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Neck Knife Recommendations Requested

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by DFW1911, Apr 17, 2009.

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  1. DFW1911

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    Howdy Y'all,

    I'm looking at purchasing a neck knife (it will be my first) and three models have made the short list.

    The knife will be in my SD continuum; I'm CHL and always carry a folder in my pocket. I'd also like a knife that can be handy for everyday tasks when needed, so it's not strictly limited to SD/PD.

    Budget wise I'd like to be below $200, but am flexible.

    I don't know much about metallurgy or knife making, so any information will be helpful (if something is prone to rust, holds and edge well vs. needs to be sharpened all the time, is "brittle" etc.) or may be associated with other problems I'm not even thinking of.

    Here's the three I'm looking at:

    1. The Boker Nealy
    2. The Buck Mayo Kaala
    3. The Becker (KaBar) Necker (has a bottle opener built into the handle...have to love that!)

    All of the above are about the right overall and blade length(s).

    A. Any opinions on the above will be greatly appreciated.
    B. If I'm missing a great choice on my list, please let me know.
    C. There are SO many online vendors, I really don't know who's good, who's not, and who to avoid. I'm willing to pay a bit more for good service.

    Thanks in advance for your help and sharing your knowledge.

    Take care,
    DFW1911

    PS: I'd really like to support anyone who runs a small business, either a smaller retail shop or a custom maker (especially if a forum member); again, if service is good.
     
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  2. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    My vote is for the Becker necker.
    And im sure Todd A will show up soon to endorse this choice also.
     
  3. captainamerica

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    The Buck Kaala has got my attention. I'm considering one if I don't go ahead and just get a Griptilian 551 or a Leek for pocket carry.
     
  4. Todd A

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    Great knife.

    The BK11 is carbon but has a protective coating (which I removed on mine) so rust won't be a problem. Some rust might form on the uncoated edge, but will come off with use or sharpening.

    It is flat ground and will easily take a hair popping edge. And hold it very well.

    It ain't brittle.;)

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    I've pounded quite hard on mine.
     
  5. DFW1911

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    Thanks, all.

    Todd...is that the Necker cutting through a LOG????

    If so, I'd say that should serve my purposes :D

    Thanks,
    DFW1911
     
  6. Todd A

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    Yep. Use it like a splitting wedge and hit it with a stick.:)

    (I don't normally do this)

    When I know I am going out overnight I bring a camp ax. But it is nice to know what a knife is able to do in a pinch.

    And Mr Becker himself uses his in the same way.:)
     
  7. hso

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    I don't know Mayo, and Bud may have gone to UT a "few" years before I attended, but we're only acquainted, OTOH Ethan's a buddy of mine and KaBar did a great job with a fine design with the Necker. It's also is far below $200.

    Yep, Becker Necker.
     
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  9. DFW1911

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    Thanks for the help, all. I think I'm going to give the Necker a try.

    I have an eerie sense that I may have stumbled onto yet another potentially-expensive item to collect.

    Guns, watches, "gear in general"...now knives? Where / when will it end :)?
     
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    It never ends..lol
     
  11. ceadermtnboy

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    If you can wait 17 months try Charles May. Web site Charles May Knives. He has a neck nife made out of S30V complete with Kydex sheath for right at 200.00 including freight. He makes some first class Knives. I have one with red kydex on order. Only 7-8 months more to wait.
     
  12. captainamerica

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    Anybody have "The Snitch" from Randall King?
     
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    its made by King , but is a Jim Burke design , and its a small one.

    Never cared much for neck knives , hate having stuff around my neck.... though I do own a few..

    a few of these make great neckers...
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    Snitch is the bottom row , second one in from the right.

    The BM Snody is a nice hideout necker , as it the Strider ED , and the Alan Folt Baby Bear , the Simonich Crowfoot is a bit on the heavy side for a necker , but I have worn it that way a few times.
     
  14. JShirley

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    While I wouldn't want to do any actual fighting with any neck knife, I've thought the Krein Dogfish is a neat little gadget.

    John
     
  15. captainamerica

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    Thanks for the comparison pic that includes the snitch. I've just bought one so when it gets here I'll probably start wearing it around my neck some. It's not for every day but there are times I want something with me without having more space taken in my pockets. If this one doesn't fit the bill b/c it's to small I'll get the Kaala, Becker Necker, or maybe a Camillus Arclite.
     
  16. hso

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    Yep, got the scar from one to prove it. Tiny little bloodthirsty thing!

    Much like Rob getting bitten by his little Bitter Root at Blade, this thing didn't have a lot of pressure behind it, but I needed Dermabond to close me back up again.

    I'd consider the itty bitty neckers like the Bitter Root and Snitch to be a 2 finger knife and suitable for light scalpel-likework (no batoning here).

    A bigger knife like the Becker Necker can serve in a much more robust role (as seen in the pictures above).
     
  17. Todd A

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    Ditto. The other necker (which is my pocket carry) in my photo is an amazing little knife as well. But won't see hard use. It is great for precise work.The BK11 takes on the tough stuff.

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    I put another vote on a Becker, But on the heavy side, but it's got a good sheath, and a great edge. Around $35, which keeps it way under your price range.

    Also did a weave through para cording on mine that turned out nice, no neck carry but I figured out a nice dual use lanyard system for belt or in pocket carry. May get around to posting pictures, after I get around to taking them.
     
  20. TimboKhan

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    I don't know much about neck knives, but from just looking around and listening to people who do know such things, the Becker Necker seems to be the knife of choice. Personally, I am interested in a push dagger for a neck knife, but can't bring myself to buy one because I don't want to feel like a mall ninja, lol....
     
  21. CWL

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    Don't forget Fred Perrin's La Griffe. Probably don't want to chop a log with it, but better designed as a SD back-up.
     
  22. Todd A

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    Maybe....but the OP did say for everyday tasks more so than SD.

    As to better design I concede slashing ability to the La Griffe.

    However a shaving sharp 3.25" clip point blade is nothing to sneeze at in an SD role.:)

    And it cuts and splits logs.:D;)
     
  23. CWL

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    That's not what DFW1911 posted. This is what DFW posted:
    Playing with knives is fun, but if you ever have to baton logs with a neck knife, you need to re-evaluate your gear.
     
  24. mfcmb

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    I highly recommend the hideaway knife with the utility blade as a neck knife. Excellent self defense knife, acceptable daily use knife (I mean opening packages, etc., not cutting logs). Very hideable.

    http://www.hideawayknife.com/utilityhak.php
     
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    My Benchmade Instigator. Inexpensive, incredibly sharp. very rugged.
     
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