What's your favorite knife?

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  1. Prophet911

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    Which knife do you own that is your favorite and why? It can be a fixed blade or a folder. A safe queen or a beater. Discuss its pros and cons. Post pics and show them off. Apologies in advance if this has already been posted at some point.
     
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    One single favorite? I don’t think I can do that.
     
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    I know what you mean brother.
     
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    The next one! I counted them one time, and I believe I'm well over my limit now.
     
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    Not trying to be smart but my favorite is the one I have with me. Usually a Swiss army type I think I might have more then I need. :D nope I need more
     
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    For 50 years I have been circling back to the Kabar MK1. Had several, lost one, gave the rest away. Now on my 6th. or 7th. one and they will bury it with me I hope. It ain't the best, it ain't the most expensive, it ain't the prettiest, but it suites me. joe
     
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    ..if this has already been posted....ya think? :18:
     
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    Even so it's unlikely everyone will feel the same as the last time they were asked.
     
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    This subject comes up a lot and I always just said something like, "I like knives. So I can't choose just one." So it got me to thinking about what it is that I like about them. Then that led to thinking, "which knife do I have that has just about everything I like about knives." Not just, if i could have only one knife for the rest of my life to do all the things i need done. That can definitely be a factor. But which one has mostly all the characteristics that I consider to be appealing about knives in general that makes it my favorite?
     
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    My hands down favorite of all time?

    My Delica 4! I love the quality, blade shape, durability, sharpness, cost. It's all good and I don't mean in a cliche way either.

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    I am a big fan of fixed blades too, but if I just had to pick one, it would probably be the Delica 4.
     
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    Maybe this will make sense. Or..... maybe not.

    Probably this one. Had it for years. Somewhere nearing 8-10 years. It’s been on most backpacking trips, and an edc for 3/4 of that time (until Leatherman Wingman came along)

    So yeah..... this one.

    Not because I “like” it the best really. Just because I KNOW it the best.

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    I have lots of great knives both fixed and folder....but since my SAK Farmer is my EDC, I guess you could say it’s my favorite.
     
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    Most used is my SAK Camper that I've carried 87% of my life, but my favorite will always be my Grandfather's Western.

    I've got several I really love, just received a Francis Kirk a month ago that's fantastic, and even more recently my $4 Tractor Supply kukri. It's proving indestructible and very useful. I think site is trying to turn me into a big knife guy.
     
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg My machete. I use it so much my sweetheart has just stopped asking wth I'm doing with that in the kitchen. ;)
     
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    I would have to break it down by favorite by size/category. For belt knife )3 1/2-4") its a toss up between Wolf Creek Forge kephart and an RW Fred kephart with stacked handle. For under 3 1/2 inch I have a few that I rotate through. An RW Fred shk and an antler handled small knife, cold steel mini pendleton hunter.

    To answer your question, the RW Fred kephart might pull ahead to being favorite.
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    That is a tough one.

    Favorite fixed blade is the first knife I put a custom handle on. An Enzo Nordic 95 O-1 with a stacked leather handle, curly birch pommel, and nickle silver bolster. Just love this thing because I made it to fit me. And nostalgia.
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    Favorite folder is a limited edition Kershaw "Bump" (1590BL) I bought the year it came out in '04. Got serial number 0087 out of 1500 before I even knew it was a limited, numbered run. Blue titanium scales, s30v blade, and smooth as silk assisted opening. Now worth twice what I paid for it, I don't carry too often.

    Here it is next to my most often used knife, a Hyde putty knife I found in my late grandfather's toolbox. I use it as a pot scraper.
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    I have more knives than most women have shoes and you want me to pick just one? :eek:
     
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    Me to and the only 2 users, Kabar MK1 Navy and SAK Hiker for pocket.
     
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    Favorite EDC folder for the past few years is my modded Benchmade Ritter Grip with chopped blade, contoured and textured AWT scales, and highly polished pivot & Axis lock.
    Favorite *current* fixed blade is a Carothers EDC, although the Stilwell M1 is right there too.
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    My Boy Scout SAK Tinker. This has served me well for the last 21-22 years and I have yet to lose the tweezers or toothpick!
     
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    If the need arises you can order replacement tweezers and pick, the few times I've lost the toothpick I made new ones easily from a plastic bar swizzle stick using small blade on SAK and small jeweler's file.
     
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    This is when it was new, it looks much different now.

    NWA Sierra Scout with the finger grove removed.

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    Considering the amount of funk I have removed from my teeth with it maybe I am due for a replacement...
     
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    I can't narrow down to one knife. My Zero Tolerance 0801 spends the most time in my pocket currently.
    I love the flipper design and it does everything from open boxes to cut up my food.
    For fixed blades I am currently in love with my Fallkniven S1 and my ESEE 6.
    I buy and own a lot of knives.
     
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    My favorite knife -- meaning the one that I carry and use the most -- is the Benchmade 940 folder: S30V steel, reverse tanto style blade, oxidized aluminum scales. My favorite knives (if I have to choose two) are 1) a folder by Bob Dozier: D2 steel, beautiful mammoth bark ivory scales, liner lock and 2) an H. Roselli Hunter Nalle : 4" UHC (ultra high carbon proprietary steel) fixed blade, stained curly birch handle and sheath(!), carved reindeer horn pommel. I use the Roselli but not the Dozier.
     
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    Thanks @crewhead05
    I knew over the years there have been many threads about this subject but I couldn't find them. I wanted newer folks (and long time members) to have the opportunity to really think about and discuss why knife X is their favorite. What about it checks all the boxes. Opinions change over time. New knives come along every year, etc.
     
