Knife for my wife


October 16, 2013, 10:50 AM
My wife is looking for a fixed blade knife for her "car broke down/bob". From her description it sounds like she would like a boning knife . She usually uses cheap knives and throws them away but now she wants a nice one. My question is do any of you all know of a good fixed blade, sturdy knife that she could use in an emergency that fits that profile? Would a high quality kitchen knife work? Can I get a sheath for a kitchen knife? Thanks in advance

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October 16, 2013, 11:10 AM
Mora Companion.

Not much money. Great knife.
Plastic sheath can be screwed or stuck somewhere.

Wonderfull tool. Plus it comes with bright orange sheath
and handle parts, so you find it quickly - and dont lose it.

October 16, 2013, 11:32 AM
Would a high quality kitchen knife work?

Because the thickness and heat treat and materials are different, based on the requirements a high quality kitchen knife wouldn't be recommended (and would be more expensive than needed).

Having a knife is only part of the solution. Knowing what has to be done with it and how to use it is most of what is needed.

I agree that a Mora is an inexpensive solution to start with and I would recommend her using it for all the choirs she currently uses a knife for to become familiar with it.

That said, my wife kept using our old Spyderco kitchen knives for garden work and they're still withstanding the abuse she puts them through cutting roots and branches and grubbing in soft soil. The more abuse she heaps on them the more convinced I become that the stainless flexible serrated blades of those early Spydies make for great all around knives.

Outlaw Man
October 16, 2013, 12:14 PM
When you say boning knife, are you referring to the profile or the thickness?

That Mora looks like a decent knife, online, but I've never seen one in person.

A friend got me one of those Kershaw Blade Trader knives as a gift several years ago. It hasn't seen much use, but it seems like a pretty durable knife for that price range. It's the first thing that came to my mind.

October 16, 2013, 12:20 PM
A thinner blade goes in easier.

October 16, 2013, 01:07 PM
I velcroed a mora clipper inside the pocket of my wife's car door.

October 16, 2013, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the replies, the mora as far as I know doesn't have a full tang which I don't like, I might try it since its cheap enough and she can decide.

Sam Cade
October 16, 2013, 02:14 PM
Thanks for the replies, the mora as far as I know doesn't have a full tang which I don't like, I might try it since its cheap enough and she can decide.

Moras are the best $10 knife available domestically.

If the intended purpose of the knife is cutting stuff buy a Mora.

October 16, 2013, 05:22 PM
You can get a 4.5" blade Mil-Tac CS1 for a couple of hundred bucks (Kim Breed's review in this month's Blade Magazine was very enthusiastic) and it will stand up to pretty much anything.

October 16, 2013, 06:55 PM
Thanks all I will have her read this thread tomm morning for sure!

October 16, 2013, 09:57 PM
Mora are great.

Yo Mama
October 16, 2013, 10:43 PM
Becker BK16, with a Leatherman in the pouch. Those 2 together will take care of most of any need in a vehicle, or out of one.

October 16, 2013, 11:12 PM
The BK15 would be more familiar to her, but the grips may need to be processed down to be comfortable.

October 17, 2013, 02:10 AM
The Kabar Besh BOGA knife was designed with women in mind (per the information anyhow). Neat sheath that allows pocket, kneck, ankle, and forearm carry. 440A so price is under $20.

October 17, 2013, 08:15 AM
I'm cleaning out stuff I don't use, here's one that fits the bill....PM me if you're interested.

October 17, 2013, 09:34 AM
Again (since my last was deleted), look at the ESEE line- Izula II or the -3. If she ever needs to dig a hole with it and manages to break it, they'll replace it. It can also handle the more delicate tasks.

October 17, 2013, 11:46 AM
Good choice on the Izula. The BK 14 Eskabar ( KaBar is a good choice along with the Becker Necker and the Johnson Biggyback. The KaBar Mk I is a good knife as well.

October 17, 2013, 05:14 PM
There is also the short version of the classic Kabar knife. (
Lots of good knives listed in this thread, many of which are worthy of consideration. This is just one of those.
They also come with the rubberized grips and nylon sheath ( if she prefers that to leather for an all-weather survival type knife, and even a serrated version ( of the same if that's her thing.

October 17, 2013, 10:47 PM
Well, she wants to try the mora and some ka-bar fishing knife she spotted on the website- I think we'll try the mora first thanks everyone :)

CA Raider
October 18, 2013, 12:18 AM
for a women interested in self defense i often tell them to get a knife with a good handle and a fairly short razor-sharp blade. i agree a narrower blade is better, but not so thin it is fragile. the handle should fit the womans hand really well. those ESEE blades above look good.

the reasoning goes like this: if she's got a good grip on that handle, then the knife will not be easy to take away from her. if her opponent grabs her wrist and tries to grab that blade with his other hand - it's pretty hard to do. all she has to do is turn her knife hand at the wrist and twist the blade - the attacker will get cut very badly and could lose his fingers.

a knife is a dangerous weapon for a woman (not in her favor) ... if the attacker can take it from her by force.
but it's a highly effective weapon for her ... if she can retain control of it and slice him to pieces.


October 18, 2013, 01:03 AM
I gave my Daughter-In-Law a Bird & Trout I made that she carries in her purse. Like Raider said it has a thin but not too thin blade being 1/8" steel. With a 3 1/2" blade it's not the biggest knife but a good choice for her.

October 18, 2013, 02:01 AM
+1 on the ESEE knives, they rock with many sizes and blade styles to choose from. I just picked up a 6 with the clip point and am very impressed with the quality of these fixed blades. I see a few more in my future.

October 18, 2013, 12:03 PM
Ontario makes some nice knives for not a lot of money, too. I've carried one of their fixed-blade tantos in my car for many years.

Lone Star
October 18, 2013, 04:48 PM
Look at the Buck Model 105 Pathfinder. It should be legal, but check blade length laws. Blade is five inches.

Pretty sharp and tough; good sheath.

I gather that Wal-Mart sells Buck pretty cheap. This should be about $40 or less and is a very good outdoors and defense knife that doesn't look "tactical" if some cop is trying to decide if he wants to bust her for carrying a knife for hurting people. Image counts.

If money is no object, look at the Fallkniven S-1. Sheath options. Very sturdy with a firm grip handle. But the VG-10 core steel is harder to hone than a Buck. Cost in the USA should range from $125-150. A superb camp, trail, and hunting knife.

Also excellent are the older Puma Hunter's Pal and Outdoor models, but they've become collectible.

Value for money, get that Buck. It's all she'll ever need and looks good and feels good in the hand. I think Buck will make one up with a white handle, if she'd prefer that to the usual black phenolic.

October 18, 2013, 06:16 PM
How about a SOG Fieldpup?

October 18, 2013, 07:05 PM
She's not thinking about the KA-Fillet fillet knife is she???

October 18, 2013, 10:59 PM
Unfortunately yes- but at least I talked her into trying the mora first :) my wife is stubborn

October 18, 2013, 11:48 PM
She may not have enough detailed understanding of what a "car knife" needs to be able to do, but then she may not either have the background to know.

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