I remember seeing a thread about knives here earlier so I thought I would post this and get your opinions.
I am looking into getting a decent knife in the future, and if am to put out the money it needs to suit my purpose. The trouble is I do not know much about knife designs in relation to their purpose. I know that there is a lot of personal preference in knives and I understand why that is, but I was wondering what characteristics one should look when buying a knife in relation to itís intended use.
Personally my preference is for a fixed blade that is between 5.5-6Ē, and something that is high carbon steel, as I donít like stainless. It will be used mostly for things like making feather sticks and shavings from larger pieces, light chopping on woods like aspen, rough carving, maybe battoning, cutting rope, making things like figure four traps and general chores, maybe used for preparing fresh fish. Rarely, if ever for skinning game. I am not too concerned about chopping, as I usually have a hatchet or similar.
I know that with so many designs and quality knives that I probably canít have it all in a specific design, but I donít mind the idea of having an excuse to get more knives later. For know, the most important to me is that the knife makes really good wood shavings quickly, with as little effort as possible on medium sized pieces of wood, and does some of the other things half decently.