got a link to that new esee?I've mostly use folders just because all I've really hunted is small game and waterfowl, but I've been getting into deer hunting and looking for a fixed blade for that. ESEE has a new knife coming out in June that looks like it might fit what I want.
I have cleaned plenty of animals with locking blade knives. Ive had two different knives shut on me and now I'm paranoid. It seems every Spyderco I've fondled has a very positive locking mechanism. Big fan of that.Fixed and folders. I have cleaned a lot of deer with my spyderco military. One of my if not my favorite blades. Its light thin and made out of s30V. Good steel.
I've never had a spyderco or benchmade fold up on me. I'm also a big fan of the higher end Kershaws and kershaws zero tolerance brand. I beat the crap out of my knives so I know that they will not fail me when I need them.I have cleaned plenty of animals with locking blade knives. Ive had two different knives shut on me and now I'm paranoid. It seems every Spyderco I've fondled has a very positive locking mechanism. Big fan of that.
Have you tried any new knives with the bearing bushings (little bearings in a polymer ring, knife roles on the bearings)? I haven't gotten it immersed in blood, but the bearings on my ZT 0561 have stayed smooth after a year of carrying it and getting the knife pretty dirty. I like it a lot better than the standard bushings other knives have.I generally prefer a fixed blade over a folder for actual work. Carrying is another story. Folders have inherent problems, mostly with the hinge point.
Modern folders are much less likely to accidently close, but that really isn't my biggest gripe. It's the grit and filth that gets caught in the action that I hate. Sometimes it's almost impossible to free up the action, without taking the knife apart. This seems to be made worse with blood. When skinning, I have no problem using a folder. When gutting white-tailed and other large game, especially when removing the esophagus, trachea, and back connective tissue, a blade gets immersed in blood and other tissues.
I have had my knives emmersed in blood and haven't had any issues with the action getting gummed up. Even the Infidel has been fine after getting and butchering and that thing can't even stand light dust. A little soap and water and its good as new. While on the subject I have had the spyderco in some serious muck before and the bearings are still nice and smooth. I understand trusting fixed blades more than folders but the point I'm trying to make is that there are some awesomely reliable folders out there.Yes, I have. A nice Benchmade comes to mind.
I too like the bearings, and as long as it isn't full of gunk, it works fine.
Because I travel so much, I carry a small bug-out-bag with me. I keep a couple of knives in that bag. Those knives are used in my hotel as kitchen knives. Even cutting fruits can cause problems with the knife's action due to the sugars in fruits.
A good pocket knife is a great carry tool, but when I actually am using a blade, I generally prefer a fixed bladed knife, just my preference.