Episode-1845- Understanding the Cutting Edge – Knives for Many Purposes

dartedcToday we continue with shows you guys voted for with the number two winner for August on knives.  I will be upfront while I love knives of all types I am not a tech geek when it comes to them.  I don’t get into every spec, the intricacies of different steels, choosing one over the other due to it being half an ounce lighter, etc.

On some levels I have thanks to Patrick at MT Knives, become a knife snob on some levels.  Small imperfections that I used to ignore now bother me.  What I used to call sharp I now call an “okay edge” and what I used to consider “okay” I now call dull.

Yet in the end I realize knives are like anything, you get what you pay for and it is all about the job you want done with it and how much you plan to rely on it.  There are junk knives that are 2 bucks a piece but it doesn’t hurt to have em in a tackle box or map pocket as a back up.  There are great knives that cost 20-100 dollars that do a fine job for what they are.  True high end equipment that is also high performance for say 100-800 dollars and then there are piece of art, one puts in a case and collects above that price point.

Today we will focus mostly in the realm of the 20-200 dollar range as that fits well with most budgets and need.  People who spend 500 dollars and up on a knife generally know why they are doing so and have their own reasons be they technical or collector driven.

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13 Responses to Episode-1845- Understanding the Cutting Edge – Knives for Many Purposes

  1. Jason from PA

    Hi Jack,

    You and I both like Kershaw/Shun knives. For the money, I don’t think you find a better knife.

    I wanted to let you know that woot.com (an amazon subsidiary) that does deals a day, often gets both Kershaw and Shun knives.

    Now woot.com gets some amazing deals. But always price check on amazon as sometimes the is only a few dollar difference. And amazon has a better return process and free shipping with prime. Woot.com ships all items for $5. So it’s not bad either.

    But I’ve seen Shun kitchen knives for 60% of Amazon price. That puts Shun kitchen knives under the cost of Cutco.

    They also regularly get Kershaw knives. Often for around $8-$15. Now these tend to be Kershaw Chinese made line. But their Chinese blades are better than most knives you’ll find today. Their American made versions are unbelievable. But frankly, $10 for a Kershaw to use as your junk knife is a good choice. Unlike most Chinese, Pakistani, and other Asian made junk knives. ..Kershaws cut very well.

    So I highly recommend checking woot.com once a day.

    Lastly, if people want a good everyday carry knife. I highly recommend looking at boat knives. These have a blade on one end and a sturdy marlin spike on the other. A marlin spike is a solid metal spike used for untying knots. It can also be used as an awl/punch.

  2. Loved the episode.

    One cool tactical/defense knife that I really like is the Ka-Bar TDI. I like the small/standard one (not the large) as it conceals very well. (I think the large one is designed for non-concealed carry.)

    It’s a compact fixed-blade design that’s designed especially around the idea as a weapon (firearm) retention tool to be used with the weak hand. The idea is if you’re drawing (or have already drawn) your gun with your strong hand, and a bad guy grabs your gun and/or gun-hand (which happens often in close situations), you’ve got a quick easy weapon you can deploy & use with your weak hand to stop that.

    It’s designed to be used with minimal fine motor skills or refined technique, just pull it & punch the threat with it. Learned about this knife in the great book The Snubby Revolver by Ed Lovette. When concealed carrying, I often have the TDI on my belt accessible to my left hand, and then a firearm & tactical folder accessible to my right.

    -CJ

  3. I do have a Ranger up for auction over on Instagram here is the link. https://instagram.com/p/BI72Ac3Amyu/

  4. Hi Jack,

    Do you have a recommended method for sharpening knives.
    I’d like to keep a knife around for decades, but mine seem to get dull quite fast. Thanks for the good work.

    Best,
    Justin

  5. Typo on Fox DarT, not Dark.

    • Modern Survival

      Fixed it likely subconscious, the entire line of knives is the DARK series, there are supposed to be 5 all designed by Doug eventually.

      DARK – direct action response knife
      DART – direct action response tanto

      No idea what they will call the rest or if the Karimbit counts as one of the five.

  6. Neck Knife One Handed Draw and other tips on carrying a neck knife

  7. Loved the knife episode. Great selections, function and prices.

    This would have been a good song to finish the show. Corb Lund’s: Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife.

  8. For my kitchen knives I keep a ceramic sharpening stick in the space where the steel goes. This keeps the edge keen and only requires a light touch-up to keep the kitchen knives sharp.

    Speaking of kitchen knives I keep several of the Bakers and Chefs branded Santoku and paring knives. They have a nice nylon handle and the steel is superb it’s a high carbon stainless that holds a decent edge. They do have them on amazon http://amzn.to/2cqvgb1