Categories are really the basis of my knife interest. Besides general EDC, where I like to rotate or adapt to the ever changing agenda for the day, I try not to have more than one knife in each category, so whatever I have is usually my current favorite. I also have very few knives that falls outside of my defined categories, because then I basically don’t need it.
My system is also very modular, so my favorite in each category might not be the best suited as a standalone option, but rather what I find to be the best option in a complementary system.
The complementary knife is often carried in a backpack, and usually a folder if my primary is a fixed blade. Or vice versa.
I’m kind of new to this, so while the hunt for the perfect setup is a never ending one, I’m still in my early stages of fulfilling the categories as well as correcting some of my beginners mistakes. So for that reason I took the liberty to include some prospects that are in the pipeline atm;
«->» Indicates that I’m in a process of replacing an item, pointing to the item I project will be my favorite/choice for this specific category going forward.
Office / general EDC:
Chaparral LW / BM Bugout / CRK small sebenza. Can’t rank them, each best in their own right. It’s a tie.
EDC backpack knife:
Shorts and work out clothes:
5th pocket carry:
Short walks in the wood / walking the dog:
Salt 2 (usually I take what's already in my pocket, but if I put in the effort to make a deliberate choice, it's usually the Salt)
Home repair, carpentry:
I’m not too excited about the Para 3, but I have two and have to use them for something. They work great for this application, but would rather change to a similarly built backlock at some point.
Workshop / garage work:
CS Amercian Lawman
Kind of redundant to the Para 3, I could get by very well with just one of them, but their slight differences make me prefer one over the other for some type of work.
Fishing / outdoor fixed blade:
None dedicated ATM -> Waterway
Fishing / outdoor folder:
Native salt PE -> Siren / Native CF S90V
The Native salt is often what I currently end up choosing for this type of use, but it’s not perfect.
I wan’t to try a combination of Siren and the S90V Native. The Siren I suspect is better when I want slightly longer blade, typically in a folder only setting. I also suspect that the Siren will be quite on the large side in some situations, so I want to try a CF/S90V Native to have a more compact option with a more comfortable grip than my current Native while, while still providing decent corrosive properties in fresh water environments.
Hunting / outdoor fixed blade:
General outdoor fixed blade:
General outdoor folder:
Spydiechef -> Pacific Salt FFG SE
Search & rescue / mountain rescue folder:
Salt 2 PE
I could elaborate on this, but it’s a complicated matrix of considerations that culminated in this choice, so to keep things short(ish) and simple I choose not to. For now.
I don’t believe in the concept of beater knives/hard use knives. I always bring along a quality knife that I deem most suitable for the task at hand (ref list above), and I expect the knife to handle what it’s designed to do. However, I do believe that knives in some situations can be a great general purpose tools to get you out of a bad situation. In such situations the knife will be used for whatever is required to resolve the situation. Not just cutting tasks. I’ve chosen the Mora for this, not because I’m afraid to ruin an expensive knife (I don’t find myself in bad situations all that often), but because I have several deposited around in strategic places, like my vehicles, SAR backpack etc. and I don’t want to tie up more money in these just-in-case items than strictly necessary.