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survival/bushcraft knife under $100

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by mainecoon, May 8, 2017.

  1. joneb

    joneb Member

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    I bought a Cold steel master Hunter made with cpm 3v steel, it's not a great Bushcraft knife as it is a better hunting knife. I do think it is a very good do all knife for the size.
     
  2. JShirley

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    Tirod's post was excellent. I have long been an advocate for at least two knives. One knife should be small and handy, while the other can in fact be a large knife of almost any sturdy construction or a hatchet.

    John
     
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  3. mainecoon

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    Thanks everyone for the responses. A lot of choices out there. Think I'm gonna go with an Ontario Blackbird. A little pricey but wicked cool.
     
  4. JShirley

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    They're good. You'll at least need a cheap machete to pair it with...
     
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  6. Jackal

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    Cant really beat a Becker at the price point for a general purpose knife. My BK2 is thick, but it takes a wicked edge. I can clean fish, prep dinner, prep fires, dig holes and chop tree's down with it:).
     
  7. hso

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    I'm fond of the BK 15, 16 smaller BKT knives to go with the larger ones.
     
  8. Jackal

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    After 2 different Esee knives with faulty heat treats (chipping and rolling respectively), I'm personally done with them. Heck, my little old Condor Bushlore has been great with none of the issues my Esee's had.
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  9. 22-rimfire

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    Since Ethan Becker bought one of the two original Horace Kephart owned knives, I am expecting a Becker (Kabar) Kephart in the future. My next fixed blade will likely be a Kephart design. Thinking about getting a handmade version however.

    I like the Condor Bushore and the Two Rivers Skinner fixed blades. I have a number of their fixed blades and especially like their machetes.

    Hard to beat the Kabar Becker BK-16 for general woods use (on a modestly priced blade). I am especially fond of the BK-15 which has been discontinued.
     
  10. joneb

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    No, no it isn't.

    No "handmade" knife is $40. That's not zebra wood, it is some sort of laminated wood. The claims of D2 and low price "handmade" and fake wood mark it as either Chinese, Indian or Pakistani.
     
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  12. MTMilitiaman

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    Glock Field Knife-- available with or without the saw on the back, clip point high carbon steel blade, retention sheath. It comfortable and almost indestructible and costs $25-30.

    I have a Gerber Strongarm. I imagine it is very close to the Infantry you are looking at. Very solid knife for the money with an excellent kydex retention rig that makes it easy to strap the knife to pretty much everything.

    If you want something a little bigger, I have an OKC Spearpoint Bowie with a 9.5 inch 5160 high carbon steel blade that is apocalyptically tough and cost under $100. This is one knife you can dig, pry, and chop with. You could probably baton it through an anvil without damaging it. This is one knife capable of getting you out of a sticky situation. I call it my "Noy-ife" with an Australian accent because every time I handle it I think of that part on Crocodile Dundee where he tells the street punk, "That's not a noy-ife, THIS is a noy-ife."
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  13. ilbob

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    I think everybody should have a knife that they can pull out and do a Crocodile Dundee with. Not for any really good reason just for the heck of it.
     
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  14. Deltaboy1984

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    Mora ,Tramontina machete, and folding saw !
     
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    14 inch Imacasa machete and a leatherman in your pocket! and the folding saw if you are in the woods.
     
  16. WrongHanded

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    I had a carbon steel Mora once upon a time. I could, and I did, shave with it regularly. I also cut up horses, cow, deer, antelope, and any other large herbivore brought as food for the wolves. Looking back, shaving with the blade I butchered with wasn't the smartest idea. But at 21 I didn't care.

    I bought a laminated blade later on, to replace the carbon steel version I lost. That blade never could get quite as sharp. Still worked well enough for everything but shaving.

    I'd spring for a Fallkniven F1, if I were looking. Superb bushcraft knife.
     
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  17. TimboKhan

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    Not a commonly seen sentence, my friend. Lol, hopefully it does not start a trend of "what knife for horse?" threads.
     
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  18. WrongHanded

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    I worked at a captive wolf refuge. Old age, colic, foundering, etc. result in a lot of owner trying to find a way to get rid of a dead horse. Cremation being expensive, and burial requiring a VERY large hole.

    "What knife for a horse?" I like a Mora or a Fallkniven F1. ;)
     
  19. C0untZer0

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    Has anyone used the Condor Final Frontier ?
     
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    I haven't seen where anyone here recommended the Terävä Jääkäripuukko from Varusteleka and the Jääkäripuukko generally has been well received.

    It's cheaper than the Gerber LMF II, $54.99 + $9.99 S&H.

    The Terävä Jääkäripuukko comes in 2 sizes. The model 110 is 4.33" (110mm) and the model 140 is 5.5" (140mm)

    https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/terava-jaakaripuukko-carbon-steel/56524

    You can Google it to get reviews of the knife. It also comes with a pretty nice leather sheath.
     
  21. Mizar

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    Since EU only available blades were mentioned, I can recommend a Bulgarian brand - Manly: http://manly-bg.com/catalog/2289_category.html
    The Patriot series is a fixed blade knife, made from either D2 or CPM154. A friend of mine, which happens to be a knife maker as well, works at the factory and I can assure you that the blades are well made and with proper heat treating. Not to mention the low price tag... But I don't know their shipping rates to US, sorry!

    P.S. They still list Boker as their distributor in Germany and US, but I can't find the knives on their site - seems like they split up for one reason or another.
     
  22. bannockburn

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    Since I didn't give in to Photobucket's "offer" (more like extortion), and they subsequently withheld my photos, I thought I would repost the photo of my Ontario RAT-5 knife.

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  23. Creature

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    I don't consider Mora to be ideally suited for serious survival/bushcraft work. Most Moras do not have full-tang construction and their rather thin blades are better suited for light camp work. If I had stay under $100, I would probably go with a RAT 3.
     

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