So I finally made it to the Blade Show. It was fun and I saw many wonderfully crafted bits of sharp metal. I was tempted greatly to buy many of the wonderfully crafted bits of sharp metal.
A couple of the blades I really liked were from Fremont Knives in Wyoming. The one they call the Farson Blade, I found most interesting and think it would be very useful. They also have it in a hatchet style tool. Of course this is too light to be used like some camp hatchets… But damn if that wouldn’t be awesome for use as a cleaver. These would be put to great use in the Ogre’s Grilling While Armed Echo Laboratory.
Now, the coolest stuff that resonated with me, was Zombie Tools.
ZT was holding court in style in the lounge, chilling and drinking cold ones, and talking blades with whoever wanted to talk. They have a wicked Gladius type blade that I love, their axe, (which they call the Traumahawk – shit, I love their names) the cleavers… Gotta have me the Rat Bastard… Freaking everything they make is just badass to the bone. Finally meeting them face to face was the highlight.
Remember me talking about this knife… like back in the Spring? Well the order I put in for one never showed up so I did a One Click order on Amazon.com and bam. I finally have it in my ogerish paws.
The Buck 110 Folding Hunter is the lock-blade knife that legitimized folding knives for any serious use. It wasn’t the first, but it was at the time the best. Good sized clip point blade, good steel, and a solid lock that just flat out works. It was the Folder to have for years.
Now the Buck 110 is still popular among the Outdoorsmen, but the Tactical community looks askance at it. It is heavy. It is shiny. It doesn’t have a pocket clip, assisted opening mechanism, or any gadget or do-dad to make it tacticool. It’s simply a knife. And that’s what I like about it.
The Ecolite version (I got the green one – don’t be shocked) fixes two of the 110’s major complaints from the Tactical Guys. It’s not shiny and its not heavy. I do wish it had a pocket clip, but I can live without it. I mean, don’t we have enough pockets and pouches and things we can carry it in? If not, it comes with its own. It’s nylon and black and can be worn vertically or horizontally. It’s a little off the beaten path for those that want to be Contractor Cool, but it’s worth looking at. Why? I’m seeing the Buck 110 as being the edged equivalent of the 1911. It’s a pioneer and its still every bit as good now as it was back in the day. In fact, the day is far from over for both of these classics.
The 110 Ecolite is sporting handles made of what Buck is called Paperstone. It’s a strong compound material that looks handsome, and really does keep the knife light. It might, I dare say, it even makes the knife more useful, as one is going to be less prone to leave the at home and use something else. And don’t think it’s too large. That’s crap. Your cell phone is probably the size of four of these knives.
I really like the knife. Wish I had it a lot sooner.
CRKT makes a lot of good looking blades… and they are popular with a lot of my friends and other Gun Owners who are into knives. However there is something about CRKT that is a bit off.
For one thing, it’s their locks… or LAWKS as they say. Gimmicky locking mechanisms don’t make a for a good blade. A good blade is all about the blade. And CRKT has some great looking ones, but the company takes shortcuts. Steel quality, heat treatments… I don’t know what it is with these guys but every blade I’ve had from CRKT has gone dull faster than knife made from silly putty. You take any CRKT knife and it can be made twice as good if they had got rid of the silly gimmicks and concentrated on making really good blades. Like Buck. It used to be that I’d not own a Buck. Now I’ve purchased a couple and they are great knives. Why? They have great blades. A knife is a sharp edge of metal… the cutting edge is the most important. Everything else is just to make that edge usable. Now I know others will say that they had great luck with their CRKT knives. And that’s fine. But I use my knives hard. I’m not saying you don’t, just that my other knives hold their edges a lot better.
I wanted a new pocket knife. I know, I have a bunch… but I’ve carried all of them and they have lint on them now. You know what I mean? That and they are mostly all “Tactical” of some sort. Well, one of my favorites has been a Buck Avid Select. The problem it has is that it feels too delicate for hard work. It’s a great knife and wicked sharp… but I want something a little more tough. This thin Buck though has made me look at other Buck knives and I kinda kept coming back to the classic 110 Folding Hunter. The Buck 110 is what really started the folding knife as being an acceptable outdoorsman’s knife. The lock mechanism, the clip point blade, and a good size made it great knife for all around use. Continue reading Going Classic… kinda