Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Victorinox Forester folding knife.




The Victorinox Forester folding knife.

I bought this a few years ago and have carried it with me ever since during work hours.

The knife features a large locking blade. There is also a saw, screw driver, can opener and awl. There is the usual tooth pick and tweezers within the handle too.

The knife is comfortable in the hand and has a good strong lock.

The blade of the knife, which is stainless steel, is quite thick and has the typical Swiss army knife bevel. It is straightforward to sharpen on a DC3 and can be quickly brought up to hair shaving sharp.

The saw is excellent and perfect for pruning jobs making traps whatever. It is also excellent for using with a fire steel being hardened steel and sharp backed. The trick is gripping it in a such a way as to avoid it closing on your fingers. I sometimes put some bark in my hand to protect it from the teeth.

The blade of the awl can also be used to strike a steel when not being used for making holes.

Over all a very useful high quality knife.

Just one issue which is the tip of the main blade which is virtually useless being so obtuse. It needs to be a bit pointier I think for finer work, the grind is also a bit iffy at the tip too. I am toying with the idea of grinding it into shape.
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