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Have you ever bought an inexpensive knife as an expedient?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Captain O, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    There have been a couple of times when I flew with just a carry-on bag and picked up a SAK at my destination. They are relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider the consistently high quality and performance.
  2. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    WORD :thumbup:
  3. horseman1


    Jul 10, 2006
    The last time I was in a big hurry to go fishing, I left my usual knife in my other jeans. On the way to the lake, I stopped by and picked up a little Taylor Old Timer Minuteman knife. It worked fine for fishing and then cleaning some small rainbows and I still use it on the ranch. Fit and finish, not so great. However, it works real well for twine, insulation of various types and cuts clean through a slice of bacon :). It doesn't hold the greatest edge, so I do get some well needed practice sharpening. Maybe one day I can sharpen something better than "Sharp enough for this job!". The hair remains on my arm and the pages of the phone books at our place are completely safe.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  4. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    Yes I do and I give them away but I keeping several RR Barlows and my Honk Falls Stockmans I got this fall.
  5. runninmike


    Oct 19, 2005
    I have bought Buck and Kershaw and Vics' lower priced knives when traveling and left them with my hosts' or brought back in luggage...a recent Kershaw "1605 speedsafe" is tops for my pocket at work...under $25 but no blade wobble or edge loss...sharpens easy.... quite pointy... stays sharp long time ...life is good
  6. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Old aphorism: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    In like manner,
    When in Traditional, only post about traditional knives.

    Assisted open is very far away from Traditional.
  7. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    I've gifted Classics, Opinels and some traditional Pallares. I got one of those "cheap" CS as a gift this December, the Kudu, and now carry it everywhere! Really amazed by it, I now use it more than most of my other knives and definitely more than any of my December's gifts and purchases (some of those blades being 10x the price)


    so thin and lightweight, I think it'll replace my opinel for a while. Wicked fruit slayer! :D

  8. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Of course Peacent has the Kudu! You're the Cold Steel King as far as I'm concerned, P! I'm surprised you didn't go for the Eland, though, as you tend to rock the longer blades. I'm not as thrilled as some with the steel in these two folders (i.e., Kudu and Eland), but I can get a slightly toothy edge with a small diamond plate I keep in my pocket for the job. It'll shave arm hair.

    Do cuchillerías in Spain still stock large traditional navajas in the ratchet lock style? At reasonable prices, that is, in keeping with this thread.

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
  9. onojoe

    onojoe Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    I have a stash of SAK's on hand for that very reason. If I see them on sale I will pick up a bunch. Make great gifts or as you called them, expendables

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