Trestle Pine Knives Update & Commentary

Earlier in the week I posted a brief comment that I really liked my Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage.  And a month or two ago Dave had posted a comment that we should list all the uses of the Screwdriver/Cap Lifter blade on the Grand Portage.  With all the ‘projects’ that I’ve had to work on this week, it was interesting how many times I pulled the GP out of my pocket to use that screwdriver blade.

For years, I got by with a standard folder with one or two blades and everything seemed to work fine.  For a couple of years I had either a SAK or one of the Leathermen at my side.  I kind of abandoned carrying a belt knife as I found that carrying too many things on your belt made me lean to one side.  Over time, I found I really missed not having at least a screwdriver in addition to a sharp edge readily available.

Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage
Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage

Yesterday, our washing machine died and while I didn’t get any photo’s, the screwdriver was at hand when I disconnected the power cord from the dryer to use on the new one.  (IF you didn’t know, you can’t replace a washing machine without a matching dryer.  Or so I’m told)

Popping the lid on a can of Poly
Popping the lid on a can of Poly
Adjusting my scope
Adjusting my scope
Tighenting pistol grip
Tightening pistol grip
Adjusting sights
Adjusting sights
Using the FireSteel
Using the FireSteel
A little help lifting the tab
A little help lifting the tab
Prying the lid off the pickled Jalapeno's
Prying the lid off the pickled Jalapeno’s for lunch
And finishing up the day!
And finishing up the day!

And in between the blade was used for all the standard cutting chores you’d expect.  Stripping wire, cutting dock lines, etc.  I honestly can’t imagine how anyone can function without a knife!!

Everytime I look at the choil on the blade, all I can see is a potential wire stripper.

Possible Wire Stripper???
Possible Wire Stripper???

It wouldn’t take much to take a small round file and open the choil up a bit and sharpen it enough to cut through the insulation on electrical wiring.  I have a bad habit of laying the wire on top of the blade edge and rolling it with my thumb to cut through the insulation.  It works fine but I usually end up slicing my thumb as well.  Just so many possibilities.  I’m thinking if the choil was sharpened, I could keep my thumb a little further from the blade edge.

There’s another run of the original Superior coming through around the first of the year and I thought about adding a screwdriver blade to it as well.  As successful as the first run was, I’m not convinced I want to mess with it, but I’m going to keep it in mind.

The Trestle Pine Knives were built with utility in mind and for me, it’s working.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Trestle Pine Knives Update & Commentary

  1. I use my Grand Portage many times every day. I love using all my knives but, much as I hate to admit it, my Grand Portage gets used the most by far and is the only knife I find I really need these days. It just has all the features I really like in a pocketknife.
    Maybe that’s why I have 3 of them………

  2. I am behind Dave with only two Grand Portages , that’s counting the iKC one , and I am well behind Greg in finding uses for the opener .
    I have only opened beer with it so far , it shows a great lack of imagination I’m sure .
    What I can imagine is it would take a while to make a wire stripper with a file Greg you would need a diamond one , that steel is hard . It’s good for whittling though I had an hour at a shaving brush holder from an old piece of alder burl today ! That wood is old and with such twisted grain it could be pretty hard on an edge , didn’t trouble that CPM154 much though , a quick strop and it was back to SHARP .
    I was opening tins of paint at work today and did think briefly of the screwdriver but I just couldn’t do it !!

  3. John, I didn’t want to outright admit it or make a suggestion to anyone, but I would actually use my Dremel tool with one of the ‘v’ shaped cutting/grinding wheels. I used a cutting blade to make the new nail nick in the Ben Hogan that I modified to an EZ open.

    And don’t let those paint cans bother you. I use the screwdriver blade and support the blade with my thumb so as not to put excessive pressure on the pivot pin and loosen things up. Remember, this is a tool.

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