looking for a good neck knife??
hey guys I'm looking for a neck knife i can carry all the time.
Ones I'm interested in are ESEE Izula, koster knives, and murray carters. Carter is a bit expensive for me but I'm sure there is more out there.
would like to stay under 250 and like it to be durable and comfortable to carry.
I have an Izula. It's a cool and tough little knife. I don't carry it much because I have a Spyderco folder that I fell in love with, but I love my Izula when I do carry it. I don't think you can go wrong with the Izula for the money. The Carter neckers are cool but too spendy for me, Id rather spend $400 on one of his kitchen knives.
Whatever you get, it shouldn't be over five and a half to six inches in length and no thicker than a half inch, in the sheath. Otherwise you'll probably have "printing" issues (unless you're a woman).
The Izula is on the edge as far as size is concerned. The Koster is a half inch longer than I recommend, but it may work, depending on your individual torso length. Carters are available in several blade lengths. If you are patient, you can get a "cosmetic second" for a good discount. Carter also offers the "gift" of a kitchen knife (probably a short SFGZ-RH funayuki) when you buy a neck knife, so you may want to factor that in.
If you don't mind making a Kydex sheath (or having one made) take a look at the Bark River PSK.
You can also keep your eyes open on BladeForums for neck knives. I got a nice one in O1 from Rick Lowe with a Kydex sheath for $60 not too long ago.
I would also ask the knifemakers on this forum about making one for you. Mike Davis, Pierre Rodrigue and Del Ealy come to mind.
+1. Neckers are not super demanding other than you want good steel. I have one from Del that's great other than it has some pure nickel in the damascus which pretty much sucks for cutting instruments. I also ground one from a blank Rottman sent me. I use it all the time.
Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger
Since the subject of neck knives was brought up. What are neck knives used for? Are they just a substitute for a folder EDC?
I got tired of having the bottoms of my pockets wear out from sharp corners, or from the edges of the pockets to fray from the clip, so I started wearing a neck knife over three years ago and haven't looked back.
Originally Posted by 99Limited
Oh, yeah, I use it for everything I used to use my folder for.
Comfortable to carry?
I have been through a few neck knives including some nice Carters and the like.
Most I have found to heavy/big to wear all day.
What works for me is Tom Krein Dogfish, midtech.
About a hundred bucks or so and the cleanest kydex (sheath) work around.
Small, light, and lays flat on your chest.
You can find them in S30V, cpm 154, and a few exotics.
Regardless, I'd stick to some sort of stainless for warmer temps and body salt...
thats a great idea i will definitely look into this.
Originally Posted by tk59
Canada's Sharpest Lefty
I have two coming from the talented Mike Davis. I keep checking my mailbox, hoping they have arrived. (it's a holiday here, and I still looked!)
I am interested in purchasing one of the above mentioned Tom Krein Dogfish neck knives in S30v but I can only find the cheap knock-offs made by CRKT. Any ideas on where one can purchase one of these?