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My every day carry knives vary depending on what I’m doing. I always carry a Swiss Army Knife Classic. I also carry a Swiss Army Tinker.
Handle ergonomics are paramount to me. If I can’t hold and use the knife safely and comfortably, I don’t care about the blade steel or the rest of the design.
Handle material: You get your pick on the EDC – choose your favorite. Though my well-used Bravos all have beautiful wood handles (generally desert ironwood or curly maple), micarta is the best choice for a user knife. Micarta appears to be bulletproof. But the clincher is that micarta and wood get tacky and almost sticky when covered with blood, fish slime or the assorted goo associated with field dressing fish or game. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
Incidentally, I’m not concerned about the durability of the wood handles. They were good enough for the mountain men and frontiersmen, and I’ve never had a problem with one breaking. In the off chance something does happen to your Bark River knife, it’s covered by the Bark River warranty.
Every hunter probably has a different opinion on the best hunting knife. I personally prefer a four to five inch blade on a hunting knife. The skill of the user, not the tool, determines how effective the knife is.
Steel: I like CPM 154. It holds an edge and doesn’t appear to stain easily. The EDC was still incredibly sharp after doing some skinning and dis-jointing. A few quick passes on a plain leather strop restored the edge to scary, wicked sharp.
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