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Just got a new Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by tcsnake, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

  2. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    Why don't you tell us?

    Seeing that it's made in China, and there are no specs given on type of steel or anything, it's all a question mark. And at that price, I'd call it a 'beater' and treat it as such.

    Give it a field test and write us a report.
  3. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    $15 knife...

    TC Snake--Well, the printing under the pic you supplied about says it all. A $15 Chinese-made knife would, I expect, not have the finest steel, nor the finest heat treatment, in the world, but it could possibly surprise you.

    Try sharpening it. Try using the heck out of it. If it holds an edge, and is easy to sharpen, then you got yourself a gem. If not, well, you haven't exactly lost yr shirt, and for your next knife you might try something of a little higher quality.

    And if you DO discover that you have a gem, for Petes' sake let us all know!!
  4. Sniper X

    Sniper X Well-Known Member

    that link is broken, can you repost it?
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    No idea what you purchased since the link no longer works.

    $15? Follow Smokey Joe's advice and let us know of you stumbled across a treasure or paid for trash.
  6. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

  7. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

    Anyone know anything about the Ontario knife company in general? last I heard they were awarded the millitary Ka-Bar Manufacturing contracts and also sold high volume to Cabellas. Are there Products worthwhile? It would also seem that these knives fly off the shelves whenever available. I'll be sure to share my own Experiences with the one Im getting (I haven't Received it yet).
  8. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    Ontario knives...

    TC Snake--Only thing I know about Ontario Knife Co. is that they bought out Old Hickory knives, years ago. OH's used to say on the blade, "Shapleigh's Hammer Forged 1843." When they started saying "Ontario Knife Co." instead, the quality of the knives went down. That was when the fake "hammer marks" became really prominent, too.

    I have 2 or 3 of the old ones, and a couple of the new ones, also. Steel in the old ones is better--thinner blade, but just as sturdy, easier to sharpen, and holds an edge better. I have no idea as to the technical details involved.

    The sharpest commercial knife I own is an old OH which is my dedicated fine-detail skinning knife.

    When I find a "Shapleigh's" OH @ a garage sale I snap it up. The "Ontario" OH's aren't bad, you understand, they just aren't as good. I'd probably buy one of those @ a garage sale, too.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  9. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member


    Just recieved an E-mail that this item is no longer in stock. Too bad, would have liked to have seen the quality up close.

    Its ok I now have a newfound itch to buy a knife modeled after the Fearsome Commanche "scalper" blades of the old west. Wish me luck!
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Ontario is a long standing and well respected knife company (except for the brush up over the RAT knives). They make a quality product.

    BTW, that knife is posted as out of stock in the first dozen places google provides.

    As to a "scalper" you should just purchase an Old Hickory wood handled butcher knife since there's no specific knife that was a scalper.
  11. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Tactical Hunter?

    Does that term make anyone else twitch?

    Any more, I find I have to exert a degree of will in order to consider an essentially ordinary knife with "tactical" in its name.

    More so if the name combines common sporting activities with that term.

    Tactical Fishing
    Tactical Hunting
    Tactical Camping
    Tactical Climbing

    Could be worse, I guess. Tactical Woodworking.

  12. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    Tactical Cookware...

    for those tactical 0'dark thirty operation butter bagel missions....
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Smokey Joe

    I picked up one of those Old Hickory knives shortly after Ontario bought them out. And while the quality was not as good as the original Old Hickory knives, it's still been a very decent blade for the money.
  14. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    OH knives...

    Bannockburn--Glad someone else besides me remembers back to when OH got bought out! Usually when I mention that the response is, "Must'a' been before my time; never knew OH was anything other than Ontario."

    And I entirely agree with your assessment of the current OH knives.

    Wi' a nom like Bannockburn, ye mus' be somewha' o' a canny Scot, me laddie!
  15. zignal_zero

    zignal_zero Well-Known Member

    i have a good friend who swears by Ontario's fixed blades, but then again.... he like CRKT folders lol

    i would not hesitate to take a chance on Ontario, though, because i do not believe Justin would have let them produce his knives if they weren't capable of doing a good job. also ICYCHAP (i think his name is) reviewed his RD6 on youtube (Justin's design made by Ontario) and says it's taken a beatin without a hicup.
  16. wuluf

    wuluf Well-Known Member

    I'll be doing some tactical camping this month. The ceramic plates do make the tent a little heavier tho...
  17. swiftak

    swiftak Well-Known Member

    tactical steak knife
  18. Black Toe Knives

    Black Toe Knives Well-Known Member

    Hey now, my favorite kitchen knife is made of D2 with a acid wash finish with a Micarta handle. It is also the knife I use to eat my steak with. If it is handy I would cut my bagel too LOL.
  19. zignal_zero

    zignal_zero Well-Known Member

    all this talk of "tactical steak knives" reminds me of something pretty funny -

    my buddy, Iraq Vet, works at a place where he is issued a 9mm and an AR15. he is allowed to carry a folder including his balisong. however, they told him he could NOT carry his Nimravus. they said "no fixed blades". so he points out another employee that brought a steak knife in his lunch box and says "what about his fixed blade" they say "that's for cutting steak" he says "yea, that's what i use my Nimravus for also" (true, we both do). they still tell him that (basically) his steak knife looks scarier than the other guys so he can't have it at work - Tactical Steak Knife :D
  20. tcsnake

    tcsnake Well-Known Member

    Im sorry zignal but I LOVE CRKT. Easily in the top 3 commercial knife makers of all time.

    heres my list, Your results may Vary

    #1 T.O.P.S
    #2 Benchmade
    #3 CRKT
    #4 Cold Steel
    #5 Buck

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