Recommend me a knife
Mrs D’s little brothers 21st birthday coming up and she’s decided to buy him a knife. He’s already got quite a collection ranging from small to large so we’re consulting the STW mind as to what and where to get? We literally have no idea
Budget is £40 and no more
thanksPosted 4 years agoalmightydutchMember
Thanks to all, Mrs D took the recommendation of buying a blade and has seen a few she likes for him due to “the pattern on those Damascus ones is nice”
Thankfully her brother will admire the craftsmanship in making the steel itself.
Not chose a blade yet but at least we know what direction we’re going in and if one site is anything to go by we could be here for a while choosing
[img]http://www.english-handmade-knives.co.uk/acatalog/AESkinner-large.gif[/img]Posted 4 years agobradleyMember
Damascus knives are very pretty but overpriced IMO. I don’t know about hunting knives or the like but a ‘good’ Japanese carbon steel kitchen knife cost me £60. The equivalent Damascus handmade jobby was 3 times that. They are also hard to look after, need treating with a special oil to stop discolouring etc. I wish I could afford one though!Posted 4 years agoninfanMember
Proper damascus costs a small fortune, is incredibly tough and keeps its edge
there’s a lot of cheap shite indian and chinese ‘damascus’ blades around recently that isn’t tough and doesn’t hold its edge – often not being sold at cheap prices either
a proper case of caveat emptor, however anything in the £40 bracket is not going to be real work hardened damascusPosted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
£310, bargin! 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Those ae Damascus blades are apparently great when its dry but not too good for wet environments (I looked at them and spoke to the chap at English handmade knives before getting a stainless eklund blade) if you look after them with wax/oil then they will last. If it for a collection rather than everyday use it’ll be fine.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
I wouldn’t touch one of those ‘Damascus’ blades for making a usable knife. There are plenty of sources of quality blades made from good carbon steel that will make a really good knife that will last for years. As it happens, Bushcraft Magazine has a really good article this month on getting or making a good knife, written by a highly regarded knife maker. Making your own takes time, but it’s very satisfying when finished. I bought a hand-forged stick-tang blade a year or so ago, and made it up last summer, sitting out in the garden.
The other option is to get a good UK legal folder, like a Spiderco Squeak, which is a really neat, very handy little knife that can easily be carried in the ticket pocket of a pair of jeans.
Here’s my little home-made knife, blade from Nik Westermann, handle is stabilised Spalted Beech:
The nice thing about the Squeak is the way it’s been designed to stop the blade from closing up on your fingers in use, without actually having a lock function:
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