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Old 16-09-2015, 02:38 PM   #8086
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Chopping/camp clearing knives do not make good kitchen knives (that includes camp cooking) - too heavy, too thick. If you forsee a need to bring a chopping/clearing blade, then bring another light, thin cooking knife (like those $10 victorinox parers or simple kitchen blade you can buy from Daiso/budget shops etc). Especially if there's a big group cooking - you want to bring a couple of those $2 knives

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Old 16-09-2015, 02:46 PM   #8087
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On this topic, can I ask for recommendations?

I have similar utility requirement.
I am going to visit a hilly village side in China. I want a fixed knife that I can abuse (cut up small branches/light vegetation, use for field cooking etc.

Some mentioned Morakniv, GSO, Sanrenmu etc.
At a price point of less than S$100 incl shipping, is there any good ones?

When traveling with knifes abroad, do I checked them in and that's it or there are some custom requirements that I need to comply?
small branches - you can break them, no knife required. big branches, you'll smash/break them or borrow some villager's chopper - see if you can buy one off them.

mora or victorinox paring knife is really good for these trips. They're inexpensive and thin bladed. brightly coloured, nobody would think you're criminal, if stopped by customs. Get the stainless mora rather than carbon, it's just easier maintenance.

you can get 2 moras and some extra to buy a victorinox paring knife or a cheap fruit peeler from the pasar malam. A fruit peeler is really useful, especially the one that can julienne fruits or veggies (you can julienne potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, etc etc for your camp dinners). all are lightweight too. The reason I say 2 moras is that you can always gift one away - they make great gifts to local hosts/guides.

have fun on your trip.

ps: I would leave the choppers behind on such trips.
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Old 16-09-2015, 02:52 PM   #8088
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Hi,

super newbie to the edc world here, i've recently purchased my first spyderco edc folder and a sog pocket knife sharpener, i would like to diy a little leather strop to stick it on the sharpener (as seen on youtube) but i have no clue whereabouts in sg that sells raw leather pieces and polishing compound. could any expert here recommend places to buy? which leather material to use? as well as what type of compound is best for general up keeping??

Thank you very much.
depends on budget.

polishing compound - $2 at Daiso. Or better ones at the hardware shop at Aljunied/jalan besar - white, green compound. Or at razoredge. Or from aliexpress - diamond compound.

strop - your old belt (get to the inside - so split the belt). small pieces for sale at razoredge - I think it's $10 (nice size). They sometimes sell the leather strops mounted on tembusu wood for a bit more - $20?

you can glue the leather to $2 daiso wood pieces as well (buy one, saw in half and use wood glue). $10 for leather + $2 wood glue + $2 wood + $2 stropping compound.

I'm not good at DIY - I just buy the leather strop from razoredge - $10 . I don't glue it on anything, I just place in on the countertop. I still have my lee valley green CrO2 compound from 15 years ago too
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Old 16-09-2015, 04:38 PM   #8089
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depends on budget.

polishing compound - $2 at Daiso. Or better ones at the hardware shop at Aljunied/jalan besar - white, green compound. Or at razoredge. Or from aliexpress - diamond compound.

strop - your old belt (get to the inside - so split the belt). small pieces for sale at razoredge - I think it's $10 (nice size). They sometimes sell the leather strops mounted on tembusu wood for a bit more - $20?

you can glue the leather to $2 daiso wood pieces as well (buy one, saw in half and use wood glue). $10 for leather + $2 wood glue + $2 wood + $2 stropping compound.

I'm not good at DIY - I just buy the leather strop from razoredge - $10 . I don't glue it on anything, I just place in on the countertop. I still have my lee valley green CrO2 compound from 15 years ago too
Thank you vespaguy!

i've checked out razoredgesystems webby but did not see any leather strops neither are they selling leather pieces. Am i at the correct website? Nice suggestion on the belt idea thanks!

As for the white, green compound, can i say all hardware stores or blacksmiths will have besides aljunied/jln besar?

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Old 16-09-2015, 05:50 PM   #8090
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Hi,

super newbie to the edc world here, i've recently purchased my first spyderco edc folder and a sog pocket knife sharpener, i would like to diy a little leather strop to stick it on the sharpener (as seen on youtube) but i have no clue whereabouts in sg that sells raw leather pieces and polishing compound. could any expert here recommend places to buy? which leather material to use? as well as what type of compound is best for general up keeping??

