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1/8 vs 5/32

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Erdbeereis, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Erdbeereis

    Erdbeereis Banned Member Banned

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    Which thickness do you guys prefer on your 3-4" bushcraft blades? Do you notice a major difference in cutting performance?
     
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    if all other dimensions are equal, the thinner steel will have a slightly narrower primary bevel, which means it should produce less drag when cutting.
    the narrower the blade, the more pronounced this difference will be. (you will notice the difference on a knife with a 1" blade height but probably not on one with a 1.5" or taller blade height)

    that said, I have no problem with 1/8" thick steel but I tend to own more knives with 5/32" or 3/16" spines.
     
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    In a short knife I generally prefer thinner blades now. I used to think thicker meant better until I started to get better at skills and then the short thick blades proved to be harder to use and unnecessary. One would rarely baton with such a short blade and precision cuts are done best with a thin blade.
     
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    my personal preference is for thinner, shorter (2 1/2 - 3 inch) blades but my camp knives are typically used for food prep and carving. i use a hatchet a lot around camp for some of the tasks others use a knife for. not that there's anything wrong with a 3-4 inch, thicker blade. it just isn't what i use.
     
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    I have a Turley Green river in 5/32 on the way now and have a BH 1/8 woodcrafter I doubt I can tell the differenc, if it pure batonning a 3/16 or more is probably better. Prefer convex edge regardless.

    Larry
     
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    Currently my favorite thickness is 9/64", directly in between those thicknesses.
     
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    RangerJoe Bushwhacker Bushclass II

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    Personally, convex edge, 5/32...scandi, 1/8
     
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    A thin knife will always outcut a thick one, and for a short knife, even a thin blade is robust enough. I've batoned my Mora 711 into knots that resulted in the blade bending in the shape of a banana where it followed the grain, and it returned perfectly straight and true with no damage.
     

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