MoapaPk wrote:I'm looking for a really light knife and scissors combo for my emergency kit. My philosophy is to keep this sort of stuff so light, that I will never be tempted to leave it out.
I currently have the smallest Swiss Army knife (SAK) with scissors, 1.3" blade, nail-file-mini-screwdriver, and mini tweezers. At 0.8 oz, weight is hard to beat.
The SAN scissors have worked great over 10 years -- mainly for cutting moleskins and tape.
Never used the tweezers or nail file. I use larger, tougher tweezers for pulling out cactus spines.
The SAK blade is OK, but pretty marginal for tasks like cutting webbing. The blade is just long enough to catch TSA attention. I tried to make some tent stakes (from branches) with it last year, and that was pretty funny.
I was thinking I should replace the combo with a separate small pair of scissors and a simple, larger blade... but nothing seems to come close in weight. I just checked out the knives at REI, and even the simplest carabiner-clip knives were a few ounces, and the blades were hardly bigger.
PS just saw this:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... knife.html
and at 0.5 oz,
http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... CDMQ8wIwAg
Now for the scissors...
Kershaw's folding TwoCan
http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... CDUQ8wIwAw
Buz Groshong wrote:
Without a successful test drive I'd forget that two-can. Two knives aren't the same thing as a pair of scissors; they don't sharpen the same and they don't cut the same.
MoapaPk wrote:I gave a pair of those to TSA 9 years ago!
DanTheMan wrote:I tape a hardware store razor blade into the back of my helmet. Little rectangle that you might use to remove paint. It cuts through nylon like butter.
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