The 7th One-Knife Challenge

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  1. Wolfcri

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    Greetings!

    After 6 successful past-challenges, interest in the One-Knife Challenge is still going strong... SO HERE WE GO!​



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    I'm honored to announce that I will be co-hosting this challenge with my good friend Field-Expedient!


    For those of you who may be new to the OKC:
    This challenge is designed to encourage challengers to develop skills and experience in knife handling and sharpening, carry techniques, and mindset related to edged tools. Thank you for participating! Please try your best to follow the challenge guidelines, but most importantly HAVE FUN.


    Guidelines:

    1. Select one knife that you will use as your primary cutting tool for the duration of the challenge. Knives with multiple blades, folding blades, multi-tools, fixed blades, etc. are permitted. We're going to kick this one off on Janyary 1st 2019, but feel free to start posting as soon as you want. We thought this would be a good way to start off the new year!

    2. Carry your knife with you everywhere you go. This excludes places where your particular knife may be prohibited legally or by a policy you must follow. You should consider this when selecting a knife.

    3. Use your knife for all cutting tasks you need to perform during the challenge. This includes food preparation, eating, opening packages, sharpening pencils, MINI-MISSIONS, etc. This does not include things like cutting copper pipe, cinder blocks, or anything crazy like that.

    4. Before resorting to a different cutting tool, attempt to use your knife. It is a challenge after all.

    5. Post photos and comments on how you used your knife, thoughts about it's performance, reasons why you chose it, techniques you picked up, etc.

    6. Disclose any use of a cutting tool other than your knife, with exceptions. This does not disqualify you from the challenge but a little humiliation never killed anybody. Everyone is sure to have certain tasks that they simply can not use their knife for. Example: Someone may perform detailed exacto knife cutting for work on company materials that can not be easily replaced. Don't use your knife for this. You don't even have to report it. Deciding not to use your knife at a restaurant, however, ...you better fess up. If you carry another knife as a backup or if you need to use something like a spoon knife for a carving project you are working on, that's fine. As long as you stay in the spirit of the challenge, do what you have to do.

    7. Feel free to tell other people about the challenge. You will look like less of a nut cutting that T-bone at your favorite restaurant with a swiss army knife if your friends know why. If they want to join in, you can encourage them to join BCUSA or post a few pics on their behalf.

    8. Any sharpening or other knife maintenance must be performed by you.

    9. Rule No. 9: Always carry a knife.

    10. Modifications to your knife or carry system are allowed and encouraged. Be sure to post them. You are permitted to have help in this area.

    11. Report any knife related injuries during the challenge. We will all laugh at you.

    12. The challenge officially starts on January 1st, 2019 and ends February 1st! Feel free to start sooner or continue longer if you like. (...can anyone make it a whole year?!)

    13. The Secret One-Knife Council will select a grand prize winner at the end of the event. Contributing factors in the grand prize winner decision may include; most original or ridiculous knife, funny posts, shenanigans, valor, or whatever else they find appropriate. (possibly some complicated formula involving points for mini-missions or action photos).



    Reply with an "I'm In" if you are going to participate and declare what knife you will use.



    As the month progresses, we will announce Mini-Missions which are electives that the Challengers can choose to participate in if they like. They will be added in a new post and I'll keep a list going here for reference.

    Watch for the first MINI-MISSION, coming soon by @field-expedient !




    Our Grand Prize will consist of a TuffPossumGear 8x6 utility pouch full of EDC goodies and useful items! AND @MrFixIt has thrown in a Mora 511 with a @rnpollard sheath and a small flat rate box of authentic JAWJUH PHATWOOD.



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    More on this as the challenge continues. Special thanks to TuffPossumGear for donating the utility pouch!



    Here are links to the first 6 Challenges for your viewing pleasure:

    The very 1st Challenge (Blogs go backwards so start at the bottom)
    The 2nd One-Knife Challenge (first here on BCUSA)
    The 3rd Challenge
    The 4th Challenge
    The 5th Challenge
    The 6th Challenge

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  2. Beach Hiker

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    I'm in.
    This will be my first time doing this.... and here's my choice:
    The Marbles Ram Horn Barlow:
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    Excited!

    Edit:
    I wanted to give a brief explanation for my choice:
    I have recently received some gorgeous hand made knives. I didn't choose them because, well, it would be too easy. Same for a solid Mora....
    So I chose the Marbles (thanks again @Primordial !). Why? Because it's a wee little pocket knife. Now this will be a challenge!
     
