Hm. Stumbled upon this thread now. Funny, as I was just in the process of aquiring a new fixed blade survival knife, as my survival knife through at
least 10 years was recently stolen
(the knife itself sucked, but it was good to have and it have survived quite some use through the years)
I agree to Gerber. I owned a partially serrated gator folded that I sadly lost while traveling in Oceania in 2005. I loved it and will reccomend it to
anyone as a compact folded knife to have in your survival kit, or better, keep with you at all times. I usually don't like serrated blades, but I
usually carry two knives and like my folded to have a partially serrated blade.
Which brings me to the knife I want to get now. I want some advice, or spesific reccomendations rather.
I want a fixed blade. About 6 - 8" plain edged (main blade side needs to be plain, but a serrated part on the backside of the blade is acceptable). I
will use it typically for when im out hunting, hiking or camping. It will be used often to chop heavy wood or young trees, cut strong rope or line and
maybe the occational small-scale digging. It should be sharp enough to cut through strong military type tarp and tend cloth with ease, where a smaller
folded knife will be a bit clumsy to work with. It should survive semi-extended use in extreme sub-zero temperatures down to -30C.
It will be used with care, so I'm not partial to very high quality and expansive knives (allthough im not looking for a luxury product).
I like the military style for this kind of knife. Black coating is a preferance, as I am not a fan of shiney blades for some reason.. black coating
can also help the lifetime of the blade. It should not be a featherweight knife, as I like some weight to it when chopping. I love a good nylon
military style sheat, as I have had bad experiences with leather in wet conditions and just feel it is more compact than plastic. I like a sheat that
have a seperate storage for a sharpening stone and such.
I have been looking at:
SOG Tech Bowie and the SOG Bowie II.
Benchmade Model 155, Benchmade model 158 and model 156
Different Chris Reever knives.
I have a lack in experience and have not had the pleasure of using any of the typical high quality fixed blades apart from a Norwegian army issue
survival knife (not sure who manufactured them), so it's easy for me to get lost in specs and reccomendations irrelevant to my preferances and uses.
I have a natural trust in outdoor products manufactured in Scandinavia, and I have very good experiences with U.S manufactured knives. Because of this
all the non-US (and Japan I guess) produced SOG knives (about all of their fixed blades) are sort of at the bottom of my list, but I'm sure my
skepticism can be killed off by someone.
So do any of you have any experience with any of the above mentioned knives? Or have any reccomendations of products in the same style?