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What is the One "Must Have" Knife?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by rogatsby, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Large Sebenza and Fallkniven F1 is all I need!
  2. To me, an enthusiast “must have” is a gateway product that is universally accessible. SAK and Opinel #6 or 8 are options that anyone can afford, and will accomplish pretty much everything most people are likely to encounter in daily life. There’s a reason they are iconic products that have been around for over 100 years.

    There are tons of others that are great knives, but cost so much more than these options that calling them “must haves” is a little silly. There are very few people who “must have” a PM2 or Sebenza, no matter how nice they are. Declaring knives that cost many times more than the gateway options as “must have” for enthusiasts is very much a gatekeeping thing.

    Someone can be a car enthusiast without ever owning a $150k Porsche or a $300k Ferrari, but if they don’t appreciate the joy of thrashing a cheap sports car, like a GTI or Miata, on a deserted road, they may not be much of an enthusiast. Cut the costs by 1000x and you’ve got the same relative costs between the $20 SAKs and Opinels, $150 PM2s, and $300 CRKs. If you appreciate knives, you’ll appreciate what SAK and Opinel represent.
  3. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Manix2 is a good ONE 20190225_142407-2241x3984.jpg
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  4. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    CRK Large Sebenza 21 and a RHK XM-18 3.5.
  5. Rasmus80


    Sep 21, 2011
    Depending on the size of your hands, I would say Buck 110 or 112.
  6. Climb14er


    Dec 16, 2003
    Spyderco PM2. I've had a lot of great knives over the years and the PM2 and BM 710 M2H2 are the classic EDC pocket knives... for many of us.
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  7. microbe


    Apr 6, 2016
    A large Bowie knife - make or brand doesn't matter, as long as it's large - WTF large.
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  8. urbantrapper


    Dec 13, 2018
    Many folks have sworn by a stockman or trapper pattern for a very long time
  9. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja

    Dec 19, 2018
    Buck 110 and 119
    Kabar USMC
    Case trapper
    Opinel #8
    Itallian auto stilletto
    Quality OTF
    ZT 0350
  10. severtecher


    Feb 24, 2002
    For a factory blade,a Kershaw Tilt.
    Custom knife, Jens Anso Mofo.
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  11. Mrgauth

    Mrgauth Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    Agreed. Same reason I am mulling over another Rat 1.
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  12. cistercian


    Apr 22, 2015
    Buck 110, Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Spyderco Endura, Manix 2
    A Tru Temper 1944 machete, 1940 Luftwaffe gravity knife by SMF.
    (Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer)
    All of these are EPIC in their own way.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019
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  13. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Why just ONE?????
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  14. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    I think I’d like to try a CPK field knife. Most of my other boxes are checked at this point. That FK has me curious. :thumbsup:
  15. A.S.

    A.S. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    CRK Sebenza.
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  16. AlphaDog86


    Mar 30, 2015
    My top two must owns are; Lg. Sebenza 21 and PM2
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  17. coffeeandknives


    Mar 5, 2019
    OKC Rat (model 1 or 2) preferably in D2.
  18. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    I have "a few" modern folders & I like them, but Barlows & stockmans handled 95% of my cutting needs quite nicely for about 50 years before I bought my first modern folder. I'd classify both as "must haves."
  19. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Just one?
    OK, the PM2. Not the best in any one category,but close to the best in all categories. Arguably the best edc on the market.
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  20. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
    PM-2 or Para 3, both outstanding edc's.
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