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Old 12-10-2008, 21:13   #1
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Best Knife You've Ever Used

What's the best knife you've ever used?


standard disclaimer: this isn't a test and I ain't fishing.
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Old 12-10-2008, 21:38   #2
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Old 12-10-2008, 21:40   #3
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Old 12-10-2008, 21:41   #4
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Steak.
DAMN, you!!!

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Old 12-10-2008, 22:00   #5
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Seriously though, it’s a broad question. My mom was an Oklahoma State Employment Department office manager when I was in High School. She didn’t hand out checks; she put people to work. If they wouldn’t work at a job she offered, they didn’t get a check. I was her utility player when no one was available.

I spent two weeks as a meat cutter. One of the guys lent me his boning knife. These guys sharpened constantly (and several were missing finger parts). This knife was whittled down to about ¼ inch and went through meat like butter. I have no idea what brand or type of steel it was, but I remember it like it was yesterday. That was in 1967.

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What's the best knife you've ever used?
FOR WHAT?!?!?!

Not meaning to "belittle" the question, but Sir William, for what TASK, or combination thereof, is the question intended, kind'a set the stage!!

A knife that is good at Caping, would most likely not be one intended, for taking out an adversary!!

A good Fish Filet blade (from your FISHING comment!!) WOULD NOT do what the Yarborough will!!

Now that I have more than adequately MUDDIED the H2O, Bill.................????

It's all yours!!!

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Old 12-10-2008, 23:00   #7
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I have many but only 2 that I consider the best.

The first one, I carried from 1976 to 1992. I carried it onmy belt with a modified loop of braided 550 cord. This set up allowed the sheath to lay sideways across my back on my belt with the handle facing the right side. It was a 3.5 in blade spear/drop point "Weastern" ( I believe the model # was 14, the new ones are Mod # 84. Never gets in the way and is also a great thrower.

The second is one I assembled from a 6in Solingen Korium blade Epoxied into a drilled out "practice' Tanto handle, (a black plastic material by Cold Steel). The knife is not the prettiest, but it is an exceptional handler. very sleek.

An old team SOP was to throw your biggest knife last. We all carried about 5.

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Old 12-11-2008, 07:28   #8
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Although I think "Steak" is the best answer, I have had a Buck folder, Hunter 110 for over 30 years.
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:47   #9
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FOR WHAT?!?!?!

Not meaning to "belittle" the question, but Sir William, for what TASK, or combination thereof, is the question intended, kind'a set the stage!!

A knife that is good at Caping, would most likely not be one intended, for taking out an adversary!!

A good Fish Filet blade (from your FISHING comment!!) WOULD NOT do what the Yarborough will!!

Now that I have more than adequately MUDDIED the H2O, Bill.................????

It's all yours!!!

Later
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I am with Martin on this one.

Best knife for what?

The answer to this would seem to be the same as the one about what is the best pistol? The one you have on you.

At times, my best knife has been a Kabar, a Swiss Army Knife, a Leatherman, an Al Mar, a Chris Reeve, or a Harsey. All are knives, but they are vastly different in terms of specialization and capabilities.

You tell me what application, and I will tell you what is the best I have used.

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Old 12-11-2008, 09:46   #10
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It's a lot easier to pick the worst one. I'll nominate the Gerber Mk Is & IIs I bought when I first graduated the Q Course. (I never needed them for their design purpose and they sucked at everything else!)

As several others have noted: the best ones were "the one I had on me when I needed it". (Usually something along the lines of a Demo Knife and a K-Bar when I was in the field.) I've since acquired better examples of the respective types but they still set the baseline. BTW - That's TWO best knives; it took both to cover the range of required uses. HTH
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:18   #11
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Steak knife, IMHO, is a great answer. On reading the question, I thought, what knife do I naturally gravitate too? That led too, what is the task at hand?

I carried a buck folder alot (still have it and it is over 35 years old).

Hunting I have a Kreshaw multi blade out fit. (Alaskan Blade Trader).

