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'Beater' EDCs

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by flip888, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    I can't honestly say that my knives get used very hard at all. My Alox Electrician goes to work with me, but there, I have a whole range of tools for any job, so the Alox only really gets used when I don't have a specialized tool with me, and I know that it can handle the task. Otherwise, I have to climb back down all 80' of stairs, and get the end-cutters, because I didn't check to make sure they were in my bag, before I went up. Karma's a bitch.

    At home, it's much the same: digging, prying, hammering, all have their own specialized tools (although sometimes the Fubar gets used because it's fun), because the knife is for cutting. If there's metal involved, I have other tools with electric motors in them to do that.
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  2. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    I dunno, I have a daily driver pick-up and I also have a woods truck. The latter already sports rust and has dings - I can use it hunting and the like without worry. When I go in a S&T to my 9-5 I don't smell like lab and get dog hair all over me.

    With folders, besides wear and tear, there is the added risk associated with loss. That risk being added to the matrix - I see a place in this world for good value oriented performers like the RAT-1, Cold Steel Voyagers and the like. In fact, they are my go-to EDCs when ugly tasks are anticipated.
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  3. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    I don't have a lot of knives (by some standards) and only two knives over $100 (so far). My cheaper knives are the ones I carry day to day at work. I would carry and use the more expensive ones, but laws where I work make carrying them of dubious legality at best. They do get carried when I am hiking, camping, hunting and fishing and see some action during those times. I won't abuse them, but I will use them. Something about dressing a rabbit or cleaning a fish with a fine knife makes those tasks as enjoyable as the expedition itself.
    I'll admit that when they are brand new, it is harder for me to put them to use. I start out with lighter tasks like opening mail. Eventually I am comfortable with putting them to harder use, but they all finally end up in the field to do what I bought them for once I get past the infatuation stage.
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  4. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    To me, this is what tools are for. They are meant to be used as designed for the enjoyment of the owner. If I would hesitate to use it, I would hesitate to buy it.


    When I commissioned these guns (one of a matched pair above) many of my friends asked if I would bust brush with them. I said of course. The marks remind me of glorious days chasing birds though the brambles. As a matter of fact, the gunmaker wanted to fit the wood a fingernail proud to account for future refinishing. I declined, saying I will never refinish the pair.

    The same goes for my Shirogorov F3. It's a user. But I won't abuse it either.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  5. Babboonbobo


    May 20, 2017
    No, if I carry it I use it and all my knives get carried!
  6. kickert


    Jan 1, 2019
    I am of the opinion that knives are tools and only have a purpose if they are used. That being said, I have some knives whose use is to be a gentleman's folder in a formal dress setting -- I am not going to take that knife to the lumber yard with me. I guess I look at my knives in the same way I look at my shoes... I have no problem spending $300 on a solid pair of hiking boots that are going to get hard use, but I am not going to go paint with them... I'll use my cheap running shoes for that.
  7. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    Now there's some beautiful work! Having great tools that you love using to do the things you love to do bring a joy to those things that is difficult to put into words.
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  8. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Guns, knives, watches ... once I assemble what I want to meet my needs I'm done. Can't buy 'em all. I own few things, but what I do have is quality through and through.
  9. DrNedler

    DrNedler Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 10, 2019
    This little Lone Wolf Paul Executive has been with me daily for years. I use it for any light task - but for roof work and such I have a few $5 fixed blades...

  10. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    Where are all the pics of these “beater” EDCs? :)
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  11. herisson

    herisson Knuckle dragging and mean minded Neanderthal Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    "Beater" would typically mean you "don't care for and abuse it". I abuse none of my knives. I might use them intensively but that's about it. Here are two who didn't get much love. Those were times where "knife love" wasn't the greatest thing in my life. They have been used for more than 30 years. Both are still usable for what they are intended for.

    Others didn't survive, I can't lie... and many were lost. Talk about abuse...
  12. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Sadly, I have way too many knives I will never abuse. Meanwhile, I have way too many that could be beaters, but little opportunity to beat them. Can you beat that?
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  13. herisson

    herisson Knuckle dragging and mean minded Neanderthal Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Make opportunities happen...
  14. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
  15. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I typically dont buy or carry too expensive of knives due to the high risk of dropping it in the lake or river, or losing them some other way. If I have a rough use task I use my multitool.

    Sure I have a couple of cheaper "showpiece" knives but I dont carry them. If I'm only going to look at it I really dont care about what steel it uses.
  16. summey1963

    summey1963 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 24, 2015
    My sons gifted me a crk21 on my 50th birthday (56 is approaching) they had the handle engraved with my initials and my age at the time I rarely ever carry it because of sentimental reasons so this year at blade show Atlanta they were gracious enough to purchase me a small Inkosi and made me vow to use it for what it is! I will and I do,enjoy your tools.
  17. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    How is that Winkler Kilimanjaro gear knife btw? Most of their stuff looks like gas station specials with their logo slapped on it so that Winkler knife really intruiged me.
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  18. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Dude why don’t you go to the used section of this forum and buy an already used nice knife. That way you won’t feel bad about putting use on it and you’ll get a nicer knife than you would otherwise.

    Two of my favourite knives were folders that came to me with plenty of wear marks on them used. I would have probably used them anyway but it’s a great way to get a superior knife you’ll have no qualms about putting to work.
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  19. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 9, 2018
    It's a really good knife. Micarta handles, easily maintained steel, good size and great designer in Mr. Winkler. I love the look and feel of the knife, which makes it a perfect work EDC for me.
  20. ronin.graves

    ronin.graves Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    I have a few “beater” EDCs that tend to be either good knives for their price or a nicer knife that I just must use. If it’s a true collectible to me, I may tuck a second one away to keep pristine, but that’s rare.

    1. Some of my beaters for home/EDC include:
    • Ontario RAT1 and RAT
    • Steel Will Knives Cutjack Mini
    • CRKT Heiho, Hissatsu folder, Ripple, or Shenanigan
    • Kershaw Shuffle
    • RUIKE P801 Frame Lock
    • Lately been checking out a new LAPG TBFK in S35VN and impressed so far for $30.
    2. Then if I’m working and specifically require something else, I may any one of many harder use and/or end purpose built knives to supplement any EDC on me.

    3. Then I have some nicer dress or gentlemen’s knives of various types, depending on the occasion.

    You should always carry what you feel is the right tool for the job; But I do understand being reluctant to bang up an expensive piece. Then again, it’s propably built for it, if it’s proper “high-end”. It’s hard to let yourself do sometimes. But a real quality tool wants to be used in the end I feel anyway.
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