Re: how many blades do you use?
The knives I use most often lately are my Swedish Moras. They are sharp as razors and that makes them handy for everything from cutting paper to trimming branches to cutting pills in half, whatever. Can't recommend them too highly for utility, tackle box, pocket or glovebox.
I've been wearing a most useful knife, a USAF survival blade made, they say, by Camillus. It's Parkerized, strong enough to use for prying, yet sharp as can be and the point is sharper than most everything else I have. A very useful design. You wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of this thing. I find it comfortable to wear, and rugged enough not to worry about it getting scratched up or showing use much. It's a better alternative, for me, to a folder, at least outside the office. Even the sheath is excellent -- thick leather with metal reinforcement, great belt slots, and the squared end keeps it from telegraphing "knife" when worn under a jacket. It's a handsome package and for $20 I just can't fault it. It's going to be mine permanently.
Of course I also have an excellent Ka-Bar for those times when nothing less will do. My pocket knife, when I carry one, is as big as a belt knife. I'm going to be getting a new folder, maybe a Cold Steel or CRKT or similar. I like my folders to be near as strong as my full-tang blades, which is a tall order for some knife makers. I don't want to pay gun money, but I'm shopping for that special folder that will satisfy me for a while. I believe the large Cold Steel "voyager" may be of interest. (Is that what they call them?)
I had a couple of Schrade X-Timers recently but I got a refund on both. I love my old 49er hunting knife with the stag handle, but these models didn't light my fire. After giving them a good look, I felt they weren't worth the $30-35 each that I paid. The black finish just wasn't going to hold up as well as either Parkerizing or stainless, and the folder did not seem to me as if it would stand up to much force at all. For example, the blade, when open, rested directly on the seam of the Zytel grip. The full tang X-Timer was better, but the nylon sheath had a horizontal flap design that wanted to unbutton itself when rubbed against door frames and such, and the black finish on the blade was just as fragile on that. Just not reality tested.
I like big strong knives and will continue to collect them. I have a (fairly irrational) longing for one of those Cold Steel walking canes, and I prefer the (apparently discontinued) Cocobolo styled finish. As long as I'm getting one I'm thinking I may as well get the sword cane. It's only good for thrusts, which doesn't strike me as incredibly useful even for defense, but hey, it's there -- and my knees are not good, so a walking stick would be practical one of these days.
I love my bayonet collection but the old ones, while intimidating, are mostly "used" as a hanging display on my wall. And I have a couple of swords, Samurai type but shorter. There are sling sheaths for those but I haven't had any use for them in a while other than practice. I also have one of Dad's WWII fighting knives which I cherish but it doesn't get used at all -- it's to hold and look at and enjoy.
Other blades I use would include my camp axes, my milsurp machete, and miscellaneous. Oh, and there's a scalpel in my milsurp surgical kit in the survival box. Hope I won't be needing to use that...
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Last edited by offeror; 12-13-2004 at 12:49 AM..