Posted 27 July 2007 - 12:29 PM
I, along with everyone else here, have dozens of knives. When an individual knife was purchased, I had hoped it would fill a void or, satisfy my need for a "one knife does most chores" Over the last 50+ years I have evolved to carrying a multi tool on my belt when in the field or at the range. The knife I drag along with me, usually in a pack or other pocket, is mission specific.For example, when deer hunting on our property in NY, I have a Gerber knife with a small gut hook on the top of the blade. That knife along with a smaller 3" blade knife, handle all the field dressing needed. Those knives are always carried in a pack or, for the evening hunt in my jacket pocket. Each knife has a 12" length of orange surveyors tape attached to the handle so I can see em easier when they are on the ground while gutting. Fishing, Quail hunting, hiking, etc. I carry a knife that I feel would accomplish any task I need done. A few rules I kind of stick to is; I bring the smallest knife I can get away with for a given need. It has to be deadly sharp and easy to sharpen.Now I am not talking about all the knives I would bring on a trip, just what I would have on my person at any given time. As always, in addition to any knife I bring along, my Victorinox Executive is always in my left front pocket, it usually gets there before my socks go on.A few knives I have gotten away from over the years are knives like Buck, I have 5 or 6 of them, nice knives, but not worth the hassle sharpening them in the field, just my opinion. Military type knives, have a half dozen of them also, good to have around but I am not using them for their intent, so they end up being used as a light Axe. I don't have any hollow handle "survival" knives. Other than the ones that are made from one piece stock, then machined down are worthless, when you start beating on them, you just end up with a two piece knife kit in your hands, some welding and Assembly required.Funny, when my brother and I were kid's, my dad used to point out a guy in the field with a huge Bowie knife hanging on his hip and joke that that was a "Tenderfoot knife" The name and the associated chuckle remains to this day.