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Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Rich » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:23 am

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Found this in Homebase. Solid stainless steel with full tang. measures to 10 inches. Has a very comfortable handle. Excellent cutting and sawing edge. One year guarantee. It’s worth paying Homebase a visit to look for yourself.
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by beaubrummell » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:51 am

That looks rather good. Like the way it has a measure on one side for depth readings and being stainless steel it should be robust. Thanks for posting. ::g
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by oldartefact » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:04 am

Sorry mate ... but there is no way that one is saxon...

As the link below says Sax0n knives were multifunctional ... with uses such as
eating and preparing food
butchering animals
cutting leather
cutting and shaping wood
carving antler or bone
for making clothes - to cut wool or linen thread
as a weapon

this is what a Saxon one looks like ... definitely nothing like yours. OooO OooO

http://legacy.ashmolean.org/anglosaxond ... nives.html

the your find location is also a bit of a give away ... as its infested with modern tat!
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by dreadnought » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:40 am

ha ha, i was expecting to see an ancient swiss army knife type of thing.
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Fusion » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:00 am

These have been around a while now in different guises. Here's some chat about the Homebase (Saxon)version:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=93436
They were sold for many years as the "Ames TrueTemper Planters Buddy", I've been using them for 7 years now. See here:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=10193

I would recommend grinding down the sharp point where the 'twine-cutter' notch is, you could injure yourself easily on that. And don't pry too heavily with it - the blade is wide and strong up to the point where it goes into the handle, then it gets a lot smaller. The handle can snap here, which is what finished off my first one.

Also notice that the measuring 'ruler' on the Saxon version is useless. It's OK up to the 5" mark on the blade, but then it carries on with an 8" mark at about 7 1/4", miles out. The Ames version has a scale that's correct. Maybe the manufacturer doesn't understand inches?
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Batman » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:44 am

That’s survived well, not a mark on it! =))

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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Mud Max » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:28 pm

I field tested this on one of my videos. Excellent value for money. The flat round top is great for applying pressure in hard ground without the risk of your hand slipping onto the blade. A heavy tool but well made and a bargain for less than a tenner. Here's the link.

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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Fusion » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:12 pm

Other differences between the True-Temper version and the HomeBase/Saxon (apart from the 'ruler'):
The Saxon is made from thicker stainless steel. This makes it heavier, but I'm not sure it would be stronger, as the plastic handle is the weak point. And the thicker blade is harder to push into the ground. I'd rather have a thinner blade, myself, it could still be made from stainless and be strong enough. But to get decently thin, like 1mm, it would have to be made from proper steel, (though there are low-chromium maraging stainless steels out there).
The Saxon has a hole in the middle of the handle, which doesn't sound like a great engineering breakthrough.
The stainless-steel endcap on the Saxon is just thin and cosmetic, it's of no benefit if you're thinking of walloping the end of the tool to get it into rock hard ground.

An MD-specific version of this tool could be great:
Get rid of the twine-cutter and the V-tip weeder thing
Beef up the blade inside the handle, (wider and longer), and radius the edges, so there are no 'square corners' in the plastic handle which help cracks get started.
Maybe serrate both edges - I'm not sure this is needed, but I can't see it's a bad thing
Have the option of a bright-coloured handle, so it's not so easily lost.
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by JonM » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:16 pm

£3 each at homebase for the Saxon, picked the last two up from one of the Derby Stores.
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Fusion » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:38 pm

It's true, they're listed at £3 on their website, too. I wonder why? Surely they haven't discontinued them already?
Annoyingly, I can't get to one of their stores until mid-Jan, hopefully they will have some left.
[update 12 Jan] Success, there were none left on display, but a staff member got one from 'out back'.

There actually was a large Homebase branch in my town, and they closed it down, the nearest is much further away, so I have to combine shopping with a visit to relatives.
[we also used to have a Lidl, and that closed down, too - so much for their popularity, rapid expansion and new store openings....]
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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Mega B » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:44 pm

Fusion wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:38 pm
It's true, they're listed at £3 on their website, too. I wonder why? Surely they haven't discontinued them already?
Annoyingly, I can't get to one of their stores until mid-Jan, hopefully they will have some left.
Could well be going to Homebase tomorrow,so will pick a few up ::g

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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by carlburt78 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:57 pm

Just picked one of these up ,can't go wrong for £3 :D how would you carry this knife is there an aftermarket sheaf or holder?

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Re: Saxon multifunction knife

Post by Jamesey1981 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:10 pm

I was in Homebase today trying to find a part for my toilet, (which they didn’t have....) so I picked one of these up, feels really solid and for three quid I would say it’s a bargain, not hugely sharp but feels like it’ll get through roots ok and it should be a good digging tool.

Cheers for the heads up, now I need to think of a way to make a sheath for it.

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