Vera Stewart wrote:But I'm thinking of getting one for myself for my birthday, so what should I look for? Is there a particular brand that just devastates all the competition? (And once I get one, what am I going to do with it?)
Todd Parr wrote:
R Ranson, not sure what knives you are referring to that lock closed? The only knives I have (or have seen) that lock closed are switchblades, and I strongly recommend against that for EDC. I have never heard of a knife opening in someone's pocket. Any decent knife I have seen is fairly stiff to open without a lot of work to make it open more easily. Can you elaborate?
Vera Stewart wrote:
... I want to have an easily portable knife primarily for emergency/hiking/camping use, with some basic capability for light cutting/trimming while in the garden (or while "borrowing" plant clippings from public parks. It would be nice to have a discreet blade to help with that.) I also have occasional fantasies of learning a bit about functional whittling, but honestly that's not going to happen any time soon.
Vera Stewart wrote:
I currently have a cheap and as far as I can tell practically useless multi-tool with knives, that I really struggle to open, struggle to get to cut, and then struggle to get closed again. The scissors work fairly well, but I already have a bunch of functional scissors, and have yet to be wandering around outside when a sudden need for tiny nearly impossible to use scissors strikes. I have absolutely no use for the corkscrew and bottle opener, and the nail file baffles me. People have nail filing emergencies?
But I bought this horrible "multi-tool" because I want to have an easily portable knife primarily for emergency/hiking/camping use, with some basic capability for light cutting/trimming while in the garden (or while "borrowing" plant clippings from public parks. It would be nice to have a discreet blade to help with that.) I also have occasional fantasies of learning a bit about functional whittling, but honestly that's not going to happen any time soon.
I don't think I need a multi-tool, having carried the horrible one I have around for awhile, I've not really wanted to use any of it's tools, except the knives, but growing up someone in the family always seemed to have a victorinox around when we were on road trip/camping adventures, and i presume this is because adults found it useful in some way, so perhaps I'm missing something about multi-tool usefulness. Or maybe the adults just had a swiss army knife because they felt it made them cool. Who knows.
Thanks for all the advice so far!
My Leatherman is one of my most important tools on the farm. The cheap multi tools are a disaster to use for sure.
Anne Miller wrote:
Most Ladies wear tight fitting jeans so a knife would be uncomfortable and I wouldn't want anything longer than 3".
I use either a utility knife (I like the retracting blade) or scissors in the garden. I don't forage, but if I did I would keep something in the pocket of the car. Maybe a knife in a sheath.
Annie Lochte wrote:I got a Barlow pocket knife in my Christmas stocking when I was 6 or 7 an have carried ever since. Over 40 years. Feel incomplete without it. Use it probably 8-10 times a week at least. I have always worked in farming, horses, livestock... Right now I work as a horse hospital nurse and end up using there for something fairly regularly. Even though i carry suture sizors there also. I currently have a Swiss army knife in my pocket. It has 2 blades, an awl, phillips and straight blade screwdriver... And ive used all those tools and they have saved me many steps im sure... I've had a few real favorites over the years but invariably lost them... I have no loyalty to any brand in particular. I have lots of kitchen knives but mainly use one. I have several skinning and butcher knives but use 1 of those more than any other... But have all those sharp an at the ready when something gets butchered...