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Best hunting/survival knife?

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posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 05:16 PM
Seriously you're going to want to have about 4 different knives for different purposes.

A small sawed folder

a double edged blade, a large one for protection.

Maybe a smaller blade maybe 6 inches that you can use as a general tool.

a machete for traveling through tough spots.

a pair of wire cutters to cut vines that tangle your gear.

and a filette edged knife, cause field dressing a carcass with a hunting knife isn't too easy, it's very sloppy and the blade is beveled too much. a filette edge will help out a lot.

posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 05:20 PM
I got a Ka bar machetti, good fer choppin' and sharper than a razor for cutting meat, i just need a good sized sharpening stone now.

posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 05:29 PM
your going to have problems sharpening the knife with a moon stone an axe grinder works better. I just pay the dude at the cutlery store 25 bucks and he sharpens it for me. also keep that blade oiled or it'll rust pretty quick.

posted on Jul, 12 2008 @ 02:31 AM
on recent trip in china i found m9cuk somwhere on the i bought it
for fun.once at home i fixed the blade with file and made it into razor sharp's heavy,has stone sharpener on the sheet,and in speare nylon pocket -i can put all those rembo mambo stuff in.
i would have buck888 only as seckond knife.
i also have excalibur-lock folding pocket knife.has drop point and half blade is saturated.and blade is about 10cm long.i use it daily-i made it razor sharp too.
on survival situation i would relay on my m9cuk.
i read they likly to brake....i didn't manage to do that jet.
i made my own tracker-it is interesting knife-i skin the deer with it.

posted on Jul, 27 2008 @ 04:38 AM
Preferably approx 3-in 3/5-piece (usually it's 3-piece) folding knife rather than several piece folding knife.
it's a bit bigger
additional would be 2 multitools
it seems the addition of mini nail clippers are separate items?
Other options:
2/3 survival hunting knife (with hollow handles) perhaps

[edit on 27-7-2008 by SnowWhite]

posted on Jul, 29 2008 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by Donkeyman

I have a Laguiole knife that I purchased in France about 10 years ago. I also visited Laguiole, France. The town is famous for its knives and bull sperm. lol. The knife is a work of art and all I ever do is look at it. Its just to beautifull to use.

posted on Jul, 29 2008 @ 05:13 PM
After a good while having the Fallkniven A1 in my posession, and using it a lot in the field, I have nothing but great things to say about it. It's as good as new, have not lost any edge (not more than I could bring back in a matter of less than a minute with the ceramic side of my sharpener) and is a dream to work with. It's the best knife I have ever used. The only minus is that the black coating quickly vanishes when chopping wood. The black coating is purly cosmetical in the context of my use of the knife now days though.

It's in all probability one of the top 10 or maybe top 5 best fixed blades in existance. Based on my own experience in light of what other people have said about their experience as well.

Originally posted by Anuubis
Don't buy a survival knife, most are weak and won't last very long under hard use. Buy a Ka-bar. It's the best knife ever made and are a lot cheaper priced than most good quality knives. You can get one for about $50.

When we say "survival knife", we are only using it as a term for a knife that could be kept at hand for survival situations. That could include any knife you see fit, also a Ka-Bar. The Ka-Bars are very nice and are often reffered to as a survival knife. The fixed blade I had prior to my new Fallkniven was a Ka-Bar design, allthough probably made by a low-quality manufacturer. I agree to the fact that a Ka-Bar from a high quality manufacturer is a good choice.. For example Ka-bar knives Inc.

Originally posted by SnowWhiteOther options:
2/3 survival hunting knife (with hollow handles) perhaps

Be careful with the hollow handle knives. Most hollow-handle knives produced are absolute #, and even those produced in high quality (most known manufacturers don't even bother with them) are a lot less sturdy than a full tang. As mentioned earlier... if you really want a hollow-handle, check out Chris Reeves knives. They are expansive though. I find a tactical sheath with a good front compartement to be a much better alternative. You can usually store more there anyway.

[edit on 29-7-2008 by me_ofef_seraph]

posted on Jul, 30 2008 @ 02:23 AM
I have been looking on True, because it seems as if they have some decent prices.

I am planning on getting a good Ka-bar - 39.99

A cheap folder to use for junk jobs - 12.99

And a couple of these for various jobs - 3.99

These knives I'm going to take on my 2 month excursion, so I wanted to have several in case a few break, and I can leave a couple there in storage.

