I do own a few stainless blades and they are made by Victorinox (my SAK & GAK) and an S30V Buck Hartsook. These blades are incredible! I touch up my Victorinox steel very lightly with my fine grade ceramic rods on my Lansky and they are razor sharp. A final stropping with my chrome oxide loaded strop puts a final finish on them.
Top: Buck Hartsook
Bottom: new style sheath
The S30V Buck is quite a blade, too. I do the same routine with it and it is good for a long time. S30V is made by Crucible Steel in
Top: R Murphy
Speaking of Mora’s, I love them. But I have a problem with the short, under strength tang on most of them. I got a Lauri of Finland blade from Bens Backwoods and I mounted it in a cedar handle. This knife has a nice long tang and its very sturdy. Its also progressive tempered high carbon and holds an incredible edge. The Mora #1 & 2 have a good tang but I don’t care for the handle that much. They are excellent knives, though. Take a look at this xray photo of Mora knife tangs. It will explain the tang problem better.
Top to bottom: Craftsman, Clipper, 711, 2000, 510
Three Kellams and a Mora at the bottom.
Another knife I’ve grown fond of is the R. Murphy knife sold by Bens Backwoods for all of $17. The Murphy knives are made in Ayer,
Ontario Spec Plus survival
The good old Ontario Pilots & Air Crew survival knife has been a favorite for many years. I was issued o
ne with the leather handle when I was in the Army in 1971. The date on the butt was 1-71. I had that knife for about 30 years until some low life lifted it from my truck. I went out looking for another one and bought a new Ontario Spec Plus version. It is the same blade style but the handle and sheath are all new. The handle is Kraton non-slip and the sheath Cordura and leather. I actually like the handle on the Spec Plus version a lot better. Its bigger and fits my huge old hands just right.
I recently did an article on the KA-BAR Kukri so I won’t get too much into it. It’s a great blade and the more I use it the more I like it. I’m amazed how long it stays sharp and the capabilities it possesses. I’ve done everything from major firewood chopping to fine draw knifeing with it. What a blade!
Top three: Schrade, Schmidt & Zeigler,Victorinox SAK
Bottom: Victorinox GAK
I have a selection of pocket knives I consider keepers. These are my Victorinox Swiss Army Knife ( also known as SAK) and my Victorinox German Army Knife (aka GAK). There’s something about Victorinox stainless steel that makes it hold a razor sharp edge and keep it. My other pocket folders are the made in USA Old Timer “peanut” twin blade by Schrade (before they sold out the factory to Taylor Brands in
I carry my SAK & GAK pocket knives in leather bags made to fit them. This keeps all the junk that is bound to collect in your pockets from gunking up the joints. I make the bags big enough to hold an accompanying diamond hone. The Old Timer and
As you can see, none of my knives are high dollar blades yet they perform just as good as a knife costing many times their price. The most expensive knife is the KA-BAR at $50.00.