While this is my blog, it is about open source, Linux, and computing topics. Every year or so, I like to take one post out of many, and dedicate it to a topic that I am close with. This time, it’s knives.
As a Boy Scout (leader these days) I know that my knife can be my best friend when in a jam. Whether it’s getting a fire started, defending myself, or building a shelter, I know I can depend on my knives to help me accomplish whatever I need to get done. Buck, Gerber (Legendary Blades, not baby food), and CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool), are just a few of my favorite brands. They all produce good knives, and are all very dependable. I’m not going to go into the details and basics of knives, but Buck knives has a good introductory page into knife types.
My personal favorite types of knives are lockblades and fixed blade knives. If you visit the above page, head to the bottom of the page where it says “Lockback Knives” and see all entries below for what folks mean by the term “lockblades.” There’s also another lock variation called midlock, which is like lockback, only with the lock mechanism in the middle of the knife. Simple, eh?
When purchasing a knife, be aware that Gerber does not measure their knife blades by the cutting edge, meaning from the base of the cutting edge straight to the height of the point, without following the curve of the blade. It’s misleading on the package. Recently, I purchased a Gerber knife, with a “4 inch blade” star printed on the package. I open it up, measure the cutting edge — 3 1/4 inches. Yeah, smaller than advertised, but it is actually a very good knife. This is the same situation with the other Gerber knives that I have purchased. It seems they measure the blades by several different points, and I have even read different (and wrong) blade lengths on their site. Let me reassure however, that Gerber makes very good knives, and I have been impressed with each one that I have purchased.
So which knife company is favorite? Buck. Why? Outside of making some really good knives, they are a Christian company. I wouldn’t be able to account for every worker on the factory level, but the management has always been keeping to faith to help guide their decisions in their daily lives. You can read the message Buck sends out in their knife boxes here. Several other reasons: Buck is a family owned company, and also still make several of their most popular knives in the USA, something that has become all to rare.
Now for some links!