Probably the most used knives now are kitchen knives.

In RVN I carried a German made sheaf knife.

Boating, a rigging knife w/fid.

Until I joined this forum, I thought my choice of knives was based on some kind of reasonable opinion. After joining this forum, I found out how much I didn't know about knives.

A small notation, regardless of what I carry, being retired means choice is not as critical as far as for someone in the military or LE.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:44   #12
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It's a lot easier to pick the worst one. I'll nominate the Gerber Mk Is & IIs I bought when I first graduated the Q Course. (I never needed them for their design purpose and they sucked at everything else!) HTH
I bought a Gerber MK I when I graduated too; didn't know any better. Never used it, never drawn from original sheath. Only time I saw one used was when a jumper had it stuck in his boot and went through his foot upon landing.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:05   #13
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AM, TR,
Thank you. Best for what is a good question.
I started that way on purpose because this forum covers a wide range of activities and wanted to see which way this might go.
There are hand tools here in the shop that are ugly but I learned to like them because they work right. They become "best".

TR,
For application: First category of knife would be "field use" military in deference to the primary group on this forum. Included in field use would be daily carry.
also of note, unless something has changed we do not discuss use of a knife by military personnel for lethal purposes here.


A knife used to open, clean and skin a game animal is the first step of food preparation. The chefs knives are the last step in food preparation just before that steak knife is used. Making food in the field happens with whatever knife is on you and that becomes the chefs knife.
It's human nature to value our knives and it started a very long time ago.
That is why I asked the question.


Great responses so far, thank you.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:18   #14
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AM, TR,
Thank you. Best for what is a good question.
I started that way on purpose because this forum covers a wide range of activities and wanted to see which way this might go.
There are hand tools here in the shop that are ugly but I learned to like them because they work right. They become "best".

TR,
For application: First category of knife would be "field use" military in deference to the primary group on this forum. Included in field use would be daily carry.
also of note, unless something has changed we do not discuss use of a knife by military personnel for lethal purposes here.


A knife used to open, clean and skin a game animal is the first step of food preparation. The chefs knives are the last step in food preparation just before that steak knife is used. Making food in the field happens with whatever knife is on you and that becomes the chefs knife.
It's human nature to value our knives and it started a very long time ago.
That is why I asked the question.


Great responses so far, thank you.
I never doubted that you had a reason for asking.

To turn your question around, what is the best tool you have ever used? You probably have several favorite hammers, each adapted for a specific purpose. Could you really say that one of them is the best though? Will any of them replace a saw or a screwdriver?

Similarly, would a single knife be optimized for skinning, gutting, quartering, slicing, and preparing larger game?

Most guys I have seen working on deer and larger-sized game used a number of edged tools, usually at least a fixed blade skinner, a hatchet or small axe, a hand saw, possibly a gutting knife, maybe a cleaver, and at least one thin butcher knife for slicing the cuts. The knife that would break the shoulder joint on an elk will probably not be very effective for skinning, gutting, and cutting steaks.

Of course, you probably have significantly more experience than I do in that field. Deer here will frequently fit into a game pouch, and cattle and big hogs are the largest thing I have worked on turning into food.

Life is a compromise.

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Old 12-11-2008, 11:27   #15
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My picks for best knives

IMO (Humble) I would pick the following:

For pocket EDC Knife tool- the Victorinox 'Climber' or 'Trecker' (I include both since I have carried and lost countless versions of both) They are up for almost any daily task, to include most fieldcraft chores.

For a EDC for Folder / Auto I could not pick one, there are too many good ones, I currently carry a large CR Sebenza w/micarta inlays. Probabably the best knife (quality and cost) I have ever owned and carried. When on active duty, I just carried and lost a bunch of Benchmades or Spydeco's (they all worked fine, but they weren't as tight and true as my Sebenza).

For a fixed blade for Pack - A good 16-22" machete in spring steel.

For a combat knife - I will pass, as I have a self interest.
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