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Suggestions on a fixed blade EDC "Landowner" Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by bpl, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. bpl

    bpl Well-Known Member

    I'm looking into buying a fixed blade knife to use around my property which is a mix of woods and fields. Hiking in the woods and basic stuff, opening seed/fertilizer, cutting small twigs, branches, etc., twine, zip-ties... defense against rabid animals. :D

    I was thinking something 4-6" or so. Leather sheath preferable because I like it better aesthetically and its less shocking to visitors/neighbors than kydex or other synthetics. Lack of leather is not a dealbreaker though. I was considering a bushcraft type knife for this purchase, but I'm open to ideas. I'm not 100% sure how much I want to spend, so maybe some suggestions for under $100 and some others for under $200.

  2. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member


    I'd recommend plain old Kabar, 1211
    Becker BK16, or bigger you can look at BK2
    Ontario RD4

    These have all been good to me so far.

    If you're looking for chopping branches ect... I'd go more to the 6-8 inch blade, as your hand will be farther away from impact. Kabar Heavy Bowie is also a favorite of mine.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  3. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    One of the nicer mora type Scandinavia knives.
    I use a Roselli carpenters knife in the ways you described.
  4. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Get the THR commemorative made by Kim Breed. A knife optimized for EDC.
  6. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Well-Known Member

    4-6" is big for an EDC. Under 4" is plenty and 3 is perfect for a farm and ranche blade.
    A 3" fixed blade in a leather sheath with jeans and boots doesn't get a second glance at the bank, city hall, or post office in my town. Nobody gets nervous.
  7. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    $20-30 - Mora "Clipper"
    $80-100 - ESEE 4
    $160-200 - Bark River Bravo-1
  8. bpl

    bpl Well-Known Member

    This would be for use mostly for around my property, not around town. I use a folder for around town generally. I'd probably wear it to tractor supply, but not to the town hall. So, not a true EDC knife then I guess.

    You're probably right about 6" being too long, 4" is probably better but I kinda liked the Knives of Alaska Bush Camp knife, so I went out to 6". I'm definitely gonna need a "camp" knife too I guess...

    I do already have a BK2, I'm looking for something a bit more svelt...which in reality is most everything! :D

    So, may I revise my criteria to 3-5" then?

  9. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Maybe as a relief from the inevitable Mora mantra?

    Easy - just kidding, I like Moras and Mora derivatives but I like these better.
    How about these little Old Timers? I started carrying the 152s trapping and hunting as a kid and only turned on to the 158s in the past decade or so in trying to replace one of my sadder 152s.

    To the point of the OP... I started carrying the 158 in servicing our commercial properties quite by accident as I happened to have a recently received one in my car and needed a knife for a couple somethins.

    By the time I got into the car to leave and completely without looking for things to do with it, I had used it to; handily cut many lengths of twine to bind up scrap carpet, stripped some wires, trimmed down (cleanly) a lot of buds and suckers on a couple trees and scored some reflective adhesive for windows.

    I started carrying one in my tool bag from then on as a utility knife/line cutter/stripper.

    Or just go to a gun show and hunt up some funky old Western, Marble's or the like for style points.

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  10. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

  11. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    Swamp Rat Knives or Scrap Yard knives.


    lots of nice options in your price range. I just bought a BK2 on ebay an hour ago 61.49 including shipping.

  12. RatDrall

    RatDrall Well-Known Member

    Bark River Bravo 1 is my "do it all" knife. I've used it as my primary hiking and camping and often EDC knife and it has done everything from carving small traps and opening food packaging to processing wet wood to get a fire going in a drizzle. They're pretty too:


    ...And look nice in the sheaths I made for them:

  13. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

  14. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    Lots of nice Bark River knives. Little more pricey. I have wanted one for awhile now. After watching "deer hunters knives" on youtube, he has sold me on them. Just haven't dropped the coin on one yet. I really should have saved my money and bought one instead of the BK2. But I have looked at the BK2 online for over year now and I think its going to be worth the 62 bucks all day long.
  15. bpl

    bpl Well-Known Member

    Does bark river offer a nice leather sheath? What about ESEE?

    What about an aftermarket leather sheath?
  16. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    Most of the Bark rivers come with a leather sheath. The best deal going right now is a guy on ebay has a few BR North stars for 114 bucks plus ship. thats a steal in my opinion. Check out DLT trading or knives ship for free both have a nice selection of Bark River.
  17. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member


    The eskabar is a nice size knife I have one and carry it a lot.
  18. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    Your handle fell off! ;)

    Personally, I am without a good single-edged blade in this category, so am here to learn what others are thinking.
  19. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    you mean my scales fell off! :)
  20. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I am partial to the kbar knife. They have the original size as well as a smaller version.

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