I’ve had a knife in my pocket since I was 11 and couldn’t imagine working in the shop without one. My problem is that the beautiful French knife my wife gave me in 1998 doesn’t have a locking blade.
After a couple close calls with the French knife, I decided to get a folding lockback for the shop. Of course, I wanted to buy a domestic knife, but I didn’t want any fancy steels or wacky scales made from dodo spleen. That’s not me. After much searching I purchased (at full retail) the Farm & Field Lockback sold by Hand-Eye Supply.
It is everything I like in a knife with nothing I dislike.
The blade is quite thin and made from plain old high-carbon steel. So it takes a wicked edge quickly and easily. You just have to wipe it with oil before closing it every time to prevent corrosion. When closed, the knife is 3-7/8” long with a 2-7/8”-long blade. The whole thing is slim, fits nicely in your hand and locks securely.
After two months with this knife, I know it’s a keeper.
Some might find the price of $95 steep, but they probably haven’t been shopping for quality knives lately. Farm & Field is made by Great Eastern Cutlery in Titusville, Pa., where you can find a full line of knives.
— Christopher Schwarz
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