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    All of them?
     
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    Probably my EDC Victorinox Pioneer. Best pocket knife I've ever owned. It's was deemed the knife that does everything a couple of years back by my wife. Honestly though it's only because it's more often used and more useful otherwise my Mora Classic #1 is a tie, I love them both.
     
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    Probably my Becker BK11...
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    I use it all the time. It's in my pocket right now.
     
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    It's taken me two days but I think I finally have a favorite... well, for today that is. :D

    IMG_4172.JPG My L.T. Wright GNS Saber Grind.
     
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    I've got that knife. ;)
     
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    Central Joe,
    You are a wise man.

    The Mark 1 is a stellar knife.
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    It punches way above its weight. Does a great job at camp, and other chores, and looks great doing it.
     
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    I haven't had it long enough to call it my favorite.

    But it is certainly growing on me,
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    It seems to be getting a lot of belt time.
     
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    A1 by Falkniven. Spend enough time with the knife and you find the best tricks to using it to get the job done from curls to hatchet work.

    Not just that as lots of knives can, but I find the geometry of this knife is the perfect balance to make all my jobs easy. I love easy as I'm lazy lol. Everything I do with this knife is easy. Everything.
     
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    The last one I purchased and the next one after. Although my favorite all time one is a small CR Inkosi in left hand.
     
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    Is that one of the modern Mk1's, and if so how did you darken the leather handle?
    It looks phenomenal!!
    Edit: this was directed to @LostViking .
     
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    My favorite knife, as of today, would have to be my Victorinox OHT. Its the one knife I keep coming back to no matter what other knife(knives) I carry along the way, either folding or fixed.
     
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    First fav was a Buck 119, then figured out I didn't like guards. I was a lousy sharpener, so don't feel like it got a great run. Sold it for a good cause.

    Then I was gifted an Army KaBar , and cut the guard off to make it better. Don't like clip points, but it was a gift. Hangs with my Class A's in the closet. By this point I started to get things sharpened.

    Then my Fav was a Lon Humphreys Brute De Forge, still pretty darn good all around. It's rusting up nicely and is bullet proof. Still use it a good bit. Lots of belly so it's not a great woods knife. Better for meat slicing. Not selling.

    Then it was an Adventure Sworn Classic, delicate edge, great overall package if a bit large for my liking. A great knife and sheath, and can drill holes like a cordless dewalt. I really do want to call this a favorite but that delicate edge gets me every time. It's in 01, jury is out on selling.

    Then it was a Sargent Edged Tools M3C in Rio Rojo, 01 steel, pocket kydex. I don't own this, would like to. Have the money set aside for it. (I'll throw the Skookum in with SET, although SET takes the edge on fit and finish from what I've seen)

    My favorite skinner would have to be the BHK Woodsman, not the Pro. It has a bulletproof 3" blade. Has skinned many deer, and is still very sharp with just stropping. Kind of mind blowing if you ask me to be 01 steel. I've used it for a camp knife and it is rises to every occasion. Really a wonderful blade.

    What has surprised me is the 3" PT Lauri puukko I put together. Edge stability is excellent. I use it in my work shop mostly as a wood scraping tool, then when outside as a carving tool. I use it for all the chores my AS Classic performs and it has yet to have a chip or roll. The handle is edc perfection. The only downside is that the handle will eventually wear out since it is walnut with an oil finish. It has become my favorite wood crafting knife even though it doesn't drill holes like the AS.

    What I've learned in my time watching and listening and doing?
    I like blades with 3-4" of cutting surface with 2/3's of that being straight. Handle materials that are resistant to blood or water. Edges that aren't hard to maintain, and a good rounded handle.

    That puts my Woodsman, and Puukko at the top of the list. I will have a SET, and SBT in the next few years. I have a Malanika with a 3.5" D2 blade coming in the mail, and I think that's it for me. While the other knives and makers are super impressive, I'm just not itching to own them like I have been drawn to the simple lines of the Puukko and the SET M3. Those two designs are like a mustache with titts.
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    Things change, Photobucket really screwed a lot of folks with their policy change. So half of all the older picture threads are in the wind. Never hurts to relive the same topics.
     
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    I may get blasted for this, but my favorite right now would have to be my Mora Bushcraft black... Just like the way it feels in hand and with the abuse I have put it through it's still holding an edge with a touch of 1200 grit and just a bit of stropping.
     
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    @Chris06 , you're in no danger of receiving any flack for showing love to Moras around here.
    There's a rabid pack of fans that wander around BCUSA calling themselves the Mora Tribe that have your back all day long.
     
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    Mine is a new model and the handle is dark also, came that way but gets a little darker with use. I know you didn't ask me, but thought you would like to know. I don't do pictures. joe
     
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    Thanks, Joe. That's good to know. Best to probably call the vendor and ask for a dark one.
     
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    Right now, it's my Schrade USA PH1
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    It is always "right now" dependent.

    Right now, Andal tool. Love the continuous curve, no clue why its so great, but it is. Easy to sharpen, amazing to use.
     
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    Just because pic.

    The Mora at the top isn't mine but is in the household and I have access to it. Cold Steel Mini Pendleton hunter, Wolf Creek Forge Kephart. Great knife and certainly a favorite. I like it so much that I saved up and had J leather make a field sheath for it, the one that was canvas and leather. RW Fred shk with just over 2 1/2" blade and then the RW Fred sh kephart. I have come to like the kephart styled knives and both of these would work as a "survival" knife in a pinch, and those that say that a stick tang can't be a dependable knife can stick their fingers in their ears, close their eyes and start saying blah, blah, blah.

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