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#93750 - 05/18/08 12:02 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jim,

I understand where your coming from, but I prefer a sharp knife that will cut what ever I need when I need it to cut. And yes I've shaved with my sharp knife before, need to look good when you leave the bush and are going to a place with girls to meet. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

The only dull knives I have are knives that cant keep a edge or are not meant to have edges (such as my bayonet collection). As for using scissors, that means I need to carry more stuff so they get left at home.

By the way I always have in my pocket a Gerber LST II knife, and its as sharp as can be, gets sharpened every couple of days and will cut a thick juicy steak without much force.

Dimitri

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#93751 - 05/22/08 06:05 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Dimitri]
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That Gerber LST knife is a real backpacking classic; as is Jim's Tinker SAK IMO. Jim that must be one sweet fork, Ti huh <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> I would've thought you'd have picked up an errant shell on the beach and made a knife right quick.

Sounds like you all had a good time by the jabs of it <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#93752 - 05/22/08 09:29 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Earthling]
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earthling
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That Gerber LST knife is a real backpacking classic; as is Jim's Tinker SAK IMO. Jim that must be one sweet fork, Ti huh I would've thought you'd have picked up an errant shell on the beach and made a knife right quick"
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I lost my LST and my first Ti fork and spoon. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> The ti fork is so light and it won't break or melt in the fire. How can I leave it home at 1/2 oz? The ti spoon also at 1/2 oz is there to measure my coffee. Probably the edge of the spoon will cut most food. I remember my grampa got me a big knife with a whole bunch of blades, a table spoon and a fork. All the other boy scouts were jealous. Then it came to be that you couldn't hold the food with the fork while you used the knife to cut it. I sadly stopped carrying it and lost it.

Actually on the camping trip with bigfoot I used an obsidian ceremonial knife with a stag horn handle for ALL cutting. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> I also had a flake with me that would have cut anything. AND I can make an edge 100 times sharper than a scalpel - eye surgeons use obsidian blades.

Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
P.S. at home I generally eat dinner with a sharp kitchen paring knife - my wife has become used to it. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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#93753 - 05/24/08 01:28 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Jimshaw]
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#93754 - 05/24/08 07:56 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Jimshaw]
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I think I see why you have trouble cutting yourself...

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#93755 - 05/25/08 07:59 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Paddy_Crow]
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I think I see why you have trouble cutting yourself...


Couldn't agree more Paddy. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#93756 - 06/30/08 11:27 AM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: Jimshaw]
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<snip>"Scalpel blades are not as sharp for a reason [As a microtomb - used for slicing tissue perfectly flat and thin for microscopic viewing]. The razor edge [ of a scalpel] cuts cleanly but not as cleanly as a highly polished blade (sharpened with an extra fine stone). This is a good thing if you want to reclose the cut which in most surgical cases is the goal. The roughness helps blood clotting giving it better binding sites and speeds up healing.
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they said scalpels are no sharper than razor blades. There was also a statement that a new spyderco is sharper than a scalpel. "The knife you cut yourself with is sharper than the scalpel I am using to fix it"
surgeons? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />


This agrees with the study I read about in a popular science mag (Discover?) about 5-6 years ago. The study found that sharper scalpels caused wounds to heal more slowly. The study did not cover issues about "easier to sew" or scarring. So the study suggested that scalpels should be slightly less than razor sharp for quicker healing.

Now a microtomb is something else altogether. I believe it is used to shave skin off to replace burned skin, and perhaps other reasons.

My point: cuts from razors heal more slowly than from dull knives IF YOU GET CUT. This has been my personal experience also. When I got cut from a razor it took about twice as long to heal up.

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#93757 - 06/30/08 06:18 PM Re: How sharp is that knife? [Re: bulrush]
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Bulrush
Thanks for the input. I think a lot of the guys here are too young to have been cut shaving, so they don't know about razor cuts. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
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