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pgustaf249
08-13-2010, 15:31
I'n new to the hiking community, trying to educate myself before I dive into it. What type of knife do y'all prefer? Swiss army or a knife in a sheath you carry on your belt?

Old Grouse
08-13-2010, 15:47
I'n new to the hiking community, trying to educate myself before I dive into it. What type of knife do y'all prefer? Swiss army or a knife in a sheath you carry on your belt?

Swiss Army Classic, smallest one they make. Has a small, sharp blade and serviceable scissors and tweezers.

Foyt20
08-13-2010, 16:07
Leatherman Micra. Small, and has scissors.

couscous
08-13-2010, 16:08
Schrade Cliphanger.
If you want a knife with 112 functions, Hammacher Schlemmer (http://www.hammacher.com/Product/74670?promo=search) can fix you up.
http://www.twchikers.com/mta/74670.jpg

bigcranky
08-13-2010, 16:09
What Old Grouse said -- the smallest SAK classic. The little scissors and the nail file are the two things I use the most.

Lyle
08-13-2010, 16:18
Leatherman Micra. Small, and has scissors.


Agree.......

Luddite
08-13-2010, 16:26
I use the smallest knife Gerber makes....http://www.onlygerberknives.com/Gerber-Knife-12.html

I never need a screw driver, cork screw, or a plastic toothpick while hiking.

hikerboy57
08-13-2010, 16:29
You can get away with a single edge razor blade for about 90% of your "knife needs" I've carried a Swiss Army knife every trip for the past 15 years and never used it. I keep a single edge razor in my first aid kit( which consists of a dozen band aids of variuos sizes, 2 gauze pads, some antiseptic.), spent a week in the Mahoosucs, and never once had a need for it. Heard a few anecdotes along the way about people who had brought AXES on their thru hikes, didnt last more than 40 miles before they realized the extra weight was entirely worthless

kayak karl
08-13-2010, 16:54
none, only a widget.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006JJS30/ref=asc_df_B0006JJS301213055?smid=A2N6NO8W19JCUN&tag=dealtmp818-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B0006JJS30

Mountain Wildman
08-13-2010, 17:14
http://www.knivesplus.com/media/SP-C10SBK.jpg
Spyderco Endura 4 Fully Serrated 4" Blade - 3.7 ounces

Deadeye
08-13-2010, 17:16
A small-to-medium swiss army knife. I actually like the one with the nail clippers, since I don't get along well with the small scissors. 99%+ of the time, all you need is the blade, but I haven't yet whittled down to a razor blade.

garlic08
08-13-2010, 17:29
It depends. Do you need a multitool? Do you have a finicky stove, water filter, tent supports, metal pack frame or trekking pole that might need a pliers or screwdriver to repair? If so, carry a suitable multitool. On the other hand, if you've simplified your pack enough that nothing needs repairing, the single-edged razor blade (which I carry) is fine.

I use the razor blade to repair gear, modify shoes, cut cord and line, open food packages, remove splinters from skin, etc. It's nearly surgically sharp and easily replaced when dull.

I've seen hikers carry a one-pound sheath knife thousands of miles and never do anything more challenging with it than cut an apple. How necessary is it to cut an apple anyway? I've also seen the hatchets, early in the hike.

A great advantage I saw with the razor blade was once I was able to carry my pack on an airplane because I could throw away the blade--nothing else in the pack caused TSA any grief. Easy to replace at any drugstore.

Tuckahoe
08-13-2010, 18:33
I suppose that folks are going to carry the sort of knife that suits them best. I carry a Camillus USN pocket knife similar to the one the one pictured here --
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb77/Tuckahoe64/camilluspocketknife.jpg

Takes care of my needs.

Luddite
08-13-2010, 18:58
I use to carry one of these too

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/182/boyscoutknife.jpg

BigHodag
08-13-2010, 20:06
For my recent section hike I arried a $1 Walmart folding knife and a fishing $5 multi-tool, also from Walmart.

I only used the knife once to hack some moleskin. While likely drop the knife for a razor blade next trip. Weight is weight.

I'd like to dump the multi-tool, but need a small screwdriver for adjusting my $13 Walmart hiking poles. If I can find a local source for a small keychain screwdriver set, I'll dump the multitool too.

If I were off trail in a national forest, I'd consder a good knife for fire building, etc., but this is the AT.

Toolshed
08-13-2010, 20:28
I suppose that folks are going to carry the sort of knife that suits them best. I carry a Camillus USN pocket knife similar to the one the one pictured here --
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb77/Tuckahoe64/camilluspocketknife.jpg

Takes care of my needs.
Love it. Got mine in the army. sadly I think they are no longer made

coyote13
08-13-2010, 22:15
well since I don't have teeth I probably use a knife more than the average hiker but any small light knife will do. SAK or small Case stockmaon with 1 1/4" blade

12ax7
08-13-2010, 22:51
i always carry my Mora 840 clipper carbon steel.. one of the best knives i have used. very light and sharp..

