Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:48 AM
I have a lot of knives that I use for different situations, just depending on the day. The following are my folders that I use for everyday carry.`Boker AK 101`SOG Flash II TiNi`CRKT M16`CRKT Lake 111`CRKT Full Throttle`Kershaw (Ken Onion of some sort, can't remember the name)I beat the poop out of some, and others are for dress clothes. The Boker, and the SOG have dings and dents and chipped pieces, and are used as a true tool for everything from cutting tape to screwing screws to cutting ivy off my block retaining wall, or folded up and used as a hammer. The Boker stays sharp, the SOG, not as much. The Boker is HUGE in your pocket. Easy opening knife, but heavy (which can be good in situations). Even though it's big and heavy, it rides in your pocket like it's not even there. The SOG's features are great; locks, assisted open, size, lightweight, but there's something about the blade on that knife that doesn't sit well with me (even though I use this knife probably 2nd most on average). It's still a great knife.I am becoming a very huge fan of CRKT, their knives are sharp as hell and stay sharp. The CRKT Full Throttle: is a good looking knife for dress up days and is extremely sharp. The weight is nice, the size is nice, assisted opening is nice, the clip is a bit tight and a bit large, but I would still recommend it. The Lake 111: sharp, weighty for it's compact size, small blade, nice knife, but kinda too pretty. It doesn't get used much. CRKT M16: awkward due to the two thumb nodes, but are useful if you use them for the intended purpose of using your pocket to open the knife. The blade is very sharp and strong, good weight, clip can be moved pretty much anywhere on the knife, nice locking mechanism. The Kershaw is a nice knife, I'm a fan of the blade shape and the serrades are great. The only problem is it has the "grip tape" stuff on the grip and it cuts up your knuckles every time you reach into your pocket to get something out. Can't change the clip to avoid this. Otherwise, a nice knife, especially for the price I paid.Clips are clips to me and all work well, but I do not find myself getting clips stuck or knives ripped out of my pocket due to clip placement/structure/shape. The ability to move a clip from one side to the other to fit you is something I like as an option. Assisted open is probably my next favorite option.I've only got three fixed blades worthy of commenting on.`Bear and Sons Cocobolo skinner `SOG Field Pup`ESEE Izula neck knifeThe Bear and Sons is a great knife that my dad gave me for Father's Day, I haven't used it much in the field yet. The SOG field pup has skinned a few animals, but I'll tell you it doesn't hold it's edge well at all. The ESEE Izula is my new favorite. I've wrapped the handle with Type III paracord to act as a handle. This knife rocks. It's sharp as it can be, holds an edge for now, and looks very good. The sheath that comes with this knife is probably its best feature. It is extrememly durable, and the knife will not slip out of it in virtually any given situation. I highly recommend this knife. It retails around $80, but if you look around you should be able to find it in the $50 or less shipped range.I'm going to look into getting one of those Havalon knives for skinning the skulls, those look right up my alley.