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I have been looking at the Bark River line up Canadian, Snowy river, Gunny hunter, Aurora hunter..... decisions decisions.... right now I have a bunch of folders carry mostly spyderco have the bark river rascal I carry from time to time. but there has always been a knife in my pocket
 

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A custom Limited Issue of 1, called The Hunt, by the late Phill Hartsfield. He donated the knife to the Mannlicher Collector's Association in 1998. I was fortunate enough to win the bid on the knife. It has given many years of fine service in the field.
Lately, William Collins (www.wcknives.com) (youtube William Collins channel) and the knives he offers. Good honest woods, game and field craft knives.
 

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Folders : I'm a Kershaw Speed Safe fan now days . Fat Back is favorite today but truth is I like em all !
Years past ... Queen Cutlery Co. & Case

Fixed blade : Randall Made and Ka-Bar

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Knife guy since childhood . Carved them out of wood .
 

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I don’t get the Cold Steel hate here. Yes, they make too many mall ninja knives, and many of their designs offered today just.....suck. But they have made great knives. I’ve had a MasterHunter for over 25 years, its carbon steel blade can be sharpened very well and it holds an edge extremely well. The rubber (Kratex?) handle gives great grip wet, dry, hot or cold. Can’t even remember the number of salmon and Kodiak blacktails I used that blade on - and it’s still performing great. Their Mini Lawman folder was an excellent EDC, a perfect (for me) kinda large pocket knife with excellent grip and great blade shape for any heavy duty use. Sadly it is discontinued as I “lost” mine after ten years by giving it to a young friend and wish I could replace it....

I replaced that EDC folder with a Benchmade Mini-Griptillian, an excellent little knife but a tad small for me. Still, I like it better than any Buck knife I’ve owned. The first was a 101 purchased in 1970. Almost impossible to sharpen and won’t hold a keen edge very well. Ditto several other sheath blades from Buck. Maybe they’ve upped their steel quality since then.


Purchased a beautiful Kershaw years ago to replace a Buck sheath blade which broke in half (!). Very pretty knife with a nice shiny blade, a brass bolster and butt - but the blade was butter soft and the edge would bend easily (yes, it would bend!). An impossible blade to use in the field, I still use it as a steak knife at home because it is so pretty, and sharp enough for the occasional ribeye.

Bottom line, most folks will either parrot what they read online, or make assumptions based on very limited personal experience (see above).


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Favorite hunting knife is probably my vintage Marble's Woodcraft. My father picked it up at an estate sale in the early '70's, and from what I could research, it was probably made in the 1950's. He used it for thirty years, then gave it to me. I never knew why it was his favorite knife until I handled it - good steel, great blade design, perfect size.
2021 update: Some research on this knife revealed it was actually made sometime between the 1915 introduction and expiry of the patent in the mid-1920s. In light of the excellent condition of it and its original sheath, my estimation of the value of this knife just quadrupled.
 

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I was just reviewing this thread. I posted here about my “favorite” knives three years ago. I have to laugh at myself. My “favorites” change so frequently that I don‘t believe that is the right word. I referred to a Buck 110 and a Wirkala puuko and a Paragon Warlock.
i no longer carry the Buck or the Warlock. No particular reason for not other than there are other knives to try. Occasionally, i wear the Wirkala blade. I am all over the place with what I use on any day. The one commonly edc that is always in my pocket is a tiny Buck pen knife. For a good part of the three years since my other post, i carried, in pocket, a beautiful (and expensive) Wm. Henry Picata that my wife bought for me .....a knife as jewelry. I became so fearful of losing it that i stopped carrying it. The little Buck replaced that.
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Somehow, though, I eventually return to this little drop point utility knife made for me by David Boye 37 years ago. Etching by Francine Etching.
My only custom knife.
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(Why did the picture go sideways?)
 
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My daily carry pocket knife, an Al Mar, if I have pants on, I have it. That's the way it's been for 39 years. I normally carry a Walmart Gerber in my other front pocket, for mundane chores.
 

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My top choice are Buck Knives, specifically those made by Americans in the USA. I also have a stable of Case Knives for more dressy carry.

There is always a knife in my pocket, well maybe just 99% of the time.

There are two kinds of people....those that carry a sharp and useful knife and those that don't carry one and just hope to borrow one. None of mine get loaned out any more....long story as to why, the short version being that the last borrower ended up bleeding all over my knife!!
 
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