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tawa
01-13-2011, 13:11
What would u suggest in the way of a very light--versaltile knife to carry in my backpack?
Just looking for a very light knife with the basic utilities not one with 101 gadgets and uses.
Thanks in advance.

Tenderheart
01-13-2011, 13:21
Personally, I wouldn't carry a knife. I had a small Spyderco in 2000 that I carried to PA and then sent it home. There was nothing to cut. Despite being stainless, the blade had begun to rust.

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Feral Bill
01-13-2011, 13:23
For cutting food and cordage, the smallest SAK works fine. The scizzors and tweezers are handy too. Around an ounce.

IronGutsTommy
01-13-2011, 13:35
yeah funny thing about knives is you think youd need em but you really dont. for how many people carry knives and dont carry nail clippers, youd at least use the clippers 20 times as often as a knife. just go for something tiny and inexpensive so that when you get to the realization you dont need it you can just drop it in a hiker box without any buyers remorse

hikerboy57
01-13-2011, 14:00
A single edge razor blade, cuts everything but pizza!

Llama Legs
01-13-2011, 14:14
"Swiss Army Knife Card"

rusty075
01-13-2011, 14:32
Carried one of these. (http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/Pages/Product.aspx?category=multitoollights&product=54030&) The scissors and light got used more than the blade did.

Tuckahoe
01-13-2011, 14:33
I can not believe that there are those that are actually suggestions that a knife is not necessary. I believe that such a suggestion is misguided.

A knife is one of those tools you should absolutely have at hand. A knife is not carried because you will need it at every waking moment, but because at the moment you need it, it will be absolutely necessary.

I carry in my pack an old USN Camillus pocket knife.

I also recently gave one of these multi-tools to a friend -- http://www.gerber-tools.com/Gerber-Vise-Mini-Tool-30-000017.php

nox
01-13-2011, 14:43
I carry a swiss everytime i go out, i use the toothpick the most and without it i would go nuts.. i hate having food stuck in my teeth!! Next most used tool on it is the scissors. I wouldn't go hiking without it. It's also nice to have a can opener for when you get a craving for spagettios or baked beans... About once a week for me.. haha

IronGutsTommy
01-13-2011, 14:53
tuck, i do agree in CARRYING a knife, it just happens that the times it is needed are few and far between. but like an umbrella, its better to have and not need than need and not have. I myself carried a gerber FAST knife, switchblade style. I rarely used it but whenever I stayed at a shelter close to a road or hiked alione, which was almost the whole time, I felt glad to know I was armed

hikerboy57
01-13-2011, 14:58
for general backpacking, you do need a knife, but for the AT, I dont have any corks to unscrew, no screws to turn, no bottles or cans to open, no leather straps to punch holes in, no need for pliers, just need a sharp edge. I've seen people carring multi tools, and always wonder"Pliers?"

Odd Man Out
01-13-2011, 16:36
I am fond of my Swiss Army Tinker. It has a large and small blade, toothpick, tweezers, can opener/small screwdriver, bottle opener/large screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, and reamer/drill. Not the smallest, but not one of those monster knives either. The reamer is good for drilling holes if you need to fabricate an alcohol stove. The blades, screwdrivers, and toothpick get good use too. I have had if for many years and it is always in my pocket (not just hiking). I'm not a gram weenie so emotional attachment trumps weight on occasion. I'm the same with my hats.

Bearpaw
01-13-2011, 16:49
I carried a SAK Super-tinker (http://www.swissknifeshop.com/swiss-army-super-tinker?gclid=CNzkp6KFuKYCFcXD7QodKnubFw)on my thru-hike. I used the blade plenty cutting a block of cheese or a bagel. The scissors were especially helpful. I used the screwdriver to adjust the suspension of my pack where it joined my hip belt.

