Do you have an absolute BEATER knife?

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  1. boomchakabowwow

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    i mean a real beater. The one that rattles around in your toolbox. The one you would use to slice off a piece of dog turd for the vet to sample for worms. The one you stir pool chemicals with. I found this one in my MIL’s trash pile when she moved. The lock is JANKY. I keep it sharp, but it barely holds it. I’ve be stabbed it into solid clay soil to sever a root. It’s scraped a gasket off a differential cover......the horrors never cease.

    It’s a mystery knife from Japan. Probably from some flea market. Looser hinge. Not a totally trustworthy lock. But it’s been solid and solving some problems. Hehe.
     

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    The Cheap KABAR copy on the right. I've had this knife since the early Eighties, and have truly abused it. It's tough, but you can get much of an edge on it; too soft.
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    My 15-20 year old bolt knife is the only knife that I've ever abused. It's been a dedicated soil knife for digging in soil profiles. Been sharpened on bricks, files and even concrete porch steps. You can see how the point has become more blunt from wear against the stony soil.


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    I have a $6 Rite Edge knife I keep at the cottage, mostly for skinning cedar poles and making kindling. I swear that it's the sharpest, most stay sharpiest knife I've ever had. It gets abused but just seems to love it.
     
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    This (mtech mt-528) was bought specifically to be abused. $10 Canadian at the time. I use it for wood working including batoning. It's a tough little knife.
    Cheers Jim

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    Not yet. Working on it.
     
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    I've beat on a lot of my knives... so I guess all of them?
     
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    When I worked in the jail, I would regularly bring home knives that were never picked up by arrestees after release. I still check the jail from time to time and bring home home the doozies.

    90% are utter garbage. They become my beaters. I clean them up and sharpen them, but frankly, if they are get too nasty, I just toss them.

    Some are more conducive to tool use and some are just ridiculous. The best beater I got was an older Buck Bucklite 110. That stays in my tool box and doesn't get too abused.

    The latest haul.
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    Believe it or not, that Boondock Saints knife will make a pretty good beater. It's 3cr13 steel, so a little soft, but pretty tough. Also really put together well. I am simply amazed that a flea market knife is something more than utter crap.

    I might give it to a buddy that works construction so he can save his good knife from abuse.
     
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    I think that is the same (or family) steel in current model imperial folders. I'm happy with the steel. For a $5 knife I'm very happy. :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim

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    Cold steel kudu..got a weird key ring attached to it.
    I don't respect the lock so it's a stabby thing in my toolbox for light work.

    I have an old mora that I tried to reprofile because I didn't understand Scandi or any other grind for that matter. Got an awesome and totally unconventional edge and it's a super ugly fishing knife. Embarrassing actually but it works.
     
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    IMG_5727.JPG Sure do, the king of beaters. This was in use at my great uncles boat shop at least from the 1920s and I got it in the 70s.Appears home made from 3/8" steel with harness leather grips that have shrunk a bit over the years with different size rivets. 10.5" blade. 14" OA and 1 lb 7 oz.. Sharp , only 1 small nick and still hacking wood, roots and digging dirt today and lives in the wood shed stuck down in a sand pail along with it's axe and maul cousins.
     
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    I have a Buck 105 and 102 that I keep for that purpose. One in the feed barn, one on the farm cart.
     
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    I have a victorinox SAK my Daughter bought me for Christmas four years ago. I carry it every day and use it for everything. A couple days ago I cut a floor stripper pad with it. It went from shaving sharp to butter knife in no time. A diamond rod touch up and it is back to normal. I use every tool on it except for the cork screw. Almost always the first knife I reach for. I have carried one like it since I was 6. That was a looooooong time ago.
     
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    My SET M1, and my Sabenza are my beater knives. Hell I have only used my Sabenza for going on three months straight after doing the One knife challenge in January. I've had to reprofile the tip of the Sabenza three times because I keep damaging it during use. I have carried a case stockman, but i haven't been using it, because the Seb is such a good work knife.

    That doesn't mean I scrape gaskets with knives though, I use scotchbrite for that. I've used it for cutting wire, zip-ties, cans, wood, plastic, cardboard, beaver, deer, rabbit, squirrel, fish, turtles, steak, bait, oil containers, vegetables, and a truck load of other stuff.
     
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    I thought this thread was about beater knives?

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    Seacapt, your big knife looks a LOT like the older (60s-80s) Harry McEvoy throwing knives. Several models, I think yours resembles his "Bowie Axe".
     
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    i wouldn't all it a beater, but my edc Western 854 gets used mighty hard. cut rope, carpet, copper wire, tin cans, plastic jugs, bagels, onions, tomatoes, scrap battery terminals, stir coffee, spread mustard, peanut butter, .................................................. i'm not sure how a man or woman can get through a day with out a pocket knife unless they carry a sheath knife.
     
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    My first mora companion HD is my beater. About 10 years old ...
     
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    This poor thing gets rode hard a put away wet. Been sharpened on anything handy, superglue holding the chunk of handle on still. Used to strip a ton of insulation and tape, finish off guy wire make ups and start to untwist the same for removal. Still locks tight and only some minimal side to side play.
     

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    Mine is my Ontario Ranger Afghan Bush Model (5160 steel). I call it my Tunnel Rat because it gets the dirty jobs that I refuse to subject any of my other knives to... And amazingly, there are no chips or breaks on it.
     
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    My light duty beater.
    A Ducks Unlimited banquet fillet knife that I sheep's footed.

