Blades/knives. Whatcha got

Point Break

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I have decided that I truly need a proper switch blade. Not a pig sticker, but a strong back, fast opening one handed knife.

I have a couple in mind..... Trouble is, they are very expensive.
Just buy a butterfly. They’re cheap. Flip of the wrist and you’re good to. I saw Filipino’s open them ready to go in a nanosecond. 

 
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Charlie Foxtrot

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I've had 2 Leeks, and one Scallion.

 All good, but they get dull sitting in your pocket. not kidding. I've never seen a blade that gets dull faster than a Kershaw...

New they're great (need a little breaking in, and lube), but they literally get dull just from pocket lint or something. I've never had a knife that dulled out like that except for them.
Reals?  Not my experience, and the one clipped to my pocket has been there for 6-7 years. From the Kershaw website; the blade is made from 14C28N, a very good Sandvik Swedish steel.  But gotta say... after gutting about a billion of Charlotte's Amazon boxes, it could use a sharpening.  

Maybe your pocket lint is more aggressive than mine?  ;)

Your absolutely right about the break-in and lube. Mine benefited greatly from a day in the Hoppes #9 and some lithium grease.  

 

Mrleft8

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All 3 of my Kershaws lost the pocket clip at some point, which is why I lost the knives, I suspect. Should I ever get another one, I would put a drop of Krazy glue on the screw holding the clip. The other thing is the blade lock.... It seems to be made of plastic, and they have always disappeared after a couple of months.

 

Charlie Foxtrot

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All 3 of my Kershaws lost the pocket clip at some point, which is why I lost the knives, I suspect. Should I ever get another one, I would put a drop of Krazy glue on the screw holding the clip. The other thing is the blade lock.... It seems to be made of plastic, and they have always disappeared after a couple of months.
Not Crazy Glue! The 5300 of cyroacrylics! blue Locktite or steal some clear nailpolish. 

For a new Leek, I locktite the clip when I'm moving it to the tip up/ right pocket orientation. 

 

Leeroy Jenkins

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I had a 'knife use 101' talk with him
We had a guy slice his hand pretty good cutting an orange in half.  He was using a Russell Grohmann knife - pretty common belt knife here.  One of our crew made a perfect wooden replica and tied a fluorescent whistle to it.  "okay Joe, if you need to use a knife just blow the whistle and one of the men will come and do it for you".  

He took it well, captains a big ship now, and still keeps the knife in his cabin. 

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Mrleft8

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We had a guy slice his hand pretty good cutting an orange in half.  He was using a Russell Grohmann knife - pretty common belt knife here.  One of our crew made a perfect wooden replica and tied a fluorescent whistle to it.  "okay Joe, if you need to use a knife just blow the whistle and one of the men will come and do it for you".  

He took it well, captains a big ship now, and still keeps the knife in his cabin. 

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I have one of these sitting right in front of me now. I use it to cut cheese mostly.

 I found it in an abandoned artist's studio in 1979. The previous owner used it as a pallet knife. It had no scales. I put cherry wood scales on it back then. About 10 years ago I replaced them with Walnut. I know I should have used Rosewood, but I just didn't have any Rosewood scrap that day....

 

Autonomous

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We had a guy slice his hand pretty good cutting an orange in half.  He was using a Russell Grohmann knife - pretty common belt knife here.  One of our crew made a perfect wooden replica and tied a fluorescent whistle to it.  "okay Joe, if you need to use a knife just blow the whistle and one of the men will come and do it for you".  
People that have never been around sharp blades sometimes have to be trained to never touch the edge accidently.

When I learned how to do a good edge there was a learning curve too. Sometimes you don't even feel the cut happen.

 

Autonomous

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I have one of these sitting right in front of me now. I use it to cut cheese mostly.
Some years ago I was cutting some cheese for lunch on a BC ferry. I cut myself and was bleeding pretty good. I found a ferry employee and told her I needed access to a first aid kit 'cause I had injured myself cutting the cheese. It took her a long time to stop laughing.

 

Charlie Foxtrot

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Watched our Chief Engineer slice a bagel in half — with his finger through the bagel hole.  Then he waved the injured digit around, throwing blood all over the floor, table, fellow injunears, and the box of bagels.  
 

I left before I got any maroon on me.   

 
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MisterMoon

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I was making a last minute trip to Cali. Threw stuff in a carry-on and a backpack and ran to the airport. 

