How is a fixed blade knife more dangerous than an SAK, particularly one that doesn't lock?
I do carry an SAK Farmer as my main tool and it works great and sometimes a small fixed blade depending on my activities but really don't see the need for anything longer than a 4" blade even when hunting. I know a lot of the guys that are really into knives don't feel good without three or four different blades on them for a day hike but just like backpackers have their interests, that is their "thing" and I don't begrudge them their fun.
Loc: bc/yukon border area
earthling your suggestion that i am a rambo type is just wrong the area that i live in does not ever require a knife for firestarting this post was about a survival knife and my survival knife can be used as many things one of them being a back up for my large size bear spray. for this you need a knife with certain attributes that is all i was trying to say . there isn't many people here that leave home without survival kit bear spray sturdy knife and usually a12 guage loaded with 1.25 oz slugs that is not rambo but my reality
Northernerbc <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> Rambo <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> No, you are living in an area that carrying that equiptment is reality.
But if you are using a knife as a defensive weapon against bear then I think you need reconsider which knife is better for that purpose. If you need something to fit in a PSK then it can be something sturdier like a Gossman PSK, Becker 'Necker', or BRKT 'Mini NorthStar', or 'Little Creek' (my favorite small knife) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
For a belt knife, Canadians wrote the book on them many Moons ago...Lots of varieties out there along the lines of Canadian Camp Knives. There's genereally a 'favored carry' knife in specific regions; it may be due to climate, game frequently dressed, or a number of other factors. Sometimes something comes along that catches your eye, and that's the one for you.
Choosing a knife to carry does not make one Rambo; rather the style of the knife and it's design intent does IMO.
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!
Wow, this thread has grown. First of all Bryan Breeden is a custom maker and doesn't have a website yet. Since I last posted his blades, he has put out three different models. I wlill try to post more here to keep up to date. For those interested in more Breeden info, email me at Bearthedog76"at"Hotmail dot com.
As for me, I am backpacking every week preparing for Peru for 9 days then flying home for one day, then back up Mt. Whitney. for the week. Writting articles for Tactical knives Magazine on some knife use in Peru and Ultralight Knife use in the Sierras.
Earthling, you mentioned the Gossman PSK, do you have one? I am actually writting an article on it for TK Magazine. For now I will just use this!!!!!!!
Here are a few light knives from some custom makers. These knives are designed for outdoor utility, with the weight conscious outdoorsmen in mind. I have used these hiking and backpacking in the deserts and mountains of California.
Ultralight- Knife 2 ounces, 3 ½ ounces w/leather sheath Blade Uddeholm 15n20-3 5/8, cutting edge 3 7/16 Overall-7-inches Thickness-1/16 Super light and super sharp mainly due to the 1/6-inch thin blade and scandi grind. This is a pure cutter and supreme whittler for those that don’t need to baton with your knife.
JK Handmade Knives
Hikers Backup- Knife 3 ½ ounces, 5 ounces w/leather sheath Blade 01-2 ¾-inch, cutting edge 2 3/8-inch Overall-5 7/8 Thickness-1/8 Stout and full of cutting power, if this knife was a smurf, he would be Hefty. Lots of knife in a small package.
Hikers Backup 4-inch- Knife 4 ½ ounces, 6 ½ ounces w/leather sheath Blade 01-4-inch, cutting edge 3 3/4 Overall-8 3/16 Thickness-1/8 This is the heavier of my choices but also the one of the bunch that could easily fill out the Bushcraft all around role; this is mainly due to the full size handle. And larger blade that does well when it comes to baton use.
PSKK II- Knife 2 1/2 ounces, 4 ounces w/kydex sheath Blade 01-3 7/8, cutting edge 3 3/4 Overall-7 5/8 Thickness- 3/32 I did an extensive review on this knife where I whittled and used it to baton the 3/32-inch thick blade into large wood. This may be my most used knife around the house along with the JK Nessmuk. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=547103
Obviously the Mora is a much better built knife. It becomes obvious when you compare the handles. (where my hands always are) The handles on the Mora is much more substantial than the other knife.
On the other side of that thought, a knife is something that I refuse to go ultralight on. Just doesn't seem the right thing to do....I just may have to stick it in a cougars butt and I don't need no screw-ups when that comes to pass....Just my thoughts on the subject...sabre11004...
The first step that you take will be one of those that get you there !!!!!!!
The first step that you take will be one of those that get you there 1!!!!!
Depending on where I'm hiking/camping depends on what I carry as far as blades. The Victoronix Swiss Champ is always in my pocket and some sort of fixed blade is on my belt. Usually the partially serrated K-bar. Both are heavy but I feel prepared to face most situations with these. I carried 5 in the service.
I use to carry larger SAKs, but I discovered that the Classic is all I need as long as I have the Benchmade, which makes 95% of all my cuts.
If I carry a fixed blade, I leave the Benchmade at home and take a Frosts Mora 860 Clipper from Sweden. $13.00, 3.5 ozs including sheath, clip on sheath, 12C27 stainless blade, and the most comfortable handle that I have ever held - and I've held a lot of knives.
Loc: Kitsap Peninsula, WA
I think the Spartan is nice simple tool that doesn't weigh too much. However isn't the classic a rather redundant? A light weight pair of scissors at most would do the job. Or, better yet, just take the Classic and forget the Spartan. You have to ask your self how many times have you really needed the extra features. the "just in case" scenario is a slippery slope that can add a lot of unnecessary weight.