Suddenly you wake and find...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Gary W. Graley, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    ...that mysteriously ALL of your knives are gone missing, possibly stolen but they are no where to be found.

    Question, which 4 knives do you have to run out and get as soon as possible, those 4 that you just feel you have to have;

    For me, the following;

    Small fixed blade by Nathan Carothers

    [​IMG]Nathan_EDC_ by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    LionSteel Bestman single blade version;

    [​IMG]IMG_7362 by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Swiss Army Pioneer

    [​IMG]Pioneer by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    and Swiss Army Executive

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    Fortunately, it was just a bad dream for me, all present and accounted for ;)

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

    but were they missing, they would be the first ones I would search out to replace right away.

    What would be your top 3 or 4 that you know you would need to replace right away??

    and yes, this is similar to "if you only had one knife what would it be?" but with a small twist and ... it's been a while ;)
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
  2. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    This is a tough one. All my fixers have been customized and not easily replaceable, but there would be a Carothers or two on the list. Most likely my FK2.

    But I am down to 4 pocket knives that after several years I've found I'm content with. Two Shirogorovs and two Spydercos.

    If I'm going for what is replaceable, commercially available/not customized, then these two...

  3. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    I would assume, for the sake of the thought experiment, that all makers are alive and have room in their books for you :D
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  4. Addicted_to_Knives


    Nov 29, 2018

    I hope it never happens...Most of my 50+ collection knives are very rare & discontinued models that you won't find in shops... If that happens I'd die from heart attack before I will be even able to realize what happened.
  5. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    The first 3 are easy:
    SAK rambler
    Small inkosi PJ DP
    Large sebenza 21 insingo with red linen micarta inlays

    The 4th is more difficult and I can make a list of 20 honorable mentions for this position :) but because I will need something pocket friendly and expendable I think I would pick the Benchmade Bugout ranger green or the basic version of the manly Wasp
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  6. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Fine... then this guy, too.

  7. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    You gotta stop eating just before bedtime, Gary.
    I'll have to ruminate a bit before I answer...and dig up pics.
    1. CRK Regular Sebbie...just because it stands by itself...on a pedestal.
    2. Spyderco Slysz Bowie...wonderful EDC folder.
    3. S!K 4" fixed...
    4. any one of several small 3" fixed for cross-draw carry.
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  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Lol, good tip thanks !

    and TRfromMT that's a beautiful knife right there ! edited to say that sheath is pretty cool too !
    Just searched and read that it is Elephant skin on the top, pretty neat contrast there !

    and that you did those scales yourself with hidden pins, amazing work!
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  9. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    That's a tough one. I'd have to replace these four right away:

    Alox Cadet
    And the Busse ASH
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  10. LG&M


    Dec 19, 2005
    Like you could replace a Carothers right away.
    My list would be
    Spyderco endura
    SAK farmer.
  11. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Yeah, I know, but, ya gotta try ! ;)
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  12. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    You mean after they find me sobbing in the corner of the room

    Most of what I own are very hard to replace and would take some looking if I could find them at all, but I would immediately pick up a Sebena(likely small)-that should take care of my needs until the collection starts to build again. I don't need a fixed in a regular basis, but might pick up a Mora to tide me over there.
  13. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    you know, come to think of it,
    a knife having gone missing
    could very well turn out to be
    a wonderful opportunity and legit reason
    to run along and obtain some other rad
    knife to try out and have more fun
    and gain further experiences with
    the use of different knives.
    imo, there is bound to be something
    unsettling in a relationship
    when trying to deja vu an ex with
    uncanny replacement duplicates :)
    but i understand deep loss.
    i would want to replace any opinel, mora,
    sak and leatherman if i could, but
    predictablity justs comes along and
    gets in the way of radical decision making ;-)
    can't seem to rehabilitate for change...
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  14. JustaNick


    Feb 3, 2019
    I’d have to replace the ones that aren’t mine to lose:
    Remington 2010 bullet knife
    Remington 2012 bullet knife
    Ontario 1971 pilot knife
    CRKT Follow Through compact
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  15. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Spyderco Manix 2 LW, Lil Native backlock, Dragonfly Salt, Victorinox Pioneer X
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  16. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    way2go!! :)
  17. eon blue apocalypse

    eon blue apocalypse

    Apr 11, 2015
    Spyderco Native 5
    Becker BK9
    Cold Steel AD10
    Lionsteel bestMAN (2-blade)
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  18. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    BK-14 - EDC pocket fixed blade / mini survival knife

    BK-15 - discontinued but AMAZING woods knife

    Spyderco Salt 2 serrated - serrated EDC

    Spyderco Tasman Salt serrated - emergency knife, always kept super sharp for rope, seatbelts, etc.

    I'm assuming my fillet knives were spared, as well as my onboard boat safety / utility knives and also my spearfishing dive knives.

    I'm not one of these guys that has 50-100 folding pocket knives and rotates my single EDC blade as I feel the desire.

    I EDC a few core pieces (plus a Leatherman Squirt on my keychain, etc) EVERYDAY, and then rely on several specialty blades for different sports / applications / seasons.

    Eg. A stainless Mora 546 in the boat to brain the fish I'm keeping for dinner, a Dexter 3.5" net knife to make large cuts on striped bass or to gut / gill fish, 3.5" dive knives on my weight belt for freediving / spearfishing, etc.

    I feel naked without my core EDC blades on me. In the winter, I'm confident that I could survive with just the BK-14 if I was stranded in the woods / snowstorm.

    In summer, controlled conditions, I have been able to be separated from it for a few days at a time, where blades over 3" or fixed blades are prohibited... But the Salt 2 really fills that gap, whenever starting a fire isn't the difference between life and death. (A BIC Mini works too!)

    If it was 4 knives TOTAL.... It'd be a BK14, 7" Dexter Russell fillet knife, a dive knife and a Serrated Salt 2.

    It's not the right tool for every job... But I could get by with those from a utilitarian standpoint.

    I can do all food prep with that fillet knife (and have on previous trips), if needed. It just dulls it faster if I'm constantly bouncing it off a cutting board.

    For a cubicle jockey in a temperate climate that goes home and plays video games, a Gerber EAB is everything you need. Awesome minimalist utility.
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  19. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    They would be kitchen knives. I use them far more than any other knives. And I would need them right away. Just go to the local wegmans and pick up a victorinox chef's knife and paring kit.

    It would need to be magic for all my knives to be gone. I'd hate to see the holes in the dumb SOB that tried to steal them all.
  20. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    This is so much easier than trimming my collection down to “which 4 would you keep” because it eliminates the sentimental ones.

    As an example: If my Dads knife was stolen there would be no reason to buy another the new one is not his.

    Buck 110
    Randall Buxton fighter
    Buck 212
    Pairing knife

    Sentimentality is such an anchor!
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