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Yesterday, darkwolfie and I went up to Hampton Beach, NH, to do a very nice thing -- get some salt water taffy for his mom. And the fact that we had lunch, played a bit in an arcade, and did a little shopping was just a side note, just a detour in the way to the taffy.

We had clam strips (overpriced, but tasty) and french fries while sitting on a bench looking at the ocean. Even though it was really overcast and a bit chilly, there were still people playing on the beach -- not in the water, mind, because most of them aren't stupid, but on the beach. Kids were chasing the seagulls... it was nice. We looked at the houses on one of the cliffs at the north end of the beach and marveled at the courage it'd take to build out there, and how much it must cost to keep up a house out there. We agreed that the beach is a nice place to visit (at the end of the season), but we wouldn't want to live there.

After that, we bought the taffy, and walked back up the boardwalk to one of the arcades and played a few games, and we went to a store that darkwolfie likes, called "The Cow's Ass" -- they sell leather apparel and t-shirts and for the last year in their thirty years at Hampton Beach, knives. darkwolfie bought several of his swords there, but their landlord doesn't want them selling them anymore, so this is the last year.

One of the ones that I saw in the case was a Kershaw Ken Onion model, the Chive (silly name for a really nifty knife). And because my husband loves me and thinks my fascination with knives is kinda sexy, he bought it for me. It has the same sort of frame-lock mechanism that my Buck knife has, but it's even easier to open, because it has the "Index Open" feature, where I just have to pull back on a protuberance on the back of the knife and the blade flicks open. It's pretty quick, too, and lot easier than using the thumb stud. It also has a safety -- a little slider that blocks the blade opening at all, which makes it a lot safer to carry in a pocket. And best of all, it fits within the local ban on knives -- the blade is only 2" long. I can't carry my Buck knife around, and the Benchmade Gamer is right out, but I can carry this one perfectly legally. Doesn't hurt that I can open it one handed and palm it when open, either.

So I have a new toy, and I've been practicing opening and shutting it, and darkwolfie likes the fact that I have it. Other girls get flowers and candy. I get sharp, pointy objects. I win.

i feel: happy happy

3 trips or shoot the rapids
skorzy From: skorzy Date: August 30th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
I have one of the Kershaw "Ken Onion" speed-safe knives. I got the "Blur' half-serrated in black. What sold me was how aggressive the grip was. You could hold this knife in *any* weather or temperature condition. Wet fingers? No problem! The "speed-safe" mechanism is fantastic! Be sure you hold the knife firmly when you use it else it doesn't open fully, and that's caught me by surprise a couple times.

It doesn't have a safety thumb-stud lock, but then, it really doesn't seem to need it.

My only real complaint is that its made from 440C stainless, which is a softer, but "common" blade steel and I don't foresee the edge staying razor sharp with regular use. I don't use the Blur that much, since my Leather TiCharge is sufficient for day to day. The drop-point main blade on it is 154CM stainless, which is a fannnnnntastic knife steel! Still has a razor edge after a year's use!

Benchmade knives are my favorite though. I've got a 8 year old AFCK folder that's still in top shape, and their "Life-Sharp" service isn't just a gimmick!

Want something more combat/hunting happy? Take a peek at TOPS Knives. I've seen these first hand at a local gun show, and I think they're very well made and balanced.
ariadne1 From: ariadne1 Date: August 30th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hell yeah, you win. *enormous grin*
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: August 30th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
Your buck knife is much cooler than my buck knife. But I love my knife.
http://www.buckknives.com/catalog/detail/252/238 (It might be the longer one, but I think it's the short one- which is oddly more expensive.)
The one handed opening thing is the greatest thing.

I want salt water taffy. We have crappy grocery store saltwater taffy. It so is not the same thing.
3 trips or shoot the rapids