After 2 sessions of use, on aged conifer, the edge still readily draw cuts phone book paper and receipt paper. None of the material I was working on was covered in or held residual soil in cracks or crevices, so no large abrasives to go at the edge.
I did not chop any of the pitchwood. Chopping...
Some nice bite
Golden pitchwood/fatwood veins, still attached to the inside of a decaying Douglass Fir trunk
Used this David Mary chopper to dig this pitchwood rib out of a tree carcass - should start a lot of fires with this piece.
Looking North West from the Bridger Mountain Range...
I second @swonut comment about starting on some practice knives. Kitchen knives are good practice blades - I learned a lot about free hand sharpening by sharpening thin, light kitchen blades.
These days, I quickly raise a burr on both sides of the blade with Norton silicon carbide 250 grit or...
I'd live well enough with that F2. I'm still trying to score something in cross cut canvas micarta and that would do it...until the next knife came along.
Also, that simple Esquire draws my attention.
But, I'd be happy with any of these at the end of the day.
Looking North West, from the flanks of the Bridger Mountain Range, MT:
Nice pitchwood/fatwood specimen:
The pitch saturated wood catches the sunlight:
Veins of pitch impregnated wood...still attached to the inside of the decaying Douglas Fir trunk:
Looking up N. Cottonwood Creek drainage:
Knives can become unforgettable gifts.
I love giving knives to people I care about.
I have received knives as gifts, since I was child. I still have a few of those.
Cool story, David, about these knives and the person who uses them - thanks for sharing.
It's true, one can always go lighter.
I think 3/32" to 1/8", depending on the the blade geometry, is pretty sturdy and I too, prefer something a little more robust. My activities outside can wander into fatwood hunting, bow drill fire practice, fire making, and other prying and scraping type...
I too, have liked Victoronix versions. I have not picked one up, but I've thought that one would fill the intent of this thread, plus the blade covering/slip cover would make it ready to go from the start. They have a sheepsfoot version, too.
These little paring knives fly beneath the radar, in...
I've thought about taking something like one of these paring knives into the woods, as weight conscious fixed blades:
Dexter Russel commercial paring knife & Spyderco Paring knife
The Dexter Russel weighs .75 of ounce - would need a sheath. Very flexible blade, but thin and sharp, stainless...