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Old 08-30-2009, 01:09 AM   #1
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Question What's THE best survival knife?

I'm interested in a fixed blade, in a sheath by the belt.

(Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere .. just lead me to it)
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:18 AM   #2
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Ka-bar

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:46 AM   #3
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I don't like the idea of a fixed blade on my belt while on a Bike. I carry an Emerson CQC7 Tanto in my pocket and a Gerber Multi Plier in my tankbag.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:48 AM   #4
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I use the Ka-Bar Kukri when camping:

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:52 AM   #5
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I use the Ka-Bar Kukri when camping:

quite useful
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:00 AM   #6
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The thread title reminded me of the $14 Rambo Knife from the '80s with the compass in the butt and the fishing kit and Band-Aid (first aid kit) in the handle.

I have several, and they all work good. The key is to have a sharp one...so a sharpener is as important as the knife. I keep a carbide sharpener (the size of a ball-point pen) in my pack. The carbide sharpener is the best combination of speed and edge repeatability I have been able to find.
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:16 AM   #7
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gerber lmf, best bang for the buck
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:29 AM   #8
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austrian army combat knife by glock. 'bout $16.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:23 AM   #9
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The best survival knife is the one you have on you when the shit hits the fan. You ain't gonna have the Kabar when you really need it . . . or any big sheath knife for that matter. A good pocket knife is the answer. I carry a Victorinox made for the German army, a little bigger than an ordinary Swiss Army knife (longer blade) with only sawblade/can opener, corkscrew (essential) and awl. It has a lanyard hole (essential). I have it attached to my body unless I am nekked.
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:05 AM   #10
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austrian army combat knife by glock. 'bout $16.
Where did you find it for that price?
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:11 PM   #11
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"survival" ? In the context of motocamping or something else?

what tasks do you want the knife for?

what is your intended price range?
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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erda: a gun store here in alabama had a few of 'em. it's a simple, kabar klone with a little longer blade and modified clip point. real snappy plastic sheath and belt clip. it can go on left or right side. just turn knife around for either strong side ...
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:35 PM   #13
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i suggested the glock because of the low price and ergos. i'm sure there are lots of "better" knives at higher prices ...

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...icial%26sa%3DG
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:42 PM   #14
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Another thing to think about . . . Kabars and similar large sheath knives are considered prohibited weapons in Texas and other states. A Kabar is a pretty crappy survival knife unless there is the possibility that part of the survival will include a knife fight.
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:45 PM   #15
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generically... assuming this is for outdoor tasks and carried on the bike, fixed blades are more robust.

stainless or carbon steel? Stainless would be my preferred option but carbon steel is easier to sharpen and hardier if you are batoning logs.

handle? Should be a full tang to put up with abuse like batoning. Wood and bone scales are more aesthetically pleasing but synthetic materials like G10 and micarta are more practical.

Here are a couple of excellent knives designed for outside work:

$200



$165
(they do a folder called the RSK Mk.1 which is an excellent pocket knife too.)



But as you are an Aussie, for the money you can't beat a custom John Foxwell knife. I have one, quality is superb, and at 80 which is about 130 US / $150 Aus you'd get a stainless [ATS-34] custom-built knife that will last a lifetime.

I have a necker [smallish knife, G10 handle, neck sheath, first pic] but he does all sorts.





He posts on another forum I visit and he's a splendid fellow... for an Aussie. He's based in Junee. No connection other than a very satisfied customer.

http://www.akg.org.au/component/opti...d,37/catid,35/


Or, if you ride a KLR:



Frosts of Mora stainless 'Clipper', ten quid, which is $20 Aus, and for that money it's unbeatable.

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