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Walmart Hunting Knives?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Mr.Brown16, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. Mr.Brown16

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    Does anyone know if walmart carries any good hunting knifes?
    Do they get more around hunting season?
    Is a fixed blade better for hunting?
     
  2. Joe Demko

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    A good brand is a good brand, even if you buy it Walmart. Likewise, crap is crap no matter where you buy it. Buck puts out good quality hunters that Walmart carries at quite reasonable prices. I prefer a fixed blade. Much easier to clean up afterwards.
     
  3. foghornl

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    I bought a Buck fixed-blade Model 102 ('Woodsman', 4" blade, approx 7-1/2" overall), IIRC for under $35 a couple of years back, from my local friendly Wal-Mart. Was significantly higher in the other big-box sporting goods places.
     
  4. Valkman

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    At Wal-Mart I'd get Buck because I know who does the heat treating (Paul Bos) and he's the best. Whatever steel is used in the knife he'll bring out the best in it.
     
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    I agree with Valkman. The heat treat guru at Buck is truly a master.
     
  6. Kingcreek

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    Generally, yes. There are good folders out there that will do the job but you can usually buy better steel in a fixed blade for less money.
    I own a couple dozen good knives, some going near the $1000 price point, but my hunting pack carries an Eriksson #510 mora for under $10.
    http://ragweedforge.com/SwedishKnifeCatalog.html
     
  7. Mike U.

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    Buck is a pretty good bet. Don't make the mistake I see all too often and use the knife as a pry bar. Over the years I've seen dozens of broken tip Buck 110's because folks try to use it for a purpose it was never intended to fulfill. They make excellent cutting tools but are very poor and expensive pry bars.

    Also, while your at Wallyworld, I would HIGHLY recommend (if your in the market for a folder) that you check out Spyderco's S30-V "Native" model at Wal*mart. At around $40.00 this is one of the best folder buys to be found anywhere. S30-V is a very top tier cutlery steel that will amaze you. Getting a knife with an S30-V blade at that price is money well spent. I wonder how Spyderco makes a profit on it at that price to be honest.

    Kingcreek brings up an excellent point. For pure cutting performance a good "Mora" knife is hard to beat. I have several from Frost's of Sweden and an Erikkson and they just flat out ROCK!
    Laser sharp, sharper than a razor, however you'd like to describe them, it's true. Those Swedes know how to make an outstanding cutting tool.
     
  8. cracked butt

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    The fixed blade Bucks are a very good knife for hunting purposes. I've been using one for 10 years or so now. The worst I've done to it was take a small chip out of the edge while trying to pound it through a pelvis like a total noob. It went through ok, but I've since learned better ways to deal withthat part of the anatomy.
     
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    I've got nothing against buck knives, I have a couple of older 110s that are still darn good knives. BUT the profiles on some of the newer fixed blade styles are just too deep for some tasks. I think they tried to make them idiot-resistant to tip or edge damage but they lack the ability for finer work. I like the old woodsman profile though, clip point similar to the 110.
     
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    I'll second the Spyderco Native in S30-V. I carry one as my EDC blade, and it takes and holds an edge extremely well.

    Its not exactly a dedicated hunting knife, but it'd serve well in that capacity in a pinch.
     
  11. hso

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    I've got to disagree with the folder recommendations. If nothing else they're more difficult to clean after skinning and dressing.

    Moras are great knives, but ya'll have seen me say that before.

    The new CRKT hunters are good.

    Heck, a buddy of mine uses a utility knife with a roofing felt blade and a standard blade and just unscrews the thing and washes it when he's done.
     
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    Just to throw in my $.01 (maybe I overpaid?)

    I really like the Anza knives. Mid $30 price tag, good steel, holds an edge well, looks nice, and tough. I've gutted, skinned, and split aitch bones on deer with an Anza, followed it with a quick strop, and its as good as new (a bit discolored from the blood acids, but it just gives it character). I own several. And, they aren't expensive enough to cry very long if you lose one!

    Don't discount custom knives either. I own 2 from Nick Allen, both made from O-2 tool steel. Very good knives, and very affordable.
     
  13. Mr.Brown16

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    I heard that the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharp maker is the best way to sharpen you knifes. Ive heard that sharpening good knifes destroys them because it takes the good metal away?
     
