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Old 08-31-2009, 06:11 AM   #31
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It is an archiac law. Such things as Maglites and baseball bat can fall under the definition of "club".

On another note, when I was a student at the SERE Instructor course many years ago, the CO of the school, COL Rowe, was developing a survival knife in cooperation with Al Mar. They came up with a very large folder, too big for my taste but I bought one anyway. When I asked COL Rowe about the size he said it also had to double as a fighting knife.

You can do about anything a knife should be doing with a 2" blade.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:16 AM   #32
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I love this one, although I like it in carbon, not stainless. Much easier to maintain and the carbon blade is actaully a sandwich blade. Very strong, very handy, easy to pack, and easy to sharpen.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:23 AM   #33
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That depends on what you want to do -- I carried a KaBar all over the joint for years -- it never failed to deliver --

that said, these days, if I'm going out and about on the scoot, I carry a Woodsman's Pal (AND the KaBar, natch ;-}

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:30 AM   #34
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Yeah, those or a small machete are very handy. I have a machete with saw teeth on the back.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:37 AM   #35
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What do you use the saw teeth for?
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:40 AM   #36
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I don't use 'em for anything . . . but they give me a warm fuzzy feelin' knowin' they are there.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:42 AM   #37
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Kinda what I thought!
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:05 AM   #38
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Here are a couple of excellent knives designed for outside work:

$200

I'm in line waiting for my skookum bush tool. It's got great reviews. I'm also reading the survival book by Mors Kochanski. I should probably take one of his courses since I spend a lot of time up in the Northern woods.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:44 AM   #39
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SOG Spec-Elite II, if I were picking a single-blade.



Its a big knife that carries much smaller.

However, I would probably want any of the full-size Leatherman tools. I have a Swisstool that won't die but the Leatherman tools are nicer, IMHO.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:00 AM   #40
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I can't believe no one has mentioned a RAT knife. They have different sizes to pick from, depending on your definition of survival knife. They're also made it the USA.


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Old 08-31-2009, 08:23 AM   #41
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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.

agreed and it is cheap compared to the other 'swords' and will do so much more!
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:24 AM   #42
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They're also made in the USA.
possibly not the finest selling point for an Aussie.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:26 AM   #43
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Yep, a survial knife shouldn't cost two hundred bucks. I can't imagine what amounts to a puka for two hundred bucks.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:44 AM   #44
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My personal choice would be an RD6. 1/4inch thick. I have an Ontario Rat7 which is 3/16 thick and sometimes which it were a little beefier.

http://www.rangerknives.com/Knives/index.html
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:05 AM   #45
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For nice bigger knives, I have always liked SOG knives:



But for camping and taking a fixed blade for general and practical use, I take one of these smaller Benchmade Mel Pardues:



If we go back to the best knife is the one you have with you, my every day carry knife is a Benchmade Presidio:

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