Yes, I love my Laguiole knives and I am never without one of them in my pocket.Next we have my Laguiole pocket knife. I had it made in Laguiole, France in carbon steel and Briarwood burl. The handle is almost black due to 15 years of daily use, but it doesn’t matter at all to me as I love this knofe so much. I carry it all the time, every day. I call it my French army knife, as it’s been my experience that if you can’t fix it with a blade or a corkscrew, then the French are not interested! The blade is just a hair under 4” long so it’s legal to carry in a pocket in Canada (concealed), but big enough to be useful. One never knows when one will be accosted by a salami, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of wine!
View attachment 298972
I do also like my Case Kickstarter spring assist. Not nearly as eye pleasing on the aesthetics but the one hand easy opening is a nice to have.For such a long skinny handle that looks a bit clumsy, they fit the hand very well and are so comfortable to hold. It's nice they actually have a long enough blade to be useful too. Ever try to slice a loaf of bread with a Swiss Army knife?
Finally, something really “golden age”. My reproduction 1930s Shanghai Fighting Knife that I had made for me 10 years or so ago. These were the first predecessors of the famous Fairbairn-Sykes commando knives used in WWII and beyond. Only a few of them were made in the Shanghai Municipal Police armouries in the 1930s, all by hand, and all a little bit different from each other. Mine is hand forged carbon steel with an aluminum cross guard, just like the originals. The handle is black Gaboon Ebony and the pommel cap is solid brass. I made the shoulder sheath but never got around to punching the holes for the suspension rig, which I also never got around to making. I also made a small-of-the-back sheathe for it too, but have never actually carried it outside of the house. Carrying concealed blades over 4” in Canada is a criminal offence and I’ve never had a need for a concealed blade, so haven’t bothered. It lives under my pillow at night, and I sleep better for it.
View attachment 298973
View attachment 298974
View attachment 298975
View attachment 298976
View attachment 298977
Very nice collection and used, not just vitrine pieces.
Böker makes a nice WWI C75 trench knife replica.
Thanks KennyZ. I wanted a historical fighting knife that was understated and not enormous, but with some history behind it. If you’re interested in the Shanghai Fighting Knives, there’s a fascinating website devoted to their history here. Well worth checking out. http://www.gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/fs/shanghai/shanghaiknife.htmThis knife is massively cool, de Stokesay - it's a fine reproduction to the originals!
I do also like my Case Kickstarter spring assist. Not nearly as eye pleasing on the aesthetics but the one hand easy opening is a nice to have.
I stick to mountain bikes as they can be hung on a wall and I can get a few dozen in my garage....plus they are quieter but can't go as fast.....which is probably a good thing for me. My Case Kickstarter is a great little knife for EDC. Has a pocket clip, doesn't take up much room, good quality, easy access and the one hand opening comes in very handy....all for under $100I’ve never had a spring assist knife before, but I hear good things about them. Just because something has new technology is certainly no reason to reject it, but I have a very full house so I now tend to only buy things that I need, and that’s after very extensive research to determine just what is the best fit for my needs and wants. This way, I never have to buy another one! Sacrilege to many loungers, I know, but that’s the way I am. Same thing with leather jackets. I adore my custom Aero premium 1930’s half-belt, so I have no desire to have more.
On the other hand, motorcycles are a completely different story. You can never have enough bikes!