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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 10:54:47 MST Print View

I'm aichmophobic (fear of sharp objects) and flip-open knives make me a bit edgy. I'm looking for a knife for cutting twigs and general use in the wild, not sawing and not fighting bears.

My ideal knife:

Titanium, one solid piece of metal (handle and blade)

Short blade, 1-1.5 inches

Long handle, full-size

Anyone know of a knife like this or can recommend a similar knife that really emphasizes control and stability?


Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 11:00:37 MST Print View

Not sure you can get much closer to your description than this...

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Looks a little thin? I could be wrong. on 02/14/2013 11:06:07 MST Print View

How stable is the thin handle? Am I meant to hook a pinky into the opening on the end?

I found this, and it's my front-runner until someone shows me better. It's not Titanium, but it's mostly empty space, so low weight:

Edited by mdilthey on 02/14/2013 11:07:44 MST.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 11:09:25 MST Print View

" It's a hot night. The mind races. You think about your knife, the only friend who hasn't betrayed you .... "


Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 11:13:46 MST Print View

shorter version of the tried and true Mora 1 and 2

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Re: Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 11:20:55 MST Print View

Yeah I'd probably just get a Mora. Cheap, works, and has a real handle. Plenty light. Tons of options

edit: you can get just the blades from the same site and fashion your own handle if you want even lighter

Edited by brendans on 02/14/2013 11:25:51 MST.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Re: Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 11:26:20 MST Print View

oh and they cost 10-15 bucks instead of 100+

I like my Opinel 6 folder since it takes up less room in the pack but would have gone with a mora if i thought i'd be doing woodwork with it.

Edited by JakeDatc on 02/14/2013 11:27:48 MST.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Ka-Bar on 02/14/2013 11:49:43 MST Print View

I have this one and it's ok:

Can't remember the weight off the top of my head.
Pros light knife and it feels good in the hand.
Cons sheath is kydex and there is a known problem of the sheath dulling the knife:

I'm going to myog a leather sheath for it and call it a day.

My next knife:

The one after that:

...with this sheath:

and the knife after that:

etc etc etc

Edited by IDBLOOM on 02/14/2013 11:54:07 MST.

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Mora on 02/14/2013 11:55:41 MST Print View

I'll throw in another suggestion for the Mora and

Don't much care for titanium as a knife. Steel is and always will be the best material for knives, IMO.

The Moras are pretty dang light! and like was suggested, you can get just the blade if you want to make a handle out of carbon fiber or something, but the wood handled ones are pretty light as is.

They are cheap, but perform as well as knives 6 times as much. Easy to sharpen too.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
No Ti on 02/14/2013 12:18:58 MST Print View

You don't want a titanium blade unless it is one of the few (like the Rota Locura linked above) designed to be self-sharpening. CRKT has a number of knives matching your other criteria for blade langth and handle, like this one and the others linked on that page.

Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Mora... on 02/14/2013 13:18:23 MST Print View

+Whatever on the Mora. I use the Companion, but in the stainless version...nice balance of weight/size/usefulness.

-Mark in St. Louis

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
any on 02/14/2013 13:21:42 MST Print View

any good solid decently built knife will work ...

even those made in china specials ...

get something that feels good, is cheap and light enough for you ... and dont worry about it

worry about knowing how to use the knife ;)

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Mora... on 02/14/2013 13:50:12 MST Print View

+ another vote for a Mora, I've got a Stainless Companion. Its 118 grams with the sheath. I bought it when I was building wood stoves and thought I'd need it for procuring fuel. Its a nice knife but more than I need most of the time. I definitely feel more outdoorsy and self-sufficient when I have it though, like I want to fight a bear or something :D

I've also got the Opinel No 6 that was mentioned early, its what I carry in my pocket everyday. Its super light at 28 grams and is great for most small tasks (opening packaging, cutting up apples, cutting cord, etc). The blade is pretty thin though so its not suited for batoning wood or anything nuts. I think if you go up a couple sizes the blades get a little more substantial. I like the look of the wood handle better than most most "modern" knives too.

The best part is that the 2 knives together cost under $30 shipped.


Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Mora it is! on 02/14/2013 15:30:48 MST Print View

I can take a hint. Picking up a Mora Companion Heavy Duty MG Knife. Big, rubbery handle and longer tang for confidence and security, but still a small and light knife. I'll also grab a piece of firesteel at the same time. Why not?

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Mora it is! on 02/14/2013 15:36:09 MST Print View

another vote for the Mora companion. Great knife, light, but inexpensive. Cuts cheese really well! :)

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
RE "Help Choosing a Knife?" on 02/14/2013 15:38:27 MST Print View

If you haven't already purchased, check out - Ragnar has some of the best prices on Moras. His shipping pricing is excellent, I think. His service is top notch.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Help Choosing a Knife? on 02/14/2013 16:22:56 MST Print View

Can I give you a word of advice about the mora knives? They come super sharp with a very flat machined grind. Think of a thin perfect V shape. The grind is so perfectly straight that the edge can sometimes be fragile if you use it hard.

I would highly recommend putting a small secondary bevel or a slight convexity to the edge. It will be much tougher than a true scandi edge.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
knife on 02/14/2013 18:26:14 MST Print View

Hey Max, have you heard about Mora knives??? Just kidding :0

But seriously, moras are great budget one to see if you like carrying a fixed blade knife (as opposed to a folder). If you like them, and if you got some dough to spend, look into bark river (the f-ing best in my book) and ESEE. Don't get a titanium understanding is that their carbide laced micro serration edge is good at slicing, but not at push cutting (which is what you want in a knife that will be working with a lot of wood). Bark Rivers have convex edges...extremely sharp, easily sharpened, holds an edge longer, and great at splitting wood. Looks into the following knives (from cheapest to most expensive)
1) any mora
2) Kershaw skinning knife
3) ESEE Izula
4) Bark River Bravo Necker 1

oh and...

5) Stay away from Boker junk.
6) read this tread:

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: knife on 02/14/2013 18:30:11 MST Print View

Everything Konrad said is true. Except that Fallknivens are the best.

Carry on.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
Fallknivens on 02/14/2013 18:44:03 MST Print View

ha! There's actually merit to Dave's statement and I will admit that I've always always wanted to try out a Fallkniven WM1. Everything I've read about them has been positive and they are up there as one of the best major produced knives. If you can appreciate super steels (e.g., vg10) and prefer a more tactical appearing knife, then yeah give those a ogling too.

Edited by Konrad1013 on 02/14/2013 19:04:59 MST.