US knife is a good choice too!
I like a to EDC a combo on folders... I carry a locking folder(currently a kabar dozier), and a smaller slipjoint(currently a SAK recruit)... that way, most all my bases are covered... the SAK is better at some things than the dozier, and vice versa... I also EDC a LM wave, but I don't think of that as a knife...
Deff. agree with the SAK Farmer,Although i have been lookin into the EKA SWEDE 88 Bubinga wich looks like it would be a great bushcraft folder, im sure there info somwhere around here on it.... Good luck, Wes-- PS- the Enzo D2 Birk looks like an awsome bushcraft folder also!
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I usually carry a fixed blade (Helle Odel) and a SAK, but I wouldn't be bothered if I had my Svord Peasant and a SAK. I could do all I need to do with those two folders.
I don't have any experience with a SAK Farmer. I would recommend a Buck 110. I have been carrying one for a while. It handles EDC tasks well, and can do almost any bushcraft related task. I have never owned a folding knife that made me feel more confident with the lock. This thing locks up solid.
If all you plan to carry is a folding knife, it makes sense to get one with a saw blade, like the Farmer or Trekker (see Solo's pix, above). I recently bought both so I can give you some thumbnail first impressions.
Actually, though, I didn't buy the Farmer but the Harvester, which has a small pruning blade instead of a can opener. The hooked pruning blade is really excellent for small carving tasks - say, carving a spoon or other implement. The Harvester also does not have the Farmer's key ring attachment. Otherwise they are identical.
Anyway, the Farmer/Harvester is just a gem of a knife. Some complain the blade doesn't hold an edge very well, but that seems to have been a spotty or one-time quality control issue and doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. The Harvester is probably the most useful small pocket knife I've ever owned. It's great for 90% of your trail and camp chores. And as others are quick to note, the awl is located where you can really use it for all kinds of chores. Many SAKs have the awl on the back of the knife, and it's just not good for much there.
The Trekker is also a great all-purpose knife with a couple advantages, the big one being that the main blade and the standard screwdriver lock open. They use liner locks and they lock up real tight. I don't know if I'd trust it for batoning, but I know I would not hesitate to try if I really had to. It's one of the most solid liner locks I've seen. The fact that the screwdriver locks open makes it a very useful pry tool.
I did not get the one-handed-opening Trekker, but I did get the one with a non-serrated blade. It's a big blade, too, useful for many things, but big enough to be not quite as sweet a carver as the Farmer or Harvester. That's one drawback of the overall larger size of this knife. The upside is that this knife really fills the hand, so it would be more effective for larger tasks, like carving an axe handle or de-limbing small tree branches. The awl is in the wrong place on this knife, and is not as effectively shaped, but that's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for that locking main blade. It's got the same kind of saw as the Farmer/Harvester, but about a half-inch longer.
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"The wildwood is an enchanted realm, and those who would its wonders see must first obey its commands." - Ellsworth Yaeger, "Wildwood Wisdom," 1955
Benchmade doug Ritter large gripttilian.
I have an old SAK but don't use it much anymore these days my EDC folder is an OPI7 use it for carving and general use great knife to.
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