30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

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30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby xceptnl » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:31 pm

As some of you may have seen I posted a Spydie pocketdump pic that included a small cleaver. This was after reading a thread on another forum about this challenge so I am reposting a similar challenge here.

The challenge goes like this, add OR replace one of your EDC blades with a fixed blade (of any brand though obviously Spydies are preferred) post pics here amd tell us how you used it that day. I am already on day 3 and am already seeing the benefits over some of my folding choices.

Have fun with it and lets see those fixed blades..... from Spots and Swicks to Foresters and Foragers, bring them on.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby vivi » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:47 pm

I have one on me most days. Usually a Ronin 2 or Swick 3, sometimes an Ark modified to wharncliffe.

I like the simplicity of them, as well as how easy they are to maintain. No moving parts to lube, no pivot screw tension to fuss over, etc.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby ZMW » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:53 pm

I would love to do this, but I sit at a desk in an office all day. IWB/OWB carriyng my mule is not quite office friendly or comfortable while sitting on your butt all day! But, cool post - looking forward to some good pics and stories...

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby Evil D » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:22 pm

Well I'm in this challenge by default since I'm carrying my Street Beat.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby bearfacedkiller » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:23 pm

I am on day three carrying my 4v Mule. :)

Can we get some more of this stuff?
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby xceptnl » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:27 pm

I only own a dozen or so and 8 of them are Mules. I am going to be experimenting with carry positions and I plan to get another custom Mule sheath made soon. My new job will easily allow me to carry a FB daily and I should have ample opportunities to use it as well.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby zhyla » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:32 pm

I am not eligible to participate since concealing fixed blades is illegal in my locale. But I just gotta say that Caly Jr Micarta is some serious FFG SE hotness.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby Surfingringo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:38 pm

I carried the first prototype of my fixed blade design everyday for a month. One of the goals of that design was to make a fixed blade and sheath that was thin and narrow enough to ride IWB comfortably on long fishing sessions. I am usually in boardshorts with no belt so IWB is the default carry method for a fixed blade. I tried several positions but the most comfortable was carrying the knife at 1:00 at a slightly diagonal angle (tip pointing towards groin). This carry does not interfere with walking or sitting and can still be covered with a T-shirt with no significant printing. I carried like that all day, everyday for a full month and after a few days I didn’t even notice the knife was there.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby mrtodd777 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:44 pm

My bag goes everywhere I do, so I guess my Mule does as well. I occasionally carry my Swick or Ronin 2 IWB as well..

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby El Gato » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:38 pm

I'm way ahead on this one. I edc my 4V Mule everyday all day and have for a long time. Since getting the Boltaron sheath when Spyderco first offered them I have been carrying IWB same as Lance. I too appreciate the simplicity and easy care of a reasonably sized fixed blade like my Mules when there's work to be done.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby JD Spydo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:38 am

OH I love your idea of a fixed blade EDC and I have done that in the past. But I do live in a major US city and I've got to get some type of sheath that is concealable. At this time I'm looking for some type of ankle sheath like my late best friend used to carry his STREETBEAT with. If I was not living in Kansas City at this time I wouldn't hesitate to EDC with a belt sheath.

Spyderco does have a nice selection of smaller fixed blades that make it practical to carry a fixed blade. There are most definitely advantages to a fixed blade over a folder. Most all of the survival books I've read in the past 5 years most all recommend a fixed blade over a folder. However most people are not aware of the quality that Spyderco puts in their high end folders.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby ThePeacent » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:15 am

not for 30 days straight but on Winter and cold months I have often carried the Aqua Salt, handle down tip up on my belt at 4 or 5 position and it's always been very flat to carry.

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the excellent sheath allows for a lot of carrying possibilities, it is thin, very safe and I can easily walk on the streets and do urban life with it without anybody seeing it or noticing any printing on my clothes

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I also carried the Jumpmaster in a similar fashion for a while but much prefer the Aqua's shape and sheath

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby animportant » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:01 am

Surfingringo wrote:I carried the first prototype of my fixed blade design everyday for a month. One of the goals of that design was to make a fixed blade and sheath that was thin and narrow enough to ride IWB comfortably on long fishing sessions. I am usually in boardshorts with no belt so IWB is the default carry method for a fixed blade. I tried several positions but the most comfortable was carrying the knife at 1:00 at a slightly diagonal angle (tip pointing towards groin). This carry does not interfere with walking or sitting and can still be covered with a T-shirt with no significant printing. I carried like that all day, everyday for a full month and after a few days I didn’t even notice the knife was there.
Status update on your prototype??

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby anagarika » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:11 am

I am not eligible but wondering ...

