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Old 09-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #526
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"a fixed blade is a legal liability" a quote from a previous poster. People can carry concealed guns and who know how many carry guns in their glove boxes. I have my Harbor Freight 8" knife beside my seat in my jeep. Really dont care if the police like it or not. its not a gun. But if you come up to my window with bad intentions, dont come too close And I carry it in my top case on my Adventure when I am out and about. I have been known to carry a machete as well on it. I carry a leatherman and an 8" fixed blade saw strapped to my rear tool pouch on my 530. Very handy and accessible to clear small trees on unused trails. I like the 8" blade on a survival knife. use it camping and like having it next to me in the tent.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:41 PM   #527
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i just bought this


thanks for your help, guys.
you cant go wrong with this knife. I used it in Norway one year while attending cold weather survival school. I used it to stay alive for 4 days in 6ft of snow. I have one in my kit at all times now.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:39 PM   #528
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you cant go wrong with this knife. I used it in Norway one year while attending cold weather survival school. I used it to stay alive for 4 days in 6ft of snow. I have one in my kit at all times now.
How do you sharpen it out in the snow??

I'm not dissing you. I have the same knife but sharpening it intimidates me.
I was thinking of selling it and buying something in carbon steel.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:17 AM   #529
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How do you sharpen it out in the snow??

I'm not dissing you. I have the same knife but sharpening it intimidates me.
I was thinking of selling it and buying something in carbon steel.
bill
I use a diamond rod in the kitchen...it's a skinny tapered thing that folds into it's plastic handle (butterfly style). Most of my kitchen knives are stainless and a couple licks on the rod here and there keep them shaving sharp. The thing is really intended for sharpening scalloped blades but it's stiff enough to work fine on strait edges as well. I have another diamond rod intended for fieldwork out in the shop. it has a fishook grove and telescopes into it' handle. Maybe 6" of sharpening rod. It's coarser than the one in the kitchen (but stiffer) and works well on some of my shop tools, mostly carbide.


Get a Lansky kit in diamond and it will do a fine job. Not really a field kit But the edge will last more than long enough to get home again.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:25 AM   #530
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Buy yourself some Lansky ceramic sticks in the wood box. About 13 dollars and worth every penny!
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:55 AM   #531
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If you want a very tough, almost indestructible, knife without having to sell a kidney you should take a look at the Scrap Yard knives.

The Scrapper 6 (99.95$) is a real beast but if you want something smaller, you can consider the Yard Keeper (79.95$).

The Dumpster Mutt (69.95$) doesn't look bad too.

They have bigger knives but maybe a little too big to carry around on a bike.


(prices are retail prices but you could have to pay more on trading/selling forums to put your hand on one of those)







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Old 12-28-2010, 01:48 AM   #532
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LDU Company Tom Brown Tracker knife

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Which knife you trying to show us? if it is one of these:



I skin deer regularly with mine. Last year it gutted, skinned, and quartered 3 on opening morning. Tough as nails and holds an edge like you would not believe!
Bought mine from a company called LDU in China.
Cost me under $70 bucks, including the postage.

http://www.liangdianup.com/inventory/405066.htm

American manufactured ones are expensive...yet I'm wondering how many really are manufactured in the USA?
Order a certain number and LDU will stamp serial numbers onto the blade.
Mine doesn't have a country of origin stamp on it.
440 blacked out stainless I think. Micarta handles. 1/4 thick all through.
Just like some of the ones you see that people say are made in the USA.
An American company called Scorpion Six used to sell two different versions of the TBT.
The SS company website says they have discontinued the TBT knives. They called them something else.

Before the Tracker I used a K-bar for a few years. Excellent for most camping chores. Lent it to someone, never got it back.
Last couple of years I took a custom made tanto away with me. 6 inch blade. Great knife, but not real practical for bush work.

Did a lot of research on the Tracker. Seemed to tick most of the boxes I wanted.
Didn't like the price, then I came across the LDU models.
Had my one a month now.
Works great. More purpose orientated than the K-bar. Certainly better as a bush knife than the tanto.
It's a hatchet/hammer/knife/mini-machete/pry bar/ wire cutter/small spade.
The cheap leather sheath isn't anything special, but serves it's purpose for now. I'll make something better in the future.

I don't know if the Tom Brown Tracker markings on the LDU models are a forgery or not.
I will say the blacking on the blade is very well done. It hasn't worn off at all and I've used the knife to de-bark four big tree stumps in the last week. (Making rough stools and a table for the back garden.)

