As you may remember, a little over a month ago, around March 20th, I posted about losing a knife.
Well, about 1.5 weeks ago, I got a text with a picture from a friend I had visited and helped the day I lost it.
Yup! Found, amazingly intact, in his driveway, close to where I’d parked!
Took a week til last Sunday, for me to get to meet up with him and get it.
As I said, it is amazingly intact, and unhurt, for having laid in a snowy, gravely driveway for over a month!
But it isn’t unhurt either. A fair amount of rust has been acquired, although a lot of it surface rust.
The main clip blade was unopenable without repeated efforts, and some mud removal. Amazingly the secondary spear blade was stiff, but came open easilly. And is astoundingly unmarked except one small spot.
I’ll be doing a good and thorough cleaning soon, and put it back into rotation.
All will be easy enough to clean off, except the thicker corrosion on the inner side of the springs. It looks to be a loose easily removed surface rust, a flaky scale. But its location and thin limited access will make it difficult.
A challenge posted on a forum recently; If you were forcibly reduced, for whatever reason, to only having three of your folding knives, what would they be. And why.
These are mine. I picked based on the ones I’d want as my only three, but also to par that down, based on the ones I’d want if limited to just one knife. Made it easier to choose. Not easy at all, but easier. 😉
The peanut, my old and dear friend for 11 years now, and at times(some of them months, or years at a time) my only knife. The little knife that can, and does, do anything, always cutting above and beyond what you’d expect from knives twice it’s size.
The stockman, my favorite of the ones I have now, and a stockman has become my most carried and used pattern. This is a nice size, and would be well suited to be my only knife, if ever reduced to just one.
Both being my favorite traditional brand, Case, in my favorite production steel, TrueSharp(a 420 varient); it just plain works, and is easy to work with.
And last but not least, and this was a hard choice, my Kobalt folding razor knife. I wanted to call this one of my work tools, and not my EDC, to allow another favorite in the 3.
But to be honest, it’s been carried and used a LOT when I have gone months without work.. And it deserves it’s place in the 3 otherwise. This sucker has taken anything I could throw at it, professionally and personally for 7 years now. It’s bomb proof, and I dare say construction proof, even Alaska proof!
Well, if anyone sees this fella in the wild, corral him if he pleases… I managed to misplace him while out and about this last weekend. 😦
Hoping, if I can’t find him, and I doubt I could, –it happened somewhere in 3 days afield in a variety of places, I doubt he’s anywhere close to home– but I hope someone finds him, and even if i couldn’t, they could take possession, instead of his rusting away somewhere. 🙂
Now, what’s amazing, is I usually lose something on days where I’m on my back working… Under trucks, crawl spaces, etc. They slide from pockets then.
The day I’m sure I miss placed it(3.17.18), I was busy and working at church, but never that I can think of, in any place or position that I could have slipped anything out of a pocket.
Dont remember using it at all, where I could have left it laying either. Strange!
Checked one buddies pickup seats whom I’d rode with, and asked him to check his couch where I was a few minutes… Checked my truck. Nope.
Wouldn’t be so bad if I just knew where or how I lost it, even if I couldn’t get it back… It’s the unknown how, where, and why that’s the worst of it!
All the EDC/pocket dump pics I took in January of 2018. 🙂
Post idea came from one on Blade forums recently. Interesting thoyght, I’ve never tried tracking what I carried or used the most in a whole year.
Went back through pocket dumps, and knife pic posts from the last year.
Thankfully I didn’t do a LOT of individual posts this year, and already had them in monthly posts! Took long enough as it was! 😉
Counted these the most. No I don’t have actual numbers… I’m not that dedicated. 🙂
Also have no idea what most Used knife is, since carry and use different from day to day, week to week, job to job, etc.
The Case red bone 6344 large stockman, and the Case Carhartt Peanut are Honerable mentions; The peanut the most carried of the three I have, and carried by itself quite a lot. The stockman while not in a lot of the photos, is the knife I remember the 2nd most from this year!
Next up, these two tie for 3rd place, the vintage Schrade stockman being carried a lot early and mid in the year, the Case medium stockman mid and late.
Now, onto 2nd and 1st places.
These two were also close in their appearances, 2nd going to the blue bone Case Modified Muskrat.
But without a doubt, my most carried knife for 2017 was this Case black delrin small jack knife, that I got in a giveaway on Bladeforums in the spring.
I do remember carrying and using this one a LOT too. It’s definitely become a favorite.
For 2018, I’m going to try for a more accurate/official record of carry, see if we can have actual numbers of days at the end of the year. (IF I can find an easy way to track it!)