- Nov 20, 2011
I just got back from a little hiking trip with the wife and kids. We rented one of the state park cabins (Hocking Hills). Hiked during the day - got to shower and sleep in a bed every night.Personally, I like thin and light in a knife, especially when dealing with many of the super steels since they can do it just fine. Years ago I sold off everything 5/32” and up. Now 1/8” seems overkill.
Typically, with thin geometry you get a great cutter, which is all I’m after. But then theres Nathan’s video showing the performance of his 3/16....
If we had been camping I would have taken my HDFK or FK2. Because we had the cabin I didn’t feel I needed anything that indestructible, so I took my DEK1. This was the first time I carried and used my DEK1 to any extent. I cleaned up a stick for my youngest to use as a walking stick/sword/rifle. Popped off some kindling from the fire wood to get the fire started - no batoning. And sliced up apples, meat, cheese and bread on the trail for a snack.
All of this to say that the DEK1 is slicer. It performed great at every task I put to it.
And that you might want to look at the DEK1.
I’ve carried the FK2 on a couple different multi day hikes as well. It has always performed flawlessly.
All that being said, you can’t really go wrong with any of CPK’s products. Because if it doesn’t work for you, you won’t have any problem selling it to reclaim your money.
You owe it to yourself to try one. There’s a reason “performance” is their middle name!