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Peanut For a Month

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by r redden, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    That's one thing I have to hand to ya Mike; you really use the peanut and make it earn it's keep!

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Hope it works out.
    I did this before with a penut-ish imperial I won from fishcakes. ( More of a mini serpentine jack than actual peanut )
    Not an experiment, but when I get a new knife I usually carry it for a whole month to really get a feel for it.
    I may not carry just that knife by itself, but unless theres other new knives it will do the majority of my cutting for that month.

    The little imperial was a joy to carry and I believe sparked my love of small knives, the little ones are just such a joy when they're carried and a nice change of pace from my larger blades.
     
  3. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    @5K Qs

    Gary I've seen people hold a knife in all sorts of ways, no doubt that has something to do with it. A knife that feels too small for me and might be perfect for another. I have a custom Peanut Mike Alsdorf built for me some years ago in MOP. It's a real beauty but I can count on one hand the times I've carried it.
     
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  4. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

    423
    Nov 23, 2016
    You could use it as a Sunday go to meeting knife. ;)
     
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  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I usually use a pinch grip.
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  6. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    Yeah, thats about right for me as well. No matter what kind of knife, paring knife, pocket knife, chef's knife. Works good on a wide variety of handle shapes and sizes.
     
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  7. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

    423
    Nov 23, 2016
    The peanut is a great tool. I use it as intended and don't try to abuse it. I hope to still be using it in 40 or 50 years. But it is not afraid to work. It really is more capable then most folks think. Thanks for all your wisdom when it comes to the small but mighty knives.
     
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  8. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    Presuming you still have teeth that are not busted and/or rotten :)
     
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  9. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    My old man used his peanut from just before WW2 to about 1977-78. Its was his only pocket knife for all that time except for the Christy knife he had tucked away sometimes. He retired the peanut after about 35 years of steady use and it was badly worn from 35 years of cutting and lord knows how many sharpening. Your's will be too and thats a good thing. Long after we're gone, your kids will look at that knife and say "Wow, remember when we gave this to dad? Look at how much he used it!" The blades worn down to half their width, the bone worn smooth from a lifetime of handling and pocket worry stone, maybe even a crack in the bone fixed with some crazy glue, will all be honorable badges of good use and priceless memories for your children. That you loved their gift so much that you used it up in the course of your life with them.

    Look at how we see the pictures of very well used knives with blades sharpened down to toothpicks and we know that knife was someones highly valued daily companion for a very very long time. It gained soul in that time.
     
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  10. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 23, 2016
    Thats a very nice thought. I most times will tune up the edge while watching a show. The kids see this. They always like to come to me to have their pencils sharpened or cut this and that. All memories they will have of how I used and loved the little knife they proudly presented to me that Christmas day.
     
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  11. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015

    Since you are wondering, what I am doing is cutting, collecting chasing after, and just enjoying my love for knives. And yes this little knife is a bit cumbersome in hand like I posted earlier the reason is my grip and I might have to modify it. As far as need and want I think if we are to think in these terms then only one knife is needed. As far as knife size if a knife is uncomfortable in hand then IMO you need another size kinda like a pair of shoes as for grip if a knife tends to slip in use then IMO you need a better grip kinda like the tires on your car. Since I am a traditional knife collector I don't think I have "a hold-over from their foray into the modern knife mentality" As far as moderns that's an individual's preference and their right to set whatever criteria they want for deciding on a knife. As you say you prefer a smaller knife that's certainly your right and you should simply like what you like.

    First picture is a good representation of the things I cut As well as what the Peanut did this morning with the pen blade
    The second is my grip on a sleeveboard.
    The third is my grip on a peanut.

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  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Yes, that was my point. I like a variety of knives too. I won't discount a knife because it doesn't have a super steel or hate a knife that is too big for my watch pocket or too small to grip well. I have my preferences but I like 'em all, and also have a variety styles and sizes. True Knife Knuts.
     
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  13. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

    423
    Nov 23, 2016
    I grip mine like that but with my index finger under the kick.
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    I use a pinch grip alot as well. Its comfortable for me anyway. I can understand where it might not be for others. Hope the peanut works well for you.
     
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  14. rishma

    rishma

    753
    Jun 22, 2008
    This one touched me. I love my kids. They ask for my knife for pencils, tags, this and that. I superglued the bone on my peanut after dropping it, good as new.
     
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  15. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

    423
    Nov 23, 2016
    I know exactly what you mean. And it's memories they will have forever. I have a lot of knife memories with my grandpa. He showed me how to safely use a pocket knife. We would whittle a little when we had a chance. He carried a small Stockman probably around 3 or 3 1/4 closed and was a farmer all his life other then his army service in ww2. He kept a buck sheath knife in the truck for the times he might need a bigger knife. He also put his demo knife he was issued to work. It was his calf working knife when it came time to make steers. It stayed in a metal bucket with all the other instruments we used for working cattle. Just a few of the knife related memories I have of him.
     
  16. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Great memories.
     
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  17. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    The internet can be a tricky place to navigate. Sometimes what you write can be interpreted in different ways. Apparently I upset Randy and I want you all to know that wasn't my intention and for that I am deeply sorry. My original intent was to say that a Peanut can be a fine choice and a knife doesn't have to fit a certain criteria to be truly useful. Once again, I apologize.
     
  18. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 23, 2016
    They are some of my favorite memories. We just hung out. In the summer time he would come get me in the mornings and we would work. During school he would come over and we would feed the cows and what other farm stuff needed doing. It was great times. When I wasn't with grandpa I was making memories with my dad.
     
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  19. jackknife

    jackknife

    Oct 2, 2004
    Grandfathers can be a very special person. I think I was closer to my my granddad all through my childhood and adolescence than I was with my dad. Dad was gone a good deal of my childhood, and I was like 5 years old before I even met him. He'd been gone off to the war when I was born, and didn't come home until the year after the war ended. Even then, he'd disappear for a month at a time very often. All that time I lived with the grandparents down on the Eastern shore of Maryland, where granddad was a working waterman. I think that an early age, I actually thought granddad was my dad. Granddad was the one who had me shoot the first .22 rounds, learn to fish for Bluefish and Rockfish, stear the boat, and other stuff.

    Granddads are special people.
     
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  20. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike Basic Member Basic Member

    423
    Nov 23, 2016
    Very true. My dad and grandpa both have had a huge impression on my life. I'm blessed to still have my dad and enjoy helping him from time to time. I think he comes up with stuff he needs help with so he can see me more. :) That's ok though. I enjoy it and i bring the kids along of coarse.
     

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