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  • #2
    Re: What qualities make a good knife?

    Boy Howdy - I've got a small fortune invested in knives and still think the best one is my pocket knife.

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    • #3
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      I don't necessarily think that my trusty old pocket knife is the 'best' one I own, but it sure is the most versatile! I don't think there's another one in my tool box that will whittle a stick, turn a screw (either straight or phillips), open a beer, open a can of tuna (yeach!) cut my fingernails, punch a hole in my belt (ya, I know, go on a diet), pick my teeth, tweeze out a sliver, and file off a broken nail.


      With two good blades, I can carve just about anything I want with it, even though there are other knives better suited to carving. And my 'other' pocket knife, the three blade whittler will just about take care of that!

      Personal opinion is that the venerable old pocket knife is far under rated, and it's too bad one isn't put into every kids front pocket at age 8! Oh, ya I forget, they won't let him into school with that 'weapon' anymore. For those of us who remember mumbledy-peg, frog spears (heck they even drained all the frog ponds), and willow whistles, some of our changing social standards are just a shame!

      Al

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      • #4
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        I agree..everyone is so preoccupied with 'politically correct' they are missing a wonderful life!! It is very sad that time is gone, it was the best!!

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        • #5
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          I just went an counted my knives. Sheesh! Not counting the multi-blade knives, I have 39 including the ones I made myself. As to which one is the best, well, it depends on what I am carving. However, the one you have the most confidence in is the best. PS: I don't use all of them on any given project. 2-3 is normal.

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          • #6
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            Many types of knives but I will go with my Broker carving pocket knife. It goes every where I go. Most othe knives stay in their pouches till ready to use.
            Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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            • #7
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              I am like everyone else here. Those new knives that you see for sale just seem to maybe the one you are looking for and always works great on the piece of bass wood at the show. When you get home though and start a serious carving it seems to get left in the tool box and you go back to the one you are most comfortable with. That is why I have so many knives I will take them out and try them all once in a while but I always go back to that one I love and trust.
              Colin

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              • #8
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                What is it with carvers and dinky knives? I carry a 3.75 inch blade pigsticker. I might carry larger, but KY consides anything over 4 inches a weapon or 'agricultural implent'. I really don't want to try to convince an officer that my KA-BAR is a farming tool. Anyhow, how can you grasp something that small for any period of time? My brother, who has rather long hands but certainly not exceptional, complained that all my knives were too small. I made one for him that is a bit more that 1' by 1.5'. at its widest. The handle for that thing was shaped by my pigsticker, by the way. What is the appeal of a pocket knife for carving?
                Carving is the art of taking a block of wood and cutting off anything that doesn't look like a carving.

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                • #9
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                  Nothing wrong at all, with BIG knives! My hand is so big that I have a hard time finding gloves to fit, and have been stuck with oversized ski gloves for decades; can't find a carving glove to fit. And I have several LARGE handled bench knives that I can work with all day without fatigue.

                  That said, a small handled knife that I can fit IN the palm of my hand, and/or hold like a pencil works like no large knife can for detailing and fine incised work.

                  A pocket knife for carving is a GOOD thing because it is ALWAYS there! And if I have to pop the top off a can of varnish, it's got a screwdriver blade to do that with. The big blade can whittle a stick, and the small one can carve a face in a branch, the 'leather punch/drill can start a hole in a piece for carving, an', aw heck, there's just all kinds of reasons.

                  My other pocket knife, a 'whittler' has three blades made especially for carving and they work on just about anything I carve. They are sharp, have good steel, the blades are designed well, and they are always available when i'm out and about. Now granted I don't carry them both at the same time, but I always have at least one of them along with me, so if I decide to carve, I carve.

                  A big Folding Buck Knife is great for guttin' a deer, or cleaning a fish, and maybe hacking my way through the jungle, but it's really kinda hard to carve with, although it makes a pretty good tool for sharpening a tent peg, or sittin' on the porch makin' piles of chips from various sized sticks!

                  Oh, and once in a while ya still runs across a beer that doesn't have a twist-top, or the darn thing was twisted on too tight! Ever have that pop-top pull off your last beer? My pocket knife can still get that bugger open! My brother is a wine snob, and I can even get his wine bottles open with the built in cork-screw!

                  No offense meant to the big knife fans, but please don't pick on my lowly pocket knife! I LOVE it!

                  Al

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                  • #10
                    Re: What qualities make a good knife?

                    Al...wallyworld has the fishing filet gloves....and here at this store, the only size they have is extra large!

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                      • #12
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                        Gosh I don't understand the part about not being able to carry both knives at the same time ... I carry a three bladed pocket knife (model 303 buck), a large swiss army knife, and a leahterman model 200 supertool most of the time. I put on my Sunday go to meetin' clothes and I carry the buck, a tinker model swiss army knife and downsize the leatherman one size. Better overgunned than under - that's what I say.

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                        • #13
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                          Amen to that Ed. Knives are like the American express card. Never leave home without one.
                          Carving is the art of taking a block of wood and cutting off anything that doesn't look like a carving.

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                          • #14
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                            I am looking seriously at Ross Oar's two blade folding carving knife...the one with the larger blade and a smaller detail blade...any comments?

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                            • #15
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                              To all,
                              Pocket knives are for the day to day tasks every man faces. I have some I prefer in the garden and others that are for the office. The Transportation Safety Administration has a nice collection of my 'office' knives. Just keep forgeting to put them in the suitcase before it gets checked and I head for security. Caraving knives need a little nicer treatment than I give my pocket knives.

                              I have a Butz bench knife as my only carving knife so far. I have not been thrilled with it in the past but I think I almost got it sharp now so my opinion of it is improving. I carve mostly with gouges and the knife is mostly for stop cuts. The break through in sharpening came from two things 1) My Dad found a very old barbers stone and strop in his shop and past it on. It feels like ceramic. 2) a story by Joe Dillet in another magazine seems to have finally communicated the art of sharpening to me. Despite my new found faith in the Butz knife I will have Flexcut knives on my Christmas list.
                              Ah Chip

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