Buck Hartsook, a year later.


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Carl Levitian
June 19, 2008, 11:06 AM
Just over a year ago, I received one of these as a gift from a friend I did some favors for. He insisted on giving me this knife, and I did not really want it, but took it out of politiness and gave him a penny back. I did not quite know what to make of this knife, and it took me a while to figure it out.

I'd always liked smaller knives, my Victorinox bantam's and classics, Case peanuts. But I'd never thought much about small sheath knives. The Hartsook changed my mind. This little knife has been handy as a sharpened fingernail. It's been like the light bulb going on over my head. Simple, no joint to foul up with crud, nothing to pull open or manipulate, no lock to give way or fail. It's a concept of such simplicity it was brilliant.

In the past year I've made it an edc knife. Its so light weight, you forget it's in your pocket. I carry it in my right pants pocket with a lanyard from the sheath to my belt. To use, just reach in pocket and pull out knife and sheath and the lanyard is just long enough so the sheath clears the pocket and you pull the knife free. To replace, stick the knife back in sheath till it clicks in, and shove the thing back down in pocket.

The knife itself is so small, one would think it useless untill you use it. The blade is just a little bigger than the one on my classic, but way more robust, being a fixed blade. It's been used to open Fed Ex and UPS boxes, break down cardboard, cut jute twine for the tomato plants, occasional snack food use, opened big bags of dog food, and a hundred other pocket knife type duties. It's held an edge very good, and with the diamond hone in my wallet, has resharpened up well when needed once in a while.

I carry it once in a while on a dog tag type chain around my neck under a shirt, and it works well for that. The sheath was a little loose for my comfort when new, so I put a rubber band around it and dipped it in hot water then let it cool. When the rubber band was removed, the sheath was nice and snug, with the knife snapping in better.

The overall beautiy of this knife is the ease of deployment. Beats any of those one hand knives, having nothing to open of course. I don't know if somethng this small could be utilized for a self defence situation, but I imagine even a small blade stuck in or cutting in the right place will do some real damage. But I'll leave that for the tactical people, and I'll preach the shear usfullness of a small fixed blade as a general utility un-folding pocket knife.

I've come from being a total sceptic on the Hartsook to a fan of it. A very handy little knife.

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poker88
June 19, 2008, 11:58 AM
I did not really want it, but took it out of politiness and gave him a penny back.

Why did you give him a penny back?

JShirley
June 19, 2008, 12:07 PM
Old custom on getting a knife (and some say, firearms as well).

J

hso
June 19, 2008, 12:10 PM
poker88,

"paying" for a knife keeps from cutting the friendship.

poker88
June 19, 2008, 12:21 PM
Ah, I see. Thanks for explaining the custom.

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