I already own a good swiss army knife, and a good multi-tool (I just have to find both!).

What type of sharpener is best/cheap these days? Just an ordinary whetstone?

[edit on 30-7-2008 by ThreeDeuce]

posted on Jul, 30 2008 @ 05:08 AM

Originally posted by ThreeDeuce
I have been looking on True, because it seems as if they have some decent prices.

I am planning on getting a good Ka-bar - 39.99

A cheap folder to use for junk jobs - 12.99

And a couple of these for various jobs - 3.99

These knives I'm going to take on my 2 month excursion, so I wanted to have several in case a few break, and I can leave a couple there in storage.

I already own a good swiss army knife, and a good multi-tool (I just have to find both!).

What type of sharpener is best/cheap these days? Just an ordinary whetstone?

[edit on 30-7-2008 by ThreeDeuce]

For a cheap and mobile sharpener to carry around with you, maybe on your sheath or in a utility-pouch, I would reccomend the Fallkniven DC3 or DC4 depending on what size you would like. I found the DC3 to be a bit short, but it's working fine, especially for folders. sold them them for 10$ a piece a short while ago, which is a steal. Extremly good for a portable sharpner. The dual side thing is genious.

For a more stationary (it's quite mobile, but not mobile enough to carry in your sheath, or practical to set up everywhere) set the Spyderco triangular sharpener is awsome. Not very cheap, but not very expansive either.

These are the two I have used for a while now, so the only ones I can reccomend.

The websites I linked to where just for reference btw. I know nothing about them.

[edit on 30-7-2008 by me_ofef_seraph]

posted on Jul, 30 2008 @ 02:16 PM
I agree that several knives are the way to go. I have never found a knife yet that does everything.

My main knife which I have had since the 1980's is a Aitor El Montero

And my pocket knife is my trusty old clasp knife that I was issued with in the Royal Navy in the early 1980's. This one I normally have on a landyard so I dont lose it.

posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 12:40 PM
I have recently invested in two knives for my bug-out kit.
I purposely chose to buy a small knife and a big knife.ç

First, I bought a Muela Bisonte hunting/skinning knife:

This is a full tang knife with a walnut grip. The tip has a good belly which improves the knife´s sharpness. It also has a great weight and feel to it. The skinning notch on the blade´s back doubles as a cable/rope cutter. It comes with a high-quality leather belt sheath.

To accompany the Bisonte, I picked up a Albainox Machete:

(The knife on the far right of this image)

Also a full tang knife with a blade thickness of nearly 4mm at the back. This one has a rather cheap plastic grip, but I am replacing that with walnut to match the Bisonte. It comes with a simple nylon sheath.

Both knives have a black non-glare coating.

posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 02:52 PM
I bought this knife from Gerber a couple years ago and I have nothing but good things to say about it, it handles fantastic the 440A hold an edge very well and it fit nicely against the body. The sheath it comes with is very well designed and clip locks so it wont fall out.

Id recommend this knife to anyone.

posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 07:37 AM
After much deliberation this is what I opted for. What an awsome knife....!

Thanks to all in this thread who helped make up my mind, I'm sure I won't be dissappointed. It came down to this or the Gerber LMF in the end and I went for this.

Now all I have to do is decide on a folder, I'm leaning towards an opine at the moment.


posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 08:24 AM
For the price point - rat cutlery all the way. the RC-4 is a good size.

+1 on the Fallknivens - can't go wrong with them.

If you need to go cheapy - Cold Steel Bushman in Sk-5 steel is a proven performer.

posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 10:42 AM
For a really good selection of high quality knives go to this link.

