A fun thread on the "least useful" knife one might take to the woods.

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by arleigh, Aug 12, 2018 at 12:48 AM.

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Least useful knife in the woods

  1. box knife

    8.1%
  2. paring knife

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. grapefruit knife

    27.0%
  4. ceramic knife

    31.1%
  5. clever

    1.4%
  6. pealer

    32.4%
  1. arleigh

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    No need to be serious ,sarcasm welcome even useful thought is welcome. but lets keep it relevant to the subject. People do sometimes take the wrong things camping .
     
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    Serrated and flimsy. The grapefruit kife is a no-go.
     
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    Butter knife
    Lettuce knife
    Cake knife
    Planer knives
     
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    The one you don't have with you! :59:
     
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    bamboo knife, G10 knife, cardboard knife
     
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    A Mora. I mean, who invented this thing? Somebody got a kitchen knife and added a plastic handle like those kindergarten scissors use. Then they advertised it to a bunch of folks that prefer wood and real steel and said, "but it's cheap" and sold a bunch. SMH I mean come on. :rolleyes:

    The mora is only second to the Tracker.


    Bwahaha!
    I'm only kidding, if its sharp and you like it, use it. But if were talking guns and you bring a Hipoint, stand a few stalls down so people dont know we showed up together. Plus I don't want to get hit by exploding gun parts.:14:
     
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    Cleaver would not make my list...it's basically a hatchet with a long edge, right? Sorta...
     
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    Wow the guys before my post were pretty tame. Now I'm worried and gonna go hide somewhere. If the OP changes the title I'm in trouble.

    My parents think the same cheap walmart kitchen knife that cost $2 can carve a turkey, filet fish, or cut steak, open a package or cut rope, and be used for camping. These knives are magic and dont ever need sharpening.
    As such when I tell them how much I paid for my Folding Knives they think I need to be committed. We're only talking about the $40-60 range, they have no idea I have some $150 folders.

    I think there are a lot of bad choices actually. Some of the ones you listed in the poll could actually be pretty good if it was a decent blade design, doesn't even have to be excellent steel, but that all depends on what you plan to use it for.

    Of course I was kidding about the mora, and there are a lot of good "value" knives that are perfect. Ironically some of the best Bush knives for the average user aren't super steels. Stuff like 1095, a variety of stainless steels, 440, etc are sharp and easy to sharpen which is really attractive. Luckily they are the more economical options in most cases. Buck, Case, Mora, Kershaw, Kabar, Gerber...... and depending maybe even some cheap Walmart knives too, depending on what your doing.
    I still like and appreciate good knife designs and steel too though.
     
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    Anything with BG stamped on the handle/sheath...
    One of those tiny, mild steel blades that comes with a Khukuri...
    Anything in an "As Seen on TV" box...
    A plastic putty knife...
    An Ozark Trail folding knife...
     
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    Butter knife from the drawer of old things that used to be a grandparents. :)
     
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    hello,
    @arleigh If you only had one knife.. :eek: YOU would have to make the most of it, yeah even B.G endorsed (yeah I just said that) $1.00c in the swear jar. The khukuri chakmak technically isn’t even a knife, since they are unsharpened and have no edge, though one could be added. The chakmak is used as a honing sharpening tool for the khukuri, which is constructed with a piece of hardened sharpening steel, with either wood or bone affixed as a handle for easy use & carry. The purpose of this additional blade, is to polish & maintain the khukuri by insuring it always has a sharp, straight, & burr-free edge. It isn’t meant to be used as a full on sharpening tool. The general idea is too keep the blade edge keen after use by regularly using the chakmak before it can begin to dull, thus decreasing the amount of sharpening required & extending the life of the blade. They also work great as a striker for a ferro rod. The older designs of the khukuri scabbards included a pouch for carrying a piece of flint & dry tinder. The other small blade known as the karda knife does have an edge. This is used for cutting that require more precise control & dexterity, such as skinning animals or whittling. I'm also going to add the Opinel No 7 (round tipped) safety knife into the fray. I've had to teach minors in Bushcraft skills & as they are using such a knife (health & safety), I also have to use such too, put it through its paces & I ain't gonna dis it. Any blade in the right hands can be worth it's salt. :)
    Regards
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    I've got a knife in the back of my underwear drawer that would be almost useless in the woods. It has about a 6 inch, double edged blade with serrations close to the handle. It would make a pretty good dagger but not a woods knife.
     
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    Im voting Grapefruit knife. I Never used one even when I was a chef .

    I almost voted ceramic but they make a good hone .

    All the rest I can see a use for.
    Box knife I use in the woods all the time .

    Paring knife makes a great lil knife

    Cleaver depending on what type of cleaver .My big Russell would serve as a camp hatchet with ease. And my Asian cleaver has a very fine edge and makes a great spatula.

    Peeler would be great at processing edible stalks and roots. Minimal waste.
     
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    No, say it ain't so! Many of these newer ones are pretty good for the price!
     
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    Just did an overnighter with my grandsons who are 6 and 3 years old. Older one brought his SAK that I gave him (I knocked off the sharp points and dulled the blades); Younger one brought his rubber Bowie knife. Both were useless to me but brought great fun to the boys. Doc.
     
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    I voted for Ninja throwing stars.
    Especially the orange and black ones with the initials on them. (See what I did there @DavidJAFO ??? No mention of “the name.”)
     
