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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 10:01 pm    Post subject: One Knife Reply with quote

Scenario: you are headed to elking hunting grounds, favorite rifle in hand.

Given: you have an ax and a bone saw

Question #1: if you could take only one knife, which one would it be and why?

Question #2: what do you carry in the field to sharpen your knife when needed?

Question #3: congratulations! You have won the knife of your choice. What is it going to be?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 10:46 pm    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

#1. It would be my trusty Blackjack Classic because of it's edge retention and sedimental value.

#2. Nothing, have never needed it.

#3. Another Blackjack....although they went out of business. Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

#1. My dads Puma, White Hunter. Absolutely the best knife I have ever used. The design, balance, and edge retention are incredible.

#2. A small pair of ceramic sticks

#3. A Puma.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

Puma is and awesome knife. Wish I had more than one.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

My hunting/skinning knife is an old sheath knife that is about 30 yrs old. Good carbon steel blade that holds an edge pretty well. However, I have been looking for another more purpose built knife for skinning/butchering/hunting so I will be watching this thread with a lot of interest.

Question 1: Is a guthook worthwhile on a knife? What sort of steel should the blade be manufactured from?

Question 2: What brand is the most versatile?

Apologies if I have stolen a bit of your thunder on this one Handloader.

Cheers, Vince

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

Good questions, Vince.

Never have we seen as many custom knife makers as today and there are some exceptional products from which to choose. Lots of sportsmen are considering the custom or limited manufactured knives as the mass produced knives are increasingly outsourced to Taiwan or China.

S30V is a relatively new and excellent steel for hunting knives as is ATS34 and good old D2. There are other steels that perform well. As important is how the steel is treated and it is often the case that custom knives get a little more attention to the heat treat process.

Last year I bought two knives from Gene Ingram who is making one of the best knives for the money IMO. Check out his website. I guide elk hunts and have used the Ingrams on a dozen elk last season with superb results.

Gut hooks are liked by many. I supose it depends on how you do your field cleaning and whether you are after the last bit of meat possible.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: One Knife Reply with quote

1. Buck personal...

2. I keep a full set of stones and oil in camp. Have rarely used them though and then just on my partner's knife (He dropped it).

3. Buck Personal...

We can get carried away with knives that cost more then they can deliver except the first and last name of the maker. Buck has been around sense I can remember and I have had the two that I have now (Buck Special and personal) sense I was a kid. That would place that Special at around 50 years old and the edge is still true and has only one scratch on the blade where it isn't supposed to be. My personal is around 45 years old. Why would I want someone elses knife...? Confused

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