It’s that time of the year when I start whining. The days are too short. It’s colder then the hinges of hell. Right now it’s +1F and we’re looking at -21F overnite with miserable windchills. The battery on my wife’s Expedition died. Ice conditions suck for ice fishing. Get the picture????? When I get the mid winter blahs I tend to get dissatisfied with damned near everything including my current EDC choice. In fact, it’s been said I can get a bit cranky. Haven’t witnessed it personally, but…
About the only thing I can do at this point in the winter is look for some sort of diversion. Think of a whiny kid that doesn’t have anything to do. All you can do is figure out some sort of distraction. The only thing I can think of is either buying a new knife or changing my EDC rotation. Every year it gets harder to justify another EDC knife.
Since last fall I’ve been carrying one of the Artisan Traditions with an S35VN blade and Titanium handle. I’ve really fallen in love with the Artisan line for a hardcore line of work knives. It’s a bigger knife and is a winner for one handed operation. On the downside, in the winter, working outdoors that Titanium handle gets cold after a while. That’s in hand or in your pocket! So, what to do….
Like most of you, I’ve got boxes, bags and drawers with all kinds of ‘favorites’ that sometimes get neglected. Actually, it’s kind of fun to dig through them every now and then just to see what you’ve forgotten you had.
For whatever reason, it seems like we’ve been doing a little more socializing than usual this winter. Going out to supper once in a while (other then Burger King), going to Grand Openings, visiting family in the hospital, a funeral and so on. It just seems like sometimes maybe something a little more subtle than a 4″ flipper might be appropriate (so I’m told). The other option would be to skip the social gatherings, but not sure that’s an option (so I’m told).\
Well, as I’m digging around, I came across an old friend that I haven’t carried in a while. It’s a Fallkniven U2 with the laminated Gold Powdered Steel blade.
I’m a great fan of the drop point blade and when it’s hardened to 62 Rockwell, I love it even more! This blade performs fantastic and holds an incredible edge. The handle is a composite material that’s grippy (yeah, that’s a real word) and a whole lot warmer to hang onto then Titanium.
Fallkniven has been a favorite brand of mine for many years and I own several. There’s a big A1 that’s a workhorse and is always with me when we go camping. The U2 used to be a constant companion as well. Fallniven builds a tough knife and they use premium blade steels that can outperform most blades out there.
While the U2 isn’t a flipper and isn’t nearly as hefty as the Artisan, it seems like most of the winter cutting tasks can be handled with a little smaller knife. The U2 does have a really solid mid-point lock that gives me plenty of confidence the blade will stay open even if I get a little careless.
When I really appreciate the U2 is in the pocket. At just 1.4 oz you don’t even know it’s there. I really like the fact you can carry what I’ll call a mid-sized knife without losing the utility of a little larger knife. On the other hand, at 3 3/8″ it’s not really a small knife.
So for now, I’m a bit happier. I have a new tool in my pocket to admire, enjoy and share with others. I’m not sure how long the distraction from reality will last but for now……