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14 year Old Son Wants A US Made Knife For Christmas--Tactical-Survival-Around 50$ What You Got?

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posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 12:48 AM
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Knife should not be given as a gift, bad Feng-shui.




posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 05:19 AM
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a reply to: FlyingFox

Give a coin with it, then the coin is given back and so the blade is bought.



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 05:34 AM
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a reply to: seasonal

Ontario are not always precise with the heat treatment. That means the knife may snap. Ka-Bar are said to be more reliable. Some Ka-Bars are made in Taiwan.

My Ontario tip snapped very easily. I've done destruction tests on lots of knives so I know for sure it snapped too easily.



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 11:48 AM
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I never leave the house without my spring assist Benchmade. I've owned multiple Benchmade knives over the years and I have to say they're one of my favorite US manufacturers. Great company, great quality knives, and great service.



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 04:32 PM
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a reply to: GodEmperor

I own one of the old Ontario Spec Plus knives, also in the Tanto pattern--I must have had it for 8 to 10 years. First, the good news--It's hell for strong. It's spine is a full 3/16 inch thick. Second, the handle is very good (at least for my medium-to-small sized hands).

However, the steel is not quite as good as the Ka-Bar, to my taste. They use a straight Carbon Steel without any Vanadium or Molybdenum. The Spec Plus that I have is quite soft--about 53 on the Rockwell C scale, while the Ka-Bar is about 59. The Ka-Bar takes and holds a keen edge noticeably better than the Ontario. I see that the Spec Plus knives they're selling now are coming in at around 58 to 59 on the Rockwell C scale, so it looks like they've changed their philosophy a little.

So I guess it comes down to how the knife would be used. If you want to be able to put a shaving sharp edge on it, I would go with the Ka-Bar. If that's not so important, the Ontario may be a bit more knife for the money.

In either case, by the way, I wouldn't count on it having a really good edge, right out of the box. You may have to put some effort into getting it to the condition you want.



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 05:48 PM
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IMO for the price, Gerber LMF family would be one hell of a first knife.

www.google.com...

A wold love to recommend the ESEE knife co to you but I'm afraid they a a bit more than fifty dollars. ESEE will even replace the blade if broken, even if you break the knife prying open a safe door.


www.eseeknives.com...



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 05:56 PM
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Many in the knife community believe the Schrade SCHF family is the absolute best bang for the money in survival. Massively thick 1095 blade.

www.youtube.com...


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