Skip to comments."Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife"
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. Well 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. Its also small and lightweight and wont 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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Mine is an automatic assault pocket knife.
I’ve usually got two and occasionally three, depending on which bag I’m carrying.
I carry a couple.
Also a big fan of AOM. Nice to see it linked on here. Good site. Reasonably good message board. Brett’s running a good show over there.
I did get in trouble once in school... for not having a pocket knife in shop class.
This thread made me actually look at it.. The emblem insert on the side is missing, it got run through a washer once too often.
The tip of the short blade has been broken (never loan a knife to a brother-in-law).
It's starting to look positively ancient. It's only 40-odd years old.
Since I am an authentic “jack pine savage”, I always have one, maybe more on my person. I do always change into the dress knife for church, however!
I still remember the present I got from my grandfather for earning my Boy Scout “toting chit”. It’s a Schrade Old Timer, and I still have it.
I have a Spyderco folder, too. They make good stuff.
My knife connection: http://www.cutleryshoppe.com/
I still have my old Swiss army knife I got when I was eleven and in the Boy Scouts. It’s 30 years old, both blades are still sharp, though those edges have been dressed, and the only thing I lost from it was the toothpick, but the tweezers I still have.
I too have one from decades ago. I saw a little knife shop during a vacation a few years back and found a replacement toothpick.
I have many, but one of my favorites for 20 years was a Puma White Hunter which I lost several years ago after field dressing a deer. I thought about replacing it a while back and was a bit shocked at the price now. I like Buck knives—good Christian family founded this fine knife company.
‘giant swiss army knife’...When I was 10 my Dad gave me a giant army knife he found in a pawn shop. It was literaly the size and shape of a large baked potato. There were over a hundred ‘blades’ (saws, spoon, fork, etc.). Never again have I seen one like it. I wish I still had it cause my friends don’t believe me....ha ha.
Which bag you’re carrying? Tell me it’s not a murse!
Yep, Spyderco is my favorite folding knife maker. Quality materials and construction. The Harpy is my favorite design. Very useful but also useful for self defense.
I also have an old Swiss army knife, a Gerber Flik multi tool, Cold Steel Gunsite, Kabar black fighting knife, SOG seal team elite, tactical tomahawk, and my collection of throwing knives which see heavy use.
Ack I have never thought to seek a toothpick replacment!
I am a dirka face.
As soon as winter is on, and I am in my muks, I regularly carry a boot knife too, as coats, insulated bibs and such make it hard to access pockets... And since my pants are always inside the muks, the boot knife is easy to get to.
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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.
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Great knife by the way. I have the straight edge-black.
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.
Sent her into Schrade...and they replaced the blade..no 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!!
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... :-)
It's also ruined the love life of a large number of young former bulls, back before the rubber band thing became common.
Dude....you ARE a collector!! Ha!!
It's called a "Leek" - designed by Ken Onion. Onion, leek, get it?
I'll go away now.
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.
I like the Barlow I have had for many, many years.
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.
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......
I usually carry my Applegate/Fairbairn Covert Folder issued to me when I was deployed with the Army.
Swiss Army sells a small knife with a 128MB flash drive. You just plug it into your USB port connected to the knife.
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.
The only man lower than one who does not carry a knife, is one who needs to borrow YOURS!
I tell them; “Ask your mom, she’ll probably tell you you’re old enough to have your own.”
Loaning tools is a good way to end up having to buy new ones.
Around 1953, my older Brother broke the blade in his pocket knife. I can’t remember the brand but think it was Queen. He mailed it to them and asked for a repair.
He would have been 11 at the time. I remember they replaced the blade and even cleaned it up a bit and no charge.
When I was a kid my grandfather told me everyone should have a pocket knife. He gave me my first. Carried one ever since.
IOW, while not fully automatic, are they faster to open than a well-lubed quality folder ?
Would be interested in acquiring something reasonably priced, but would prefer some educated steerage in the right direction.
These are what I normally carry.
The little red Victorinox Classic being indispensable for digging/tweezing out splinters in the shop, and the Gerber Paraframe 'just in case'.
Good post. I was taught always to carry a pocket knife, and always did... Until I had the quite traumatic and infuriating experience of a TSA officer relieving me of a custom-made model. It bothers me a great deal that knives are not allowed on airplane carry-on, and are likely to be stolen on international flights when checked. (1 SCUBA knife and another “piece” lost that way.) I wonder if the folks at VICTORINOX or Spyderco have the moxie to petition Congress from K Street to repeal these ridiculous, draconian, Orwellian standards. Ronnie Barrett also makes knives, and they are magnificent.
Lately I have become a big fan of the SVORD Peasant knife, great knife by the way...
My words.......Always Go Armed.
As you've found, a problem with making/buying something really nice is the almost insurmountable hesitance to use it ! LOL
I always carry at least one. Usually Swiss Army or Gerber. My two teenage boys always carry also (Reason 3,492 to homeschool) They have over 30 each.
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