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    With the OAR CARVER no longer in production, it just occurred to me that I may need a new pocketknife. Just by luck, Christmas is just around the corner. Checking the Internet is a bust! Almost all listings are commercial sites that may or may not be worth reading. I'll come right out with it, the folks on this forum have more knowledge about pocket knives for carving than some stranger employed by some manufacturer or vendor. I need a recommendation for the best woodcarving pocket knife.

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    Lock back or nothing for me. I like my colt CT490 double lock-back. It’s what I carry when I travel. Since I can palm a basketball at 3 1/4” closed I sometime wish it was a half inch longer. If I wasn’t so cheap I’d buy the Parker TN K443.

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    • #3
      I've got a Boker (Carver's Congress model) that I really enjoy. On the plus side, the blades are very good. On the down side, the body could be a little skinny for those with large hands (thus requiring a tighter grip . . . something that might cause some hand or wrist pain if you have carpal tunnel or arthritis).

      I mostly whittle with Helvie knives these days . . . but I often carry the Boker with me. It's handy.
      Website: http://www.ronmarr.com

      Etsy: http://RonMarrWoodCarving.etsy.com

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      • #4
        Ed, where is a place to buy the colt CT490 double lock-back? I found one place on the web and they are out of stock.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

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        • #5
          Bill,

          I got mine on ebay under $20
          I reshaped the blades on mine but sure you know the drill.
          Moore Maker makes a nice one too.
          Last edited by Nebraska; 10-20-2019, 11:36 PM.
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          • #6
            Thanks, Ed...
            Bill
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            • #7
              Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
              Thanks, Ed...
              Bill,

              With Colt out of business Rough Rider is now making this knife model 1546 or the slightly larger 1897.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tom Hindes View Post
                With the OAR CARVER no longer in production, it just occurred to me that I may need a new pocketknife. Just by luck, Christmas is just around the corner. Checking the Internet is a bust! Almost all listings are commercial sites that may or may not be worth reading. I'll come right out with it, the folks on this forum have more knowledge about pocket knives for carving than some stranger employed by some manufacturer or vendor. I need a recommendation for the best woodcarving pocket knife.
                Tom... I do most of my carving these days with fixed blade tools but over the years I have meandered around the knife displays in various big box and hardware stores. The best selection I've found can be had in small country hardware stores where everyone carries a pocket knife and the stores stock everything from soup to kitchen sinks. My personal choice is CASE but even they aren't up to the same quality as when I bought one many years ago. So, with no specific suggestion in mind I looked back at the WCI 2017 pocket knife review by Bob Duncan.
                http://woodcarvingillustrated.com/bl...ittling-knife/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nebraska View Post

                  Bill,

                  With Colt out of business Rough Rider is now making this knife model 1546 or the slightly larger 1897.
                  Thanks, Ed and those are more expensive than the colt. Of course, the holidays are coming up.
                  Bill
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                  • #10
                    Thanks, now I have home work to do. The folks that always say the the search/hunt is more fun than the actual catch are nuts...Thanks again.....Can always count on this group.

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                    • #11
                      Rlough Rider makes a box car whittler that looks like they actually put some thought into the blades. Its a three bladed monster at almost 4"- a real handful. you might need suspenders to carry it around. Blades don't lock but the springs are insanely strong. I had to pic up a steel thumbnail to open it. Three blades share two springs, but the configuration is unusual- the large blade used both springs on one end of the knife, the two small blades each get one spring on the other end. Blades need to be reshaped, but that seems to be the case with any commercially produce knife.

                      I'm also a big fan of a two blade barlow. Pick a maufacturer, or a price range. On Amazon, by Bear & sons in walnut or rosewood, with 1095 blades.
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                      • #12
                        I'm sure I don't have to remind you readers not to carry your favorite pocket knife when you go through airport security. I have forfeited several really nice folders. . .

                        That may be the reason I use only fixed blade knives for carving, and never put them in my pocket.
                        Last edited by pallin; 10-21-2019, 03:54 PM. Reason: added comment

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post

                          Thanks, Ed and those are more expensive than the colt. Of course, the holidays are coming up.
                          Don’t mean to stick my nose where it’s not wanted.
                          eBay the 1546 is like $17 the 1897 $20 either with free shipping.
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                          • #14
                            Well, ED you are sticking your nose in the right direction...thanks and I'll check there.
                            Bill
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                            • #15
                              OK, finally got it and info much appreciated, Ed.
                              Bill
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