If I could keep only one knife...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JAMacdonald, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
    Hi new here just finished a few years of spending and testing. Here’s what I found out $18,000 later.....
    1. Sebenza is always dull, yes even if you look at it wrong. They hung up on me. Maybe I hit a vein cause wasn’t rude?!
    2.Emerson: 5th ones the charm. (Not garbage.) QC lol customer is the QC. Can’t deny the truth. Great steel though....
    3. Lion Steel: wow. Yes wow.
    4. Extrema Ratio: customer service from the other side of the planet? No problem. A+++
    5.Spyderco: love that hole. Wish my pockets were wider.
    6. ZT: customer service winner.
    7. Fallkniven: chipppy chippy.$$$$$$$
    8. Bark river: Bravo 1.5 great survival knife the other 3 are perfect too. Go A2 it rusts but the 3V rusts like raw iron.
    9.Benchmade: not enough detent for this guy. Great gifts.
    10. Hogue: balance points are off, sharp edges. No detent.
    So if I could keep only one .....it’d be my BRK mini-bushcrafter in elmax. YMMV
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  2. BJE


    Apr 12, 2006
    My Sebenza isn’t dull, neither is my Nyala. CRK for the win.
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  3. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
    Maybe not one of the first batches like mine. Also the slabs weren’t identical. cut once something something....
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  4. BJE


    Apr 12, 2006
    “Think twice, cut once”
    Or maybe for your CRKs, “cut once, sharpen twice”
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  5. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    One fixed of what I have: Esee 6
    One folder of what I have: Xm18 3.5 gen 4
    One traditional of what I have: Case trapper ss
  6. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    That’s actually kinda funny.
    Not true in my experience, but funny nonetheless!
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  7. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
    Esse very well vetted through use in the military. Wise man. XM 3.5....hardcore ability with class. Good call. As for traditionals, I’m not that dexterous: ouch lol.
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  8. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
  9. JAMacdonald


    Sep 28, 2020
    Esse very well vetted through use in the military. Wise man. XM 3.5....hardcore ability with class. Good call. As for traditionals, I’m not that dexterous: ouch lol.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    My current favorites folder and fixed (one of each): Vic Small Tinker and the Bark River Mini Kephart as a general use fixed blade. Years ago I certainly would have chosen differently but my needs have changed. The knives would have been larger.
  11. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002

    (And an SAK for backup cuz, tweezers.)

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  12. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Have no problem keeping mine sharp, and have always found their customer service to be tops. Some of the nicest people out there IMO.
    I have a number of knives that could be my only one if I needed to go that way, Sebenza being one, but not the only one.
    but you are certainly allowed you own opinion on the matter
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  13. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
  14. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :rolleyes: Where you went totally wrong is no Cold Steel . So you missed the best ! Too bad ...so sorry . :(:thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
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  15. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    If I can only keep one, it's gonna be my Victorinox Explorer Plus and I'll just have to sharpen it more often. The usefulness of the tools cannot be denied.
  16. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Imma have to go with a Sebenza too. Mine are rippin’ sharp, and I use them all day everyday of the week in a tough environment (construction). It’s all about the right edge for the right job.
    I’ve also never had an issue with their CS.

    Might I suggest sharpening practice for you?

    I’d also keep my Ducasse lockback for my traditional choice.
  17. TrainedBullets

    TrainedBullets Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2017
    If I could only have one, It would have to be a small to medium sized fixed blade. I guess I’d go with my Fiddleback Forge Monarch. Runner up would be the FF Esquire.
  18. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Man, that's way tough...

    Do I pick one of my HI khukuris that I have the most time behind? My OG Fiddleback Woodsman back when Andy was cranking them out basically by himself? Tough call.

    Taking sentiment (mostly) out of it, Large CRK Inkosi. Tough, comfortable in hand, easy to sharpen (i keep mine with a shaving, not popping, convex edge), and a good size that it can be pressed into service to do both smaller and bigger jobs.
  19. darsk20

    darsk20 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    There can be only one ...

    If it is a folder, then probably either full size Ritter or Umnumzaan.

    Fixed blade would have to go with CPK EDC 2 with a Busse Bossjack close second.
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  20. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Oh yeah?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2020
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