April 8, 2012, 12:44 PM
Looking at these two blades for EDC type role. Fox river and rodent 4.
Heres the swamp rat
April 8, 2012, 12:46 PM
And the fox river by bark river.
April 8, 2012, 12:47 PM
hiking and fishing this summer will be its primary role. NO blade restrictions in Upstate NY
April 8, 2012, 03:44 PM
They're very different knives, with different using philosophies. If you fancy yourself a hack 'n chop type, get the Swamp Rat. If you want a slicer, get the Bark River.
April 8, 2012, 07:29 PM
No question who wins the beauty contest there, but they both look like they'd do some work.
April 8, 2012, 08:19 PM
Like John said, those don't even fall into the same family if knives.
When you say "hiking and fishing" exactly what do you mean? Do you mean you want to be able to use the knife on the fish you catch? Do you mean that you'll be primative camping with nothing more than a tarp and fire steel? Give us some more info.
April 8, 2012, 09:24 PM
light use day hikes maybe used to clean some trout or small game. That makes me lean towards the fox river for sure.
April 8, 2012, 11:42 PM
Your intended role makes me definitely put my vote towards the Fox River.
With that being said, your definition almost exactly describes what a "Bird and Trout" knife is good for. They don't make them anymore, but I have carried a CRKT Carson Bird and Trout for many years now, and while it isn't anything I would want to depend on in a survival situation, it has been nothing but a stellar performer in a role almost exactly the same as what you describe. Honestly, it's my most used fixed blade knife by a long shot, even though I frequently forget that I even own it when I talk knives with people. It's just one of those things that I never think about until I root around in my fishing or hunting vest (yes, I own two of them).
April 9, 2012, 06:51 AM
I'd go with the Fox River style in that case.
You should also look at the Wheeler in the Group Buy. Either of Gary's knives will fill that role.
April 9, 2012, 03:33 PM