Episode-1845- Understanding the Cutting Edge – Knives for Many Purposes — 13 Comments

  1. 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 (an amazon subsidiary) that does deals a day, often gets both Kershaw and Shun knives.

    Now 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. 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 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.


  3. 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.


    • 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.

  4. 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