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KNIVES - PART 1

A Knife is one of the most versatile tools around. Think how many times a day you need to cut, slice or chop something. Most of the daily knife use at home is probably in the kitchen. Many people use knives on the job. Restaurants, butcher shops, warehouses, farms and many other job sites use knives throughout the day.

The knives I want to talk about are the knives that the average person would use for everyday work, self-defense, and emergency survival. Work and self-defense knives are “Every Day Carry” (EDC). You need to have it with you to use it.

There are a lot of knives on the market, some good, some bad, some really good, some really bad, some well priced, some over-priced. I am going to try and steer you toward good and really good knives that are priced for real value.

The knives I have selected all have medium grade to high grade knife steel. If you want to read more on knife steel here is a great link. http://zknives.com/knives/articles/knifesteelfaq.shtml

Utility/Work Knife

The name says it. This is a knife meant to work and work hard. It is used for utility work and for all the little menial jobs you encounter every day. There are two tactics you can take. Either buy an inexpensive disposable knife or buy a good well made, moderate priced knife that will serve you for a long time.

I do both. I have a stock of cheap knives that I bought for $1.29 each (closeout from Bud K) that I use when I have a specific job that I know will most likely ruin a knife. The utility knife I carry every day to open packages and cut this or that is a Benchmade Mini Pika. It has a 2.9” partially serrated blade made from 440C steel. It has been discontinued and replaced by the Mini Pika II.

If I had to buy a new utility knife, I would buy one of the moderate priced, well made knives below. Kershaw makes several  inexpensive (around $20) knives made from 8CR13MoV steel. 8CR13MoV steel is a nice quality Chinese steel that compares to Japanese AUS-8, or US 440B steel.  All the knives listed have stainless steel liners and are made well enough to be used as a backup knife for self-defense.

  Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) Drifter.  $16.99 with Free Shipping on ebay ($15.99 for plain blade).  8CR13MOV Steel.  G-10 Handle. Liner Lock, 2.88 inch partially serrated blade, Inter-Frame build with stainless steel liners, pocket clip, weights 2.4 ozs.

Kershaw Chill Serrated Knife.    $19.95 Free with Shipping.  8CR13MOV Steel.  G-10 Handle. Liner Lock, 3.125-inch partially serrated blade, pocket clip, weights 2 ozs.  Designed by RJ Martin, the Chill is a “gentleman’s folder”.  Currently on sale at Cabela’s for $12.99.

  Kershaw Nerve Serrated Knife.   $19.77 with Free Shipping.  8CR13MOV Steel.  G-10 Handle. Liner Lock, 3.125-inch partially serrated blade, pocket clip, weights 3.8 ozs.  Also known as the Blitz.

 

  Kershaw RJ II – 3 1/8 inch partially serrated, 8CR13MOV Steel Blade, Pocket Clip, SpeedSafe,  Black  G-10 Handle, Liner Lock, Weight: 3.4 oz.  On ebay for around $23 with Free Shipping

  Kershaw Volt II – 3 1/8 inch partially serrated, 8CR13MOV Steel Blade, Pocket Clip, SpeedSafe,  Black  Polyimide Handle, Liner Lock, Weight: 3.4 oz.

  Kershaw Clash – 3 inch partially serrated, 8CR13MOV Steel Blade, Pocket Clip, SpeedSafe,  Black  Polyimide Handle, Liner Lock, Weight: 4 oz.

 

   Kershaw Drone Knife – 2 3/4 inch partially serrated, 8CR13MOV Steel Blade, Pocket Clip, SpeedSafe,  Glass Filled Nylon Handle, Liner Lock, Weight: 3.4 oz.

  Kershaw Asset Knife – 3 1/4 inch partially serrated, 8CR13MOV Steel Blade, Pocket Clip, SpeedSafe,  Glass Filled Nylon Handle, Liner Lock, Weight: 3.8 oz.

 

Any of the above knives will more than do for a work knife.  All are sturdy enough to be used as a backup defense knife.  At $20 these are all a bargain.

In part 2 we’ll address Self-Defense Knives.

 

Ed Rogers

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