Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Blackhawk45hunter, Nov 7, 2015.
Let's see your PSK knives getting some use, I'll start.
I'm excited to see the posts on t his thread
Marked for the show.
From the SAK uses TOPIC: I used my EDC/PSK pocket carry Hiker to saw off branch/split and carve out my "Spontula", the sharp radius edge on the can opener makes for easy spoon bowl hollow out. Handle and bowl some what smoothed with sand in palm and thumb rub, end for end stained in cup of cold camp coffee and made water resistant with rubbed in bacon grease.
I met my buddy Paul for breakfast today and he put this knife in my hands. I have to give it back on Friday but I'm to give it a workout in the meantime.
First things first I got a handle on it. I gutted some 550 cord and got the party started with a constrictor knot.
Then I wrapped it as tight as possible up to the top and back down, and secured the ends with a square knot. The result is a rock solid handle.
Then off to do a bit of foraging. Stopped by nature's 7-11 and grabbed some cattail heads to char later.
I'll update with more as I do more.
Nothing beats fresh DIY Kydex and PSK lanyard.
But we just gotta use it.
Schapm--that's a great - looking blade.
Thanks! It's my buddy's own design. He made the first prototype when he was bored at a garage sale so he calls it the GarSaKn- Garage Sale Knife.
Me using a Turley PSK to skin a deer.
A little more with my loaner knife. Made a Turley inspired bark sheath.
Lotsa interesting creativity.
The Altoids tin PSK has never had any real utility for me.
The tiny knives, even less so.
If I have my pants on outside the house (which I always try to do), I have four different knives on-body, various sizes.
Only drop down to two for dress-up occasions.
There's really nothing else that'd go into such a small package that would be worth bothering with.
In the wilds, four knives, three methods of fire-starting, all in pockets.
The fire stuff goes well beyond any two or three matches people tend to include in the can.
The knives are big enough to easily work with & offer a wide range of utility.
Compass I don't bother carrying on me, since I know where I am & know directions to get out of where I am.
I can't recall any place I go, or am likely to go, far out or far up where a fishing line would make the slightest difference.
Other gear goes along in the break-down box.
I can't do much on foot anymore, so it's unlikely I'll wander far from the "basecamp" gear in the ATV.
Just me, but I see no use for the tiny knives that can fit in the Altoids cans.
SAK in pocket, Spyderco Native in pocket, bigger blade on belt, etc.
Unless I get severely separated from the main load, AND manage to lose my pants out in the wilds, the only possible piece of equipment I can see that would fit into such a small container & offer any real use would be a button compass.
And if I did get separated from the vehicle AND my pants, the Altoid kit would undoubtedly get lost too.
I don't hike into the trail-less outback any more to make that worthwhile.
If I did, the compass would go into a pocket.
Appreciate the input man, but this thread is for us folks who do use PSK knives.
Not trying to sound like a jerk by any means, just saying.
Yeah, not trying to BE a jerk, just saying.
Figured the subject was open to discussion on both sides.
Very creative, as I said, just sometimes wonder if these little projects are more hobby than utility.
With which there is nothing wrong.
My views occasionally diverge from the norm, I grew up in an era & locale where you carried basic usable gear, and what goes into that little can wouldn't have even been considered.
I think the merits of a psk and the knives in them has been discussed ad naseum on here and elsewhere. If it's good enough for combat pilots it's good enough for me...
Now for some action, two for one deal. My Turley Silver Creek and Beck Hide Scraper. Hatchet and a handled blade using the contents of my PSK only. The jaw bone was actually quite comfortable despite how it looks.
How about one of these?
W.S.H.K. (wilderness survival hoko knife)
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chopping, well more like pecking lol
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Made a stake
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That was fun but not my first choice.
My wife purloined my survival knife to cut her knitting with.
That's cool, but instead of carrying 4 knives you Could carry one (or 2) knife(s) and 3 other useful things - or you could just go a little bit lighter. Just sayin' - And if you had to - or want to for that matter - you can do at least 99 44/100 % of what you need to do with the smallest of these knives.
I have a couple of these Buck knives with the skeletonized handles. I lump them in with PSK knives because my PSK is not in an altoids tin, and in many ways I use them the same way (e.g. adding a split stick handle). Anyway, I dropped one in my pocket this morning when I was heading out to walk my dogs and ended up finding a pretty big chunk of sap to harvest. Which also led to an encounter with law enforcement. A sheriff's deputy happened to be driving by and couldn't see me because I was in the branches of the pine tree, so she thought my dogs were loose. Then I had to explain that I was harvesting pine sap... It was entertaining.
My point was that I already routinely carry many of the "survival" items commonly used in those little Altoids cans, but in bigger forms that are actually useful, without spending hours adapting & "making do" with tiny equivalents.
