knife recommendations?

Mistake

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Having done my first full field shoot including unmarked, one of my kit difficencies is a suitable knife for getting arrows out of wood.

Obviously this isn't something I plan to do on a regular basis, but as the Tom Lehrar song goes "be prepared!"

After the wonderful run down of what i should be looking for in a new pair of pins (that work amazingly) I'm hoping for something similar to that when it comes to knives.

Thanks in advance
 


Berk

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I've seen people recommend a flat head screwdriver over a knife, they're a bit thicker and sturdier, and less chance of slipping and slicing a finger as you wiggle it about.

I don't carry anything myself at the moment*, but having used knives and screwdrivers on the target bosses and frames I tend to prefer the screwdriver.



I did carry a pen knife of which I used the bottle opener to get in besides the arrow and open the hole a bit, except I'm pretty sure my nearly two year old daughter pick-pocketed me and swapped my pen knife for her dummy.
 


Valkamai

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Flat head screwdriver or a narrow chisel over a knife any day. Ideal for those tricky flat shots. [emoji849]

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Timid Toad

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Yup, screwdriver every time. I've seen too many shafts damaged by knives.
 


ben tarrow

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Knives are just a bit macho, which is why our field archers all wear them, much to the annoyance of our club member who is a policeman.
Dodgy when they forget they've got the quiver on (complete with knife) and go shopping at ASDA after shooting
 


ben tarrow

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Knives are just a bit macho, which is why our field archers all wear them, much to the annoyance of our club member who is a policeman.
Dodgy when they forget they've got the quiver on (complete with knife) and go shopping at ASDA after shooting
 


Del the Cat

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1/4" chisel ground down to about an inch or so with a curved tip to dig under and lever, antler grip.
I saw a bloke with a huge Bowie knife that slipped as he was pushing in hard. His hand came up in a big arc and he nearly lobotomised himself... mind to be fair, one would have hardly been able to tell the difference ;)
Del
 


fbirder

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I've found one tool that is perfect for extracting arrows from wood - the Bahco SB-2449 Wrecking Knife - https://www.transtools.co.uk/hand-t...-heavy-duty-wrecking-knife-curved-blade-100mm

It's a cross between a chisel and a knife.

I use a rubber mallet to hammer it into the wood with the straight (not sharp) edge parallel to the arrow but about 2mm away. Then I do the same on the other side of the arrow. That leave the arrow with two thin strips of wood either side. Some side-to-side waggling is enough to break those thin strips and loosen the arrow.
 


Corax67

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I would support screwdriver over knife too (and I love knives) - i use a very lightly ground Homebase own brand wide blade jobbie for club days, has a textured high grip handle and cost less than a fiver.




Karl
 


geoffretired

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When someone has been lobotomised, with no apparent effects, if you look at their shoes, one will be holding on by its sock.
 


AndyW

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I'd have to go with both. Sometimes you need the knife to cutaway / whittle to the point where you can get the screwdriver to be of use. To save carrying a screwdriver round i went for the chisel knife as well.
 


Berk

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Is that a butterfly chisel? Wouldn't that fall foul of the same laws that prohibit butterfly knives?
 


vivilanco

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No worse than me carrying a 10cm long blade on my belt. Having spoken with a police detective friend (lucky me), she said that because it has a purpose (and is generally kept with associative gear - i.e. archery equipment) it's fine. Carrying it without evidential purpose is when it would be sketchy. Its similar to carrying a baseball / cricket bat without the ball it is perceived as a weapon.
 


Berk

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Fair enough, I was just wondering as butterfly knives are more heavily restricted than normal fixed blade / lock blade knives over 3" that you can carry for a good reason.
 


Kernowlad

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Leatherman Charge TTi - superb S30V steel main blade (the other models are much softer 420HC), a entire tool kit stuffed in the back (torx, hex, flathead and Phillips drivers which are all changeable), a darned good file and a decent set of pliers.

Pricey but rock solid guarantee (25 years) and they last forever.
 


fbirder

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Does it last forever when repeatedly hammered into the wooden frame of a boss?

I've just had a look at it. I wouldn't even try using it as a knife for getting arrows out of wood for two reasons:

1. The knife blade doesn't lock, so whacking it with a mallet it likely to make the blade fold - possibly sliging fingers.

2. It costs a ridiculous ?200.
 


Kernowlad

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Does it last forever when repeatedly hammered into the wooden frame of a boss?

I've just had a look at it. I wouldn't even try using it as a knife for getting arrows out of wood for two reasons:

1. The knife blade doesn't lock, so whacking it with a mallet it likely to make the blade fold - possibly sliging fingers.

2. It costs a ridiculous ?200.
1: Yes it does as do ALL the blades. And if it did break, Leatherman swaps them no questions asked. This is thick S30V steel - it's VERY hard and solid. I have prized many an arrow out with it. My old Leatherman Mini tool file snapped, sent it back for repair, back came a brand new Rebar costing ?70 compared to the mini tools ?25.

2. The price of the finest multi-tool ever made.
 


Marcus37

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I personally have a Swiss army in my quiver pocket, I have found that the flat head screw driver works well for digging arrows out, also all the other tools are handy to have from time to time.
 


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