From time to time i receive questions on what combinations are the best in general. One of my educated schooling and what I wanted to do research on is functionality. By this I mean functionality
on SAKs, combination tools and fixed blades. There is always a room for evolving the knowledge.
Today one of the best combinations for a person that is a bit prepared for EDC, outdoors-tasks
and selective crafts work is the Multi-Tool and a fixed blade knife. Doing so it can be interesting to find a choice that can be cost effective and still be a serious package of tools with quality. Getting a SwissTool may cost some money for the wallet. It
is worth every dime in my opinion because it is balanced in quality and cost. I was a bit curious on the Hultafors fixed blade knife in carbon steel. I found many videos on youtube and I discovered many discussions on this several places. Here in Norway we
are very glad for the Helle and Brusletto Companies that makes high quality fixed blade knives for all situations. We are also very fond of Mora knives from Sweden that you can find in most hardware stores across the nation.
The Hultafors Brand is also well known here but not near as known as the Mora blades are. They are gradually getting more known during the last years. I knew from before
about the name and I have seen different models available for craftsmen and outdoors people. Never the less I noticed a new knife called the OK4 outdoors knife with what should be a SK-5 Carbon steel 58-60HRC. It is pretty much an all-round fixed blade knife
with a solid hidden tang construction. It is so solid made that it can be used for batoning. That is not my favorite knife use anyhow. That a side I was very curious about this knife and I ordered one. It is a bit more expensive than the Mora knives. It is
still a low cost for the quality. Out of the box it was sharp but not as sharp as I hoped for. I polished the edge some and the sharpness increased significantly. It only took a few seconds to get the touched up edge to what I feel is best for a new knife.
I only did minor cutting tasks to feel the steel and handle. It is good! The blade is measured to be 3mm+ with a digital caliper.
There is no need to test it fully because I know about
several places this already have been done so with a good result. It is a hard use fixed blade knife that can take it. In my quest for combination tools for Multi-Tools I am rather sure and glad to have found a good one with this fixed blade knife. This knife
is already made preparations on from the factory for a firesteel. It even got a little loop in the fabric holding the sheath for it. If you also use the bit driver and key together with the MTs then I feel it is a serious package all together.
Using carbon steel on fixed blades is ok because it is much easier to clean compared to a SAK or a MT. Today I believe many Stainless Steels are side by side with carbon steel for the cutting abilities on wood
and other materials. I will never believe this knife to be better than Helle and Brusletto. I do feel it is a very good cost effective combination choice. There is no doubt that the hardening of this blade is correct. This I could feel doing the polishing
or light sharpening to bring the factory edge complete. This or the Mora Robust are excellent choices for several combinations if you ask me.
The handle is comfortable and the sheath is
interesting as well. It got a cool mechanism!