Been having the idea lately, related to having a couple Mora knives around, “just how much knife do I need?”
As in, I carry some pretty fancy traditional folders… but a blade is a blade. In the past I’ve carried a folding razor knife for years, and been pretty happy. Did find that I prefer a longer edge though than that, generally.
Larely I’m also like the idea of carrying a fixed blade, right now opening a folder in the cold/snow/gloves is being annoying.
But the low cost Mora is too big for easy carry. So I want a Mora, only smaller…
I thought I’d see what I could find fixed, small, low cost, just your general disposable who cares type knife.
First thought was a small steak or boning knife from Old Hickory. They’re great steel, a popular knife to modify for woods use.
Saw on a forum, a guy(in an amazing blast from the past, I knew this guy on another long dead forum about a decade ago!) using a Victorinox boning/butcher knife (sometimes called/sold as a “rabbit knife” ) as a small field knife. Small, low cost but Vics great steel. Nifty!
(Guys name is Spork, now on BCUSA, his pic, stolen by me.)
But it being a little bigger than what I’d like for a general use knife, I suddenly remembered some small Vic steak and paring knives we had when I was a kid. They were a great cutter, always wicked sharp, but small and light.
Turns out I’m not the first to think of them for out of the kitchen use. Someone had beat me too it in a way, they’re popular in some circles as cheap disposable self defense knives.
I find a knife(any knife) for self defense, quite honestly a stupid idea, but this helped because it shows these in nice sheaths! Kydex sheaths! More on that in a second..
For $5(inc. Shipping!) I can’t go wrong!
Amazingly a Victorinox paring knife costs less than an Old Hickory paring knife!
I can buy a kydex sheath for these things for from $20 to $35… For a $5 knife. I don’t think so Tim!
These are stolen from various places on the net… I’d give credit but can’t really remember where.( Kydex sheath for victorinox paring knife can be Googled, and should show where… that’s how I found them. )
I REALLY hate pressing kydex, but for $10 max in materials I already have, I’ll do it for this.
So, semi modular neck sheath will be seen here soon. Meant to do that in the shop last night but got side tracked.
And yeah honestly this won’t change what folders or anything else I carry or use… I like them, and that’s reason enough to use them.
But the thought concept/experiment of “all I need is sharp steel, not fancy steel” is fun to play around with every now and then. that’s how I got my first Mora years ago.
And I had previously been wanting a small light field fixed blade anyway, so I might be finding it. We shall see!
This really does seem great so far for a general utility blade, both EDC and woods.
3.25″ blade, 4″ish handle. Honestly still a little bigger than I had in mind. Seems they’ve changed in the last 20 years, little bigger than they used to be, maybe 10% or 15%?
With Spirit for scale;
Will see how it goes, I can always re-grind the blade, and trim the handle.
Blade is thiiiiiinnnnnnnn.
I thought it needed a fob.
Had this chunk of shimmery green acrylic pen blank in the shop, had previously made a bead from it, seemed fitting, so I made it one.
And no, none of it is zombie green…I HATE that fad! I just get tired of the cliche neon orange or red for outdoor visibility. Went with green for bright but Different. 😀