What was the last knife you bought?

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  1. 9x56MS

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    My grandson just fashioned this knife from a piece of rebar this afternoon in a blacksmiths shop in Gatlinburg. He really enjoyed making his own knife. D1AD7A89-321E-40C8-B794-703A53F5B62F.jpeg 0B297340-8428-4651-919A-3BC95DCB8E9B.jpeg
     
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  2. WisBorn

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    Nice knife!!!!
     
  3. hso

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    Did you go to Tommy's?
     
  4. 9x56MS

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    I think so, said he was a blacksmith for 46 years and has been knife making for 2 years.He used railroad spikes, rebar, and horseshoes to make different styles and sizes of knives. Now my grandson wants to learn more about metals and blacksmithing. A spark is starting to smolder.
     
  5. hso

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    Tom has been making knives for at least 12 years, so nope. I'm glad your grandson enjoyed the making of the knife.

    Before anyone seizes on the idea of rebar as a cheap source of knife steel, it isn't consistent in carbon content or quality and might or might not harden. It is useful for learning to forge and grind, but not for making a blade to use.

    I was the Safety Officer for the American Bladesmith Society Youth Program and a couple of dozen kids every year gathered in Pigeon Forge with a dozen blade smiths every summer and learned to forge their own blades. Every youngster left with at least one finished knife and a couple of blades they had forged to finish at home with their parents. Some, like Tom Mohr, went on to become bladesmiths themselves. Tom even helped teach the last couple of years before the program was absorbed into the standard ABS Hammer-Ins.
     
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  6. CapnMac

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    Nice score between BladeOps and BladeHQ
    Had a coupon from the former for the desert Kalashnikov
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    The latter had Strikes on sale
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    And I had forgotten how much I like those Mini Strikes (which really annoys that I can't find my other one).
     
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  7. Speedo66

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    Nice looking knife, curious if all blades lock, or just the main one?

    I have a similar Browning three blade knife, only the main pointed blade locks. Older, made in Japan, great hunting knife.
     
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  8. Speedo66

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    Double post.
     
  9. 9x56MS

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    All 3 blades lock. The center blade takes a lot of effort to get it to release.
     
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  10. SteadyD

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    Does this count? My son asked me to carve a knife for him and picked this design. It still needs some sanding and I think he’s going to paint it, but it’s close to done.
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  11. Mk-211

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    Awesome.

    Just put something on it to protect it, good training knife.
     
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  12. JFrame

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    Nice work, Dad! :cool::)
     
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  14. 9x56MS

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    My wife and I were canning stewed tomatoes this morning she peeled and I cut. Now my new opinel has that used look, due to the acid in the tomatoes. 15B7B4D7-1291-4C91-B1CA-9EF4A6AE5330.jpeg
     
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    I needed to replace my Victorinox Swiss Army knife after leaving at a friend's house in Florida. Officier Suisse.
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    Just came in today. A CRKT PSD. It has a spring assist. Liner lock. Opens easy. Locks up tight. Feels nice in the hand. I like it so far. Used it to open a bag of charcoal, smoking pork steaks today. Might used it to cut my dinner. Made in Taiwan.

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  17. Speedo66

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    Wait, no corkscrew, how is one to survive?
     
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    It has a bottle opener! I'm from the Dairy state. We have beer, brats, and cheese :cool:
     
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    Viva la France
     
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    FIRECRAFT® FC 3.5 Pro (whiteriverknives.com)

    I ordered one of these from Duluth Trading. It arrived (in less than a week) last Wednesday. I sent it back on Tuesday, the day before yesterday.

    Although I knew the knife came with a firesteel and a Kydex sheath (which I have no use for either of) I ordered the knife anyway because it looked like it would be a good, fixed-blade “working” knife for EDC and use around our place here. However, when the knife, firesteel and Kydex sheath arrived in a fancy, carved-out wooden box with a sliding top that would have been good for nothing other than very expensive kindling for the wood stove this winter, it pushed me over the edge. I wanted the knife - not 30 or 35 bucks worth of firesteel, Kydex sheath and fancy display box.

    Nevertheless, kudos for Duluth Trading - they really do have what they call a “No BS Return Policy.” I gave that knife to the post office on Tuesday, and I got an email from Duluth Trading this morning (Thursday) saying they’d received it, and my credit card would be credited.

    I’m going to email White River Knives and tell them I’ll buy another one of their FC3.5 knives if they’ll sell it to me without a firesteel, Kydex sheath and fancy box - and take the cost of those 3 things off the price, of course. I’d bet dollars to donuts that’s not gonna happen though. ;)
     
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  21. hso

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    What will you use for a sheath?
     
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    I like my own, homemade "pouch style" leather sheaths. :)
     
  23. SteadyD

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    I’ve been very impressed pleased with my two knives made by Lionsteel so I bought an Opera from them. It has G10 handles and D2 steel. It’s a nice knife, though fit and finish aren’t as nice as my previous two purchases. They offer the knife in Olive wood and Cocobolo as well, but without thumbstuds, which I wanted.

    Overall I am happy with the knife but it did require immediate reprofiling as the bevel was over 20 degrees per side.

    I’ve had numerous *expensive/quality* knives from various manufacturers that have bevels at or above 20 degrees from the factory. Don’t underestimate the need for a sharpening system or the skill to freehand, even when buying quality knives!

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    The last couple Ive picked up were a couple of Boker Plus Balisongs and one of the "trainer" versions. For the $85 the knives cost (the trainer is about $50), they are impressive, especially when compared to the Benchmade butterflies I have that cost 3-4 times as much.

    They come out of the box shaving sharp, hold a good edge, and are easily touched up. The action on them is very smooth, and they are quickly and easily opened. They are a bit heavier than my Benchmade's, but they feel and are a bit more robust, and the added weight makes them easier and more positive to open, and they feel good in your hand.

    Ive been using one as my EDC and its been working well in that respect.
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  25. hso

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    From one extreme to the other after the Jason Knight Elemental Chopper - Imperial "Trick" knife.
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