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idbowman

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PostSubject: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:08 am

So I've taken a fancy to plugs lately and need to get a handy little knife to dedicate to the job. I guess I should point out that:

1. I'm not ordinarily a knife guy. Not necessarily looking for anything collectible or altogether special
2. As such, the knife would be dedicated to cutting plugs, twists, etc. It wouldn't see daily use, but would need be functional and reliable
3. While I'm not looking to spend a truck-load of cash here, I'd like to avoid going el cheap-o. As with most things regarding the tobacco-hobby, I'm inclined towards quality and reliability at a not-exorbitant price.


Having NO clue where to even start looking, I thought I'd toss this out there and see if anyone can point me in the right direction.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:29 am

Not for not, I recently picked up a Northwoods from KSF:

www.knivesshipfree.com/northwoods-knives/

It's a bone handled Hawthorne, and even though it's got a wharncliffe shaped blade (not great for plugs or flake), the quality is there, AFAICT.

I've come to the conclusion that a jack is a great plug knife, and easy on the pocket to carry.

And classy.

They are made by Great Eastern Cutlery, also nice knives, AFAICT. Queen and Case are others.

Not sure what your price range is though. $75 - $100 for a top quality US made knife is reasonable *to me*.

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:48 am

an opinel makes a good plug knife.  They are super cheap too. Make sure to get the carbon steel blade, not stainless.
opinel knives

I forgot to mention that they are RAZOR sharp and under $20 for most blades. I have the Opinel No. 8 and love it. A brother sent it to me in a bombing.
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DireWolf

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:52 am

I always forget about Opinels. Razor sharp think blades that last.

+1 on them for sure, though I like the classic, heavy feeling slip-joint.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:02 pm

No experience, to speak of--but I should think something like this would be more effective than a knife.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1860-HAND-FORGED-TOBACCO-CUTTER-GRINDER-GUILLOTINE-WOODSTAND-DECORATIVE-/331502165209

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:12 pm

RB, that's PERFECT!!!  It'll suit just fine for plugs, and can double as a torture device when the neighbor's children keep kicking that DAMN BALL INTO MY POOL.   cheers


Those Northwoods pipes sure are purty, but those Opinels for <$25? Now THAT'S something.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:21 pm

idbowman wrote:
RB, that's PERFECT!!!  It'll suit just fine for plugs, and can double as a torture device when the neighbor's children keep kicking that DAMN BALL INTO MY POOL.   cheers

Just smoke the plug upwind. That'll learn 'em.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:37 pm

The Opinel looks to be an excelent choice!! I had one for years and it held a edge forever and really there was nothing much it would NOT cut !! Lost it on a fishing trip about 10 years ago and just have not replaced it as My yellow Delrin handled Case twin blade pocket knife has handled everything since !! When I do smoke a plug, which is not often as they are just TOO MUCH hastle for me, I use my trusty Case and have no problems. really ANY large folding blade knife with a CARBON STEEL blade would probably work well. Carbon steel blades are easier to sharpen though they will eventually stain with use and not look as "pretty" as a SS blade but I buy a knife to USE not look at !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:51 pm

Morakniv. You are welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:18 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Morakniv.       You are welcome.

SecONded.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:14 am

Another vote for an Opinel. superb knives. I've had one since my early teens. Also check the range provided by Victorinox, a high quality folding pocket knife.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:13 am

What's your budget? (if you don't mind me asking)
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:53 am

I don't  have a "budget," necessarily.  I have no problem spending money for something of quality if it's going to get a lot of use.

In this case, though, this is something that would only be used for cutting plug tobacco - so it's probably a "use it regularly for a few weeks at a time, then it sits unused for a month or more until the plug bug bites me again" type of thing.  Nothing ornate or showy necessary - the only one to see it will be me (and potentially the friendly ghost that I'm pretty sure haunts my basement).  

So far, the Opinels and Moraknivs both look like they'd fit the bill and are much easier on the wallet than I expected.  Still, if you've got a pricier suggestion, I'm open to anything!



Edit: I don't think it does, but if the above reads as "No limits! I'm so loaded I can throw wads of cash at whatever I want!" it shouldn't. Disposable income is far from unlimited...it's just that I'm open to any and all suggestions before weighing the options and settling on a purchase.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:02 am

Fair enough...I have an opinel, and I've had other folders...

I don't really like folders. I like fixed blade knives. My everyday pocket knife is one of two knives, carried in my front pocket in a pocket sheath:

- Koster Knives Scout http://www.knivesshipfree.com/koster-knives/dan-koster-knives-scout-3v-red-g-10-pocono-sheath-brown/

- JK Knives Mini Appalachia from RGrizzle Leather (holster maker) http://www.rgrizzleleather.com/handmade-knives.html

I simply find that most folders are sturdy enough for my liking, not that I'm even doing all that much with them all the time. But my brother carries high end Benchmades and SOG's, etc. and I just don't like folders.

If all you want is something functional that you would leave in the basement, just grab an extra kitchen knife. lol!

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:47 am

KAD attack: Mini-Appalachia

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:03 am

Here's mine...

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:51 pm

If you win the lottery or find a Picasso in your attic, you could go on the high end with a Laguiole pipe tool. They run about 160.00 from the manufacturer. Of course, if it falls off the fantail of your yacht...

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:07 am

I just purchased from flea bay an antique McMillan tobacco cutter for $70 Aussie. After spending yesterday arvo cleaning and oiling it, I chopped an oz of Gaslight in about three minutes and another minute to rub it out.

I seem to get a much better result with the cutter than with a sharp blade, more thin ribbon than thick. I'm hoping for a better smoke from it as I've struggled through recent bowls of Gaslight being a bit heavy and monotone.

Cheers

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:17 am

You can pop this baby open, reverse the blade, and carry it in a coin pocket. Works perfectly for preparing a little JackKnife plug or Triple Play.

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:45 am

Chiming in for the McMillan tobacco slicer here after a trial bowl or three, it does a fine job of the task at hand. I'm getting far more flavour from my Gaslight than when I was slicing it with a knife.

Cheers,

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:37 pm

I'm with Dutch. If you just want something to cut plugs and ropes, get some sort of razor blade holding thing, box cutter, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:55 pm

P&C had a free knife for orders over 75 bucks a while back, so I got one. It's black, folds, sharper the an eagle's eye, and cuts plugs and ropes with ease.

20 bucks usually...

http://www.pipesandcigars.com/miscellaneous/79207/rockwell-188-knife-black/#p-130183

Guess they are out of stock today, but they come ad go....

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:13 pm

Somehow I missed this thread but if I needed another Plug  Knife I would have my friend Blackhorse make me another one just like the one he made for me a couple of years ago. Fine craftsmanship and strong durable materials. I think it looks mighty good too. The best thing about it is that it works and so far I haven't had to resharpen it. Smile

AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:26 pm

I use scissors.
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PostSubject: Re: Knife for plugs   Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:47 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
P&C had a free knife for orders over 75 bucks a while back, so I got one. It's black, folds, sharper the an eagle's eye, and cuts plugs and ropes with ease.

20 bucks usually...

http://www.pipesandcigars.com/miscellaneous/79207/rockwell-188-knife-black/#p-130183

Guess they are out of stock today, but they come ad go....



Got one of these on some deal way back when. Nice knife, but can't say I like the way one has to unlock it from the open position. No fingers will do and you have to use a screwdriver or some such to push in the locking mechanism.

Oh well, it was free!


Cheers,

RR
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