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Survive! knives

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by SoonerMedic, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. SoonerMedic

    SoonerMedic Member

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    So, I have had the pleasure of actually holding one of these and shaving a massive patch of hair off my arm since my dad was lucky enough to have bought one. I've seen the videos where they baton hardwood with them, cut phonebooks in half, and even put them between two boards and have a 200ish lb man hang from the tang. After all the tests they put through these knives they are still able to pass the paper test and still get super thin strips to shave off.

    My question is, do any of you know of any fixed blade knives that can be bought for less than $100 that are even 75% as good as these knives as far as edge strength and sharpness? I would like comparable steel and thickness as the Survive! line are quite thick and heavy. Thoughts?

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  2. jmr40

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    Not as pretty, but one of these would be my choice at under $100.

    https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8627...339&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=ontario+rat+5&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Knif...=1483697446&sr=8-1&keywords=ontario+tak+knife
    https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8628...rd_wg=wqVM5&psc=1&refRID=1KNE9R23ZT6FEE07P86C
    https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8604...546&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=ontario+rat+7&psc=1

    A little less rugged than you may want,but the one I think is the best value

    https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Forc...1-1&keywords=ontario+air+force+survival+knife

    All are similar, mainly different blade lengths. The RAT 5 and TAK1 are very close. The TAK1 has a slightly longer blade,but is thinner and lighter. I like it slightly better than the RAT5.

    The K-BAR Becker series are good knives for the money too. I just like the Ontario knives a little better.
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...x=Kbar+becker,sporting,236&crid=1IM4WHW6M91H9

    Except for the BK-16. But it is a lighter duty knife than the others.

    https://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becke...697824&sr=1-4-fkmr0&keywords=kbar+becker+bk22

    FWIW I don't really like the sheath that comes with any of them except the Air Force Survival knife. But they do work and replacements can be found for many of them.
     
  3. DDDWho

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    I bought this thing at Wally for less than $50. I think its a Wally exclusive, It was sharp enough to shave with out of the box. Comes with a nifty plastic sheath, 5" blade. I don't know if it will pass any of the tests you speak of but it seems to be a quite useful knife. I've only had it for a short time only playing with it. Its a Buck Mesa 632

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  4. GLOOB

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    Batonning is not particularly tough on a knife. Esp most hardwoods. You want to screw up a knife edge try cutting a softwood like aged yellow pine. Growth rings are fantastically hard. :)

    If you wanna see some serious batonning, do a search for how they make traditional wood roof shingles in Japan. It is crazy. Using a knife, they baton this block of wood down to playing cards.
     
  5. hso

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    http://surviveknives.com/knives/gso-series/

    Their prices are $160-$240 so can you clarify why you framed the question "do any of you know of any fixed blade knives that can be bought for less than $100 that are even 75% as good" when their page has them for much more?

    I'll second the Becker's and some Ontarios. Also check the American Knife Company post I put up.
     
  6. lemaymiami

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    My choice for a "survival" knife will be a bit contrary since it will be whatever blade is to hand... Pocket knife, hunting knife, butcher's blade (I have an assortment of work knives that range from Old Hickory stiff boning blades all the way up to Forschner scimitars...).

    Yes, it's nice to pick up a purpose made blade and keep it handy "in case" but any decent blade will do in a pinch.... I spend my days way back in the saltwater Everglades -look at my avatar - (did a 76 mile round trip with customers yesterday....) and use knives daily in rough circumstances -so I guess my take on it is a bit different from most....
     
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    They way I read it,,,,, he doesn't want to spend more than a $100 and would like a knife that's at least 75% as good.

    ,,,, not as he's boasting that 'you cant find a knife thats even 75% as good as this sub $100 Survive! knife!!!!!'.
     
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  8. SoonerMedic

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    This is exactly what I meant. My dad has a Survive! knife and I love it, I just can't justify $200+ for a knife right now. I just want something that is almost comparable without having to spend more than $100.
     
  9. SoonerMedic

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    I didn't mean a survival knife exactly, the name of the company is called Survive! knives.
     
  10. bannockburn

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    I like the RAT5 too, especially in that price range. A solid, well built, and dependable knife.

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  12. Litlman

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    I have a Becker BK2 and ESEE 6, similar knives, 1095 steel. The ESEE is more refined and sharper out of the box. Always wanted a GSO 4 but hard to find and I am not in to pre-ordering.
     
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    I use a BK2 almost everyday making kindling for the Wood burning stove. You aren't going to break one. Survive! I believe is 3V which is awesome stuff Beckers are 1095cv Still a great steel. Won't have the edge retention but it holds a plenty good edge.
     
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    Theres lots and lots of options and it opens up furthers if your not a opposed to buying used.
     
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    I picked up a GCS knife off amazon recently and it's a 1/8th" thick chunk of flat ground D2 steel.

    The fitment on the grip scales is very nice and I really like the sheath. It cost about $60 and seems like a VERY nice knife.
     
  16. DDDWho

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    Here's my BK2 with dimpled scales, stainless steel nuts and bolts and a custom sheath. The 1/4" thick blade makes it harder to tear up than a crowbar.

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  17. Litlman

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    DDDWho, cool set up.
     
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