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    Touring Knives?

    Any suggestions?

    Or --


    Best knives you've come across?

    Favorites in one way or another?

    Good sources?

    Noteworthy in some way (good or bad)?

    Good values?

    Useful for a certain purpose when touring?

    Good brands?
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    Opinel. they fold, but secure Open with a ring that you rotate. Carbon steel, so take a very sharp edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Opinel. they fold, but secure Open with a ring that you rotate. Carbon steel, so take a very sharp edge.
    +1 been my go to hiking and touring knives for years and come in a variety of sizes.

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    I would select a locking folder with a blade length of 3.5-4 inches. I prefer stainless because you may not always be in a position to dry it properly or take care of it without concern when on the road. You can spend hundreds of dollars on an elite blade that you might take great pride in owining and plan on handing down or you can spend $25 on a Buck or Gerber that will do the job equally well and you won't lose your mind if you end up leaving it somewhere. Your choice.
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    Buck Hartsook, very small sheath knife

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    I carry a Gerber Paraframe camping skeletonized liner lock.


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    Spyderco Honeybee. Flat, light, big thumb hole for easy opening, and no stupid lock thingy to manipulate. At just 16 grams, it doesn`t bounce against my leg while pedaling with it in my front pocket. Ten bucks and a few pennies from Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Spyderco Honeybee.
    Spyderco makes a fine knife but a blade of only 1.5" is really going to limit the amount of camp chores performed easily.

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    For food prep I use a Kuhn Rikon pairing knife, in yellow for safety. It comes with a plastic sheath for storage.
    For utility I use the 2" blade on a mini Leatherman or my Swiss Army Forester (the one with a saw blade).
    I've never seen the need for a hefty blade. I guess I you want to camp in jungly conditions a small machette or billhook might be good for clearing the ground.
    I have use the SAK saw to gather firewood and it works well on anything up to 2". You can chop 4" with 2 separate cuts.

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    LL Bean used to have a very nice folding, camping knife. It had a rounded tip so it would spread peanut butter, slice steak or anything else just fine, and was fairly thin bladed, very sharp with a liner lock. Also very light. Works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    Spyderco makes a fine knife but a blade of only 1.5" is really going to limit the amount of camp chores performed easily.
    I think it depends on your food strategy. For anybody who`s going to cook, you`re absolutely right. For "cold camping", boil only (like I go), or restauranting, I don`t feel any compromise. It works just dandy for cutting cord, opening packaging, digging thorns or road shrapnel out of tires, digging splinters out of skin... At home, I certainly use longer blades in the kitchen, but outside of my own kitchen I`ve never wanted anything bigger.

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    This is what I use. Leatherman Juice. Got my knife, screwdrivers, scissors for trimming nails, and most importantly....corkscrew.


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    Swiss army knife I have tried dozens of knives for gereral purpose carry and keep coming back to swiss army . Buy a real one, wenger or victorinox, farmer, pioneer, tinker or adventurer are my favorite models
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    I use an old leatherman. The pliers get used more than anything else though.

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    I've long since admitted to myself that I use my knife more often for cutting cheese, bread and fruit than anything else. I've never used it to baton wood for an emergency shelter, never attached it to a stick to make a spear, never skinned an animal or anything of that sort.

    I have however gone to a lot of creameries, eaten a lot of cheese, sliced a lot of baguettes, cut up lots of fruit, opened lots of packaging and lots of really mundane tasks that don't call for that much knife.

    I carry an Opinel #9, because it looks like the kind of knife you should take on a picnic.

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    Swiss army knife I have tried dozens of knives for gereral purpose carry and keep coming back to swiss army
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    I own more knives that I can count! I like all of them for one reason or another... but the knife that's always in my pocket is a Leatherman (currently the Skeletool). I use either the knife or the pliers on pretty much a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
    Swiss army knife I have tried dozens of knives for gereral purpose carry and keep coming back to swiss army . Buy a real one, wenger or victorinox, farmer, pioneer, tinker or adventurer are my favorite models
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niles H. View Post
    Any suggestions?

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    Best knives you've come across?

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    Useful for a certain purpose when touring?

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    For what purpose?
    - food prep and eating?
    - opening a bag of potato chips?
    - bike repair (tools other than blade)?
    - general camping, like cutting line?
    - for the cork screw, if included?
    - fighting off wild beasts?

    You are not very specific.

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    Touring Knives?

    Victorinox "Compact" Swiss army knife
    http://www.victorinox.com/ch/product/Swiss-Army-Knives/Category/The-Original-Swiss-Army-Knives/The-Original-Swiss-Army-Knives-large-size-91-mm/Compact/1.3405

    And a Mora Classic if I anticipate being more in the woods, making fires etc...

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    I have been taking less and less knife. I like the tiny Gerber UL LST. For spreading peanut butter and cutting cheese and salami the plastic knife, spatula thingie in the Guyote Designs MicroBites works great and if it came down to it is probably all the knife I really need on tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
    For what purpose?
    - food prep and eating?
    - opening a bag of potato chips?
    - bike repair (tools other than blade)?
    - general camping, like cutting line?
    - for the cork screw, if included?
    - fighting off wild beasts?
    Any -- it's open-ended.

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    Im happy with a Victorinox with blade, can opener, tweezers and a toothpick. Mine has two screwdrivers but those aren't really necessary since they're duplicated in my bike tools.
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    I take a Swiss army knife. I use the blade to slice food and cut rope. I use the can opener to...open cans. The tweezers are nice for splinters, and they've also pulled out some things from my tires that caused flats.

    I brought a Buck sheath knife on my first couple of tours. I felt cool with it on my hip (I was young) and felt a little protected, but I have a problem with carrying too much weight so I concluded the little Swiss made more sense.

    The pliers on a Leatherman are very attractive, but looking back I can't remember any situations where I absolutely needed pliers. Plus I have this weight problem. Aren't Leathermans heavy?

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    Right now I'm carrying an old Ontario air force survival knife. Big enough to cut up potatoes and onions, durable enough to use as a shovel. When I spend more time in forests, I usually have my Kabar camp knife mailed to me. I -do- use it a lot to baton wood (I have a ti-goat woodstove). Both of them are regularily used to make extra tent pegs for tarp shelters in the rain, or sometimes split-stick clothline clips. Kinda nicer then carrying a bunch of loose permanent stuff. The nicest pocket knife I've had was a Kerschaw Leek. Very nice, ergonomic feel in the hand, no extra bulk or ugly rubber grips, blade holds an edge forever. Really liked it, then I lost it somewhere
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