Tuckahoe
08-13-2010, 23:39
Love it. Got mine in the army. sadly I think they are no longer made

Mine was made in 1994. Camillus went out of business in 2007, though another company had bought the rights to the name in 2009. So maybe we'll see this classic made again.

Danielsen
08-14-2010, 09:55
I just carry a little winchester with a single locking blade. What I love about it is the spring-loaded assisted-opening mechanism. It's easy as heck to open singlehanded with either hand.

You'll rarely have any need for more than a good sharp inch of steel.

ky chris
08-14-2010, 11:09
i always carry my Mora 840 clipper carbon steel.. one of the best knives i have used. very light and sharp..

I recently discovered Mora knives after I looked up what knife Cody Lundin carries on "Dual Survival". I ordered a clipper and absolutely love it. Cheap at $11, about 3oz, and had a versatile sheath that I can clip onto my pack's belt or onto the top of my shorts.

What kind of knife you need depends a lot on what gear you carry and what you want to do. My gear is simplified and I doubt I would need anything else besides a blade.

flemdawg1
08-16-2010, 19:37
A very small Winchester multi-tool, $5 @ Wally world, or a Leatherman Juice if I bring a big hunk of cheese to eat. I like to use the pliers for a pot holder.

kanga
08-16-2010, 19:56
Yay! A thread about something interesting! I carry a little 3" spyderco. I've never found I've ever needed anything else. It opens cans and beer and sometimes doubles as a spoon when I'm forgetful. it's removed screws on stoves, cut up bandages and moleskin, pulled out splinters, and served time as a tentstake. Plus you can use it to clean the fish you just caught for supper. I don't understand carrying a multitool.

El Jefe
08-16-2010, 20:25
RAT Izula great fixed blade neck knife.

12ax7
08-16-2010, 23:03
[QUOTE=ky chris;1039988]I recently discovered Mora knives after I looked up what knife Cody Lundin carries on "Dual Survival". I ordered a clipper and absolutely love it. Cheap at $11, about 3oz, and had a versatile sheath that I can clip onto my pack's belt or onto the top of my shorts.

i love mine have used them for years. kychris, i also use a small velcro cable strap to keep the knife in the sheath. works great..

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.provantage.com/11196812.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.provantage.com/cables-go-29858~7CBT904J.htm&usg=__mUybXsFuHAycAoEF5hErG0eiQUs=&h=160&w=160&sz=15&hl=en&start=0&sig2=n8Xofzr2CX0W_12yebi00Q&tbnid=OgnajD6WJP777M:&tbnh=128&tbnw=128&ei=bPlpTPu0B4P58Aa7peWxBA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvelcro%2Bcable%2Bstraps%26hl%3Den%26s a%3DN%26biw%3D1282%26bih%3D630%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=495&vpy=145&dur=2692&hovh=128&hovw=128&tx=86&ty=81&oei=bPlpTPu0B4P58Aa7peWxBA&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0

Kerosene
08-17-2010, 07:38
I only carry a Gerber multi-tool that has a blade less than 1.5" long. Total weight for the tool is 1.5 ounces. This will be more than sufficient 90% of the time unless you need to cut thick rope or cut firewood.

IceAge
08-17-2010, 10:41
I'd like to dump the multi-tool, but need a small screwdriver for adjusting my $13 Walmart hiking poles. If I can find a local source for a small keychain screwdriver set, I'll dump the multitool too.

.

Check this baby out, called a KeyTool:

http://www.uncrate.com/men/images/2010/08/keytool.jpg

Small, medium and large screwdrivers, wirecutter, bottle opener, and other assorted functions

Sassafras Lass
08-17-2010, 11:29
I'm likely bringing the Leatherman Micra that is currently situated on my wallet keychain.

My husband has been seriously contemplating bringing his Bear & Son Bowie knife - yes, it weighs a heap but I won't complain about weight if I were ever bothered by a bear.

If he's not bringing that, then he's bringing his Buck Nighthawk tactical knife - though something that dark would be a b*tch to find on a dark night. :)

And I believe we're bringing one of his various Swiss Army knives as well.

flemdawg1
08-17-2010, 13:49
My husband has been seriously contemplating bringing his Bear & Son Bowie knife - yes, it weighs a heap but I won't complain about weight if I were ever bothered by a bear.



If your hubby is dumb enough to go after a bear w/ a Bowie knife, I'd make sure I had alot of life ins on him before you go.
;)

mister krabs
08-17-2010, 15:36
The Skidsteer Special (http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-Handy-Little-4-Inch/dp/B0001UZMOI)

available at publix

flemdawg1
08-17-2010, 19:06
The Skidsteer Special (http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-Handy-Little-4-Inch/dp/B0001UZMOI)

available at publix

How much does that weigh Skids?

Skidsteer
08-17-2010, 19:26
How much does that weigh Skids?

.85 ounce without the sheath. 1.25 ounce with the sheath.

4" inch fixed blade, 7 1/4" total length. It holds an edge very well and the blade is just flexible enough to filet a fish.