As you are all aware, being in a state of perpetual awe of my drivel, the last time we talked about carbon steel knives advertised through BUDK company I told you I was going to acquire $100 in knives to start the process of moving from a collection of stainless steel to carbon, seeing as how the Chinese have made a mockery of stainless steel tools and all you get is the worst of both worlds- hard to keep an edge like stainless and prone to rust like carbon. There is still a place for stainless, such as in a high moisture environment or when there are long storage times, or simply for post-apocalypse trade and you want the cheapest you can find. I don’t mind having both but I’d prefer to not just have one. Now, I did advocate buying at BUDK, but mainly because you could not necessarily because you should. I ended up ordering through Amazon but only because I was in a hurry and had no time to go to BUDK and set up an account ( my last purchase from them was seven years ago or so-I’m sure I’m only on the catalog list since I spent so much money at Sportsman’s Guide- and that info and debit card info is all obsolete and my password long forgotten ). Churning out a blog is full of rushing about as if one had a life and was very important and busy.
I ended up spending $75 and I got a tomahawk, a Kukri and a Bowie, along with the nifty Smith brand key ring sharpener that has a carbide V for dull edges and a ceramic V for touch-ups and a rod for serrated edges. It was $23 for the Kukri, $20 each for the ax and bowie and around $8 for the sharpener with free shipping. Out of $75, I’m happy with $30 of my order. Not the greatest ratio. Granted, these were entry level carbon steel weapons. But I had expected a bit better none the less. The tomahawk was the brand Cold Steel, and the head is not well attached to the handle. I don’t know why I’d carry it around just to have it break the first use. It is nice and light weight, so as with a bowling ball of the same characteristics you can really get some velocity going with it. And the metal seemed well worked. But the attachment… The Bowie was made in Pakistan and the whole thing barely hangs on to the “acceptable” side of the scale. The fit seems all wrong, hand to grip. And the sheath is a befouled joke, likely to tear apart on the first snag ( the belt loop is weak and thin ). It will do in a pinch, barely. The Kukri was another story. It was rough, but very well made and balanced. The two itty bitty knives that come with are worthless, as they look like the retarded leper of an apprentice to the knife maker with digits falling off tried to craft something with no semblance to a cutting tool. Made in India, and the only one I’d recommend ( besides the sharpener ). Ironically, sold by BUDK through Amazon. My next payday mail order ( the last on was eyeglasses for my daughter ) is going to be a Corona grain mill ( I know I have two or three crap Chinese ones but I’m not sure if I have one or two Corona’s. Best to get another one or three just to make sure ), another Kukri and two more sharpeners.
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