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"Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife" ^ | Brett & Kate McKay

Posted on 01/04/2013 2:10:40 PM PST by virgil283

"1st Century Romans created the first folding pocket knife. They made for easy carrying for soldiers and other explorers on their journeys and conquests. However, as the use of sheathed knives became more popular, the use of pocket knives fell somewhat into disfavor......There are three common designs of pocket knives: the jack knife, the pen knife, and the multi-purpose knife. We’ll discuss the features and benefits of each one, in order to help you decide what kind of knife you should get.

A jack knife has a simple hinge at one end, and may have more than one blade. The jack knife is popular among hunters, fishermen, and campers.... A pen knife is hinged at both ends of the handle, and usually has two or three blades at each end. The pen knife was originally designed to cut or sharpen pen quills for writing. The pen knife is good if you want more than one type of blade. It’s also small and lightweight and won’t be noticeable in the pocket of dress clothes.....Multi-purpose knife. These are probably the most popular pocketknives. The Swiss Army knife and the Handyman are probably the most well known of the multi-purpose knives.....

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To: chris37

I am not a collector but I have probably over a hundred pocket knives. For many years I carried a Puma Stockman. It is very high quality but I no longer carry one.

Back in the early 60s I read an article in one of the sports magazines such as “Outdoor Life” about knives. The author made a comment about Swiss Army knives. He said he thought tools belonged in the tool box not on a knife.

I thought this was really clever and for years would not even consider carrying one. Then I actually used one and decided that guy didn’t have a clue. I usually carry a super tinker or one of several which have the toothpick and tweezers.

The things I use most are the scissors, the tooth pick and flat bladed screw driver. Maybe the knife blade is next then the Phillips head. I prefer the Victorinox over the Wenger but not by a lot.

21 posted on 01/04/2013 2:41:23 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: chris37

Check this out:

22 posted on 01/04/2013 2:42:32 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: chris37
Are you perchance Hannibal Lecter?

Great knife by the way. I have the straight edge-black.

23 posted on 01/04/2013 2:42:40 PM PST by donozark (Kim Kardashian had her baby. Triplets! She named them Wilson, Spaulding and Rawlings.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Ditto - Swiss Army, Boker Armed Forces and an itty bitty Gerber Baby.

Except, of course, when I’m going TDY with just a carry-on. Most idiotic rule EVER. And SPARE me the “box cutters brought down airplanes” BS - we weren’t ready for it the first time. Now, I’m pretty confident everybody with a knife would pull it at the first sign.

Colonel, USAFR

24 posted on 01/04/2013 2:44:02 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Lurker
I've that same knife....Back in the 1980's I was fishing in a row boat...and had my knife out for something..and stabbed it into one the wooden seats of the boat. Somehow or another...I hit that knife..and the tip of the blade broke right off.

Sent her into Schrade...and they replaced the questions asked. Just cost me S & H.....

Still have that knife..Still use it all the time. I'll be taking it to the GOM next fall....for a tuna adventure!!

25 posted on 01/04/2013 2:44:53 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Lurker

Just a Boy Scout FYI. It’s a “Totin’ Chip” for the knife and a “Firemans Chit” to be a recognized fire builder. And if the leaders cut off all the corners of your “Totin’ Chip” (by catching you doing usafe stuff) you have to re-earn it. Let’s be careful out there... :-)

26 posted on 01/04/2013 2:45:36 PM PST by PrairieDawg
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To: The Cajun
I've processed more squirrel, rabbit, pigs, goats, and deer with that Case XX than all the other knives I own.

It's also ruined the love life of a large number of young former bulls, back before the rubber band thing became common.


27 posted on 01/04/2013 2:45:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yarddog ARE a collector!! Ha!!

28 posted on 01/04/2013 2:48:07 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: SVTCobra03
I'm a Kershaw fan too. My current carry knife:

It's called a "Leek" - designed by Ken Onion. Onion, leek, get it?

I'll go away now.

29 posted on 01/04/2013 2:49:01 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: virgil283

I just got to thinking and I don’t think I have ever had a bad pocketknife as long as it was a name brand.

At one time I thought “Tree Brand” or Arbolito was the best one for the money. Buck is a good knife tho a bit hard to sharpen at times. I believe Puma has got the right combination of ease of sharpening, edge holding and resistance from rust.

Case XX are great but I think a little high. Schrade used to be a good buy. SOG was at one time great but they seem to have gone down recently. I like a lot of Gerber designs.

Like I said all name brands are good.

30 posted on 01/04/2013 2:50:39 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: chris37

dirka face??

31 posted on 01/04/2013 2:53:18 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: yarddog

I like the Barlow I have had for many, many years.

32 posted on 01/04/2013 2:55:07 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Bought my Case XX 46 years ago, messed up the secondary blade by jump starting an old Cat dozer at the starter, about 25 years ago.
Vaporized a healthy chunk of that blade.
Un-rivited it, took secondary blade and back spring out, re-rivited it.
Now have a single blade XX, still going strong at 46 years old.
33 posted on 01/04/2013 2:56:36 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: virgil283

34 posted on 01/04/2013 2:57:06 PM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: virgil283

My Father carried and used a Queen Steel pocketknife until he died. I don’t know which one of my siblings got it but it was literally worn out.

I always thought Queen knives steel was just a bit soft. They were one of the first stainless ones but then again, the one Daddy had stood up to a tremendous amount of use.

35 posted on 01/04/2013 2:59:24 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: tomkat

When I lived on the farm, 110 acres, I carried a knife with a gut hook. Handy! But now that it’s a collectible, it’s stashed away. I cut down an Osage Orange tree, and sliced up some of the nice crotch branchings into handle sized pieces. Dried them for a year near the wood burning furnace. I bought a very nice quality 440 stainless blade, and custom-made my own sheath knife. Polished that stainless like crazy. Took it to a gun/knife show, and was astonished by what I was offered for it! So,,, it’s stashed away too. Osage orange is such a lovely wood. Hard as a rock too. Came up with a design for hidden rivets. Shoulda made some more of them! Maybe I’ll hit the second hand/junk stores looking for an old carving set with Damascus blades. Just might be a nice Winter project! I still have enough wood for a couple more......

36 posted on 01/04/2013 3:00:22 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: virgil283

I usually carry my Applegate/Fairbairn Covert Folder issued to me when I was deployed with the Army.

37 posted on 01/04/2013 3:01:41 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: virgil283
Two of my favorites, Spyderco's Military above and the Al Mar SERE 2000 below.

38 posted on 01/04/2013 3:03:41 PM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Swiss Army sells a small knife with a 128MB flash drive. You just plug it into your USB port connected to the knife.

39 posted on 01/04/2013 3:04:07 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Billthedrill

I have a shorter Kershaw my wife bought me.

I carry it daily (and I just have an office job).

Extremely handy and easily opened one handed with a bit of practice, but it’s a little small for any serious work. This is my first pocket knife with a locking blade, and I’ll never go back to a non-locker.

Been thinking about getting something larger and more utilitarian for in the field, perhaps something with a fixed blade, but I got a bit distracted stocking up on guns and parts and the knife has gotten pushed down on my todo list.

40 posted on 01/04/2013 3:07:21 PM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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