Traditional folding knives

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    I have found myself fascinated by traditional folding knives from around the world since I bought my first Opinel from REI several years ago. Since then I've bought around a dozen Opinel knives since I've realized how capable and comfortable they are in the woods.

    Then I bought a Svord peasant and small peasant. Both are nice but the full size peasant really caught my attention. I really enjoy using them.

    My wife bought me a Buck 110 in 5160. Its heavy and very comfortable. I consider it the quintessential American single blade folder. Maybe that title belongs to something like the Sodbuster?

    I just ordered a Mercator K55K in carbon steel. I have doubts about how comfortable it will be but the design has been continuously produced for 150+ years. They must still sell for a reason.

    What other super simple traditional knives am I missing out on?

    The Douk Douk looks like a real piece of crap. I'm going to skip that one.
     
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    Trappers, stockman, jack knives, my memory says Brazilian tobacco knife.
     
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    I'm thinking about a Higonokami next but they look hit or miss.
     
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    I like the Barlow, Stockman, Trapper, and Opinel patterns.
     
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    I've got a fondness for small imperials with fake mother of pearl grips. Basically my grandfather's knife when I was a kid. I also tend to drool over the case Texas toothpick. Never owned one, I just have that response to seeing one.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I'm more referring to iconic single blade folding knives associated with a particular culture.
     
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    I had a Higonokami that I eventually gave away. It's a cool little knife for what it is, but the blade was overly thick and wedge shaped for my personal taste.

    The Taramundi is another. It's available in many different styles. They can be hard to find here in the US. I had to order from Europe. It was vacuum packed for freshness, though.:D
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    Some other regional traditional knives are MAM knives, the Navaja, Laguiole, Pattada, and Okapi.
     
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    Love that knife.

    Like this one too.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DCHI2Q6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_VRtLBbQTTT07R
     
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    @batmanacw The Brazilian tobacco knife is called Pico Fumo
     
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    I have an Opinel #9 and a Svord Peasant. They are both great knives.
     
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    I have a similar fascination with single blade peasant/penny/common man knives from around the world. I have a small collection building up too.

    Opinel #7
    Svord peasant
    Higonokami
    Cold steel kudu(okapi clone)
    A couple cheap sod busters(One RR,one from india)

    Still want a Mercator and douk douk. But these two seem pricey for what they are, and probably why I haven't bought them yet. Most the ones I have bought were under $10 each. The svord being the most expensive at $15. I will probably pick up one of those little fish knives eventually also. They are only like $6 for a real one lol.
     
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    The Mercator is not a penny knife by any means. It is a very solid lock back knife. Mine is frighteningly sharp. And they're still only $24.
     
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    What about a Ohta folder? Try an OFF FK (7 or 9). They are traditional friction folder and hand made. Beautiful and functional and sell between $70-350
     
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    I didn't see any mention of the sodbuster.
     
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    A. Wright Lambsfoot
    Otter-Messer Anchor Knife
    Grohmann Russell mini lockback
     
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    It's on the flea market list if I can find one in decent shape.
     
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    Those are beautiful knives. A bit out of my price range right now but thank you for putting them on my radar.
     
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    Sell your car... ;)
     
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    The pruner/utility/hawkbill. an old design, I have read many times (2nd hand account, cant find 1st hand doc.) that this is the most common find for pocket knives on Civil War battle fields. This dose make sense as most of the pre-C.W. population lived on farms and rural areas. It may look odd to handle or carry, but after a little use you will find to to be the BEST of pocket knives (JMHO)
    upload_2018-9-10_7-42-3.jpeg not my knife, image taken from intrenet. mines darker and a bit more beat up
     
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    Case canoe. Old timer med stockman.
     
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    This is an excellent suggestion.

    Also, I wouldn’t be too hasty to dismiss the Douk Douk. The one I had took a sharp edge and was very well constructed.
     
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    They look okay for $1.99......
     
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    You mean one of these? IMG_5534.JPG
     
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    Imperial knives ARE an American Culture from the 1960s.
     
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    Most of the knives mentioned here have a lot older pedigree than the 60's. The Mercator is over 150 years old. The Peasant knife is an ancient design and the Opinel draws from it as well as the Svord from different origins. The MAM is also obviously based on an ancient design minus the liner lock.
     
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    Both the Mercator and MAM knives will be waiting for me when I get home on Friday evening. I'm sure I'll sharpen, or at least touch them both up right away. Part of making them mine. I'm about ready to go home a bit early but I have to work...... I'm excited!
     
