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Buck 119 or kabar?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by milemaker13, Apr 28, 2018.

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  1. milemaker13

    milemaker13 Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a new full size knife. Basic camping/ zombie apocalypse use...

    I have always like these two classic knives. The big buck 119 or the bigger full size kabar.

    Since it will be a camp knife I am looking at the less expensive black & silver buck.

    I'm reading some reviews the kabar has a painted blade vs the original blackened steel finish?? Also considering the black rubber handle over the stacked leather... Mistake?

    What are your experiences, preferences and/or advice?

    Btw- these couple knives I'm looking at cost about $55-$65....
     
  2. red rick

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    I would pick the Kabar , but the Buck would resist rust better .
     
  3. SharpDog

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    They're all good knives. Rubber or synthetic handle is best, then wood. IMHO leather is the worst handle material in terms of durability and longevity and has no advantages over a properly contoured handle of wood or synthetic. IMHO, in your price range, you'll want to stick with 1095 or 1075 high carbon steel. Here are some more excellent choices (Running $65 and $64 respectively):

    1086284 Ontario Knife Co RTAK-II Knife
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    https://smile.amazon.com/1086284-On...r=8-1&keywords=ontario+fixed+blade+camp+knife


    Condor Tool & Knife, Hudson Bay Camp Knife, 8in Blade, Walnut Handle with Sheath
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    https://smile.amazon.com/Condor-Too...57506&sr=8-18&keywords=fixed+blade+camp+knife
     
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  5. milemaker13

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    Why / when did they start "epoxy powder coating" the kabar blades? I'm not sure I like that... I have an el-cheapo knife with that kind of a finish and I'm not a fan.
     
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    Get both you won't be disappointed.
     
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    I would go Buck 119 because I am pretty sure it is a full tang instead of a rat tail tang like the Ka-Bar. J
     
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    The buck is also a rat tail I think... The Tang does not show thru the handle...
     
  9. 3Crows

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    You are right, the 119 is not actually a full tang but it has a stick type, still bigger in section than what I see on a KaBar. I was thinking of the 124.
     
  10. John Joseph

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    I'm a fan of Green River.
    Pick your blade, make a sheath and you've got a heck of a knife for very few $$
     
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  12. bikerdoc

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    Another ringing endorsement for anything Becker.
     
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    I would say KaBar, but then I may be a little bias. I carried a KaBar made USMC Fighting knife, affectionately call KaBar by Marines. I carried mine around the world and a tour of combat. You pick the weather, me ant my KaBar saw it all. It’s a knive I trust with my life.
     
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    I agree with you to a point but IMHO you're out of the OP's stated price range. However, a Schrade that showed up in your search is a good choice. I read the OP as wanting a camp knife ... ie a large blade. The Schrade I saw in your search is:

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    which is a pretty darn good 5+ " knife for $42:

    https://smile.amazon.com/Schrade-SC...pID=41VyLR8jN7L&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
     
  16. SharpDog

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    Btw, way out of the stated price range and after many years of thought and research, here is what I came up with:

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    Also btw, 100% Made in USA :)
     
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    I have to be honest,I 16711585_1246898375388902_8095062477940674804_n 1_zpsorwfrgpy.jpg like them both very much.
     
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    Get both, and if size is an issue? They have the Buck General, or Ontario carries more than a few... It comes down to how much of a blade you want between you and them, and what you think...
     
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    Get both, and if size is an issue? They have the Buck General, or Ontario carries more than a few... It comes down to how much of a blade you want between you and them, and what you think...:thumbup:
     
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    +1 on the kabar Bk-16. It’s my go-to camping and outdoors knife. I used it last weekend to get a campfire going and it’s a great, tough knife that takes a sharp edge.

    Edited too add: just looked at the Buck. Great, now I want one.
     
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    I was pretty happy with the 5160 RTAK II.
     
  22. Water-Man

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    The KA-BAR Becker BK9 is especially good for the zombie part of your choices.
     
  23. Kookla

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    I was given a Buck 119 years ago by a friend and gave it to a different friend who needed a knife. They are good knives, though I never beat on it.
     
  24. Danoobie

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    Look into Camillus Cutlery. They used to make a lot of Kabars.
     
  25. Pete D.

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    Knives. I admit to knife addiction. I have two kabars, an Ontario, a Green River, the Condor Hudson Bay .... the knife that I wear the most is an old cant get em anymore four inch pukko by Tapio Wirkala
     
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