tool kit.

There are a few nice cheap(er) Kensaw blades that I keep handy or keep in my pocket.  The job at hand was better suited to the box cutter.  The Kershaw Thistle that I like just has a bit too long of a blade of 3.5 inches.  I rather keep standard pocket knifes at 3.25" or smaller to allow some wiggle room if it has to be measured against the 3.5" limit for concealed carry.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2018, 01:25:30 PM »
I use a Cold Steel 39LSP Boar Hunter for my hog hunting trips in Oklahoma. It's an 8 inch knife which makes it perfect for any outdoor use (I heard it’s hard to find this knife in stores nowadays). I also carry Kabar Heavy Duty Warthog as a spare.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #46 on: September 14, 2018, 03:30:19 PM »
Same brand/model I have carried for over a decade now - Kershaw Ken Onion-designed 1550 "Blackout".
https://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-Blackout-Folding-Knife-SpeedSafe/dp/B01256JGTC
Discontinued but still available on teh interwebs.

Fast one-handed opening, which is absolutely necessary on a ranch when you're holding something that needs cutting NOW, and you only have 1 hand free. I've lost a few, had a couple confiscated by TSA when I didn't check my carryon luggage properly before I tried to board (although they did miss it one time . . . ), and had one break - which is when I discovered that Kershaw puts 3-4 X's on the blade if it's a reject. Now, if I buy from anyone online, I specifically ask if there are any X's on the blade, especially if they're using stock photos.
All round, great knife, takes and keeps a great edge, great tool.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #47 on: December 14, 2018, 09:21:18 AM »
Something new just got into EDC. The Stanley Quickslide utility knife.

https://www.stanleytools.com/products/hand-tools/knives-blades/multi-tool/5-in-quickslide-utility-knife/stht10828

I know, I know. David loves his Milwaukee Fastback. And I still do. If you knock on my door when I'm at home in my Bill Bellachek sweatpants I will have a Fastback clipped on. I love that knife. But it's... big. I found the Stanley Quickslide just disappears in a back pocket.

I'm coming to a 3 tier solution to utility knives. The Fastback is my around the house knife, a classic Stanley 99E will forever be in my toolbelt and the Quickslide might just be EDC. The classic Stanley can't be beat for heavy work; the Fastback is the quickest in use with a good clip; the Quickslide is the easiest to carry.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #48 on: December 14, 2018, 10:03:12 AM »
My EDC knife is a Swiss Army Farmer knife.  Small enough to drop in my pocket, the blade takes a good edge, and a few handy items.  It was about $40 if I remember correctly. 

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #50 on: February 12, 2019, 08:17:54 PM »
In order of frequency:  Victorinox Compact, Doug Ritter Griptillian, Victorinox Outlander, Buck Vantage Pro Sm & Lg, Gerber EAB, Kershaw Blur.

The State building I'm at 2-3 days per week has a no weapons policy, so for the last two years I've been using the Compact Swiss Army (Outlander is too big for some pants) in the hope that it won't raise too many red flags if I have to empty my pockets for whatever reason.  I had been carrying the Vantages for about 5 years on a daily basis, but decided not to push my luck, especially after the increased security that came with the San Bernardino shooting.  The Griptillian has been carried on nightly dog walking duty for a dozen years now, I've got gate keys and remotes on its lanyard so nothing gets misplaced or forgotten when rounding up the dogs.

I've switched up my lineup a bit since trying out the Benchmade Bugout 535 recently.  Best to think of the Bugout as a slimmed-down Benchmade Griptillian with a full-size S30V blade that's aimed more at the gram-counting backpacker types than the post-apocalypse BOB crowd. 




Here's the weight comparisons I measured, starting from the top knife in the pictures:

  Doug Ritter Griptilian - 108g
  SAK Outlander - 133g
  Buck Vantage Pro Lg - 125g
  Benchmade Bugout - 53g 
  SAK Compact - 66g
  Buck Vantage Pro Sm - 73g
  Gerber EAB - 66g

  Kershaw Leek - 87g (not pictured above, couldn't find my Blur)

With the Bugout's super-light weight, AXIS locking mechanism, deep-carry clip and huge lanyard hole I can't really see a practical advantage to carrying either of the Bucks, my Kershaw Blur, or the Doug Ritter Griptilian going forward.  They all have my favorite S30V steel but the thinner blade on the Bugout actually makes for a better slicer than the others.  And after you factor in the hollow grind of the Buck Vantage, the actual amount of steel near the cutting edge isn't significantly better than the flat-ground Bugout.  The Bugout carries almost as deep as the Vantages, yet still allows for a huge opening for lanyard attachment, something the Vantages lack altogether.  Yes, the plastic grip on the Bugout flexes more than the more robust Griptilian and the blade is significantly thinner (same thickness of the Leek), but if I want to pry stuff with a knife I would be better served with a fixed blade, anyway.  The biggest thing I hold hold against the Bugout is its 3-digit price range.  Besides the specialty Ritter Griptilian, all the other S30V blades described above can be had for less than $100.


So, I think I'm going to move the Ritter and Vantage folders from EDC rotation and start using the Bugout instead.  It melts into nothingness in the pocket, yet still feels like a real knife in use.  However, despite the Butgout's lighter weight and super-steel, the SAKs will still probably get most of my EDC time (tough to beat in terms of usefulness, value, and gray-man practicalities) and the Gerber EAB will continue to handle the bulk of my cardboard boxes.

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Re: What knife are you carrying now?
« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2019, 08:08:08 AM »
Today it is a Victorinox (Swiss Army Knife) Climber.  Love having the scissors.

https://www.victorinox.com/us/en/Products/Swiss-Army-Knives/Medium-Pocket-Knives/Climber/p/1.3703