Recommend a SAK... Farmer?

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  1. baglock1

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    My EDC pocket knife is a simple CRKT locking folder. For the price, it's superb and handles all of my normal day to day chores with ease. Despite my fondness for it, I think I'd like to add a basic SAK to my toolkit, one that is a little more versatile, but doesn't have the kitchen sink on one of it's fold-out nubs either. Looking around, it looks like the Farmer fits the bill with it's simple knife blade, saw, bottle/can opener, and awl. I'm hardpressed to think of anything else I'd add to it but figured I'd ask the local brain trust to see if there's a model I may be overlooking.

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    I have a few SAKs. Farmers are nice.
    Go for it.
     
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    For their size, farmers offer quite a bit.
     
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    I'm using mine in the One Knife Challenge this month.
     
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    I have lots of pocket knives but the SAK Farmer is my EDC these days.
     
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    Everyone should have at least one Farmer! :dblthumb:

    It really is a very good tool. I have one in each of my kits. I carry the SAK Bushcrafter (hard to find) in the pouch on my Bush Belt.

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    Orange Farmers cut the best. It's proven science.

    I've spent a lot of money on knives, both bendy and straight, and a great deal of what I need to do could be handled by a $35 Farmer. The beefier blade and the in-line awl are great to have, in my book. Only downside? No scissors.
     
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    Hard to go wrong with the Farmer or any of the Pioneer line.
     
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    My American Express knife is a Farmer......I never leave home without it!;):dblthumb:
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    Another vote for the Farmer! Love mine!

    A Huntsman or Hiker are my second favorites. Might be worth a look!
     
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    Well, based on the overwhelming response, looks like the Farmer is on the wish list. Thanks all!
     
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    I love my SAK Farmer. I wish the blade were beefier, but it is a great knife.
     
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    Another vote for the Farmer. The only other models I carry regularly are the Bushcrafter and Lumberjack. Of those three the Farmer is more versatile but I carry my Lumberjack the most.
     
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    My red farmer is now pink being carried so much. I still carry it in the woods. I have been carrying a Vic Walker for EDC for the last few years I is basically a Bantam with a sew
     
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    Odd man out (as usual), I gave my Farmer to my son and replaced it with a Hiker only because it's my EDC for woods bumming, in the shop, around the house and vehicles The awl has an eye which is handy for leather/canvas sewing, the large Phillips driver is handy around house/vehicles for tightening lose door lock plates, interior molding and gear/tools and I use the small blade for majority of my wood carvings. IMG_5662.JPG
     
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    For its size, weight, tool kit, and price,,, Not many pocket knives can compare to a SAK Farmer...
     
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    Once you go SAK, you'll never go back.
     
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    Thank you for posting this question @baglock1, my EDC is a Opinel #6 and a SAK Classic. I am thinking of going to a larger SAK, I am thinking of getting a Farmer too. I like the SAK Bushcrafter but way too expensive for me. Thanks everyone for the feedback,
     
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    I carry a Camper, which is similar to the Farmer and Hiker. The Farmer is a little heavier, but the awl is in a better spot for using on hard materials. The Camper is lighter, and the awl has a hole for sewing like the Hiker. I use the awl on my Camper to put new holes in mud flaps often so it's plenty strong.
     
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    The toolset on a Farmer is common to a lot of SAKs, you've got no shortage of options.

    I started looking at Farmers and ended up with a Camper and Locksmith, as a data point. I mostly carry the Locksmith.
     
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    B9095A68-E196-4D5B-BEC5-882C8C6CE8EA.jpeg Farmer on my keychain so I’ll always have a saw on me. EDC backup to my mini griptilian. Flashlight is a 300 lumin single AAA surefire titan plus
     
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    Wow, lots of support for the Farmer. I went ahead and looked at the lumberjack and locksmith as well (was already familiar with the camper which was also a consideration and I like). At this rate, I'll have a drawer full of SAKs next to the drawer full of Moras. Currently, the SAK "drawer" is pretty lonely. It has a lone Swiss Champ in it that my uncle bought me back in the early 90s.
     
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    The Pioneer/Soldier is my favorite SAK, probably because my dad's old cross Pioneer was the first Swiss Army Knife I had ever used... it's now mine after his passing, and I have a Solider model (pre-2008) of my own, which is the same sans lanyard ring. I have others, Classic SD's, Huntsman- I had a Camper (which was great!) but I gifted it away. I'd buy another one though if I came across it.

