Great "Every Day Carry" knives

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  1. James Hart

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    :) my mother wasn't so lucky, she ended up stabbing herself in the hand cutting off a piece of frozen Charleston Chew.

    I love my Buck for sentimental reasons, but it is a bit heavy and long for my needs as an EDC. It lives in my music room on the desk most of the time.
     
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  2. MaxxVolume

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    Today`s ridealong is a Spyderco Manix II Sprint Run....

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  3. luvvinvinyl

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    My Craftsman "Old Timer" found its way into the hands of a young man, almost 15, the son of my very good friend. The knife originally was given to me by my father, when I was about 10 or 11. This young man is a worthy recipient of this significant-to-me, though otherwise ordinary, knife. We were golfing, and came upon a box turtle, beside a pond, just in front of the teebox. Some inconsiderate bastard had thrown the plastic from his 6-pack of beer, where it was found by the hapless turtle. Poor fellow managed to get it looped around his neck, and front leg, and could not get free. I pulled out my trusted knife, and with two quick flicks of the sheepsfoot blade, the offending litter was removed, and the little guy was free. My young friend was pleased, but amazed. "You carry a knife? All the time?" I told him that, as a young boy, I watched my father use his own well-worn folder for everything and anything, and that he gave me this knife, when I was young. I carried that knife for more than fifty years. He realized how much it meant to me, and his jaw fell open when I handed it to him, and said, "This knife has served me well for as long as I can remember. Now, it is yours. Respect it, and it will serve you well." His eyes were wide, and he looked like he just pulled Excalibur from its stone. When we got back to his house, his father tried to make him give it back to me. The young man would not. He said, "Uncle Ernie gave me this knife, that he got from his father. He honours me with the gift. My duty is to honour him by keeping it safe, and sharp, hopefully for another 50 years, or more." My friend, a native Serb, looked at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "I have been worried that my son was too Canadian, but I see that he understands about honour. Truly, he has a Serbian heart. Thank you for helping me see that."

    When I left their house, the young man shook my hand firmly, and looked in my eyes, while he thanked me. He understands, and so do I.

    Got a Mini-Griptilian today, as a replacement EDC. It has a very good 'feel', and I think I'm going to like it. I expect it will outlive me. Mini-grip.jpg (Borrowed image from web.)
     
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  4. N8Nagel

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    I used to carry a full size Grip but it now needs to be sharpened by a pro as I've touched it up a few times myself.

    I've been carrying a cheap little Kershaw "Crown" and it's surprisingly good for the price. Only complaints: 1) I've actually bought four of them (one for me, one that was defective, then later one for SWMBO and one as a backup) and one of them was defective. However, the cost was less than half of one Griptilian, so there's that. 2) The one I'm carrying, there's a little nick in the micarta. On the flip side, I have determined that I like micarta or G2 (my Emerson CQC-7) grips better than the plastic used for the Griptilian. Just MHO.

    If I ever step up my EDC game I will probably get another Griptilian with a better steel for the blade and then have some custom Micarta scales made. Or I'll get myself a Wilson Combat ELC with cocobolo scales... now there's a purty knife. I'd feel bad banging that up though.
     
  5. luvvinvinyl

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    The handle on mine is the basic glass-filled nylon. The material and texture fit my hand nicely. The upscale G10 seemed a little slick to me. I looked at a Crown, but there was a bit of play in the pivot. I asked to see another sample, but they had only the one. This blade is CPM-20CV steel, and is supposed to hold its edge well. I guess I'll find out. Otherwise, I like the fit and finish, and how it feels in my hand. I looked at several Spydercos, a few ZTs, some Bucks, and several Benchmades, of various styles. I kept coming back to this one.
     
  6. zebra03

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    The Case factory is in Pa so I went for a ride on the Burgman and bought a couple of "show" pocket knives .
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  8. MaxxVolume

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    That`s awesome !
    "Paying it forward" is, to me, a big part of "the knife tradition"...over the past 40+ years, I have gifted probably 3 dozen knives to worthy recipients....many SAKs, Gerber LSTs, Buck 110 & 112, and Sharp Finger (fixed blades). Special people get special knives, like the McCusta Damascus folder I gave to a lifelong friend several years back.
     
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  9. luvvinvinyl

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    Nothing so grand has ever graced my hand. Still, that old Craftsman was priceless to me, an old friend. Now, a new head, and hand, and heart, will treasure it, hopefully long after I shuffle off. I have every confidence.

    I think my father would approve.
     
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  10. N8Nagel

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    A Griptilian is a fine knife. I have a lot of respect for the "axis lock" as it neatly solves the problem of having your hands in the path of the closing blade that you have with lockbacks and frame locks. It may not be the sexiest knife out there, but well cared for I don't doubt it'll be still around in another 50 years.

    I really do need to get mine sharpened. Thanks for reminding me.
     
  11. BruceRPA

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    Once again you have proved yourself to be a good man Ernie. Your young friend sure sounds like a worthy recipient of your confidence and your heartwarming generosity.

    Good choice with the Griptilian too.
     
  12. luvvinvinyl

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    Y'all gon' make me blush.

    Seriously, throughout my life, no matter what might go awry, I have been blessed, countless times, by having people come into my life, who have made my life rich. Every one of them, for a reason. Sometimes the lesson is mine to learn, other times, to teach. On lucky days, it is just pure joy of the heart. Like this day. I swear to you that I got more from the giving, than he did from the receiving. I got to see through my father's eyes, through the very same knife, treasured memories of the long-ago day, rushing to the fore. I understand him a little better. He is still teaching me, though he has been gone for ten years.

    Every day we have the opportunity to be a blessing to someone, if only we are watching for the opportunity. Listen to your heart, and you will not go far wrong.
     
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  13. luvvinvinyl

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    I think you are right about the Mini-Griptilian. It rests easy in my hand, and seems like it is just 'right' for me. Working it open is almost automatic, already. The shape of the blade suits my eye. It seems a bit strange to carry a knife that I bought, but I'll get over that.

    Down the road, someone will get a fine blade.
     
  14. MaxxVolume

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    The recent nostalgic tone of this thread has prompted me to pocket my first-ever knife, given to me by my Grandfather when I was about 8 years old. Still amazed that it`s still around....
    Best wishes and respect to all who have participated in this thread, we share a common bond....

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  15. dyche01

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    Very similar to mine, except for the serrations. I love almost everything about this knife except for the fact that, after you carry it for a while, the clip invariably comes loose and to re-tighten it you need a torx driver.

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  16. BruceRPA

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    Words to live by.
     
  17. Eric n Kc

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    Hey
    Good thing Benchmade sells a torx head toolkit.
    I just can't seem to find mine.
    On a separate subject. Has anybody ever sent a Benchmade back to be sharpened/serviced? I'm a thinking the afck I carry daily has a stripped screw. Eric
     
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    That's a great story, very touching. He sounds like a fine young man. It's also a fine thing that you recognized that.

    -Dave
     
  19. dyche01

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    They only make folding knives to support their torx-head tool business.
     
  20. Eric n Kc

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    Hey
    If the toolkit thing don't work out ,maybe they could have a small level of success in knife making. Eric
     
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