From TriloBoat Blog: Good-knife versus Bad-knife

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I came across this interesting article via, a martial arts, weapons, and spirituality blog that links our stuff from time to time (many thanks). It is extolling the virtues of the “Bad Knife”.


“A Good Knife can mark, slice, part, shave and – in a pinch – perform minor surgery. Its virtues and minutia are compared and contrasted down to the least degree. It’s design and creation are the hallmarks of art and mastery.
But the BAD Knife… who has sung its praises? What sailor hath come forth to speak on its behalf? Plenty with high standards come forth to diss it. Life’s too short, and all that. Well, here once again, to give voice to the down-trodden…

Since my early days as a sea-faring wood-butcher, I’ve carried two knives on my belt. One is a Good Knife, and the other Bad.
The Bad Knife, as you might expect, handles the dirty work. You know… scraping paint, cleaning fouled screw threads, cutting cardboard patterns, excavating a fastener, paring wood of dubious provenance, cutting down to a metal backstop, working around glue, a cautious bit of prying, working where a bump or slip will send it to Davey Jone’s… in short, 99% of the jobs around the water.”
Read the whole thing. It is an interesting piece.
Do you have a favorite “Bad Knife” that you find yourself reaching for?  In my case it is the Gerber Propel. Since I have already reviewed this knife, and have other knives in the niche I like better, I am not afraid to beat the crud out of it. I like being able to scrape with the front bevel of the tanto, and then use the primary edge for cutting. All in all my favorite “bad knife” though if I had actually paid for it myself it would not fit the “cheap and semi-disposable” category.


  1. Sam L. says:

    I don’t have a “bad knife”. Don’t seem to need one.

  2. VaqueroJustice says:

    In the category of ‘bad knife’ I prefer those folding razor knives, like the superknife.
    It really does not matter what you do to it, as the blade is replaceable, and cheap.

  3. cmeat says:

    i get it. i’ve a toolbox drawer with various steel/ missing handles. taped up tangs. straight abused. something in the van, another in the saddlebag clanging around with enough stuff to change a flat.
    but the one in pocket gets challenged also. my leek recently was called upon to remove some aluminum beer tops for brat par boil as we had no bowl to do so. the d2 took half an hour to get back to sharp.

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