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  3. Doc.

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    E44839AF-7F07-4DC9-A6FC-B28C37DA913D.jpeg I’m in. First timer as well. I’ll be using this Victorinox Hiker. Doc.
     
  4. Beach Hiker

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    Dear One Knife Challenge diary,

    Well, I signed up this morning in a burst of enthusiasm. But now the weight of what I have done is getting immense.

    I came into the living room and saw this crass act of bullying underway: my two pack Moras abusing the new kid in school.
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    Later on I got a desperate cry for help from the Marbles....
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    Thanks for listening diary. Hopefully it will get better.
     
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    I'm in! Esee 4

    I can't *carry* it while on patrol for the Sheriffs Dept but that doesn't mean it won't be in my gear bag in the front seat!

    I choose to start today, I'll be cooking Christmas Dinner tomorrow night :14:
     
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    I'm In.

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    EDC kit: Spyderco Native 5, Plain/Serrated Blade w/FRN Handle, Black, recently purchased in the Fall of 2018.
     
  7. XMP

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    I've got two knives that are relatively new to me that I want to gain familiarity with. So, I'm going to give myself this next week to enjoying my new Gossman Tusker:

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    Then when January 1 rolls around, I'm going to attempt to complete the one knife challenge with this Turley Paramarine:
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    I don't expect I'll be super competitive because of some work restrictions, but I do look at this as a chance to force myself to get familiar with this particular knife.
     
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  8. Cro

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    Am I reading that right? 9 months?

    I had previously thought this was a month long gig, was I mistaken?
     
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    I thought this was for 1 month not 9?!?! I must bow out. I was willing to give up the use of my other knives for 31 days but my investment is too large just to look and admire them for the better part of a year. Good luck to those who participate.
     
  10. XMP

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    I’ll bet it’s just an editing mistake from the text of the previous challenge.
     
  11. Broke

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  12. Wolfcri

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    Hahaha NOOOOO. THATS A TYPO. THANKS!


    The Challenge runs for ONE month.
     
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    Ok, well since it's for one month, I'll give this a shot with a WCF B&T. I don't typically carry a fixed blade daily, but hope to do some more fishing next month and know that the fixed blade will help with processing. Full disclosure, I don't plan on bringing it on my kayak with me as my main knife. I've already lost one blade overboard and it's not fun, plus saltwater is rough on gear. So I'll have a Mora as my knife while kayak fishing. If I manage to make it out for a kayak overnight then I'll have the WCF ad part of my gear. If this is a deal breaker, go ahead and let me know.
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    I so want to participate but I can’t decide on a knife.
     
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    I’ve been carrying this Opinel No. 7 lately and I don’t feel like changing so this will be my choice.
     
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    I like that match safe.
     
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    Thanks! I took it out of a trade box that was going around because it looks just like the first one I had as a kid. I also carried an Opinel quite a bit back then, so this setup is a really comfortable one.
     
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    I need to get in on one of the trade box pass arounds.
     
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    Oh... thank goodness! !!
    The Marbles and me were thinking we might have to go into therapy. ...
     
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    Bunch of sissies. Doc.
     
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    I’m in! Just not sure about the knife to use. Dutch laws prohibit carrying a fixed blade, so I am more or less forced to use a folder. I think Opinel no. 7. Maybe I will get myself a no. 8 for the challenge
     
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    Ok I'm in with a Kershaw launch 4. No pictures cause I gave my camera to my daughter, but I will post any worthy events. joe
     
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    Ok, if it's one month, I'll give it a shot
    Nine months was going to be an issue with knife abandonment for my others.

    Probably gonna be the SAK farmer, but I'm thinking on this one...

    :38::38:
     
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    I’m in as well.

    Has to be my Spyderco Ark.

    Goes running with me, is small enough not to scare people at work, and is a fixed blade so I hope it’s durable enough.
     

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    I'm in and will post a photo a little later.
     
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    It will be funny just to watch you go a month with that tiny knife! What is it by the way?
    Does it baton well?!?!
     
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    Aww thanks. I've been here just sick tired and emotionally drained. Today i'm feeling a lot better all the way around.
     
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    I have just discovered that the back of my Marbles will not throw sparks on a ferro rod.
    It's just slightly rounded.... so when I get home I'll be taking a file to it to square the back of the blade.
     
