I am a fan of a good knife. Right now I am fixing to get a bowie knife manufactured by a company called SOG. It's a stainless (AUS-8 type), rather than the high-carbon types which some guys prefer, but I like my knives to last without having to worry about polishing and care. It's a beauty, and from what I can tell it seems like a high quality piece for a decent price. But I am a frugal bastard so I will save it as a birthday present to myself or for some special occasion which will give me a justifiable excuse to spend for it.
I've read some of the many posts regarding the great debate we have been having recently on gun control. Good points, for and against. But I think there was something missing to the argument, and that is the fact that knives are much more versatile and better to possess overall than guns. I mean, you can use it for many, many purposes, including camping and wilderness trekking, or for carving wood, or using it as a make-shift all-purpose tool, for self-defense, or just simply for cutting things. And they are convenient to carry on your person.
Obviously, guns are much more powerful for the very limited purpose for which they are used. But, dollar for dollar, and for variety of purposes, anyone else think that knives are better than guns overall? For hobby or collecting purposes anyway.
Yah, basic custom knifes start at about $150 for fixed blades. Folders at around $250... and depending on maker and material, quickly get into the thousands.
Cold Steel's cheap knives are fine. But I wouldn't collect them. I sure wouldn't pay for their non-cheap knives. If I'm spending over $150 on a knife, you can get better steel and better options just about else - even before getting into small/custom manufacturers.
There are a lot of fun old slip joint folders out there on the vintage/used market. Some real gems, old Barlows and the like - but the really nice ones are well known to collecting circles, and get spendy. And the cheap ones are usually cheap for a reason.
My brother and I use their tomahawks for throwing and camping, and they're pretty decent stuff. I've only met one person who owned one of their knives; one of those outrageous (and expensive) espada folders. Kind of an overcompensation item.
I came by a neat old Barlow knockoff at an antique shop a few years back, it holds a much better edge than my swiss army, and I use it as a fish scaler.
Have you thought about an ax?
It seems like such a better field tool then a Knife.
Depends on what you need to do (which is pretty much JB's point).
Google "Tactical Tomahawks".... Far superior to just carrying a knife. I know several SOCOM gents who always carry a tactical tomahawk for business....
I've hunted deer, bear (polar and grizzly), small game, wolves, and mountain lions with my knife. Well, I've gotta go; I have to get the stitches taken out of my stump (it's hard typing with one hand).
On the bright side, you can get a Merle Dixon knife prosethetic now.
Dang, thanks for the info.
You listed carving wood and convenient to carry on your person as advantages of a knife over a gun. Yet the knife you are talking about is a bowie knife. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. You can probably carve wood only slightly better with a bowie knife than you can with a .22 caliber gun. Neither are anywhere near optimal for carving wood. I know for a fact I can carry my XDm compact more conveniently and comfortably than I could carry a 12" knife.
You are taking general statements about knives that don't necessarily apply to bowie knives and applying them to bowie knives. Like others I carry a knife all the time and change knives depending on circumstances. A knife is a very useful tool but that doesn't mean every knife is an overall good tool to carry with you at all times.
Yes for the most part you are correct. I was making a general statement regarding knives and their versatility over guns. In terms of specifics, I would use or prefer to use a certain type of knife over other types for the specific occasion. Though the item I am interested in acquiring right now is a bowie knife.
Attempting to debone a fish I caught with my gun did not work out so well.
Cutting my steak I use a knife. Killing my steak I'd prefer a gun.