For the price I paid I'm more than happy with the LDU Tracker.
If it turns out to be a piece of Chinese manufactured crap, as time goes by, I'll come back here and let you know.

(I did have a loose torx screw on mine. Took them all out and used locktite. All good now.)

Cheers: Jaq
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #533
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Bought mine from a company called LDU in China.
Cost me under $70 bucks, including the postage.

http://www.liangdianup.com/inventory/405066.htm

American manufactured ones are expensive...yet I'm wondering how many really are manufactured in the USA?
Order a certain number and LDU will stamp serial numbers onto the blade.
Mine doesn't have a country of origin stamp on it.
440 blacked out stainless I think. Micarta handles. 1/4 thick all through.
Just like some of the ones you see that people say are made in the USA.
An American company called Scorpion Six used to sell two different versions of the TBT.
The SS company website says they have discontinued the TBT knives. They called them something else.

Before the Tracker I used a K-bar for a few years. Excellent for most camping chores. Lent it to someone, never got it back.
Last couple of years I took a custom made tanto away with me. 6 inch blade. Great knife, but not real practical for bush work.

Did a lot of research on the Tracker. Seemed to tick most of the boxes I wanted.
Didn't like the price, then I came across the LDU models.
Had my one a month now.
Works great. More purpose orientated than the K-bar. Certainly better as a bush knife than the tanto.
It's a hatchet/hammer/knife/mini-machete/pry bar/ wire cutter/small spade.
The cheap leather sheath isn't anything special, but serves it's purpose for now. I'll make something better in the future.

I don't know if the Tom Brown Tracker markings on the LDU models are a forgery or not.
I will say the blacking on the blade is very well done. It hasn't worn off at all and I've used the knife to de-bark four big tree stumps in the last week. (Making rough stools and a table for the back garden.)

For the price I paid I'm more than happy with the LDU Tracker.
If it turns out to be a piece of Chinese manufactured crap, as time goes by, I'll come back here and let you know.

(I did have a loose torx screw on mine. Took them all out and used locktite. All good now.)

Cheers: Jaq

I am almost 100% certain that mine was made here in the states. I have sent it back to TOPS several times to have the blade touched up. It came with a certificate of origin that has an embossment on it. I would imagine that the reason they do that is so that someone doesn't try and get something warrantied that is not a TOPS.

Good to know that you can get a cheap one though. That would make a good spare.

I love mine so far, wouldn't trade it. Matter of fact I skinned a deer with it this past weekend, and trimmed a few limbs near my stand.

Good luck with the knife, let us know if it holds up.
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:42 AM   #534
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:18 PM   #535
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Big Rock camping knife

features an ergonomic, contoured SoftGrip overmold handle with textured grip points for a secure, comfortable grasp.


  • Full tang, drop-point, partially serrated fixed blade is constructed of surgical stainless steel for durability
  • Finger guard protects finger from knife edge
  • Lanyard attachment hole at handle end
  • Nylon sheath with protective insert included






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Old 12-31-2010, 02:48 PM   #536
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What beautiful fixed blades. Don't know if this has been covered, but I am looking for a sturdy, thick-bladed folder (if there is such a thing) to do many of the chores that these fixed blades do.
Any suggestions????
Thanks. Interesting thread.
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:40 PM   #537
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During my military service we were issued these;

Had to pay for it though, but it was a customary price as it's a private company which makes these.

It has a birch handle and a carbon steel blade thick enough to be used as a proper tool and easy to sharpen even in the field. The handle is wood because it doesn't freeze or crack and remains pleasant for the touch even barehanded in minus thirty celsius. I still have it somewhere, really don't have use for it anymore though and it has sentimental value(it has my name and rank on the blade, not the one on the pic tho), so I really don't want to misplace it. I even tempered the blade for fun during some long night in the forest using the stove, don't really know if it did any good.

With those fancy plastic handled military look pigstickers you will only break the thin blade it if you try to pry or carve with it. Looks cool tho.
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:12 PM   #538
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The handle is wood because it doesn't freeze or crack and remains pleasant for the touch even barehanded in minus thirty celsius.
Which branch runs around w/o gloves at -30c and even considers it pleasant?
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:31 PM   #539
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With those fancy plastic handled military look pigstickers you will only break the thin blade it if you try to pry or carve with it. Looks cool tho.
The heart of the knife is the steel it's made of, not the handle material.


A military knife is almost by definition, not a thin blade; although there are exceptions.



Fallkniven publishes their data on flex strength, and it's nothing to sneer at.
http://www.fallkniven.com/en/breaktest
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