Nowadays, I go with the locking blade on the SAK Centurion (http://www.swissknifeshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=centurion). it's about 3 1/2 ounces. I have a tiny pair of EMT shears for scissors. I need the screwdriver to occasionally adjust the flicklocks on my trekking poles. My first day or two out from a town, I like to actually cook real meals, so the knife is nice for dicing an onion and so forth. I especially like the locking blade. You only have to have a non-locking blade close up on you once to say no more.

vamelungeon
01-13-2011, 16:53
I am fond of my Swiss Army Tinker. It has a large and small blade, toothpick, tweezers, can opener/small screwdriver, bottle opener/large screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, and reamer/drill. Not the smallest, but not one of those monster knives either. The reamer is good for drilling holes if you need to fabricate an alcohol stove. The blades, screwdrivers, and toothpick get good use too. I have had if for many years and it is always in my pocket (not just hiking). I'm not a gram weenie so emotional attachment trumps weight on occasion. I'm the same with my hats.
Same here. I use mine very often in every day life and it does come in handy hiking as well. I'd feel pretty strange taking it out of my pocket to go hiking.

Grampie
01-13-2011, 18:26
Take a Swiss Army Knife. I have a older Backpacker model. Blade to cut whatever, sisors to cut your hand and toe naile, tweasers to remove ticks and slivers, nail file, can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, corkscrew, awl and toothpick. I never carried a pocket knife before I thru-hiked but now I carr it daily. Believe me, you will use it daily.

WalkingStick75
01-13-2011, 19:29
So many people saying a knife is not needed? I knife is absolutely a necessary item! You do not need a huge one a small SAK for 99% of all trails is all that is needed but it is one of those basic survival items that should never be left at home.

Cabin Fever
01-13-2011, 19:33
Every self-respecting man should carry a pocket knife of some sort all the time.

Like Tuck said, it's not about how much you use it, but having it when you need it. I take a similar knife to the one Tuck linked to.

trainhopper
01-13-2011, 19:39
I couldn't agree more it doesn't matter if I am hiking going to work or drinking at a bar my knife is always in my pocket and I feel weird without it. I personally go with a gerber knife that is about 3 or 4 inches and has a partially serrated edge.

StubbleJumper
01-13-2011, 19:52
I usually carry a SAK Classic, or my Opinel. I like the classic because the blade is darn sharp and the scissors have been handy. The Opinel is also light and a little longer than the Classic, but it's only a blade with no other uses.

hikerboy57
01-13-2011, 19:54
Take a Swiss Army Knife. I have a older Backpacker model. Blade to cut whatever, sisors to cut your hand and toe naile, tweasers to remove ticks and slivers, nail file, can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, corkscrew, awl and toothpick. I never carried a pocket knife before I thru-hiked but now I carr it daily. Believe me, you will use it daily.
Im not saying never carry a knife, it just seems a little redundant on the AT,where you're never more than a few days from town.I can cut my toenails and fingernails in town, where that bottle/can opener/corkscrew would also come in useful. Above someone noted using the awl to make an alcohol stove, but from what?I do carry a Swiss Army backpacker when I'm going backpacking or bushwacking, but other than a sharp blade, a knife is about as useful as a compass. Ive carried it anyway on a few section hikes, and can never remember having to pull it out. Its just a security blanket, and if it puts you more at ease, by all means, carry it!

grayfox
01-13-2011, 20:05
I used to carry a SA knife that had two blades and was very thin and light. I think it is still offered on their site but I haven't seen it in stores lately. The Classic is what i have now because the scissors are so useful.

I have this knife in my picnic basket: http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-Handy-Little-4-Inch/dp/B0001UZMOI it is very sturdy and I would consider putting one in my 'bug out bag' if i had one that was not my regular backpack.

Odd Man Out
01-13-2011, 22:51
Nowadays, I go with the locking blade on the SAK Centurion (http://www.swissknifeshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=centurion).

I have always like the combination of tools on my SAK Tinker - not too much, not too little. But two blades is not necessary. I might go shopping for a Centurion. It has the exact same features as the tinker (including my much appreciated reamer), but instead of having a large and small blade, it has one locking blade. Plus it is one inch longer and has the ergonomic grip. NICE