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#1 Jeff



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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:48 PM

I use different knives for different jobs. Chef’s knife, after years in the kitchen I own ten or so. Different blade shapes do different things well. Personally my favorite is the Wüsthof Classic 8” chef’s knife. The curve is perfect the the work you need it to do. I do some spoon carving and have some Mora laminated carbon steel blades I use for that. Different shapes and sizes for different kinds of carving. I have more pocket knives than I care to count that have clip point, spear point, drop point, tanto point, sheeps foot, and other shapes.

These shapes exist for a reason. Drop points preserve as much width for as long as possible, making the point of the knife stronger. Clip points narrow the blade dramatically so the tip is better for fine work, spear points are designed to improve penetration in stabbing, not something I find useful in daily life, tanto points exist because Tamahagane is crap steel, sheeps foot allows even, thin slices to be peeled off with the entire length of the blade, other shapes have other uses.

Modern types tend to obsess a lot about type of steel and not shape of the blade. If you use your knife for general stuff a drop point does most things well, few if any exceptionally. Clip points mean you can get the point into precise places for fine work. Attached to a full width blade it makes a knife that does fine work well and bigger jobs well.

When you look at what you use your edc knife for on the daily, are you using the right knife? I’ve got a clip point and a drop point on me most of the time. I open boxes, cut stuff at lunch, cut string, etc.

Part of reducing your therbligs is using the right tool for the job.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 05:04 PM

I think for the tasks you mentioned, which I believe is a common array of tasks for us EDC guys, most any pocket knife is suitable. I really like the Wharncliffe on my GEC calf pen I've been carrying, which has another blade I may use for cutting food. So as for blade shape, most any of them will do my daily tasks with similar results.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:45 AM

For so many different uses both real and imagined. IMO it is the single most important part of my EDC; so I carry a fixed blade and a folder. The back up is on the Leatherman.

A good portion of my day is spent afield installing and using equipment. On any given day I use my Candiru to:

Open packaging
Cut tape and cordage
Make small wooden wedges/shims
Lunch prep (food and fire)
Trim and clean under fingernails
Carve wood when waiting or bored
Soil analysis
Tree ID (bark dissection)

How many Dads out there?
-remove itchy tags from clothing because I keep it razor sharp
-in my pajama pockets on Christmas morning

I’ve even had purpose bought cheap knives to dump into the trash just before going into TSA checkpoint so I had something to use during travel.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:15 AM

Because I like them. And because I don't like to have to tear things open with my teeth, or a fingernail, like an animal. It's better to use a knife, like a civilized person.


Don't make the mistake I've made, of caring about blade shape. Once I got picky about the steel, the shape, the grind, the blade length - it narrowed my options. Woe is me.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 02:51 PM

I typically carry a boker exskelibur (I have a few variations of this knife) and find it great for most of my daily tasks... Once in a while its simply not the correct knife to use for the situation, but overall it works well for me. The blade has a beautiful grind for slicing tasks...

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#6 Frank Waldron

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 09:47 PM

I grew up in the south, in the woods.  A knife was pretty much an essential item that everyone in my hometown carried.  Now I'm an adult and unfortunately living in the city (how do people do it), but I still carry a knife with me everyday for any task that I may encounter.  

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:53 PM

Generally, to cut stuff open.  However, the possibility exists that I may have to cut off a seatbelt etc.  I have been a witness to several automobile accidents, including roll overs (one time a big rig rollover) over the years.  

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#8 Kyle Noble

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 01:42 AM

I carry a blade because for some reason it’s frowned upon when I use my ccw pistol to open packages in public.
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#9 Bruce H

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:58 AM

The knife I carry with me every day is the Victorinox Midnite Manager and it's blade it is mostly used to open packages, flatten boxes,cut cable ties, peel oranges and things like that.

My strategy is to keep the contents of my pockets to the smallest and lightest things that will still do all the tasks I need to do when I am walking around and leave other tasks which have greater demands to tools which live in a specific location.

So when I am at work the toolbox I carry contains a lock back knife, a razor knife, flush cutters, dikes, etc.. Knives for food prep a things like nail clippers always live in the place at home where they are used, unless I am on vacation.

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 12:25 AM

same here, different knives for different purposes, i am looking for a neck knife (custom made) does anyone here knows who makes neck knives? something like this https://swordsswords...neck-knife.html

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 10:08 AM

When I first learned to make knives from Matt Martin at Vehement Knives, he told me something very impactful - knives/cutlery are so important that we have even defined periods of human development based on them (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, etc.).


In modern times, there are many people and places that view knives from a negative perspective, but the truth is, per many comments above, every knife style and shape has a unique and specified purpose from general bushcraft/camping, to urban tasks like opening your packages, to self-defense. The truth is that some knives ARE made to be weapons and for better or for worse, these purpose-built knives have a place. However, the far and vast majority of knives are for non-tactical purposes and the knife is still - even in a modern and urban environment - one of the most useful and important tools a person can own. In my personal opinion, every person should at least own one, if not carry one daily.  You never know when you might need to free yourself or a loved one from a stuck seatbelt after an accident . . . or eat a steak!

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