I have the ten inch tanto and have never had to sharpen it. When i first bought it i had to test it by chopping down a tree with a five inch trunk. With the weight of the blade and it's sharpness it had no problem cutting it down. Plus it's the right size to be used on an everyday basis. I gave one to my brother-in-law and he loves it also.

posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 08:51 AM
reply to post by Amaxium

Man, you have never tested a powdered (crucible particle metalurgy) steel or a good laminated steel blade or an INFI steel knife, did you?
440 Stainless Steel (also known as 440 A) is medium quality steel for blades. A step further is 440 C, but it is also a bit over medium. It is not a full stainless (rusts in salt water), it is maybe the most popular knife blade steel and the most well known, but this is due to its cheapness too. 440 steel is not at all shock (impact) resistant and it chips very easy if the knife is hammered or if it hits hard surfaces. It has very poor lateral strength and almost no flexibility. You cannot count on such a knife for survival! I have two knives in 440 C and I was loved them for a while, but they are not comparable at all by quality with my newer VG-10 plus 420J2 laminated Fallkniven A2. Anyway, my A2 is very good for camping but too big for survival and I would recommend an A1 or S1 from Fallkniven. They have very much know-how behind the design and the materials used: laminated steel blades: stainless, very strong and with very good edge retention at the same time (better than 440 on all aspects). The design fits perfectly all the following works: batonning (the best edge geometry for optimized wood splitting ever), chopping, digging, stabbing and even for throwing and make a spear by attach it to a stick with some rope. The handle has a very confortable grip. It also has a one millimeter blade continuation behind the handle in order to be hammered directly without damaging the handle. The only bad thing about these Fallkniven knifes is they chip very easy when hit some dull materials. If you try some Busse Combat knives made in INFI steel, you have all the advantages of the steel used by Fallkniven, but it never chip. So, I would say the best design and size would be the Fallkniven S1 or A1, but it would be better if it had a blade in INFI.
These are the top steels, and there are many other steels which are close in performance, but 440 stainless steel is not one of the best today!

posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 03:19 PM
When it comes to survival/escape knives, both Gerber and Ontario USA submitted ASEK knives to the US Military Pilots… Ontario won.

It solved the broken sharpening stone (after a crash issue) with an included spyder like sharpener, seatbelt cutter, and screw driver. The blade will cut through aircraft fuselage or score the canopy and punch it out. It has hammering and skull splitting abilities, two types of saw teeth (wood/fuselage and rope) and is 1095 mad-hard carbon steel.

I have this knife, it’s short, a warthog, full tang, and I’ve used it in the filed for three years without any issues, I highly recommend it. (you can get it on Ebay for less)

My second large bowie like knife is an Aitor EL MONTERO KNIFE made in Spain. I could skin an elephant with it, hack through most any path, and scare the crap out of the neighbors with it!

They can ship to the USA from Spain for $88 (pretty darn cheap for an awesome knife)

I carry a Leatherman Blast multi-tool too.

I also have a Cold Steel Kukri Machete but I haven’t needed it as most of my time outdoors in spent in the Adirondacks or Arizona, not the jungles.

posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 10:27 AM
First tip is that if you actually want to be found, then appropriately bladed knives make an excellent signalling reflector.

Second tip, always have a high quality backup knife that is carbon steel.

Carbon steel is very important, because it can be used to create sparks. Quartz rocks can be used if a common flint is not available. And of course theyll help produce brilliant sparks when coupled with a flint.

Only trouble is that carbon steel tends to rust alot easier, but you need a quality sheath that will ensure it stays dry in severe weather.

And of course, the other benefits of a backup knife are obvious when considered.
I'd recommend the carbon knife also being specialised to some degree, just like any backup should be.
Basically any model is just going to be emergency backup for fire making, but additionally look around for something that suits your specialisty needs and high quality carbon steel still rates among the very best materials for knives. I would say THE best, if not for it being subject to corrosion.

Another blade you should never be without is the Word of God - the sharpest and most reliable sword there is.

posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 10:32 AM
Fancy knives dont mean a thing. All you need are good reliable ones to do specific jobs.

And if you have just one knife, then make others out of materials around you.

Survival is not just about having all the fancy schmancy tools, its about adapting and overcomming obstacles, like making the tools if necessary.


posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 11:37 AM
intresting to me that the ontario survival knife is a carbon steel blade..not a stainless as is so common today.

I am myself begining to look around for carbon steel blades in lieu of the stainless one so proliferous everywhere one looks today.

For right now daily use blade is a damascus type folder by Browning.

Also RFburns point about fancy blades is a good one. KISS..keep it simple stupid..goes along way in many things.

For this very reason I am in no hurry to get a new car or truck. To much fancy schmancy on them. Keep it simple stupid!! How did our parents, grandparents, great grandparents,..etc etc...make it this long without fancy schmancy??
The sky will not fall down upon us if we dont have fancy schmancy.


[edit on 8-10-2008 by orangetom1999]

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