1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Confession: I EDC a Hobo Knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by post tenebras, Aug 21, 2021.

  1. post tenebras

    post tenebras Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    167
    I'm a full-grown professional who has never lacked for eating utensils; nevertheless, a hobo knife has driven all others out of my normal rotation.

    This is a recent development. The pandemic imbued me with a heightened awareness of infection control resulting in a desire to avoid eating with my fingers whenever possible. I used to be a normal person who ate fruit hand-to-mouth, but now I cut it up and spear the pieces, untouched by human hands.

    Then, late one night, I embarrassingly impulse bought a cheap Chinese FURY MUSTANG NOBILITY! two-piece hobo knife (for twelve bucks you would be hard pressed to find a more regal and high horse-powered product name). I took it on a road trip and fell in love with the form factor, forking fast-food fries like a fastidious fool with my foully fitted and finished friend.

    Being an EDC nerd, I commenced the quest to replace the pakkawood and pot metal FURY MUSTANG NOBILITY! with a higher-quality two-piece hobo. I liked the minimalist design and had no desire to add unnecessary bulk with a spoon (I'm looking at you, heavy half-pound, 1" thick Case Hobo) or a corkscrew (I'm not in the Swiss Army). I came *this* close to ordering the delightful A.G. Russell Boxcar Jack, but I balked at spending $80+ to support another Red Chinese manufacturer.

    Ultimately, I selected a Friedrich Hartkopf "PickNick" knife from the family business that has been making cutting tools in Solingen, Germany, since 1890. The blade is hand-forged 1.4034 stainless steel. The fork looks like a golf divot tool (this two-pronged design is the century-old standard across all German hobo knives). The handle scales are stag horn. It also has a nice locking feature: closing the fork secures the two halves together; thus, unlike the FURY MUSTANG NOBILITY!, it will not separate unless I want it to. The fit and finish is pretty good, not great, and the blade was quite dull out of the box.

    EDC'ing a hobo knife is a bit silly because telecommuting is my new normal, and my weekly average number of opportunities to eat outside of home has dropped from seven to one. Nevertheless, I am well-pleased with my "PickNick" knife.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Land, RogerStenning, rodia77 and 7 others like this.
  2. A.B.

    A.B. Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2015
    Messages:
    1,588
    Likes Received:
    3,008
    That's a nice knife. I thought about getting something like that myself, a couple of times. But with a spoon. For now, I just bring a spoon to work as I always carry a knife anyway.

    Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G973F met Tapatalk
     
  3. Gogogordy

    Gogogordy Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Messages:
    406
    Likes Received:
    567
    I have a (similar but much more mundane) Kabar picnic’er which is a welcome addition to ventures into the desert, and assorted camping trips, but otherwise not an EDC for me. I like it very much, but for it’s most well suited purpose. OP’s is…how you say….a beautiful piece.
     
  4. InLine4

    InLine4 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2021
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    285
    I just went all out and I keep it in my pack.[​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    HarryD and post tenebras like this.
  5. MatBlack

    MatBlack Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,903
    Likes Received:
    3,975
    I went through a hobo knife phase. Then I discovered the Light My Fire titanium fork/spoon combo. Now I use the heavier County Comm version.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. NotYetOld

    NotYetOld Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2021
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    9
    I buy a large pack of wooden chopsticks from one of the local oriental stores. I have become quite proficient with them over the years. They can be used for several things besides eating, are cheap, disposable, and I don't have to worry about cleaning them after use. I always carry several with me in my work/lunch bag.
     
  7. Gogogordy

    Gogogordy Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Messages:
    406
    Likes Received:
    567
    Good call.

    I take a “brick” of disposable chopsticks with me when I travel to a country which customarily dines with ‘sticks, as the local hygiene aspect of them isn’t typically up to my (most Americans’) standards in say Vietnam, etc.

    I also take palm-frond based, one-time use, soup spoons for the same reason. Although we’ve found that locally spoons are non-porous, stainless steel or ceramic/melmaline and less vulnerable to the poorish washing standards as the community-use bamboo’sticks you often find in SE Asia.

