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Car knife suggestion

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by EMT40SW, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. EMT40SW

    EMT40SW Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a strictly defensive knife to mount in my car as a last ditch life saver. I want it less than $75. I also want to perminantly mount the sheath with screws to the car. I also dont want the knife to fly out in an accident or hard stop but I have to balance this with easy access. I would love ideas on how to mount this, what knife, or a sheath maker that could make me a kydex or leather sheath for this purpose. Thank you in advance.:)
  2. Jlr2267

    Jlr2267 Well-Known Member

  3. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    I might go for something smaller, flatter and less obtrusive.

    Check out the Cold Steel "Secret Edge". It's flat, the sheath offers good retention, and it's inexpensive. If you ever (heaven forbid) have to turn it over as police evidence, you won't worry about getting it back.

    I have one that I've carried on beaded chain knotted into and cleverly concealed behind a necktie.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I would go for the 4" Spiderco Rescue folder, clipped in a sun visor pocket or appropriate place on your seat belt.

    That's one reason they make them for.

    You could sever somebody's arm with one while they had a hand around your throat.

    And it's even better & safer for cutting yourself out of seat-belts or air bags then a pointy end, sharp enough to do the same thing fixed blade would be.

  5. MrCleanOK

    MrCleanOK Well-Known Member

    For a defensive knife, I would recommend either one of these. I have both, and think they would be great for a car knife. Inexpensive, molded plastic sheaths (kydex will get messed up in a hot car), riveted construction so you can tie or bolt/screw them down. The TDI also has a bigger brother if you want a longer blade.



    If you're looking for something more rescue tool oriented, I'd get one of these. If you know anyone in the military with a couple of recent deployments under their belt, they probably have a pile of them and would just let you have one. It'll cut seat belts in an emergency, and I'm sure if you took the glass breaker end to a car jacker's face he would reconsider his life choices.

  6. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    I like RC's suggestion on the Spyderco Rescue (C45). If you stretch your budget a bit there's also the improved version, the Assist (C79), which has a hidden glass breaker (revealed by pressing the finger groove spine blade further into the handle), rescue whistle, and Spyderco's so-called Cobra Hood above the blade hole for easier opening with gloved hands. If you want lower cost while still maintaining high quality you could grab a Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara Rescue for under $25 online. If corrosion resistance and minimal maintenance are important you could always look at the H1 steel versions of the Rescue, the Atlantic Salt (C89) and the Salt Saver (C118)

    If you're dead set on a fixed blade the Boker Plus CK-1 Rescue is the fixed blade equivalent of the above folders. If double edged blades are legal in your jurisdiction, and you want a fighting style knife that can be passed off as a rescue knife then the Boker Plus Diver's Knife adaption of their Steelmariner knife may be your best bet.

    If it was me, I'd get either the Boker Plus Rescue or the Spyderco Byrd Rescue. Both are inexpensive knives that are still well made, and have true emergency use designs. They cut costs by manufacturing them in China, and using tried and true steels that are no longer the hot new thing. The Boker uses 440c, while the Byrd uses the Chinese version of AUS-8. We think of those as mid level steels now, but they were considered premium not that long ago. Both knives are more than sufficient for the carried often used little contingency role you've specified.
  7. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    The Spyderco Rescue is what I have in my truck, I keep it in the center compartment with a flashlight. Mine has Orange handles, very easy to find.
  8. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I still think a Spyderco Rescue clipped to a seat belt or visor is the best of the best you can get for this use.

    But for less then $10 bucks?

    Buy a Chinese serrated kitchen boning knife and a chunk of 1" or 1 1/4" white PVC pipe at the hardware store.

    Then heat the PVC pipe over a stove burner until you can force the knife handle into it and hand mold it till it snaps in and out while it cools.
    (Use an oven mitt!)

    Then heat the remaining part of the pipe again, and squeeze it flat in a vice against the blade.

    I have had a cheap Wal-Mart boning knife hanging off my Honda lawn mower for going on 5 years now with plastic cable ties.
    I use it to cut out weeds out by the roots while mowing.

    You can do the same anywhere in a car with plastic cable ties or duct tape.

    But like I said twice before.
    Get a Spydeco Rescue and be safer and better armed.

    A long pointy razor sharp blade inside a car during a crisis would be more dangerous to you then what you think you are going to do with it in a crisis.



    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  10. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    ... i would mount a


    Mora Companion somewhere.

    In fact, that`s what i did.

    It`s not as sturdy as a Ka-Bar ... but i feel confident with
    its cutting and stabbing capabilities.
  11. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    Based on direct personal experience I would say......something cheap you won't mind being stolen.

    Other than that I would say an M4 bayonet......attached to its M1 Carbine.

    I might check a few yard sales to see what was available. Recently picked up on of the steel pipe handled BSA Hatchet with a sheath that needs repairing.

    I would consider a serrated edge, if for no other reason than cutting seat belts. You mentioned it for being for defensive use in a car......the car makes a pretty good defensive tool as well.

  12. mole

    mole Well-Known Member

    I used Velcro to attach a Mora inside of the pocket on my car door.
  13. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Moras I got carbon steel ones in all my rigs in the glove box or in the door.
  14. RTR_RTR

    RTR_RTR Well-Known Member

    This is what I have. Sheath latches perfectly to whatever you call the compartment on the side of the door. Easy access to both hands. Just there to get a hand off me long enough to drive away
  15. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I vote for a Mora as well.
  16. BLB68

    BLB68 Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'd go with the ResQMe over the Gerber thing.

    I'll second the folder over the fixed blade suggestions. If you want something that cuts well and isn't too expensive, you may want to look at Spyderco's Byrd line. They're made overseas, but held to Spyderco's high standards. (Unlike Benchmade's red box knives, which are junk, IMO.)

    I'd also second going with serrated blades. The Cara Cara Rescue is 4" and about $24 on Knifecenter, an the Medowlark Rescue is 3 1/8" and about $20.
  17. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    I had the Gerber thing clipped to the visor when a texting teenager doing 40 mph rearended me at stop light. When the dust settled, I had no idea where the Gerber was but certainly no longer clipped to the visor. Nor was my Glock 23 still tucked between the seat and the console. Clipping to a stationary part of the seat belt might be better, but I like RC's sheath option for a fixed blade. Oh, no one was injured and he had excellent insurance.
  18. jyo

    jyo Well-Known Member

    Glock knives are decent European made fixed-blade knives---cheap too---about $30 bucks last time I looked...
  19. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Well, they're tough. That about the only decent thing about them!
  20. jack44

    jack44 Well-Known Member

    How about this one?

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