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papadan

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02-20-2017 02:31 AM

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What’s in your pocket? Do you carry some kind of knife? I have collected knives for many years and have hundreds of different kinds. I only have a few that are or have been my every day carry. In the 1970s and 80s, I worked on heavy equipment. Everything from Forklifts to Bulldozers. I needed a strong sharp knife every day. My choice for EDC was the Schrade LB7. Big, strong, held an edge.

In the 90s and through the 2000s my work changed from heavy equipment to overhead cranes and hoists. This work was 80% electrical and my EDC needs changed. I carried a Leatherman multi-tool. With the need to cut, strip, tighten wires all the time, the Leatherman met my needs.


Now I am disabled/retired and still find I need a good knife on a regular basis. I heard about the Opinel knives and looked them up. Made in France, they have a carbon steel blade and wood handle. These knives have no metal frame or springs in them. They have a unique blade locking system that locks them open or closed with a twist of the collar. I carry a #8, it is 4 1/4” closed, has a 3 1/4” blade, and 7 1/2” open length. The blade is not stainless steel. It takes an edge, and holds it. At 1.7 oz it is barely noticeable in your pocket. Opinel knives come in a lot of different sizes to fit any ones needs, and they have options for different wood choices, sheaths, and blade styles. Reasonably priced, my #8 cost $8.95 w/free shipping on E-Bay. Try one and you will always love them.


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#1 posted 02-20-2017 02:53 AM

Case xx green bone 3 blade stockman or a dalton Cupid and what I call my wallet knife a victorinox secretary.
I also have knives laying around everywhere. The shop has big single blade old timers,3 blade anvil knives, spydercos a couple berretas, a Smith and Weston that has seen its better days. The house has to many to list since I collect edged objects. Wife’s car has a Swiss Army knife,a 3 blade case xx 7 dot stag stockman and a anvil 3 blade stockman. I know that’s a long list of everyday carry but since I’m around them I switch out during the day often except for the wallet knife it’s been there since I purchased it minus the week that I lost it. When it reappeared it was a great day.

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 02:57 AM

Just a cheapo, 3 bladed Old Timer clone…...scales seem to be a Walnut flavour.

Picked a leatherman Wave last year….$0.75 at a yard sale. No sheath to carry it in, sits on a shelf for now…

A little big for a pocket…

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#3 posted 02-20-2017 03:24 AM

I’ve carried one since High School. Started with a tiny swiss-army knife (the one with a single blade, nail file, and scissors). Had a small lock-back for a while too (a schrade I think?) until it got stolen. Did the leatherman thing for a while as well, but 90% of the time the knife blade was what I needed, and I got sick of needing to put down whatever I was doing to get the blade open. So about 10 years ago I switched over to the style with a pocket-clip and thumb-studs for one-handed opening, and fell in love. My wife just got me this last year for Christmas:

It’s spring loaded. See the small tab on the bottom left of that pic, near the hinge? Pressing down on that rocks the cam over far enough that the spring takes over, and jumps the blade for you. Took some getting used to, but I really, really like it. The pocket clip allows you to keep it right at the top of your jeans pocket where it’s always easy to get to.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 03:35 AM

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-20-2017 03:40 AM

I carry the leatherman wave at home or on the job. Bandit $.75 for a wave is some steal.

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#6 posted 02-20-2017 03:49 AM

Have the Opinel and like it, but my EDC is a Douk Douk. Cheap, and takes a razor edge with little effort. Can’t really go wrong with either of them, honestly.

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papadan

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#7 posted 02-20-2017 03:49 AM

Lloyd, your “wallet” knife reminded me that I am never without, even in Church!

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#8 posted 02-20-2017 03:50 AM

Carried various knives over the years and always seam to lose them at some point. Cringe at the $$$ spent on them. I ended up just going to a cheap knife. The Kershaw 3/4 ton folder through Cabelas at under 10 bucks a knife (clip and thumb stud but I ditch the clip). Under 3 inches folded. I bought a dozen of them and just don’t worry about losing them. Wished it held and edge longer but easy enough to remedy. Has been my favorite based on price to performance in a no frill knife.

Used a few razor blade folders but really a poor EDC option unless all you do is break down boxes, cutting twine, and string.

Have a few larger knives but they are shoved in a box under the bed as not a fan of having a sheath. They seam to be very popular with lanky guys that sport sleeveless shirts in my area.

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#9 posted 02-20-2017 03:51 AM

Opinel #8 here too.

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#10 posted 02-20-2017 03:57 AM

Victorninox Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife since 1985. I have warn out several.

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papadan

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#11 posted 02-20-2017 03:59 AM

Alster, I have never seen a Douk Douk, but from what I just read they should be comparable in holding an edge. They are a little proud of their knives by the prices I saw.

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#12 posted 02-20-2017 04:05 AM


Have a few larger knives but they are shoved in a box under the bed as not a fan of having a sheath. They seam to be very popular with lanky guys that sport sleeveless shirts in my area.

- TravisH


LOL, Travis, I have a few of those too. I have carried true switch blades and full auto out the fronts but people tend to get nervous when You pull one out to cut the twine at the Borg.

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#13 posted 02-20-2017 04:14 AM

Glock 23
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Just broke the tip off of my cheap Tac-Force knife that I liked the most. Titanium body easy flip open with one hand.
Now I’m using my trusty backup Swiss Army Knife, until I find a new one.
I’ll be following to see what else everybody uses.

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#14 posted 02-20-2017 04:28 AM

Jbay what’s up with the Glock23? Man you got to bring the Ruger to the knife fight!

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#15 posted 02-20-2017 04:33 AM

I use to have that, but it kept cutting holes in my pockets and I was losing all my change. :>/

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