Help my friend find a knife for gardening and household tasks?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by metaphoricalsimile, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Both 14C28N and D2 will be decent, D2 is harder to sharpen but will stay sharp for longer.
    Either steel will last longer than the joint where blade is mounted.

    If he really cares about toughness - he should get a fixed blade.

    Why would anyone pick a folder for gardening is beyond me, since they are a pain to maintain and clean in such conditions, and they generally lack toughness compared to fixed blades. And fixed blades are also generally cheaper, for obvious reasons.

    I'll say what others said already - Getting a Mora would be his best bet.
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  2. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Spyderco wharncliff delica
    Kershaw leek
    CRKT swindle
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  3. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I happen to like all four but, how does the CRKT fit in?
  4. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Right size and blade shape and not scary looking
    BUT it does run on bearings so nevermind
  5. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Yep, the price is so good I'd grab a few. One for carrots, one for beans, one for peppers, one for cukes, ect. J/K of course but this is my pick for a garden blade.
  6. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Hultafors GK. Good for all the reasons a Mora is good, thick blade like a Mora Robust, but best of all, an oversized handle in rustoleum green that makes it look perfect as a garden knife.
  7. bluecow


    Oct 5, 2016
    Case Hawkbill pruner. You did say gardening and general cutting tasks. 2600 years ago people knew this was the best agricultural knife ( look up Halstatt knife if I knew how to provide a link I would) and it still is.
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  8. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    The Voyager is a fine gardening knife. I haven t broken mine yet.
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  9. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Not if you look at the OP's requirements.
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  10. Douglas Gordon

    Douglas Gordon Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2020
    My edc for use around the house, yard, and shop is a GB 1. It holds an edge for quite a while and I like the feel, fit and finish of it. Not a cheap knife, more in the mid-range for good folders. If you want a tough knife you must consider this one.

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  11. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    If I had to have a designated folder for garden use, the Voyager is tough to beat. If OP wants a higher end blade and some G10 scales, the Recon 1 or Lawman is a good choice too. IIRC, those knives are about $100 on BladeHQ.
  12. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    It’s a bit of a bitch when dirt and other stuff get into the scales, but if you don’t mind cleaning your knife, it could work I guess. A fixed blade would be easier to clean.
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  13. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Yes, but the criteria was set by the OP and not by the friend he " convinced " to get a knife who will be using it.
    Had they discussed it and came up with some things, it would he different.

    I don't particularly like Moras scandi grind, but the are a good choice for this.

    " won't get gunkes up "
    " one hand "
    " leans towards toughness "
    " gardening "

    And when it gets all dirty from gardening you can just rinse it off.
    The plastic sheath can also be rinsed right out.

    The OP may like some kind of trendy fancy folder, but it's not the best choice for gardening.
  14. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
  15. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    And how do you know that? My point in replying to you is that saying things in absolute terms like "best" isn't very helpful, especially when you haven't suggested something even close to being within the given requirements. Avoid the absolutes. I just got back inside from weeding my garden and I didn't use a mora, things worked out okay with just this:


    I don't think it was the "best" for the job, but it fit my requirements perfectly. Just like the OP, I required a pocket knife ;)
  16. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    Victorinox Floral knife.

    It's a sheepsfoot and perfect for what you describe
  17. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I understand.
    However he did say " I'm thinking ", not " she wants " ...ect.

    You're a knife person, his friend is not and well what would you give a non knife person who's gonna use it for dirty work, whose likely gonna ride it hard and put it up wet ?
    For just garden work and household cutting tasks ?
    They can get a Mora for that and if they start to appreciate the value of a good cutting tool then look into getting a pocket knife to carry.

    I'm just thinking about this logically and what has happened to various knives I've bought for those who weren't necessarily knife people like I am.
    I thought they should have a good knife, got them one, and the results were not as I had hoped for.
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  18. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Ugh. :rolleyes:
  19. EatingSarma


    Jun 22, 2020
    I wouldn't want a folder for gardening, but that's just me.

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  20. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    A stainless mora 546 with the solid handguard is peanuts and should be a part of every gardiners arsenal
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