TSA caught me with a Multitool .. and a nasty, little neck knife... I had forgotten about in the backpack.  TSA was not happy, but I played dumb (really easy for me) and threw myself on the mercy of the court, pleading ignorance and insanity. Eventually, they decided I was too old, fat and stoopid to be a terror threat. However, I still had the problem with the knives. Both were gifts with some sentimental value.  

Fortunately, LAX has a mailer service for idiots like me.  For $35(?) an item, they'll mail your knives back to you. I got an escort to the drop box by three of the biggest, unfriendliest, stone-faced TSA agents I've ever seen, filled out my info and CC number, and dropped them in the chute.  They (the knives, not TSA) were waiting for me when I got back home.  

I'm now REALLY careful to sanitize my bags long before leaving for the airport.  A friend once spent an uncomfortable hour explaining a single .40 Cal round that somehow found its way into his carry-on. I told him 40's suck.  
I was going through my backpack the other day and found my 3.5” scary sharp lock back Buck in a pocket. I’d flown round trip to San Antonio the week before and neither of the scanners at ATL or SAT found it. I would have been pretty pissed off to lose that on as it was a gift from a treasured friend. 
 

 

Chris in Santa Cruz CA

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I was going through my backpack the other day and found my 3.5” scary sharp lock back Buck in a pocket. I’d flown round trip to San Antonio the week before and neither of the scanners at ATL or SAT found it. I would have been pretty pissed off to lose that on as it was a gift from a treasured friend. 
 
Had to check a bag last week cause as I finished the half mile walk to the terminal I found my blue marine model locking Swiss Army knife in my pocket.

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Charlie Foxtrot

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I was going through my backpack the other day and found my 3.5” scary sharp lock back Buck in a pocket. I’d flown round trip to San Antonio the week before and neither of the scanners at ATL or SAT found it. I would have been pretty pissed off to lose that on as it was a gift from a treasured friend. 
 
Buck 110 folder?  Old skewl cool. Got a 40 YO 110 I bought when I was working with the tools.  Lots of miles with that knife.   

 

Black Sox

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I went to the kitchen store.

A gay guy took me under his wing and I now have very sharp blades.

There was an episode of West Wing where Martin Sheen tasked an aide with the duty of finding the best blade to slice the turkey.
Spoiler Alert: He sent Charlie, his own PA, and several times Charlie came back with a knife that wasn't quite right. When Charlie eventually came back with the right one, Bartlett gifted it to him, with a speech about men or tradition or honour or duty or something similar.

 

Grande Mastere Dreade

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rowed out with a friend of mine to his boat.  he needed to cutaway some line that had gotten tangled up.  he pulls out his pocket knife and starts sawing away..  after a couple of minutes of sawing I finally reach into my pocket and pull out a 1" utility blade and hand it to him .. cuts through in about 1/2 second..   I made him give me his knife ..  i took it home and sharpened it for him ...  he probably could have shaved with it.. I hate dull knives...  only thing I hate more than dull knives are the ceramic ones..

 
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Autonomous

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rowed out with a friend of mine to his boat.  he needed to cutaway some line that had gotten tangled up.  he pulls out his pocket knife and starts sawing away..  after a couple of minutes of sawing I finally reach into my pocket and pull out a 1" utility blade and hand it to him .. cuts through in about 1/2 second..   I made him give me his knife ..  i took it home and sharpened it for him ...  he probably could have shaved with it.. I hate dull knives...  only thing I hate more than dull knives are the ceramic ones..
I love these knife stories. I was buying some line at West marine and the WM guy was struggling to cut the line with the store knife. I handed him my knife and he thought he attempted to cut through the line but assumed the blade has slipped off the line as there had been very little resistance. He went for another attempt but discovered the line had actually been cut. I felt all smug and stuff at his look of surprise and awe.

Excuse me as I pat myself on the back, LOL.

 

Mrleft8

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I love these knife stories. I was buying some line at West marine and the WM guy was struggling to cut the line with the store knife. I handed him my knife and he thought he attempted to cut through the line but assumed the blade has slipped off the line as there had been very little resistance. He went for another attempt but discovered the line had actually been cut. I felt all smug and stuff at his look of surprise and awe.

Excuse me as I pat myself on the back, LOL.
These are the places where they should have a soldering iron with a cut blade on them....

I don't know how often I've loaned a piece of "rope" to a neighbor who instantly says "OH! I only need about 10' of this, you can hold on to the rest of it!" At which point I take the "rope" back from them, and give them a lecture:

"Never cut a piece of rope unless your life depends on it, because some day, your life may depend on you not having cut that rope."

 




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