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#177456 - 07/24/09 02:23 AM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Todd W]
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Originally Posted By: Todd W
One handed trekker came... saddened that the blade is only sharpened on one side (Forget the technical name)...
Right-handed? This from a lefty who despises scalloped blades.
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#177468 - 07/24/09 07:19 AM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Paul810]
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Originally Posted By: Paul810
Originally Posted By: Todd W
One handed trekker came... saddened that the blade is only sharpened on one side (Forget the technical name)...


That's not too hard to take care of. wink


All my other SAK have been both sides... is this something new? Or only on their larger blades?
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#177476 - 07/24/09 10:32 AM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Schwert]
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Originally Posted By: Schwert
Oh yeah I find the SAK saw to be hugely useful. Not for firebuilding or that sort of crude work though where just snapping the wood is the method.

I regularily cut wood for craft projects with it (like for spoons). Nothing worse than trying to carve something out of a splintered hulk of wood that the SAK saw would have gathered in moments cleanly.

I prefer a garden saw with larger blade for most gathering work but have used my SAK untold numbers of times when I did not have a larger garden saw.

I have never encountered a better tiny saw.



Bahco laplander, SAK trekker and a Zippo.

if I can't build a shelter and start a fire with that lot, I deserve to be Darwined.
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#177550 - 07/24/09 08:30 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Todd W]
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Originally Posted By: Todd W
Originally Posted By: Paul810
Originally Posted By: Todd W
One handed trekker came... saddened that the blade is only sharpened on one side (Forget the technical name)...


That's not too hard to take care of. wink


All my other SAK have been both sides... is this something new? Or only on their larger blades?


I believe it's because of the serrations, which are typically only done on one side of most knives. My guess is the same grinder that cuts the serations also cuts the plain edge, so it's easier and faster to just do everything on one side. Especially since that blade style has become the new official swiss army knife (which means they'll have to crank them out by the truck load).

Personally, I just take the serrations off and convex the edge. That's why I like the models that also come with a seperate serrated blade, I'm not really a fan of combo edges.

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#177552 - 07/24/09 09:16 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Paul810]
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I really like that the serration is at the front than the back... much more useful that way IMHO.

I see what you mean about the blade and that makes sense.
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#177592 - 07/25/09 01:06 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Todd W]
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This subject is always an interesting one and bears on a discussion I had at Outdoor Retailer this week. Let me pose a question:

Assuming you had a SAK which had a knife blade and a saw and you wanted only one other full size tool (in an effort to keep bulk down), would you prefer a file (with metal saw edge) or scissors?
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#177593 - 07/25/09 01:28 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Definately scissors, Doug. They come in more handy and are used more frequently, for precise cutting work for example.
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#177595 - 07/25/09 01:32 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: SARbound]
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Funny, I would rather have the file. I use the file extensively with my Doan block for shavings. Anything I need scissors for I can usually do with a knife.
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#177597 - 07/25/09 01:51 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: Desperado]
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First post, however I've lurked and learned here for years. To answer Doug's question.... scissors. But my dislike of all the SAK that I've seen is the liner lock. I'm a female and do activities around horses, trail riding etc. and if I had to use a knife in an emergency situation I wouldn't want to be fiddling around trying to close the liner mechinism, with gloves on and maybe holding onto a horse. I actually have the trekker version and keep it in my SUV and don't carry it for that reason. I've really never figured a way aroung carrying both a good lockback and a leatherman.

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#177600 - 07/25/09 02:20 PM Re: Best Swiss Army Knife for... [Re: rebwa]
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Three things -

First off, welcome newguy!!! Good to have you here. Have fun and join in often.

Second: I would tend to agree with Desperado, I believe at this point I would take the file.

Third: BTW Doug, thanks for throwing a wrench in the monkeyworks. crazy
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