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September 15th, 2008

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02:31 pm
I'm rather enjoying my life at the moment. It's busy as freakin' hell right now, but it's nearly all in a good way. That's all I'm saying about that in a public post.

[random knife-geekery]
So I appear to have lost my beloved Spyderco Solo pocketknife. This makes me incredibly sad.
It was my second one, they were only made for a very short time in the 90's. I lost my previous one in a movie theater where it must've slid out of my pocket in the chair. I went back to look and it was gone. That one had stainless end caps on the handle with an ebony inlay, and a plain blade. My second one which I appear to have just lost last week was stainless all the way along the handle with a half-serrated blade.
There's one on ebay right now, but it's got a textured plastic handle and is just not the same. I loved the solos for how sleek and perfectly shaped they were, and the fugly textured plastic scales just throw the whole thing off. I'll have to keep an eye on the 'bay and see if one pops up with proper scales.

I've been toying with the idea of getting a Leatherman Skeletool, but it's a little large to be a daily carry methinks. In a bag, sure. In my pocket, probably not. I haven't actually handled one yet, so I may change my mind if I can find one in a local store to check out. There was one at EMS the other day but it was blister-packed.

I think I'll get a Gerber Artifact to tide me over, and because it'd be a nice little tool to have easily accessible when I do find a better daily carry knife down the road. Plus it's only $10.
[/random knife-geekery]
Current Location: work
mood: sadsad

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Date:September 15th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Knives are good! I'm still carrying around the cheapo Maxam I won at a raffle at a goth night in Seattle?! I really need to get something better, though this thing has seen me through 15 countries and 10 states in the past 12 months...
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Date:September 15th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I've never been a big knife fan. I don't think I have the hand eye coordination to use one well. I do however need more reasons to punch people. :-)
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Date:September 15th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I totally heart Gerber knives. I know Spyderco knives look cooler and funkier, but man I can drop a Gerber down a flight of concrete stairs, pick it up and go on as if nothing had happened. I'm on my second iteration of this Gerber, having lost the previous one when it (this should sound familiar) slipped out of my pocket when I got into a car at Davis T stop in the rain some few years ago. So I feel your pain.
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Date:September 15th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
actually for the most part I dislike spyderco knives, I think they're kinda fugly with the giant holes and gratuitous serrations.
The Solo though was a very class act, and actually made by a company in Japan and sold through Spyderco here in the US. ^_^

I keep hearing excellent things about Gerbers for daily carries, I'm going to have to see if I can find one that speaks to me.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I've kept buying Spyderco because so many knives are designed without a left-handed option. (Gerber and Buck are particularly bad for this.) You can still get straight-blade Delicas if you hunt around a bit.

I love the Artifact though! Not much use for everyday cutting, but awesome for fast art or stuff where you need a scalpel-sharp blade.

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Date:September 15th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
The amazon reviews of the skeletool are somewhat perturbing.

I have a Benchmade Osborne 940 which I used to carry when I was doing theatre tech and cannot in good conscience justify now, since I now use knives that live in racks and not in pockets.

Free to a good home if you'd like it, and you'd be welcome to take it on trial for a few weeks. It's straight edged, and has the black anti-rust coat on the blade.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm... flabbergasted at the offer, thanks! Benchmades are some nice blades!
That said, my solo actually turned up today (thanks prosicated!) so I'm happy again with it sitting heavily in the bottom of my pocket.

re skeletool: looks like some new reviews are up since last I checked a few months ago, yeesh. All the earlier reviews were mostly positive, with points dinged for the easy-to-lose-ness of the driver bits, but at that point no one had nearly lost a finger trying to open the pliers.
I still think it may be an excellent tool, but I guess if it's not going to be a daily carry you may as well get a better quality Gerber multi since the only benefit of small and light would be pocketing it.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Friends reunited =)

Benchmades are really nice, which is precisely why I'm sad this one's sitting on my shelf instead of living in a pocket.

Incidentally, I'm a big fan of the Gerber Scout as a general purpose multi, but if you need a multi you can beat on, Victorinox seems the best choice. My farmer friend broke three leathermans, but his Victorinox has lasted him 18 months and counting so far.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen the Artifact. hmmm, takes a #11 blade, eh? hmmm... I wonder if Roache's carries them. They have a really nice knife selection.

I've recently decided that my original leatherman (I think the model is eponymous, because I don't think they had any other models then) should live in the scrotum on my bike. But if it does, then I need a *new* leatherman to carry. Oh NOES! Or I can carry the original one and get a different one for the bike. oooh... options....
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Date:September 16th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Ooo... I'll have to swing by Roaches one of these days and see what they've got, thanks for the heads up!

Also: bike scrotum. *snerk*
So wrong, but so descriptive! I need a scrotum for my bike.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
I have a Kershaw Leek that I quite like. It's comfy and the metal-handled ones are nice. The assisted opening is also convenient, and it locks open AND closed.

I had a Gerber Diesel multitool for a while. not something to carry all the time because it's rather huge, but I dig their quality. It seemed like the right thing to take camping though. Too bad I lost it when I moved. Oh well, it's GOTTA be at my parents' house or in a box in my apartment.

The thing I don't like about Leatherman tools is the way they fold open to use the pliers...it's convenient, but then the surface of the handle is really uncomfortable in the hand if you have to grip something really hard. Which is normally the case if you need pliers.
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Date:September 16th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I agree, they fixed that with the design of the skeletool. ^_^
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Date:September 16th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Really? I thought it looked the same.

Further research is needed.

I just got an Outside magazine buyer's guide with a Skeletool on the cover.
I'm rather enjoying my life at the moment. It's busy as freakin' hell… - another LJ. or: how i learned to stop worrying and love this life-thingy

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