    We have been admired by other westerners we’ve met and dined with overseas for having these (we share, carrying half a dozen fresh pairs each day in our daypacks) and the locals don’t really seem to take offense. The palm spoons are found on Amazon, although some won’t ship into California for some who-knows-why reason, except that California is California.
     
    post tenebras and NotYetOld like this.
  8. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    Tactical chopsticks! Don't poke your eyes out! :bounce:
     
  9. neo71665

    neo71665 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2016
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    336
    I just carry a spoon and fork in my back. I also carry some paper plates in a gallon ziplock bag.
     
    FiaOlleDog likes this.
  10. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    When disposable silverware and plates, cups, and bowls are outlawed, only outlaws will have disposable silverware, plates, cups, and bowls. EU-fascism strikes again. Can it be said in 2021?
     
  11. NotYetOld

    NotYetOld Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2021
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    9
    One use I hadn't considered...
     
    Rebel likes this.
  12. HeadOffice

    HeadOffice Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2018
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    870
    Countycomm titanium chopsticks work very well.
     
    MatBlack likes this.
  13. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    Well sure, but the bamboo ones go through metal detectors and airport xray machines ;)
     
    Gogogordy likes this.
  14. FiaOlleDog

    FiaOlleDog Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2017
    Messages:
    294
    Likes Received:
    330
    Recently, I've added a plastic spork (spoon fork) to my EDC Backpack plus a collapsible mug (cheap, from local discounter).

    Only occasional usage so far, but more cafes offer coffee to-go only in reusable mugs, which one needs to buy (1 or 2 bucks) and most times they are made out of porcelain ... very portable and won't break :censored: I prefer to have my plastic mug filled instead ... and put it into the dishwasher when home.

    I do have some wood chopsticks at home and added one pair to my bag - good idea!
     
    #14 FiaOlleDog, Dec 29, 2021
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2022
    NotYetOld likes this.
  15. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    814
    Likes Received:
    1,626
    I EDC a German military KFS ("Knife, Fork, & Spoon" in British military language) in my work bag (along with a Preform - or unblown - plastic bottle, containing washing up liquid, and a small drying-up towel). It's a truly outstanding field cutlery set; heavy compared to other sets, but it's built like a Tiger tank, reliable, and easy to use and pack. There are many Chinese knock-off versions, but the genuine items are easy enough to locate and buy over here :)
     
    FiaOlleDog and Rebel like this.
  16. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    The KFS sounds interesting, could you post a link to it? :)
     
    RogerStenning likes this.
  17. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    814
    Likes Received:
    1,626
    I'll post a link to a repro set, which is pretty much identical to the military issue, not the knock offs. This one's made by Helikon-Tex, so should be available in the US as well, come to think of it :) The main difference between the Helikon and genuine German military versions is the text on each implement, which for Helikon is "STAINLESS" and for the military kit is "BUND".

    https://www.helikon-tex.com/en_eur/nz-bsw-ss-kfs-set-bw-stainless-steel.html

    The difference between the genuine and the knock-offs is on the material used, and in the length and shape of the can opening blade on the clip part of the set. Knockoffs use a softer steel or even aluminium, and the can opening blade is of a different, and less effective, design.
     
    Rebel likes this.
  18. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    Thanks! I actually found something very similar (also marked Bund) on a German site that said something like "authentic military set" but it had a Mil-Tec logo. I thought that Mil-Tec was like Helikon (only repros and not official contractor). But now that I know what to look for I will probably be able to find it. I'm in Czech Republic btw...

    I think this is a very good type of set and definitely worth getting. Thanks for pointing it out!
     
    RogerStenning likes this.
  19. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    814
    Likes Received:
    1,626
    No worries, glad to be of help :)

    I suspect, being in the Czech Republic, you'll find that German sources are plenty more available on the surplus side of things, and you won't get hit for customs/import duties, being in the EU (just shipping!) :)
     
  20. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    67
    Yeah importing anything has gone from bad to worse. My latest skewering was on an order from the UK where I paid 93% of the purchase price + shipping in taxes, duties, and imaginary fees-du-jour.

    I'll be happy when the EU and UN and most other 2 or 3 letter things just...go...away :D
     
    RogerStenning and neo71665 like this.