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    Maybe a kidney. I've got a spare.
     
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    Do you have a Sodbuster pattern yet? It's a must have. The best you'll find is a GEC #71.
     
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    Its definitely on the list. I'm hoping to find a good deal on one at the flea market.
     
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    I hate that the knives will arrive tomorrow but I won't be home until Friday evening....:(
     
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    I got home a day early!

    The Mercator is very impressive for the money.

    Mine has almost no blade play, side to side and radial. The handle is very thin so it won't be a long term heavy use knife.

    The blade shape is beautiful. Thin but plenty strong with the flat grind going nearly to the edge, leaving a nice small secondary bevel. I love the blade.

    This blade would have no trouble doing basic bushcraft tasks like notches and carving camp implements. It would be more comfortable with gloves but I could work with it.

    I think I really like this thin little folder. It's more substantial than it looks. I can see why the design lasted over 150 years. I'll be looking for old ones at the flea market for sure.
     
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    The MAM is a very interesting knife. Definitely Opinel like, but very different in certain respects. The titanium coating is sweet! It took a wonderfully hair popping edge. Smooth opening and closing. The liner lock locks up solid with zero blade play.

    The handle is very comfortable with a bit of forward angle like a skinner. Its graceful in the hand and it feels fine for a light duty cutter.

    The blade on this one is not perfectly straight. Its kicked to one side about 1/32". Not good for OCD but still perfectly useable.

    This knife screams food prep with the impervious Ti coating.

    I like it a lot. There is another one I'm going to buy for fun.
     
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    The MAM with an Opinel no 7.
     
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    Mercator with a Kwik thumb stud.

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    Just a bit too wide.

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    Into the lathe.

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    Shortened on the off side. Pretty much equidistant on both sides. This was a short as I could go without modifying the clamp screw.

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    I really like it. It adds to the versatility and it adds a thumb rest.
     
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    Here is an inexpensive camp knife that would not be generally considered top shelf. Cheap plastic scales, a 1536985983436362974606.jpg poor quality bail that lasted about a month, steel liners, and only cost me 3 dollars brand spanking new. but it functions well and gets wicked sharp.it says imperial ireland.
     
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    I have a soft spot for Scouts. Probably because when I was six (early 50's) I was in the Cub Scouts and was allowed to carry my Camillus Scout knife everywhere. Including to school everyday. :eek:

    Of course I don't have a clue of what ever happened to it. But that knife taught me a life long lesson about folders. Da...they fold!! I'm sure every kid eventually had a slip joint close on them. And I still remember when that one did!! Thank goodness I didn't know about Japanese wet stones or leather hones with compound or I'd be picking my nose with a different finger today!! :confused:


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    Case Stockman, Trapper, and Peanut.
     
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    I can tell for sure that the MAM kicks the crap out of the Mercator for carving notches. Once I put a lot of pressure on the knife I started to notice some mild blade play in the Mercator.

    One thing that made me happy with the MAM was how tight the blade stays while carving. My Opinels are comfortable and hold an edge but they do loosen a bit during heavy cuts.

    I like both knives but the MAM is a much nicer knife in the hand and in the cut.
     
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    Martin knives is another company from Portugal. Anyone have experience with them?
     
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    Case Large Stockman Knife that features clip, spey and sheepfoot blades made of Tru-Sharp surgical stainless steel with nail nicks for opening. The vibrant Smooth Orange Synthetic handle of this Case knife, 4 1/4" closed, has a nickel silver oval Case Shield and nickel silver bolsters. The Case Large Stockman Knife with Smooth Orange Synthetic handle weighs 4.1 ounces. Made in the USA. Truly a geat classic design! I picked it up at Bass Pro Shop in Palm Bay, FL. a coupla years ago.:dblthumb:
    Dominick...........
     
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    I made all these cuts but two of the big ones with my MAM. Not even the tiniest damage or dulling. I stropped just to remove the sap. Absolutely zero deformation. Even on scooping cuts that kill edges easily.

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    I cannot say why it's doing so well. Maybe the couple extra hardness points on the titanium version. I just know it's very impressive. Comfortable too. I feel a bit of flex on hard cuts. Not bad but it's there. Still tight.

    I've got the straight handle drop point with the uncoated blade coming but I'm going to buy the other titanium coated version. For $20, why not.

    So far, so good.
     
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