The [amazon_textlink asin=’B00004YVB2′ text=’Swiss army classic’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’photochirp-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’56184ac3-4723-11e8-8541-f3b6387d740c’] is everyone’s favourite knife for thru-hikes (actually it’s spelled “through” but for some reason, everyone writes “thru-hike” and google will hate me if I spell it correctly), and with good reason too. The scissors are decent, the knife can open packages and take down huge bears (ahem), and there’s a nail file.
I was looking for something I could actually eat with, and perhaps cut cheese. I chose a Kestrel Titanium knife but I noticed the handle would benefit from a centre pillar. In all honesty, the knife probably doesn’t need it but I had some carbon fibre laying around, and a pencil and some sanding paper.
The sanding job isn’t perfect. I began to get a bit tired, I didn’t use a template like I should have (I just kept bringing it up to my eye and guessing) and if you notice you can see a slight error on the right. However, it strengthens the handle, it doesn’t really weigh anything (the Titanium Skeleton EDC weighs about 13 sans carbon fibre handle) and I think it looks pretty cool :).
I’m going to dye some epoxy and fill in the mistake at the top. The knife’s blade is interesting. It’s impregnated with steel along the edge and is claimed to self sharpen. I suspect it’ll work up to a point but I haven’t tried it much. For cutting fruit, it’s incredible! I will not be cutting paper and stuff with it, I’ll use my other knife for that.
Here’s another couple of photographs where you can see the blade. I didn’t take a photograph of the other side, whoops. It’s sharpened on one side and the other doesn’t have the steel impregnation.
Using this blog section of my site, I tend to ramble a bit and there’s a bit of uncertainty with my posts.
I’ve been researching knives for my travels in Canada next year, and travel in general. Buying a huge 1kg knife is obviously a big no-no for travel as it’s unnecessary weight. However, I’ve found a few different companies that sell extremely lightweight knives.
The first one I think is important is something like a Swiss army (I’ve never actually fought off anyone from the Swiss army, do they really run around with these little knives? Stabbing people like ninjas?) style penknife. For that, I’ve found a [amazon_textlink asin=’B0014YK236′ text=’Victorinox Classic SD’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’photochirp-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’886d65da-c237-11e7-8240-c7ee967c0866′] but the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01CRAXC8M’ text=’Victorinox NailClip 580′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’photochirp-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d77777cc-c237-11e7-9a82-7d90f4783e92′] is also interesting as it can clip nails. I have read various reviews and many criticise the scissor design on the latter.
On a more interesting note, single blade skeleton knives are expensive, hard to find (in Europe at least) but they are incredibly lightweight.
There’s a few companies that sell these. Kestrel knives look particularly good but there’s also a knife called the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01C2VPK3Q’ text=’Genesis 2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’photochirp-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’28237983-c238-11e7-a5e0-fd947f0e0a08′]. It’s available on amazon for people in the USA and it’s worth a look.
The Titanium skeleton EDC Knife by Kestrel Knives is even more expensive, but it weighs 15 grams. In my opinion, the Short Skeleton Ovis Hunter made by Kestrel Knives has a nicer shape, but it’s slightly heavier…
It’s definitely something to consider if you’re looking for an additional knife without carrying too much extra weight.
In my opinion, a knife like this is not just useful for the Great Divide Trail (or the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Te Araroa, etc.) but it’s pretty handy for macro photography if you need to cut plants and stuff. I will not be buying these as self defence weapons, so hopefully they won’t get stuck in customs.
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