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  1. joneb

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    Looks good to me!
     
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    OKC makes very good knives. No 1st hand experience with that one, but would think it should be a good one. I've researched, and came close to buying the same knife with a shorter blade.
     
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    Other options:

    Ontario rd6 - discontinued may be harder to find

    Kabar kukri

    Then honestly a plain old Cold Steel machete is done very well for me, after using a belt to get a proper edge.
     
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    I keep a fasthawk and a sharpfinger in the truck, I have yet to find a chore shy of playing lumberjack that I can’t do with one of those items. Make sure if your going to do serious work with it that you have good enough steel and a thick spine to whack on for splitting purposes.
     
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    9.5" of 5160 steel looks like a good deal for a big knife, but you may find that it is too much knife for practical use
     
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    I'm too old to sleep on the ground these days but there was a time I camped out of a raft or truck more often than not. I was a guide and was outside 150-200+ nights a year. I packed ( not carried) an old K-Bar and believe it to be one of the very few practical large camp knives. I didn't use it very often but when needed it was the best tool for the job. It's a tractor of a knife.

    https://www.kabar.com/most-famous-knife
     
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  8. joneb

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    I've thought about that, I have a 6" Cattaraugus which is a pretty good splitter for small rounds but there is not much spine to whack on. I cut fire wood and find a blade works better for me to whack off smaller dead limbs than a axe, this saves on gas and bar oil. This knife would also be used for brush clearing and processing kindling. I don't have a machete so this would fill in as a short one, I am concerned with new knife legislation that could prohibit me from owning a knife of the size.
    This seems like a good deal that I could put to use.
     
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    double tap
     
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    I have the SP-10 bowie listed at the bottom of the page. Great knife. I've been using it for several years. Get one and you'll save almost $20.

    The knife you show has a straight blade. Not that good for chopping tasks.
     
  11. SharpDog

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    Actually, it will be better at chopping than a Bowie style since there is more weight forward where it's needed for chopping. The Bowie is lighter in front which makes it better for fighting, not chopping.

    That's a great knife. Made in the USA, well-known company. You'll need to take care of the blade but it's a tough high carbon steel. I have several knives in 5160. And that's a good price as well.
     
  12. hso

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    If your looking for a camp chopper there are better designs from cultures that evolved in those environments.

    Look for good bolos, goloks, machetes in the same size range. Some will be more robust and will serve to split and others are dedicated brush/small limb choppers. Ontario makes a solid 12" heavy machete. Kabar has the Becker Machax that I'd grab before they're gone. Being a bit tip heavy with a slight recurve serves well.

    While from Finland, the versuri with a hatchet handle, serves marvelously in my Appalachian temperate rain forest (similar to your's in the PacNW) and rides around in my vehicle.
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    $60 looks like a heck of a deal for that knife.

    John
     
  14. T.R.

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    I bought a BUCK model 119 for my glove box knife. Got it slightly used condition from eBay for $45.

    TR
     
  15. JeffG

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    I love and carry big knives, specifically Bowies, but there is a limit to what they can do, and what I am willing to put them through. I augment my set of tools with a tomahawk or Viking axe to do heavier chores.
     
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    A 15-16” villager khukuri from Himalayan Imports will give you a good chopper at about one pound and close to your price point. And it also makes a decent slicer if nothing else is available.
     
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    Thanks for the replies :)
    readyeddy and HSO has got me looking in a slightly different direction to suit my needs and not my wants, when I get something I want it often gets shelved.
    So here are a few tools I found that may better fit my needs,
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GIT9Q3E/ref=dp_prsubs_2, This seems a bit spendy for what it is.
    https://www.amazon.com/Svord-SVG-BR...1526756421&sr=8-30&keywords=svord+fixed+blade, this looks great but pricey.
    https://www.amazon.com/Condor-Tool-..._rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=D3QFZFAGT3MAVFNYAGK8, this is a conterder.
    https://www.knifecenter.com/item/MY...e-carbon-steel-blade-wood-handle-nylon-sheath, this is availible in a 12"
    https://www.amazon.com/Condor-Tool-Knife-Parang-Machete/dp/B00WTHW9T2, there is a 12" version simular to this.
    There seems to be a lot of options may need to think about for while.
     
  18. hso

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    Much more along the lines of good choppers.

    Check the reviews on each on the bushcraft sites. I can assure you the Svord is a solid choice as is the Ray Mears and the Condor.
     
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    I have both the Gerber Gator Jr, and a regular Gator machete in my truck; hand for whacking out firing lanes when planning stand sites. I've heard they even make a good impromptu spatula for a backwoods cookout. Not a lot of $$ outlay, Walmart has 'em cheap.
     
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    I've abused the hell out of my Gerber Gator - used it for chopping mulberry bushes that had grown through discarded chain-link fence scrap, hit tomato stakes hidden in thick brush, as well as going into the dirt and hitting rocks. It doesn't hold an edge but a few swipes with a Smith's Pocket Pal gets it sharp enough to get going again and cut through vines and shrubbery. The blade has some dents in it like you'd expect but it hasn't snapped, chipped, warped or cracked.

    I keep meaning to get a Baryonx just because it looks so neat:

    http://www.baryonyxknife.com/bama.html

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  21. bubba in ca

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    My pick is a 14 inch machete and a sak or multi tool. Currently, I carry an Imacasa and a leatherman sidekick but if I'm traveling I switch over to my SAK.
    Not allergic to hatchets, either.

    If I were looking for a big knife for utilitarian things, I'd look at the Beckers although Ontario has a big line of very adequate knives.
     
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    I got a new Callimus fixed blade for the glove box and a Cold Steel Bolo machete in the Trunk.
     
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    I was looking for a chopper for green and dead wood, something with more blade length than a hatchet with similar weight. This; http://www.condortk.com/productos-detalle.php?producto=141&cat=82 fit my price point.
    https://www.smkw.com/ka-bar-cutlass-machete-with-leather-cordura-sheath This was a contender in my price range
    These were above what I wanted to spend but fit my criteria,
    https://www.smkw.com/tops-yacare-black-canvas-micarta-yac01#specs-container
    https://www.topsknives.com/knives/survival/power-eagle-12
     
  25. Sovblocgunfan

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    I have a couple of old cane knives that work great for fibrous brush and clearing unwanted stalky plants in my yard.

    Maybe not great for heavy duty beatings-too thin for that. But they are handy as heck on duck hunts and whatnot.
     
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