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Field Knife for Bailout Bag

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Jeff White, Oct 12, 2012.

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  1. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Some day I would like a Camp Defender.
     
  2. JShirley

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    Well, a lot of people say it's a big knife, but (IMO) it's not too big to carry while hiking.

    The RTAK 2 I just picked up, on the other hand, is about 30% longer and probably twice as heavy! :what:
     
  3. Jeff White

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    I would be dubious about a $40 Schrade. Did you read the tomahawk review? I compared it to the RTAK-2. The RTAK does weigh over 23 oz, but at $104 delivered, I think the 5160 version is a good value. It's better on light brush than hardwood, though.

    John
     
  5. JimStC

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    Just received my Camp Defender from Sam. This is one serious tool that I recommend to anyone looking for a multi use knife. I'll leave my machetes at home when I go afield with this knife. Easier to carry in the custom sheath that accompanies it than my machetes and it is suitable for about anything I expect (or don't) to encounter.
    Thanks Sam!!

    Jim
     
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    Jeff,

    I wouldn't own anything from the current Schrade.
     
  7. Stainz

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    John Greco has made some serviceable knives for years. I no longer see him at local gun shows - but his site, grecoknives.com, may have something similar to the OP's original custom made knife in his MST - $125 inc leather sheath. 4.75" blade of 5670 steel 0.200" thick - full tang with black Micarta scales - 10.5" OAL. I acquired one - and several other examples of John's work. They represent a great value, albeit mostly substituting utility for 'bling'.

    I currently am making up B.O.B.'s for both my wife and my Jeeps - and have two Condor 'Bushlore's' for them - a whopping $28 1075 CS knife in a great sheath. I may add a Vic SAK, too - still in the acquisition stage - even need the 'bag' itself!

    Stainz
     
  8. Bartholomew Roberts

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    I have a few Beckers and a smattering of old military knives (to include the USN Mk3 Mod 0 Dive Knife). I wouldn't go with the Mk3 - tip is too fragile. I've liked all of the Beckers so far, especially the BK16, BK15 and BK17. I think anyone of those would do well for you.

    I bought a bunch of Moras just to swap/destroy and I have to say for an $8 knife, it is hard to destroy one, even with deliberate abuse.
     
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