Thank you very much.
You can search ebay or aliexpress for strops and sharpening compounds. For example:http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?...for+sharpening
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Old 16-09-2015, 06:30 PM   #8091
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You can search ebay or aliexpress for strops and sharpening compounds.
Thank you viking for the link!

good day!
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Old 16-09-2015, 10:26 PM   #8092
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Thank you both.
I am definitely looking for a working knife. Likely 5", full tang, straight edge and with a pommel.
I would agree with vespa brother on this.

The working knife you are looking for is a survival knife. Good for camping trips because of the weight u save on ur backpack.

But as vespa said, you would be better off buying a inexpensive one in china.

Those really good survival knives like the GSO 5.1 are God tier for emergency planners/ hobby like me. because u know they will hold out when u need them to last.

But i wouldnt bring my "dragon blade" overseas because scared losing them. I waitied 1 year for my GSO 5.1...
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Old 17-09-2015, 09:51 AM   #8093
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Thank you vespaguy!

i've checked out razoredgesystems webby but did not see any leather strops neither are they selling leather pieces. Am i at the correct website? Nice suggestion on the belt idea thanks!

As for the white, green compound, can i say all hardware stores or blacksmiths will have besides aljunied/jln besar?

yes, Viking has provided the online solution - much easier and cheaper, but you gotta wait like (sometimes) 30 days for stuff to arrive from China.

razorsharp, not razoredge - my bad. It's a local cutlery/cookware shop:

http://www.razorsharp.com.sg/

Lots of good deals there. Tell them Vespaguy from the 'internet forums' sent you
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Old 17-09-2015, 10:59 AM   #8094
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Folders For Sale

Pre F1 Fund raiser sales.. OK actually more like I need to save up for retirement plans

ZT 0801, Elmax --$210
Reate Horizon C, S35VN --$280
Fantoni C.U.T. (Sinkevich Design), S30 --$300
All in $SGD

Full details on each knife has been listed out here

Can use any my contacts listed in above link or pm here. Thanks



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Old 17-09-2015, 11:23 AM   #8095
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yes, Viking has provided the online solution - much easier and cheaper, but you gotta wait like (sometimes) 30 days for stuff to arrive from China.

razorsharp, not razoredge - my bad. It's a local cutlery/cookware shop:


Lots of good deals there. Tell them Vespaguy from the 'internet forums' sent you

Thanks vespaguy! no problem at all, i will check out razorsharp as it is pretty near and i will certainly quote u intro me

appreciate all the advises, thanks guys.
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Old 17-09-2015, 11:30 AM   #8096
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Thanks vespaguy! no problem at all, i will check out razorsharp as it is pretty near and i will certainly quote u intro me

appreciate all the advises, thanks guys.
Razorsharp has quite a bit of things they dont list on their website/ FB page.
One word about the leather pieces if u are gonna DIY your own strop... $20 a piece that's about half A4 size... Need to condition it as they just keep in the store room so its a bit dry and hard. It's also quite thick. They have ready made more expensive ones using horse hide or something iirc.
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Old 17-09-2015, 01:01 PM   #8097
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Thanks vespaguy! no problem at all, i will check out razorsharp as it is pretty near and i will certainly quote u intro me

appreciate all the advises, thanks guys.
Their boss is a very passionate man. You can learn a lot about knives from him.
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Old 17-09-2015, 03:38 PM   #8098
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WTS : Benchmade 970 ( Emerson CQC 7 )

Benchmade 970 ( Emerson CQC 7 ) for sale

Condition : like new, never use

SGD$150

Sorry, post count too low to post pic, SMS @91893996 I will whatsapp the pic.

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Old 17-09-2015, 05:17 PM   #8099
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I would agree with vespa brother on this.

Those really good survival knives like the GSO 5.1 are God tier for emergency planners/ hobby like me. because u know they will hold out when u need them to last.

But i wouldnt bring my "dragon blade" overseas because scared losing them. I waitied 1 year for my GSO 5.1...
Which steel is your GSO 5.1? Do you use it to chop or baton wood like most Northern users do?

I have the ESEE 6 on my list for a 6" knife, but 1095 carbon steel will need some maintenance. Looked at many other mass production knives, but didn't find one which is 6" rust resistant, flat grind, drop/spear point, full tang, consistent quality control, lifetime warranty. GSO looks like a good fit. CPM-20CV is said to be "a very low maintenance, all weather cutting tool".
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Old 17-09-2015, 06:48 PM   #8100
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Their boss is a very passionate man. You can learn a lot about knives from him.
Alrighty Kcusts, you're a regular there too?
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