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I grew up carrying traditional knives and though I now carry a Tac folder, (Benchmade Grip., Emerson Mini Com., or CRKT M1 usually) and a Leatherman Juice CS4, I feel like I should also carry a trad folder.  Currently I am carrying a Case Mid Folding Hunter in Gray Bone, which I love.  I switch it out with  other various Case and other brand trad folders as well.  I do it partly because I want to be able to take something out in public that won't scare people, nor make them think I am as much of a knife nut as I really am, but also because I just can't seem to break myself of the notion that a man ought to have a traditional pocket knife with a bone (or other natural material) handle on it.  Am I alone here or does anyone else feel the same way?

Tags: EDC, Folders, Traditional

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O-yea.  I like them both.  Good choices.

Lee Smith said:

I carry a case dark molasses bone back pocket in a sheath for the big jobs. Also a case red stag half whittler In my pocket for the small jobs. I like a traditional handle with a little flash. One of these days I'll get a matched set to carry.

I tend to carry 2 knives as my EDCs...both being traditional folders.

the larger one in my side draw sheath and the second is usually a small  folder that I keep in the watch pocket of my pants.

I love the bone or stag handles but they seem, sometimes, to fall when I put my eyes on those sweet yello handles that I have.

I am with you Steven.  I like the yellow handle knives for EDC.  I have a couple of Moore Maker knives coming with one large double bladed trapper in a belt sheath (waited for 5 months) and one medium trapper with a thumb stud and liner lock.  The liner lock trapper will have either white or red handles.  The large double bladed trapper has one locking blade.  I will put up some pics when I receive them.

Clint

You just reminded me of a similar incident.  When I was working in Lexington, Ky. in 1970, one of our interns borrowed my M1 carbine to take to a class of his at the University of Kentucky.  He was giving a talk on gun control and was demonstrating that the M1 was designed and a prototype built by a man in prison (Carbine Williams).  Times sure have changed.
 
Clint Thompson said:

Emory...

I know what you mean.  My family worked in the oil patch and farming.  Pocket knives were the must have tool.  When I was in Grade School I carried up to four pocket knives at one time.  LOL!  Yea no one cared.  I gave a speech in Jr. College in speech class on how to clean a Mod. 97 Win. pump shotgun.  LOL!  How times have changed.

Emory Alexander said:

I have a as well, (1st Gen.) which I still think is the best multi tool ever made, but it's too big to cary all the time, so I have been carying my Juice for a while now, and I can't praise it enough.  I can't think of a better SAK style knife as fare as quality, usefulness, etc...  My dad always caried a Buck slip joint untill the last few years of his life when I bought him a Kershaw lock back which was still very traditional, My Grandfather was a landscaper  who carried a barlow, so I guess it's in the blood!

Yes they have.

Charles Sample said:

Clint

You just reminded me of a similar incident.  When I was working in Lexington, Ky. in 1970, one of our interns borrowed my M1 carbine to take to a class of his at the University of Kentucky.  He was giving a talk on gun control and was demonstrating that the M1 was designed and a prototype built by a man in prison (Carbine Williams).  Times sure have changed.
 
Clint Thompson said:

Emory...

I know what you mean.  My family worked in the oil patch and farming.  Pocket knives were the must have tool.  When I was in Grade School I carried up to four pocket knives at one time.  LOL!  Yea no one cared.  I gave a speech in Jr. College in speech class on how to clean a Mod. 97 Win. pump shotgun.  LOL!  How times have changed.

Emory Alexander said:

I have a as well, (1st Gen.) which I still think is the best multi tool ever made, but it's too big to cary all the time, so I have been carying my Juice for a while now, and I can't praise it enough.  I can't think of a better SAK style knife as fare as quality, usefulness, etc...  My dad always caried a Buck slip joint untill the last few years of his life when I bought him a Kershaw lock back which was still very traditional, My Grandfather was a landscaper  who carried a barlow, so I guess it's in the blood!

I like to EDC a small lockback folder.  I generally don't have to do much heavy cutting.  My Case Mini Blackhorn handles my normal cutting tasks.

 

 

I bought this Case Caliber to carry during those times that the Blackhorn was lost.

I grew up on cheap traditional slip joints.  I ran the gauntlet through bigger lock backs and tac knives and came back to the slippie several years ago.

I like your back pocket knife there Lee.



Ray Ludlam said:

I like your back pocket knife there Lee.

Thank you very much

I carried Case pocket knives as a kid.  Stockman or something else but the stockman is the one that is in my mind more than any other.  RIght now I have a Case small stockman in my pocket that I've had for I don't know how long. Several years ago I started carrying "other" types. Started with Gerber, SOG and a couple others and settled mostly with Spyderco.  Here are a few favorites so you'll see what I I'm now used to as far as size, etc.

Sage4 with my black micarta scales. (CPM-S30V blade steel)

Chaparral 2 (CTX-XHP blade, titanium scales)  I love my wife but Ooohhhh, my knife. LOL  Whenever wife says I care more about a knife than I do her I immediately polish her face. hehe

Manbug  (kirinite desert-camo scales & Sage4 with matching scales that I put together)  This is a nice combo I think.

Recently I've had the desire to carry more traditional pocket knives.  Don't know why.  So, I carry the small stockman and have a Queen on order.  This is the beginning of a slow collection I plan on aquiring.  It will be slow though.  Has something to do with money. :)  I am very fond of locking knives so that may limit my EDC.  I got along without locks all my life though so it can't be THAT bad carrying slip joint knives. :)  Kidding. I know it's not bad at all.  I'm way behind most of you guys but hope to catch up a little bit pretty soon.  Already thinking about a Christmas list. lol

I usually carry either a traditional and a fixed blade, or a traditional and a modern folder.

Traditionals are the best knives to pull out in public. No one's ever run off screaming when I pull out my gunstock by queen. Plus, they're just so darn pretty.

Thanks for the reply Randy. I find myself reaching for a slip joint from time to time as well. I now carry a Spyderco Tenacious, and just recently added a Leatherman Style CS to my key chain, and a Leatherman Skeletool CX to the pocket.

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