The Altoids PSK with a razor blade, three matches, a button compass, one cotton ball, two bandaids, a fish hook, ten feet of line, two lead weights, and any of several substances sealed in three short sections of plastic soda straws, would do nothing for me.
People get very inventive with what they cram into those cans.
People spend hours looking for tiny things to include, and creative ways to include items they think would enable them to survive.
Using many of those little things would require more work that it'd be worth, most especially if you can carry two or three larger items in pockets, packs, or shoulder bags, to begin with.
It's fascinating to look at some of the ways people come up with to make tiny things do...tiny jobs.
I have the "credit card multitool" shown above.
Before wasting an hour fashioning a handle & then trying to chop a stick with it, I'd just bust the stick over my knee, against a tree trunk, or stomp on it.
Or, just carry a real knife in the first place.
Same in trying to fiddle up a tiny knife blade into a do-it-yourself impromptu handle.
I diverge from the crowd in this thread (and I didn't know PSKs had been run into the ground previously, so my apologies there) in saying an Altoids kit just isn't worth its weight, for me.
I carry the same items, big enough to actually use without spending hours forcing little tools to do big jobs, in pants pockets, vest pockets, and jacket pockets, depending on season & expedition needs.
I have no problem with a PSK, I just want one that's actually big enough to be usable, without having to fiddle & force it to do a job it's really too small to do efficiently.
And, again, I'm not knocking these Altoid Kit Projects for those who enjoy them, I just never saw the point.
If you do, great!
Hey brother get a soapbox somewhere else. Case you missed it there is Action in the thread title. Show us some of pics of this paratrooper level load out you EDC or politely bow out please.
More action less jibber-jabber. This thread makes me wanna mess with them more. That hide scraper especially is very addictive to use.
No paratrooper, no jibber-jabber.
I'm out, you can have the thread.
Sometimes it's more than just a hobby thing. The gear item you have on hand trumps the one at home or as can be the case just talked about online. I think many things have multiple aspects and what one considers useful another might think of as less so.
I made this sheath to fit within an Altoids tin with knife should I wish.
How often will I be forced to cannibalize the paracord lanyard from my PSK to make a bow?
Probably never. For me that's just having fun.
But I wear this knife nearly every day. The shape is as such no one hardly notices there is a knife hanging from my neck. I make little attempt to hide it. Also it's so UL sometimes I forgot it was there. The knife gets use a bunch no matter what the internet tells me is a tool or hobby. In fact cut packing tape today with it. A far cry from feather sticks but it was just there so got used. To each their own.
Can't get enough of that crazy jaw bone knife.
Haha where I live I don't have to walk far to find deer skeleton parts and fashion something out them mostly. It honestly was very comfortable and held up well. I unwrapped it after and put the blades back in my PSK but the jaw is still out on the back porch in all it's macabre goodness.
The hide scraper is the one I really want to revisit, that is a heck of a $30 tool or whatever Beck is selling them for now a days. Extremely versatile.
Cool blade! Could you give us the specs on that?
I know it's 3/16" thick and roughly 4.25" OAL. Steel is 1095. I'll have to measure the cutting edge.
I hear you man.
Not to bushcrafty but my bottle hawk is always with me.
Why are my pics always upside downnnn!!!!!
I just thought you were a magician.
I have been known to make my money disappear into thin air!
Just takin this Gossman PSK for her first stroll. I'll probably lose this wrap material, but I'm really liking the feel of this tool.
Last day with this beauty. Sharpening it on a rock I found before going to visit Paul and return his knife.
The tinder box in the previous photos also holds a killer PSK by
Siembida Custom Nuthatch. Great little resource !!
Nice pic! Good to see it getting some use.
For the record, it's called a Nuthatch PSK by Siembida knives.
I look forward to seeing some in use pics in the future (I hope, haha. Fingers crossed)
Some older pics.
Australian Survival Kit Knife (Bren Leach custom) with improvised handle wrapped with gutted 550 processing wood.
Aussi PSK shaving down stick to make an primitive arrow.
Gossman PSK doing its thing. Excellent blade. Not just a favorite PSK knife, but one of my all time favorite knives.
Aussi PSK making a fuzz stick.
Gossman PSK making bow/drill components.
As you can see, these small knives are totally useless.
Outstanding knives and action. This thread just leveled up.
I LOVE THAT KNIFE !!!
Heres a homemade one from an outing last year
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I see what youz did there !!! LMAO
after seeing all these posts im getting the urge to try and forge something like this, might have some use problems but they look fun in a way...
Started a sheath today and figured it would be a great chance to use one of these useless little knives.
Aitor JK II skinner
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Love it, brother!
Gossman PSK for the Fatwood dust harvest
And lets not forget the Nuthatch.
Slightly denser shavings, but way usable and for the size...its a great little tool.