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Erik Fritz

I'm waiting on an Erik Fritz Damascus Hunter in his neck knife size. That will be all the knife I need for game. I don't hammer, saw, pry, or do any of the other things a knife wasn't designed to do. His full size Hunter is a little larger than I like.

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I have too many

For all this stuff I say about knives and their intent, I've just come to the realization that I have too many damn knives that all do the same thing......... banghead

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Awwww come on, you can never

Awwww come on, you can never have too many knifes. Knifes are like rifles or handguns you never have to many. Now you might trade some around for others but that isn't too many.

I do have quite a knife collection but they are all working knifes. Every one that I have has seen duty either hunting or fishing and they all have had blood on them one time or another. There are a few of them that I used once and then sharpened and put away to be used at some future date.

This last hunting season for javelina in Arizona I dragged out a Old Timer folder that has seen a lot of better days. I won this knife back in the early 70's and used it on every thing from fish, rabbits, deer, elk, and even a moose one time. The blade isn't tight and the steel is tarnished some but it still holds a razor edge. It was too bad that I didn't find something to use it on. When I was done hunting I resharpened it even if it wasn't needed, oiled it and put it back into the knife vault to be used on some future hunt.

I also find knifes a lot like old friends. They bring back memories long forgotten, there was the time that I left a Gerber folder with a lot of brass on it sitting on a sagebrush that was visible from a road. When I got back to camp and realized that I had left it I headed back to where it was left. Now there had been a dozen vehicles down that road since I had left but as I rounded a corner and looked out into the sagebrush I saw that knife just shinning in the sunlight like a beacon telling me to come get it.

Then there was the knife that I found stuck in a tree above a pile of elk innards. You could tell that it had been there for 2 or 3 days so I pulled it out of the tree and placed it into my pack. The next year I shot a spike elk within 30 yards of where I had found that knife and I use it to butcher that spike. Then two years later I came upon a older hunter in the same area. We started to BS a little and he told me that he had hunted this area for a long time but had missed the last couple of years due to his failing health. He then mentioned a knife that he had stuck into a tree and was wondering if it was still there. I told him that I doubted it and then pulled it out of my pack with it in its new sheath. I handed it to him and you should of seen his eyes. He just stood there not believing what he was looking at, he had thought that that knife was gone forever. Come to find out it had been given to him by his son who lost his life in Viet Nam a couple of years before. We exchanged addresses and phone numbers but I never did hear from him until one day a young lady came up to my house. She told me that her grand father had passed away and that he wanted me to have the knife that I had returned to him. Now it was my turn to stand there and look in disbelief. Now here it is 40 years later and I still have that knife.

Did I say that you can't have too many knifes?

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Awesome Knife Story!

Critter - that is an awesome story of the "old man and the knife"!  A higher power must have been involved.  I have to agree that you can't have too many knives and each has a story or memory.  I, right now, only have 7 knives but always looking for another good one.  Funny - my favorite is a cheap Gerber.

 

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sometimes the best are basic

Retired2hunt wrote:

Critter - that is an awesome story of the "old man and the knife"!  A higher power must have been involved.  I have to agree that you can't have too many knives and each has a story or memory.  I, right now, only have 7 knives but always looking for another good one.  Funny - my favorite is a cheap Gerber.

 

I know what you mean.  I have quite a few knives ranging from cheap to moderate priced to more expensive than they should be.  Many I've had since I was a kid, many I bought as an adult.  Most have seen extensive use.  I have my few cherished favorites, but some of those favorites aren't alway the most practical knives.  In fact one knife (actually I own two of them) I've owned and used quite a bit and has impressed me very much is actually one of the most basic, least expensive, and least attractive knives I own.  It's the Gerber Magnum LST (fine edge version).  For it's price range, it's a no-frills very solid tough knife that is sized right, feels great in the hand, comfortable to use, and weights very little for being a full sized lockback. It's also one of the few Gerber knives still being made here in USA (Portland, OR).  Used to see them all the time in sporting goods stores.  I think I paid around $19 to $25 for each one about 7 to 10 years ago, though they don't seem to be as easily to find these days. I know Gerber still makes them.

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