Grohmann No.1

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  1. Woodsroamer

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    Is the grohmann no.1 worth the hefty price tag? I’m a knife nut and am always looking to add another great functional knife to the collection, especially one for skinning and butchering. Would I be better off making a pattern and making my own or should I just let my wallet take a hit. What are your opinions?
     
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    I didn't think it was worth the price. I bought an R. Murphy to try the bow back style. You may have your own reasons for the Grohmann.
     
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    What did you think of the R. Murphy? I've been eyeing that one and haven't reached a decision yet, but I really like that it's made with 1095.
    Bob
     
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    I have an R. Murphy skinner model (Canadian belt knife - CBK) and really like it. I will say the scales were a bit square and blocky for my preference, but 10 minutes with some sandpaper fixed that. I'd also suggest planning to buy a real sheath if you plan on belt carry; the one it comes with is a piece of junk, IMO.

    I've also heard you can buy a "seconds" quality Grohman for about half price, but the shipping from Canada pretty much consumes the savings.
     
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    I have and use a number 1. I use it for skinning and cutting up food. I am a small knife and axe guy, I don't use my knife as a pry tool or for batoning. If you are a 1 knife for everything kind of guy I wouldn't suggest this knife for you. My axe does most of my rough work. Good luck!
     
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    Overall, I like it. I do agree the handle was blocky. I shaped it with sandpaper and added some tung oil finish when done. It is a slicer, after some work on the edge. I also bought a sheath because the factory supplied sheath was really lacking.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I’ll look into the Murphy belt knife.
    I’m the same way with my knives, I’ve broken a couple using them like that.
     
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    @Woodsroamer

    Grohmann offers a lot of options within their #1 to #4 range.

    The #1 can be had in both stainless and carbon. As well as Saber or Full Flat Grind.

    If you’re looking for skinning and butchering. I bet the full flat carbon #1 would impress you.

    The light weight and elliptical shape lend themselves well to these tasks. In ten minutes of use. They seem different and not overly confidence inspiring.

    But once your hand and your mind adjust to the different shape and feel they can be quite impressive.

    They can also be had much cheaper than Grohmann’s site would suggest.
     
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    I've had the Grohmann and still have the R. Murphy. They work very well if you aren't doing anything that would break them. There are better knives if you do any carving but for food prep and skinning, they would be great. The Murphy does need a better sheath.
     
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    I had a #1 for many years. Used it exclusively from thaw out to freeze up one year. Did everything I asked it to do, except for some flat scraping on wood, the curve of the blade just would not allow for it. Eventually I acquired too many knives and I sold it.
     
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    Tens of thousands of Canadians have seemed to think it's the best thing since stone tools.
    I like my Beckhart. :)
     
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    Alright thanks for all the info. I’m leaning towards the Murphy but I will keep my eye out for a grohmann. Also I’m mainly looking at it for food prep and the likes. I normally carry a pocket knife for carving and an axe or hatchet for heavy work.
     
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    I had Bark Rivers take on the knife and quite liked it. Never held the real deal so can't compare, but I love the looks of it.
     
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    "Had"? Would that be the Canadian Sportsman?
     
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    I had a Grohmann No. 1 years and years ago... I was a teenager; saw it advertised in Smithsonian magazine. Sure wish I still had it, or at least knew what happened to it. They were about $28 then.

    But anyhoo... yeah, what you said: axe + small knife... I flirt with other options but I am convinced that’s the best set up. Is for me anyway.
     
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    ...and a pocket knife...
     
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    It was the Canadian Special. I wish I kept it, must get another soon.
     
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    ah yes, "Special"
    I thought about pulling the trigger on that one more than once.
     
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    I bought #1 a few days ago and I am impressed with the build quality and styling. I did have the #4 survival knife a few years back but found the shape didn't suite my needs. This one does however as it is small and light, great for food prep etc and very well thought out. The sheath hanger is very useful as it allows good movement almost like a hanger and can be removed, although it isn't very long, about 2 inches so would fit smaller belts. Having said that with a bit of leather it would be easy to copy the style and make a longer one. So all in all I am very glad I finally bought one and all I have to do is try to keep my wife from using it in the kitchen.
     
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    Don't currently have one, however I have used one a good amount. For a woods blade there are certainly better blades out there. However if you are looking for a hunting knife it preforms admirably. I didn't care for the handle, too small for my hand, xxl or xl glove. However I do have a lt wright small northern hunter, same pattern of knife in aebl stainless steel that I butchered 5 whitetails with this fall. Didn't have to sharpen it at all, hair poping sharp after it all, great knife great pattern. Kinda wish I got the large... maybe I will!
     

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