Unless it’s H1, it requires cleaning after use before putting back in sheath. In urban/office environment this is hard to do. This situation is where H1 folders or very stainless blade folder is easier, just fold away and store until cleaning is possible. Example: cutting fruits or cakes or sandwiches (with all the ingredients).

One of the reason I used to like balisongs. No touching the blade at all and if well made, no rubbing the handle except kick and tang pins. Can clean up just the blade later if needed.

For fixed blade, how do you all get around clean/dry/store cycle? How about cruds in the sheath?

I hope it doesn’t derail the thread and provides insights to non carriers like me.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby vivi » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:25 am

anagarika wrote:I am not eligible but wondering ...

Unless it’s H1, it requires cleaning after use before putting back in sheath. In urban/office environment this is hard to do. This situation is where H1 folders or very stainless blade folder is easier, just fold away and store until cleaning is possible. Example: cutting fruits or cakes or sandwiches (with all the ingredients).

One of the reason I used to like balisongs. No touching the blade at all and if well made, no rubbing the handle except kick and tang pins. Can clean up just the blade later if needed.

For fixed blade, how do you all get around clean/dry/store cycle? How about cruds in the sheath?

I hope it doesn’t derail the thread and provides insights to non carriers like me.
:eek: Personally I never close a knife while it's dirty if I can help it. Cleaning a blade is easy. Taking apart a knife to scrub rust off the liners and pivot is not!


Simply wipe it off. I cut apples with my Ronin 2 every week, often while camping. I squirt a little water on the blade from my water bottle and wipe it off on my pant leg and it's fine. Nothing to it.

I can't think of any reason to not wipe off a knife before putting it back in my sheath / pocket unless it's an emergency or something. I have a tough enough time avoiding rust as it is.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby Surfingringo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:12 am

animportant wrote:
Surfingringo wrote:I carried the first prototype of my fixed blade design everyday for a month. One of the goals of that design was to make a fixed blade and sheath that was thin and narrow enough to ride IWB comfortably on long fishing sessions. I am usually in boardshorts with no belt so IWB is the default carry method for a fixed blade. I tried several positions but the most comfortable was carrying the knife at 1:00 at a slightly diagonal angle (tip pointing towards groin). This carry does not interfere with walking or sitting and can still be covered with a T-shirt with no significant printing. I carried like that all day, everyday for a full month and after a few days I didn’t even notice the knife was there.
Status update on your prototype??
I don’t have any recent updates but I don’t think it’s too far out now. Is that vague enough? Haha.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby Evil D » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:18 am

anagarika wrote:I am not eligible but wondering ...

Unless it’s H1, it requires cleaning after use before putting back in sheath. In urban/office environment this is hard to do. This situation is where H1 folders or very stainless blade folder is easier, just fold away and store until cleaning is possible. Example: cutting fruits or cakes or sandwiches (with all the ingredients).

One of the reason I used to like balisongs. No touching the blade at all and if well made, no rubbing the handle except kick and tang pins. Can clean up just the blade later if needed.

For fixed blade, how do you all get around clean/dry/store cycle? How about cruds in the sheath?

I hope it doesn’t derail the thread and provides insights to non carriers like me.

When there's food involved I usually have some kind of napkin on hand to wipe my face/beard/mustache so that also wipes off the blade. But, H1 is definitely good for peace of mind.
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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby JD Spydo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:43 am

One thing that this thread brings into focus is the practicality of small fixed blades>> I'm talking 3 inches or less. You sure don't have to worry about a lock failing on you, nor do you have to worry about any pocket clip problems that may arise while EDCing a fixed blade.

To me the type of sheath is what would be the determining factor of whether or not I would EDC a Spyderco fixed blade. Because if we had a bigger/broader selection of sheaths and different types of sheaths giving us more carry options then I think you would see more guys EDC fixed blades.

Sheath selection has come a long way in the past 10 to 12 years but it's still got a long way to go before EDCing a fixed blade becomes a better overall option IMO.

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:27 am

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Re: 30 Day Fixed Blade Challenge...

Postby anagarika » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:47 am

Vivi, David,

Thank you. I might be overthinking it, allow me to share a bit of what happened in the past.

The last time I brought my small fixed blade and used it on food stuff, I wiped it off with paper towel and stored it, being in office environment, one doesn’t go carrying naked blade to the washroom. Usually at home I wash it & wipe it dry before storing. Apparently the wipe didn’t do very well. The sheath had some of the food smell afterwards, which I had to wash it again at home and air drying it took a while.

It got me thinking that wiping a folder will result the same (not so clean) but washing it later would do without needing to clean the handle/scale/liner (assuming blade is centered & not rubbing), because none of the residue gets on them. I also find cleaning the inner part of a sheath difficult. H1 definitely a good thing cause one can wash it thoroughly and not worrying at all if it doesn’t dry completely.
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