I have been a long time reader of your blog now
& very much enjoy the information you put out & sensible
discussion you promote.
All those sensible topics aside....lets talk knives.
am emailing to let you know that Heinne Haynes in the UK is offering
the recon 1 bowie, part serrated for £50. I purchased one very recently
as I was intending to get a voyager but at the current price it meant I
got a sabre grind bowie, triad lock & all G10 handle scales with no
extra liners for a few pounds more than a large voyager.
I saw recently you are looking at a tanto. If you dont take the jump this may be of interest to you.
am very happy with the Recon 1. Its very light for its size &
though serrations were something I moved on from with knives years ago
these came super sharp & have eaten every material I have needed
them too as it has been the gardening/BBQ knife for the last month.
have also finally bit the bullet & bought a XL vaquero as the recon
impressed me so much & the steel change Cold Steel have adopted
makes me think the affordable AUS8 models will no longer be produced. It
will be a collectors piece...unless I am travelling certain places. :-)
I sort of agree on your argument on the strength on the sabre grind vs
the FF grind, I think in real world terms the reason Full flat has come
back to the fore is that the popularity of knives driven by the USA
means that lots are being used as they are carried but by individuals
who do not actually need a knife for work. The only job these knives end
up doing is food prep & so buyers look for a knife that they feel
excels in that area.
I think its interesting that the the tanto style
kershaw is the knife whose tip broke but you still have faith in it
& believe another tanto will be better. It might. But it might be
better to admit that no folding knife is really suited for prying &
get a prybar tool for the keys instead.
Personally I like ffg. I have
carried SAKs since I was 11 & have never snapped a tip as I used
the main screwdriver if I needed to lever something.
In recent years
the best knfe purchases other than SAKs I have made have been an
Fallkniven F1 clone (admittedly 5mm thick) & a Spyderco resilience.
latter is the travel knife (as well as a SAK obviously) that has
travelled with me both locally & internationally for nearly 5 years.
I have never found the FFG to be a problem. The Resilience has been
camping, climbing, worn for water sports & made a thousand
sandwiches. Its cut fish to wood to plastic even copper wire. It has
& will drill a hole in things. I expect a point to do that. I do not
expect it to jimmy a locked door open. :-)
Whatever you purchase or have purchased, I will look forward to your review & discussion about it.
also wanted to add that your coverage of merino wool has followed mine
own adoption of it in recent years, mainly because the budget
supermarkets in Europe have made it affordable for the ordinary joe who
isnt an adventure sports expert.
Have you tried quick wicking
tshirts for sports & bamboo tshirts for travel? The latter, like
merino, has such slick fibres that bacteria cannot cling so they do not
smell after several days of wearing. They do not dry ultra fast but they
still dry quickly when wet compare to cotton. They are also lighter.
Please keep writing.
Hello Matt, thanks for your comments and suggestions.
The Recon 1 is a pretty solid knife. Light and strong with a well-designed blade and handle. Amazon has it for a very good price.
Clip points are fine too, I do like them
a lot and as you know I’m a big fan of the Vaquero design, which has a
pretty thin Nogales-style tip.
Regarding clip points vs tantos, just
check this video from Cold Steel themselves. If you look closely, see
how in 00:10 the tip of the blade if broken, probably from when wacking
the spine and the tip hits the table.
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