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    Based on some of these enteries, y'all either have a lot of confidence in your knives or don't plan on doing more than cutting some supper sausage to go with your cheese spread and crackers. (May the smack talking begin).
     
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    It's some kind of novelty peanut knife my brother found for me at a gunshow. It batons toothpicks like they are made from butter. (wait, that makes no sense)
     
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    I'm absolutely in ! First timer, so don't really know what to expect, but I'm sure this little beauty in 8670 from @ashwinearl can take it ! It's already been my exclusive carry for the past month or two …..

    I'll clean the blood, and cedar sap off, first of course, and throw a new edge on it, although it really doesn't need it yet.

    I'm lookin forward to this !

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    What were you using for your baton ? A pencil ??? ;)
     
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    Put the right tool in the right man's hand and he'll clear out a jungle :4:.

    Read this recent thread from @Pastor Chris: A Tale of Two Spydercos.
     
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    I had a change-up!

    I was just gifted a American made Gerber from around 1986-1987.

    I’ll be using this one for the OKC
     

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    With my SAK Hiker I can remove that tumor from your brain that’s impeding your thought processes, install carpet in your poorly made bushy lean-to, and make pb&j sandwiches for your barely above-average children. Your knife is a wuss. Doc.
     
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    WOW ! Harsh ..… I love it !!!

    How about when you are done tending to @Usingmyrights, I'll come over and baton my knife, with a human femur, through your knife ….. Lengthwise !!! ;)
     
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    C’mon brother. Doc.
     
  43. Howie

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    I'm gonna play
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    This came in mail today from an annon user. I think it fitting to take on the challenge
     
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    IMG950542.png I threw my name in the hat in the other thread too.....
     
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    Sorry man, just kiddin ! Got carried away !
     
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    For over half a century I've carried one pocket knife or another every day, so I figured I would go with a fixed blade for a change. To me the key is how to carry it, since I would get a lot of negative attention if I had a regular fixed blade at work. I've always felt that many paring knives were just the right size for the vast majority of what I use a knife for, so off to the kitchen I went. I narrowed my choices down to these two, a 4 inch Victorinox and a 3 1/2 inch Henckels. Both are simple, inexpensive choices:

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    The dished handle on the Victorinox felt skinny to me, and the slightly shorter Henckels would make day to day carry easier too, so I picked that one. It did have a kind of birds beak on the end, which was right where my pinkie finger wants to sit, so I removed that. Before and after:

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    Next I needed a way to carry it. My leather working skills are poor, and the sheath only has to last a month before the knife goes back to the kitchen, so I decided to use an advanced thermosetting polymer for material and a fiber reinforced adhesive strip to secure it. Yep, the plastic from a two liter Pepsi bottle and duct tape:

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    The yellow tape was used for a prototype but isn't as tough as duct tape. The magnet is from an trashed hard drive and serves as the retention device:

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    A few more wraps of tape and it's done. Ugly but it works:

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    Low and behold the first official challenge task wasn't skinning a bear or chopping down a tree, it was opening up a blister pack of ball point pens. Pretty mundane but the vast majority of my knife use is just that.

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    Alrighty then, I had the luck of getting Christmas Eve and Christmas day off from the Department this year :14: (Ontario Rat Folder and a SOG Ace)

    Had a couple of last minute presents to wrap for a couple guys on my shift and of course scissors would be a no-no
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    Still need to try and give convexing another shot, something is not exactly right, but definitely sharp enough for this Christmas challenge.

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    Not the straightest cut but glides through paper so nicely almost gives ya goosebumps.

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    Job well done if I do say so myself!

    Tomorrow will be some Ham and Turkey carving!

    Merry Christmas Everyone!
     
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    No brain tumors, but if you're installing flooring, I'd prefer wood floors, even if it's pallet wood. Sometimes I'd agree on the children or even say that you're being generous when they really make me mad.
     
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    Merry Christmas everyone!
    I thought I would grab a chunk of old growth red cedar and make some bow drill sets with my chosen knife. It batons well and cuts in the notch well. The edge is fine enough for good carving. This knife has fairly broad tip so cutting the holes in my bow was not happening so I moved to my back up blade, a 340OT stockman pattern pocket knife. The fine tipped clip worked better at cutting a hole to better fit the Paracord bow string.

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