Well dear readers I’m going to moan again. It’s a sharp n pointy type of moan, You see I have a passion for bladed tools, it started many years ago, when I was 6 You see I was lucky enough to have a pony for my birthday, she was an ex riding school pony called Pippa, she was 12′ 2″ and a native new forest breed, in bay, to the none horse readers that’s a dark brown pony that stands at 4 foot 6 inches to the shoulder, and being ex riding school new more tricks than a magicians assistanat.
So, from a young age it was my pony my responsibility to care and look after her, no matter what the weather or how I felt. From burning sunshine to sub zero winters. I walked to the fields did water, hay and straw and made sure she was ok, we bought a large garden shed, for her, and she took the door off its hinges, and kicked the siding away to, being a new forest she was born in the wild of Hampshire and didn’t worry about such things as driving rain or blizzards.
Shame she didn’t tell us that before spending out on a shed!
So knives, as you can see from a young age I learnt to use a knife for opening up bales of hay and straw, Dad had lent me an old pocket knife of his, now my knife and my responsibility, so it used to live on the wall of the old garage building we stored our stuff in. If I wanted it sharper Dad would edge it for me.
Being a country kid, I found other uses for a knife, whittling sticks and making bows and arrows. And I found baler cord made a good bow string too.
So, as time went on, I got bigger and so did the knives, at 16 I started my training as a City and Guilds chef, knives are now from 3 inches to 18 inches long and I now have to keep them sharp myself. So, I learnt how to sharpen them, and even walked from my lodgings to college everyday carrying a tool box of knives.
Never stabbed anybody, never threatened anybody, hell I doubt anybody even took any notice of me.
So, you see I had 10 knives on me and they were only used for cooking with, dare anyone to upset our lecturers by misusing a knife, I did 2 years in college, and not once did my knives attack anybody. So why is knife crime so apparent now, well it’s a manhood thing among young men , mainly in inner cities, and surrounding suburbs, many are in “a gang” or its more of an oversized meeting of mates, a gang is a bit more structured, you see many fear for their lives and so carry a knife, then somebody they know gets stabbed of sliced and so they feel the need to get a bigger knife and so on and so forth.
I recently saw a video on YouTube, a chap was interviewing a youth, about knife crime, and when asked if he carries anything the youth then pulled out a butcher’s knife from inside his trousers. So, he is carrying with intent, yet I get told off for having a Leatherman tool in a belt pouch, clipped closed on my belt. Yet this lad can walk around with a butcher’s knife in his pants, hope he don’t slip. I was brought up, a knife is a tool, like a screwdriver or a chisel or even a spanner. You see all knives have a use I was recently allowed to borrow some knives from our good friends at Pull the Trigger, and boy what a vast selection they have in stock, from purely beautiful Scandinavian knives, to tactical things straight out of the Terminator movies, and so much more.
Some of these are my own knives, I have a nice selection of knives and like to use them all over the course of time.
From my big camp knives down to my pocket knife, every one has its uses and limitation’s. I can’t butcher a deer with a pocket knife as the blade will fold closed, but a cant carve wood with a machete. I keep seeing more younger shooters on Facebook, using huge knives, for jobs a smaller knife would be best suited, but sadly they can’t be told or just won’t listen. My main knife that I always take when rabbit hunting is an Opinel No, 6 and this is one of the models with the vibro lock ring on it, so as you open or close the knife, you can twist the collar to stop the blade closing on your fingers.
I stopped counting how many rabbits I have shot when I hit a 1000, and that was many years ago now, yes those were the days wall to wall, no sorry hedge to hedge rabbits, I could walk around in shorts and a T-shirt with the trusty S200 air rifle and fill the bag.
And my old No6 was with me always, it’s had 3 new tips ground in and several sanding’s to clean the wood up, and its still going strong, its even been known to butcher deer, pigeon, pheasant, partridge and duck.
So, as the old saying goes it’s not the size its what you can do with it.
So, in the photos you will see some very nice knives, nearly all of them are the same size or there about, but it’s the look I have gone for from traditional wood to tactical and tactile.
Its down to personal preference but, as the general public only see, normal in wood and anything else as tactical and unnecessary it’s a no brainer which is best to take out in the fields with us. The tactical knife in the photo below, has some great features, including a glass breaker in the handle and belt cutter as standard, but it also has a locking blade so and this is where it becomes illegal street carry. Yet as a countryman I always have a knife on me, normally me small Opinel No5 which used to be No4 but is now small than the old No5, if that makes sense. Not much bigger than a camera SD card, but so, so useful, day in day out.
It comes down to the job in hand, I also see folks using Stanley knives to gut with, the trouble is the Police hate these more than an 8-inch Bowie knife, as more crime is committed with them than anything else.
And here lies problem 2 having a knife without reasonable cause, now a carpenter or workman Monday -Saturday 9-5 has a cause to carry a Stanley knife, most guys have a tradesman’s tool belt with a compartment for the knife. But as a hunter the police may not see it as such. The law states and knife as per these rules: UK knife law allows you to carry non-locking pocket knives with a blade length up to 3 inches (7.62 cm) without any need for a valid reason. You are allowed to carry a knife which exceeds these guidelines in public, but please remember: you then do need a good reason to carry it.
So technically we as hunters can already be breaking the laws, as we can carry it, but driving to and from our shoots is not a valid reason, popping shopping with the wife is not, nor down the pub after or before hunting.
My knife normally gets packed into the top of my game bag or in with my rifle.
At least this way I know where it is and if stopped its safe and secure.
The trouble is being a country boy, I always have had a knife on me since I was deemed safe enough to carry one. Which in my case was when I was 7 or 8 years old.
As I have said all knives and all tools have a job, it is picking the correct one to now be within the eyes of the law, just a quick one, the law is being changed slightly to make it harder for minors under the age of 18, to buy via mail order, knives will longer be allowed to be shipped to domestic address.
So, you can wave bye bye to that katana you wanted for the killing spree at Burger king. You will just have to use your Mums crap cooking knives she got from Wilko’s 10 years ago instead.
Remember to stay within your local laws, and a knife is seen by most police as a very real threat, and they answer with tasers..