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Old 01-02-2012, 04:56 PM
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Folding / Folder Knife for Bushcraft

What's your favorite single-blade, folding knife to carry for general bushcraft?

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:53 PM
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The knife I've carried for years is the Cold Steel large Clipmate (no longer made). Lockback, San Mai steel and solid as a rock with good blade profile and a sharp point.

Another good one is the large Sodbuster, especially if you are doing any skinning. Not a locking blade but it snaps open strongly. Good belly but not much of a point. I have a Case, but several good makers have this pattern.

When going very light I carry a Blackie Collin design by Meyerco along the lines of the Gerber LST. Good cutter but it's too small for batoning.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:29 AM
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I'm not sure if any folder can really be called a "bushcraft" knife, as I started using my favorite Opinel folder "backup" knife seriously and found its limitations. As a result, I started carrying a fixed blade knife in my backpack. I found that serious whittling, carving, poking, etc. requires not only strength in the knife, but in my grip (!), and started getting picky about the handle as well as the blade.

But, sometimes a fixed blade knife is just impractical to carry. In California, one can carry about any size folder he wants, concealed, but a concealed fixed blade knife is illegal. So a fixed blade knife in a sheath that is covered by a jacket is apparently illegal. Carrying a fixed blade knife strapped on a belt OVER a jacket is downright provacative! So what to carry while hiking in a state park (for example) without freaking out women and children (and some men)?

I settled on an EKA Swede 88 lockback folder, which has a hand-filling bubinga grip and a stout 2 3/4 " blade, as the minimum folder I would want to depend on where a fixed blade knife is not practical, and keep it strapped on the grab-and-go fanny pack I keep in the car. It weighs just under 3 oz in its nylon sheath.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:19 PM
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In California, ... a concealed fixed blade knife is illegal. So a fixed blade knife in a sheath that is covered by a jacket is apparently illegal.

Folks keep reminding me why I don't live in, or even visit, California. I suppose a fixed blade carried in a pack is also illegal.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:26 PM
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Folks keep reminding me why I don't live in, or even visit, California. I suppose a fixed blade carried in a pack is also illegal.
My source of legal opinions says that "concealed" is not defined to that extent, and that one should assume it would be similar to the law regarding concealed handguns. Meaning, yes, a fixed blade in a pack might be considered concealed to a lawman out to charge you with something .
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:17 AM
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When it comes to "concealed" weapons, it seems that the intent of the law in many US states, as over here in most states in Oz, is to be able to use such laws against hoods and gang members and general idiots in around cities and towns ~ and especially with troublemakers around pubs and bars, where they really have no lawful excuse to be carrying those hidden weapons anyway...

It is a lot less likely that someone out on a jobsite, including a farm or a forest or the wharves; nor out in the bush/backwoods - where one does have a legitimate and reasonable excuse to have knives, axes and/or saws on their person - will find themselves in any form of strife, unless they are silly enough to behave in a threatening or idiotic manner..

If you are behaving yourself and keeping a low profile, even when minding your own business in around town, than most of the times the police have no legitimate cause to search you, anyways.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:00 PM
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I have used a Spyderco Endura for ten years or so. It features a 4" half serrated blade. The knife opens with one hand but is not "automatic", therefore is not a switchblade by definition. They run about $60.00, fit flat in the pocket, and can be bought at most all decent outdoor stores. The Endura is not cheap, but it is not so costly that losing one would wreck your world. A 4" blade is big enough for cutting rope, processing game, or doing campsite chores. Anything more strenuous, and we're talking machete.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:18 PM
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Benchmade Griptiltian, orange handle for hi vis and a black blade
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:51 AM
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Hi there
I'm not a fan of folders for this type of use, never carried one, never used one...... I carry a simple Mora for doing the usual camp site stuff like batonning kindling, fire sticks and general camp chores.
I do carry a couple of folders though, a No:8 Opinel, and a Swiss Army knife.
I got given a full box of Opinels a few years ago, so I stick them all over the place, car, kitchen at home, pack, fishing bag etc.....great and cheap knives, a bit like folding Mora's.

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Old 02-04-2012, 04:57 AM
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I've never had cause to baton any of my knives down here...

"Battoning" simply isn't a widespread part of regular bushcraft or campcraft over here ~ in fact many bushwalkers "downunder" will go all their lives without abusing their knives in such a manner..

I reckon I'd be more likely to encounter people from the "tread lightly" school of minimal-impact bushcraft, often getting by with just their faithful old Swiss Army Knives.

And for base camping, many will add an axe or machete for the heavier chopping, (and maybe a bowsaw or pruning saw for heavy cutting..).

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