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    Improper and over sharpening ruins a good knife. Most folks don't know how to care for knives so they sharpen when they should steel or strop and they sharpen improperly which leads to over-sharpening which leads to loss of metal and destruction of the bevel.
     
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    How do you know if your over-sharpening or all ready have
     
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    Cheap hunting knives won't make you as angry when you leave them in the field.:)
     
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    On the other hand...
    spend $500 or more on a knife and I'll say you are very, very unlikely to ever leave it in the field.

    In addition to the Eriksson mora (that rides in my pack as mentioned above), I often hunt with a Dozier folder in my pocket, or a custom drop point on my belt.
     
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    I wouldn't trade my Gerber Gator Serrator for a dozen fixed blade knives. It's light, handy, and sharp and does the job. Its non-slip finish is awesome. It's well made and after 15+ years is still a tight lock up and gets shaving sharp. I got it at Walmart a long time ago.

    Frankly, I can do about anything I need to do in the field with the blade on my Buck multi-tool. All you have to worry about carrying is something you can gut with. I get it home to butcher. I have a nice Case Kodiak hunter and a Wyoming saw and such once I get home in addition to the Gerber. Hardly ever use anything, but the Gerber and the Wyoming saw for butchering, all I need except for my new electric grinder/stuffer. :D
     
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    If there was an award for most ergonomic handle on a folder, I'd give it to the Gerber Gators. I have the drop point in ATS-34 and it is hands down the most comfortable folder I've ever held. Too bad it's not a one-handed opener and has to be carried in a sheath. I gave up the folder sheaths when I retired my Buck 110.
    Pocket clips and one-handed opening and closing ability are features that are just too bloody handy to give up on a folder.

    hso,
    I agree with you. Folders are a bitch to clean up after game processing.
    I like the Spyderco S30-V Native as a general purpose pocket knife. For utility chores it flat out ROCKS! The edge is thin enough to make it an awesome slicing and cutting machine and the edge holding is just outstanding.

    I have and use a Spyderco Sharpmaker and highly recommend it for general sharpening duties. The thing is almost foolproof and the results speak for themselves. The Sharpmaker will sharpen darn near anything that has an edge too. Every Sharpmaker comes with a how-to video that teaches how to sharpen everything from nail clippers to axes and even potato peelers! A very good investment.
    Since I make knives (former part-timer, now as a hobby), I have access to a lot of equipment that will make short work of sharpening chores from belt grinders to Japanese water stones and the Sharpmaker sees most of the yeoman sharpening duties in my household.
     
  20. Stainz

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    He wanted a good hunting knife from Wally World. They carry the Buck 110 lockback folder for $30 and the fixed 119 for $35 - either will serve you well. And... if you want a great pocket knife - get that Spyderco Native S30V - $40 well spent. Mine is great... replaced my Kershaw Scallion in the watch pocket and Kershaw Blur in the back pocket with it (They are in dire need of sharpening!). I need a Spyderco 'Sharpmaker'! Note... all of the knives I mentioned are fine examples - and made in the USA!

    Stainz
     
  21. Mr.Brown16

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    Well guys I just got my knife and I had a long decision to get a winchester over a buck. I really like the look of it so let me know what you guys think of it its a little dull?
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    IMHO, someone once called that Winchester the "Wal-Mart special", and I agree. It costs $15 and I couldn't really find too much wrong with it, though I must say that I am not the experienced hunter some of these other guys in here are, so take my thoughts with a grain ;)


    BTW - just bought one of these babies


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    :evil: oh yeah
     
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    SOG rules.
     
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    I bought one of those a year or two back - gave up on sharpening it, it just didn't seem to want to take and keep an edge. I blamed it on the Communist Chineese steel. I gave it to a friend - he is happy with it -says it took a decent edge... he uses it to cut twigs, stems, etc in his garden. The Buck 119 is more there - but US made - and has decently sharpened steel. Good luck with that 'Winchester'.

    Stainz
     
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    We raved about the heat treatment that Buck knives get for a reason - you know what you're getting. Now you don't and can only hope you can sharpen it, so I'd get a good sharpener like a Spyderco but it'll cost more than the knife.

    As for folders, I would not use one hunting. Have you ever seen pics of what happens when the point catches on something and the guy's hand slides up the blade? Gimme a fixed blade anytime, made so the hand is secure from the blade.
     
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