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    Ceramic, just too brittle from what I have read. OK for a second, food prep. knife. joe
     
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    I'd have to say a ceramic knife unless you were bringing a wedding cake along. Grape fruit knife would probably be OK if you did most your bushcrafting in Florida or Southern Cali.
     
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    sorry but I got to defend the underdog here a little bit fellas

    ceramic knife is one of my woods blades. It will never rust, can strike sparks off steel to make fire. Yes thats right I have literally whacked this thing hundreds of times with hardened steel to make fire, and yes steel wool can be lit with flint and steel. You can sharpen it by knapping it. Its a modern flint knife fellas.

    Its harder than steel so you can sharpen other tools with the spine and flats of the blade

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    killer feather stick maker
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    Good urban knife too......completely non metallic
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    Commercial Grapefruit knife is #1 at being #2.:rolleyes: As @field-expedient demontrated, a ceramic blade can b3 quite useful. Being ceramic it can take an amazing edge...no wire edge. Being ceramic it can be used as a hone for the metal blades..
    My #2 cents
     
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    How can a clever knife not be useful?

    Peeler is annoying,i use a paring knife instead in the kitchen
     
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    Proper butter knives I use almost every day, (A gentleman always uses his butter knife, even when dining alone); we have maybe a dozen of them. Grapefruit knives are strange sorts of knives to contemplate toting into the bush,,, unless one lives where grapefruits run wild,,,
     
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    Generally speaking, most things labeled "bushcraft" or "tactical" (which means "strategic") are good places to start weedeating....
     
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    I voted potato peeler...although I suspect it might actually make a good bark-peeler, it would be really tricky to cut a sapling down with :D.

    This would certainly make for an interesting outing, lol...
     
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    If you handed @field-expedient a potato peeler and a grapefruit knife...He could probably build a yurt and a canoe :D

    The potato peeler I have has a serrated back so it would work as a fish scaler. I've eyeballed grapefruit knives...with some re-sharpening they might work for spoon carving.
     
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    I apparently live to far north, or I'm very unrefined, because I don't even know what the hell a grapefruit knife is?
    So as usual, I'll let ignorance be my guide, I'm voting grapefruit knife.
     
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    Certainly if it was your only knife yes. But as this post is pointing out every knife has a purpose. Our personal goal is often times the search for defining what we need our knife to do and a small enough selection of knives to get those tasks completed.
    So the olfas, are actually fantastic blades for leather work and if you had a primitive village set up and relied on trade in leatherwork it's would be a fantastic knife to have, just like the cleaver can be used for kitchen work it can I suspect a good one anyway can be used to split shingles and take small trees.
    The olfa really can't be used for much more than leather work or skinning perhaps.
     
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    And the problem with potatoe peelers, there pretty useful really.
     
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    @crewhead05 that’s is exactly what I was looking for in a Bushcraft blade. The shark mouth can open bottles, has multiple cutting fins...edges, and there are even spikes so you can defend yourself from bears and mountain lions. You don’t need to carry a nasty firearm, because guns are icky.
    @8thsinner think of the Wustof Oyster Knife as a potential modern day Otzi knife with a bit of modification.
     
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    hello,
    taps at the abacus bean counter.. $0.50c (points at the swear jar) for insinuating & intimidation :p no one escapes the Spanish Inquisition keeper of the swear jar. :D
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    hello,
    I dunno about grapefruit but they grow banana's down the road from where I live. :D
    Regards
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    No question, all of the above in the poll and a tracker for kicks. :eek:
     
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    @8thsinner think of the Wustof Oyster Knife as a potential modern day Otzi knife with a bit of modification.[/QUOTE]
    Umm. No
    It's wustof ffs...
    Make it a Sage blades oyster knife and I will consider it.
     
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    Some very impressive thoughts here , Learned something too .
     
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    I sip tea, and I don’t eat potatoes,,, ;)
     
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    image.jpg This is a grapefruit knife.
    I know your wondering how you lived this long without one !
     
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    Grapefruit knife......NOT! Never have come across grapefruits in the wild.......lol:18:!
    Dominick.......
     
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    I voted peeler but I also have used one for processing edible roots. There are some people on this forum who could take any of the listed choices and thrive in the woods. So any knife is at least marginally better than no knife at all.
     
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    A grapefruit knife is about the size of a paring knife thin and curved and serrated and is use in separating the peal from the segments .This is something your butler would do for you.
    Some one like me ,is not skilled in such things .I peal the grapefruit like an orange separate and pop the segments in my mouth like candy .
     
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    I hate it when I leave my grapefruit knife at home and stumble on grapefruit....
    Great thread, I had no idea ceramic blades were that handy!
    My first thought was butter knife, but I might add any of my kitchen knives also since no one sharpens them.
     
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    Exactly.
    I still voted box knife though cause it's the smallest.
     
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    FYI, watermelon knifes suck at batonning!
    [​IMG]

    But may be better than a Mora. ;)
     
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    Hmm.. I voted ceramic knife because I figured too brittle.. not so sure I was right.

    I'd think one of those rounded, dull, bendy kids knives for carving pumpkins would be pretty useless.

    I'll give ya 2 out of 4. :)

    :11:

    OK, I'll be going to the store to pick up a ceramic knife and make one of those now. Wow. Functional AND good looking? I just wonder if some brands or better built in terms of how good the ceramic is, over others. Clearly Farberware is a winner.
     
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