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    Knife Of The Day -- EKA Swede 88

    I must apologize for the lapse.

    I had originally meant to do a regular feature KOTD thread, and life keeps messing with that.

    However, here's the next in the series . . .

    The EKA Swede 88.

    Normally made with a Bubinga wood handle, this one is done in a lighter weight birch.

    It doesn't look nearly this clean any more. Birch has a way of picking up skin oils and stuff. Nonetheless, it's still in fine shape, warm and firm in the hand, and tomato-slicin' sharp.

    These photos were taken (as you can probably surmise) on the day the knife arrived in the mail (which is why they share a page with the Great Salami Slicing test).

    Fresh from the box:


    Close-up showing the Scandinavian grind:


    Knife in open position:


    Family photo: the Swede 88 with its big brother, the Swede 92:



    All in all, it's a handy little knife. Surprisingly, even though the handle looks fat, its flat profile disappears in a front pocket where it rides light and easy.

    The handle provides a good hold for cold or wet hands, and works well with gloves. The Scandinavians seem to do that with their outdoor knives. Wonder why.

    It's a good general purpose knife, although for heavier work I would suggest its almost-twin brother, the EKA Nordic S8, also called the EKA S8 (not to be confused with the newer "Swede 8" which is an EKA/Outdoor Edge fusion design). The Nordic S8 looks just like the Swede 88, but the blade and spring are thicker and heavier, and they've dropped the point on it a bit, which would seem to be a concession to dressing game.

    Here's a stock photo of the S8 for comparison:


    Speaking of which, both the Swede 88 and the S8 have brass pivot screws that make it easy to adjust tension and take down the knife for cleaning.

    I've been carrying this knife for more than a year, and it's held up well. The 12c27 Sandvik blade takes and holds a really good edge, although it's thin enough that for heavier use you may want to step up to the S8.

    I can recommend it with confidence.

    (Unhappily, you won't find it on the shelf most places here in the States, so you'll have to order yours online as I did.)

    Last edited by ArfinGreebly; May 27th, 2022 at 10:09 PM.

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    That's a cute one, thanks for posting it.

    Unfortunately I've been working so much lately, I haven't had time to mess with knives much, except I did stop by a garage sale last weekend and picked up two used but serviceable Stanley 10-499s for 50 cents.

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    I've got one in each toolbox and each vehicle console - they're not very cool but they do cut things apart...

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    Edged tools...

    Catspa--You said
    - they're not very cool but they do cut things apart...
    I do believe that THAT'S what knives are FOR...

    Even after the horror of September 11, 2001, the humble box cutter is and will remain, a very useful tool. As a tool, we must remember that it is neither good nor evil--Those qualities reside in the mind of the person wielding the tool.

    The Stanley Tool Works has been making good, useful, well-designed tools, since the mid-1800's, I do believe.

    PS--I carry a box cutter myself. Had a hand injury a while back that made opening of my SAK difficult, but a one-hand-opening box cutter worked just fine. It worked so well, in fact, that I continue to carry one, even though (thankfully) my hand injury is long past healed up.

    It's nice to have a blade at hand, that can be mistreated with impunity, and no bad feelings, if need be. Replacement blades cheap @ any hardware sto.

    Arfin Greebly--That Swede 88 looks a LOT nicer than any Opinel!
    Last edited by Smokey Joe; August 22nd, 2011 at 12:36 PM. Reason: The usual--had another thought.
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