Jay Bird

+ Follow
since Mar 17, 2017
Apples and Likes
Total received
In last 30 days
Total given
Total received
Received in last 30 days
Total given
Given in last 30 days
Forums and Threads
Scavenger Hunt
expand First Scavenger Hunt

Recent posts by Jay Bird

Greetings and salutations.  

I'm a long time lurker here - I had an account once long ago, but can't remember what it is/was.  

Anyway, in response to the headlamp giveaway I thought I would start a thread about my favorite piece of gear, knives.

Ever since my grandfather gave me my first knife as a kid, I've had a close relationship w/ the knives I carry with me daily and/or use for specific tasks.  If I don't have one on me, I feel naked.

There are many options out there to choose from, but I'll list a few of my favorites from least expensive to most.

  • Opinel: a longstanding French designed and made folding knife, the most popular of which is their no. 8.  It has a locking collar that can be turned to keep the knife safe (won't close on fingers) when opened.  You can choose it in either a stainless or carbon steel.  I prefer the carbon steel as it develops character as a patina develops (force a patine w/ acidic substances such as vinegar, mustard, citrus juice, etc... this will keep it from rusting).  They are sharp and run below $10.
  • Mora / Morakniv of Sweden Fixed blade knives made in Sweden.  They can be purchased in multiple steel types: stainless, carbon, and laminated.  They are extremely sharp and hold up well for most light tasks.  Their most popular versions can be purchased for under $20 although they also have recently developed models that range up into the $70+ price range.  They have long been considered a definitive "bushcrafting" knife as they can accomplish most tasks one may need in the woods camping / hiking.  They are also extremely handy around the homestead for tasks that a smaller folding knife may not be suitable for.  
  • Condor Knives Made in El Salvador with a very large line of knives and some axes / tomahawks / machetes.  They produce their sharps in stainless and carbon steels.  From large to small you can find a variety of their knives to suit a multitude of tasks around the homestead.  Most of their knives are reasonably priced under the $50 mark with some of their more specialized blades going for higher.
  • Bark River Knives Semi custom knives made in Michigan.  These are made in a variety of tool and hi-tech steels with customized handles.  They are quite a bit more expensive than the other knives I have listed thus far coming in typically above $150.  As of right now they produce mainly fixed blade belt knives.  All of their knives have a lifetime no questions asked warranty.
  • Adventure Sworn Produces fully custom works of art in upstate New York (Adirondacks).  Their knives come in at $200+ but are crafted to last.  They are designed mainly around "bushcrafting" tasks meaning that they are highly versatile blades.  

  • So there's a small sampling of some of the knives out there that I love and use on a regular basis (excepting the Adventure Sworn which is on my wish list).  

    What knives do you find useful around the homestead?
    3 years ago