    This is a garden knife, trash knife, spray foam knife, fiberglass insulation knife, and,"Better not go cuttin' this with my good knife" knife.

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    Beaters.......... 20190513_225242.jpg

    I need to do something about that rust..........I chopped sidewalk ice with it...........
     
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    I bought this stainless Mora Companion on sale at Amazon a while back and it has been beat up! I use it to pry up staples, as a scraper, and to cut anything and everything. I've taken it to the grinder, belt sander, sandpaper, and a variety of stones to learn how to sharpen convex edges. I will never give this thing up. It just gets too much use!
     
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    I've abused this Taylor Seto for probably 30 years. 1558142047974236750993.jpg
     
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    My British MOD survival knife. Takes a lick'n and keeps on ticking.

    b/r

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    A Cold Steel GI Tanto that I reprofiled and removed the rear quillion. It’s 1055 so easy to sharpen and very tough. I beat a stump of fatwood to death with it. Prying, chopping and batoning since I didn’t have an axe or saw.

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    I also have an even more beater knife. It’s a surgical stainless smith and Wesson tanto with a weird recurve. I used that to scrape off wax toilet seal. I think I need to clean it still...

    I’m not too terrible to my knives though. Extreme abuse increases the risk of something bad happening. Not only to the knife, but me. I can break a knife, but breaking me is a minimum $150 for my e room copay.
     
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    I've considered getting one of those GI tantos to reprofile like that. Thanks for sharing the pic!
     
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    Absolutely, if you can get it for $20-25 it’s a great buy. I may head over to the Cold Steel parking lot sale tomorrow. It’s nice to hold things before you buy.
     
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    I have an Ontario 498 "kabar" pattern knife I've had a long time. I gave it to my dad,who carried it all over Florida, fishing or whatever...even killed a shark with it! I have it back now, cleaned it up some, sharpened it up really well. Carry it in woods. Seems to work well for me. Something about it.... always feels comfortable and ready to work..it's an old friend with some history.
     
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    Absolutely...


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    I bought several of these from that Cutlery Corner show on TV.
    The handle scales came off pretty quickly but I just wrapped some cord around it.
    This thing has batonned many pounds of fatwood and keeps coming back for more.
     
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    I have this $4 Ozark Trail knife that I bought as a beater that worked well. It cut all the wires leading to a fuse panel no sweat factory but I thinned the edge anyway which really improved it's cutting. Sadly, it got resigned to the project pile after I used it's spine to drive in a loosened wedge on a boys axe in the woods and bent the pivot screw-pin-thingy. Now it's waiting for me to find a new one of those pins or straighten its current one. I miss it.:(
     
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    it's funny-i had this very thought a few weeks ago before you posted this @boomchakabowwow. course, then i couldn't find it......

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    i picked up this as a large chef's knife many years ago. i cut it down, and started to regrind it, but stainless is a pain! i added the jute/epoxy to the grip and it feels nice. since i gave up on the regrind of the edge, i've decided it's the perfect garden knife. this dirt is from cutting out the plastic the previous owner put in under all the mulch.

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    and then there's the hatchet. first one i ever got, it's the colghan's special. i dressed it up, as i'm want to do, and put it on a shelf. it is my go to when i find roots in the dirt and don't want to use a carving hatchet.

    these two do what i need when i don't want to mess up another blade-and they'll always have a place for that reason.
     
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    A S&W folder that a wanted felon dropped at gunpoint. Cops came and get the guns he had but we missed the knife and I found it a few days later. Been using it a lot lately to scrape axe handles.
     
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    Byrd Cara Cara 2. Chip in the edge. Sharpened with sandpaper. Cut fuel hose, scraped gaskets, chopped cardboard, opened oysters (that's how it got chipped), pried stuff, hammered the bent tip back, broke the pocket clip. Still locks, still cuts. Not bad for a $20 folder.
     
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    Who plants this stuff? English ivy on the public land behind me. Broke out “TEAM BEATER”. Some no-name saw and my ugly knife. I sharpened the knife with a couple of flicks of a carbide scraper. Pretty rough but it saws thru vines.
     

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    $5 used Old Hickory boning knife
     
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    It has been begging me for years to damage it. All I have managed are a few tiny chips on the blade.
    I will say that having a blade you genuinely will use for anything is very liberating!

    Ooh! The one on the left is beyooteeful!
     
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    Bushman does some questionable work. I managed to roll the hollow grind all the way up, and 1cm across, looked like a bubble. Wrote it off as broke until one day I decided to pound it back into shape with a 3lb hammer. You can still see a little damage near the belly but it’s still a horse.

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    Yup but not much any more I've come to realize it's importance to me. My very first knife given to me by dad, came in a "Camp kit" from Montgomery Wards store somewhere near Mountain View CA. back in the mid 60's Kit contained a Alum cook pot/lithe knife pictures with sheath (Long gone now) small stamped steel hatchet (Also long gone) web belt for the USGI alum canteen and a canvases Knapp sack for it all (Used during school years for books whatnot also long gone /destroyed)
    I found the knife is a box of my boyhood stuff mom was holding onto shortly after I finished high school. I ended up using it to dig up weeds around mom's place when I worked off my braces on her yard. The knife continued its weed war when I bought my first home (Back in my single/ bachelor days) and then after marriage at out next home. I've since stopped using for weeds and eventually will give it the love it deserves now, for surviving 53 years with me.
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    I have an A K 47 bayonets for besting on or other rough duty.
    It was given to me so I'm not out anything if it fails.
    Like the single bevel and am working on a way to use it as a draw knife for spoons etc.
     

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