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Affordable Hunting/Backpacking Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by rodwha, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    I'm considering a good quality strong knife that can do minor machete chores that doesn't cost a bundle. One that'll hold an edge fairly well yet not take weeks to put an edge back on it. I'd want something 9-10" or a little longer.

    I'm not that knowledgeable on knives, and so Cold Steel always comes to mind, but it seems most of the knives that I'm likely to want are up around $300 or more. I understand you get what you pay for, but I just can't spend over $300 on a knife at this time. Maybe it'll be that I'll just have to save a few more coins though...
  2. nebeel

    nebeel Well-Known Member

    Although I do not own one personally, the Kabar Becker BK9 has consistently gotten fairly decent reviews. It may not be the best knife you can buy, but cost is significantly less then $300 (<$100).
  3. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

  4. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Buy a shortish machete of central or south American manufacture (Well under $20 or less) and a decent quality file if you need a machete. Use the right tool for the job. [​IMG]


    If you want a quality 9-10 inch camp knife/chopper and don't want to break the bank, the Becker BK-9 or KA-BAR heavy bowie are my usual recommendations.


  5. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    I don't necessarily want a machete, but being able to cut small pieces of wood when you can't quite make it back to camp seems like a good quality to have in a knife on your belt.
  6. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    If you can spend 200ish I'd look into the Busse family knives. Best warranty in the business they just about dare you to break their knives. If you want to spend less than 100 go with the Bk9.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  7. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    So if this is all you have as far as a weapon while backpacking in the sticks and may possibly need to make some kindling and fire wood which of the BAR knives would you prefer?
  8. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    $200 isn't way too much. I'd prefer a good knife over an OK knife. Sometimes I feel you are paying for the name too though...
  9. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    My everyday carry knife is a SOG Twitch. Many of my knives are Gerber folders. My new skinning knife combo is Ruko as it got good reviews.

    This knife may have my life or limb in the balance...
  10. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

  11. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I'm of the opinion that the current BK9s are among the best, most versatile, most intelligently designed, production camp knives available.

    Are they perfect?


    But they nail the intersection of price and performance like nothing else.
  12. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    If you have the cash go with the swamp rat, IMHO if you can afford a Busse or Busse'kin it is always worth it. Do some research on their stuff you won't be disappointed. The BK knives are good too, I have examples of both and use both. But I would go Busse if you can afford it. If you don't like it you can sell them for more than you paid when they discontinue them.
  13. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    The swamp rats come for sale used on Blade forums from time to time also. Occasionally you can score a deal there.
  14. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

  15. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    That's silly that it doesn't come with a sheath, especially for that price.

    I don't care for the looks of the BK-9's handle, but functionality trumps aesthetics.
  16. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    Yes no sheath with any Busse's for free any ways. Definitely something to think about. With that said you wont regret a Busse'kin or the BK9.
  17. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    It couldn't get any uglier if it tried. ;)

    But..serious thought went into the grip shape.

    Smooth grip free of protrusions prevents hot spots and deceases user fatigue.

    Large pommel and integral guard increase user and bystander safety.


    Ergonomically excellent.

    Forgive my late night sleep deprived photography. :eek:

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  18. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    After you spend a few hundred on a big knife (I've got plenty myself!), spend an extra $13-20 and buy a fixed Mora knife. I suggest a Mora Companion in either stainless of carbon steel for $13 from Ragweed Forge. You'll find that 4" knife incredibly sharp and handy for almost all the basic knife needs you will have in the outdoors. A Mora will make an excellent pairing to whichever big knife that you choose.
  19. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I would suggest a carbon steel for ease of sharpening. On a big knife, it makes a big difference. Sharpening a 10" stainless knife is no fun. The more you play around with the variables, you'll find that sharpness has little to do with the steel, and edge retention is largely determined by the geometry, esp when you're talking about chopping rather than wear resistance. I find the big difference is that carbon steels sharpen faster and easier.

    In general, the edge on my carbon knives tend to fail by rolling; stainless by chipout. But they pretty much all fail at roughly the same edge geometries for a given task, so it's largely a wash... other than a rolled edge can often be fixed easier.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013
  20. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    I see you own the BK-9.

    Would you say that the grip has a nonslip surface?

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