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Re: Hiking knife

Postby Ed Ricketts » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:25 pm

i apparently wasn't paying very close attention when i first read this thread. Just a moment ago, i read again and realized it's the OP who made the comment about the 5" Perrin "not ideal for the woods". ???
If you have already decided you don't care for it, or not for certain purposes, fine. It should go without saying: Carry & use what you jolly well please. But I am genuinely puzzled. I've always found it an excellent smallish-medium all-rounder...woods or otherwise. (And i like that it gives a lotta bang for the buck compared to some others.)
No offense or quarrel is intended, but what do you see as it's shortcomings for the woods?

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Re: Hiking knife

Postby zhyla » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm

Vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use.
Like I said, the huge choil just seems suboptimal. I kind of am assuming OP is asking for a fixed blade because the folders he owns are also suboptimal for his hiking needs. Maybe he just wants to buy another knife he doesn't need. But if I was designing a fixed blade for lots of cutting I wouldn't have that choil. I'm sure it works fine for light use.

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Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
Same thing with the Ark. Try it before writing it off. It will handle typical hiking chores. You won't notice the size or weight at all.
Anything an Ark can do a small folder can do. I'm assuming he's buying a fixed blade because he either needs something sturdier than a folder or something with a more ergonomic grip than a folder can offer.

Wait... aren't you the guy who won't buy a sub-4" folder? What universe are we living in??? :)

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Re: Hiking knife

Postby Bill1170 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:10 am

Gurney Halleck wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:39 am
Bill1170 wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:31 am
I’m surprised no one yet has suggested the Temperance 2. It is 5” of full flat ground VG-10 with a grippy micarta handle and a sheath. Might be too pricey for the OP, but it’s a great all around fixed blade.
I've been looking for a Temperance 2 for a while. Do you have any leads on where to find one?
It looks like it may be discontinued? Oh dear, that is a shame if true. There’s always the secondary market. I’ll look around.

Edited to add that several T2’s have sold recently on the BladeForums Exchange at around $200.

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Re: Hiking knife

Postby Bill1170 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:25 am

Gurney Halleck wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:39 am
Bill1170 wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:31 am
I’m surprised no one yet has suggested the Temperance 2. It is 5” of full flat ground VG-10 with a grippy micarta handle and a sheath. Might be too pricey for the OP, but it’s a great all around fixed blade.
I've been looking for a Temperance 2 for a while. Do you have any leads on where to find one?
See my post just above this.

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Re: Hiking knife

Postby spyderwolf » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:31 am

@Vivi:

''Honestly for cutting branches OP would be better served with a $20 fiskars hatchet than a $200 knife with a 4" blade and less optimized weight distribution for chopping.''

You forgot it has to look awesome in pics ;)


''I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use. Sure, if you're going to whittle a log cabin, you can probably find a more optimal handle. But if you're cutting some rope, whittling a few tent pegs, doing some camp food prep, processing small game....it can handle all of these things very well. The grip is comfortable and secure, with a nice palm swell and grippy rubber section, with no guard to get in the way. It's served me well for years. OP says he owns one already, so why not take it on a hike and try it out before spending more money? ''

I love the Street Bowie,but for the woods it's like gong off road with a hot hatch.It can be done,but where is the fun in that?
As for spending more money-come on!Al of us here are buying way more knives then we will ever need.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby spyderwolf » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:37 am

Ed Ricketts wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:25 pm
i apparently wasn't paying very close attention when i first read this thread. Just a moment ago, i read again and realized it's the OP who made the comment about the 5" Perrin "not ideal for the woods". ???
If you have already decided you don't care for it, or not for certain purposes, fine. It should go without saying: Carry & use what you jolly well please. But I am genuinely puzzled. I've always found it an excellent smallish-medium all-rounder...woods or otherwise. (And i like that it gives a lotta bang for the buck compared to some others.)
No offense or quarrel is intended, but what do you see as it's shortcomings for the woods?
The large choil put's a lot of pressure on the index finger.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby spyderwolf » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:40 am

zhyla wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use.
Maybe he just wants to buy another knife he doesn't need.

You got me :)
I'm hunting a Temperance first gen on the secondary market right now.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby bearfacedkiller » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:56 am

I have carried the Street Beat in the woods a lot and done a good bit of wood carving with it. The finger groove has never bothered me at all. I actually really like it. I wish they made a micarta Street Bowie.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby NoFair » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:20 am

spyderwolf wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:40 am
zhyla wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use.
Maybe he just wants to buy another knife he doesn't need.

You got me :)
I'm hunting a Temperance first gen on the secondary market right now.
Too bad you aren't in Norway. 1. gens Temps are nice :)

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Re: Hiking knife

Postby MichaelScott » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:53 am

OP: “Hiking knife”

I don’t read this as anything but asking for opinions concerning knives and hiking, not bushwhacking.

I hiked and backpacked in various places for about forty years off and on, carried many different knives too. But, like Vivi, I was also otherwise prepared to survive for a few days if weather or stupid trail finding were to intervene. Minimal lightweight shelter, usually a bivi sack and waterproof tarp with 50’ of para cord, emergency rations. Fishing kit in a small tin box. Svea stove.

Anyway, over the years I finally gave up fixed blades finding them unnecessary, falling back on my old SAK.

I’d say carry what pleases you.

(Pig sticker? Anyone who is going to try to stick a wild pig with a knife has my deepest sympathy). Find a tree. Quick. :D

If I were to buy a fixed blade suitable for all of the hiking and fishing I would be likely to do (leaving out other obvious tasks) it would be a Waterway.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby Xplorer » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:13 am

MichaelScott wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:53 am
(Pig sticker? Anyone who is going to try to stick a wild pig with a knife has my deepest sympathy). Find a tree. Quick.
I was being facetious because wolves and pigs were mentioned in the context of choosing a knife. I thought that was fairly obvious. I'm surprised you thought that was a serious comment. :confused:
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby MichaelScott » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:29 am

No, mine wasn’t serious either. I hoped it was in the same vein as yours. My attempts at humor can be a bit off the wall sometimes. Sorry.
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby vivi » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:09 pm

spyderwolf wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:40 am
zhyla wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use.
Maybe he just wants to buy another knife he doesn't need.

You got me :)
I'm hunting a Temperance first gen on the secondary market right now.
Arizona Custom Knives used to have a bunch of Temps in stock for about $80, but it looks like they're sold out now. Good luck on your hunt!
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Re: Hiking knife

Postby spyderwolf » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:12 am

Vivi wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:09 pm
spyderwolf wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:40 am
zhyla wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:31 pm
Vivi wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:44 am
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use.
Maybe he just wants to buy another knife he doesn't need.

You got me :)
I'm hunting a Temperance first gen on the secondary market right now.
Arizona Custom Knives used to have a bunch of Temps in stock for about $80, but it looks like they're sold out now. Good luck on your hunt!
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