    The Farmer is the step up.. adding the saw. Not sure how it carries in say, a jeans watch pocket, compared to the Pioneer/Soldier. Probably about the same. For me, if I were to carry a different SAK, and I prefer the alox scales, it'd have to be either the Bushcrafter or the Farmer. I don't need any other celidor handled SAK other than my Huntsman, it has all that I ever need in a non-pliers based multitool.

    So count another vote for the Farmer.
     
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    Any love for the Harvester? I like that little secondary blade.
     
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    I sometimes carry a Farmer in the woods, but for everyday carry I prefer the Pioneer X. I use the scissors far more than even the knife blade, and the Alox SAKs are simply perfect.
     
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    The Farmer's awl makes a superb heavy duty\hard use blade for scraping or cutting material you wouldn't want to touch the blade. Unlike other awls, it's actually sharpened using a chisel grind and comes off the end of the knife, so it cuts well. Scraping firesteels or wood, cutting strapping or thin metal, this is where the awl shines. Plus, the thicker than standard main blade combined with an effective saw makes this model The Woodsman's Pocket Knife IMHO. I added a pair of Sliver Grippers to mine using the lanyard ring and I can't imagine a better solo tool to have in the woods. Don't tell my wife, but I could sell pretty much every other knife I have and get along fine with just the Farmer:27:
     
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    I carry my camper ive had since 1987. sometimes an alox pioneer.

    Anyone know the color they're going to issue in the 2019 alox?
     
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    Tom, that is a Very Nice looking set up. I agree that one might would knock the Farmer out of my pocket!
     
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    Go with the Farmer. The awl is not only good for punching holes, but also throws incredible sparks from a ferro rod. And I cannot say enough great things about that little SAK saw! You will not regret the purchase! I believe it's on of the best values in folding knives today.

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    Hiker, Camper, or Farmer. Make your pick. I like having second and smaller blade so I carry one of the other two when Im not rapped up in the one knife challenge. I use the spine of the saw for striking ferro rod and it always throws generous amounts of spark.
     
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    One handed Trekkar here .
     
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    I have a farmer on the way that I plan to make into a Bushcrafter, just cause I rarely us the screw drivers...

    I also recently made myself a mini farmer for EDC carry, it's a Cadet combined with a saw off a walker basically and with a small blade instead of the awl. Really handy setup!

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    Oh, now that I like!
     
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    Ooooh, I think we may have a winner right there...
     
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    Wow, that's some good thinking. How easily do the pins come out? Are they pressed in? Do you need to grind peened heads off? If the latter, what did you use for the replacement pins?
     
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    I just found the Swiss Army 7 (also referred to as the Pioneer Range from what I gather) on ebay. But given the 1-2 month delivery estimate and the fact it's coming from China, I have a strong suspicion it's a fake. Caveat empor.
     
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    I drilled them out with a drill press, the replacement pins were just turned down brass rods. It is tedious work if your not used to it.
     
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    I really love my OD green farmer. Also have an old tinker and a newer hiker.(or camper? The one with cork screw and saw) Even have a lil small one on key chain! Can't miss with any of them.. I'd recommend looking at your needs and wants and matching them to the right model.
     
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    My SAK Fieldmaster always finds it's way into both my EDC & camping rotation. Has a great selection of tools I always find a use for.

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    My SAK I prefer has blade, saw, scissors, can opener; and punch / awl / drill, etc. I can do most things with those blades, maybe a screw driver head and the one on the bottle opener.

    Nothing wrong with a farmer, the scissors mostly trim my beard or stray threads, I can get by without that if needs me.
     
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    I like the one-handed trekker personally.
     
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    What you mean " trim beard?".... That can actually be done?!??...:D
     
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    The only negative aspect of the smaller Swiss Army knives is the lack of a locking blade. I use an Outrider for fun in the woods. It is a little bit larger, but has a locking blade. That being said, I always carry an alox Farmer in my pocket. It is a handy little tool.
     
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    What is this "trim .... Beard" concept spoken of? lol.
     
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    I agree,
     
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    good find. I would love to find one set up like that but with the can opener instead of the bottle opener. but if I couldn't have that, this one would do...
     
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