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Old 01-18-2011, 08:06 AM   #631
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A few things I've learned along the way:

If it isn't full tang, don't even consider it.

Unless you're a SEAL, skip the black "non reflective" blades. They make sharpening a nightmare.

Look at the handle. If you can imagine a way to break it, eventually it will break.

The raw steel that was used is everything. If you're buying a blade produced in North America Cold Steel is the only company that has their steel figured out.

Don't cheap out. If you buy a cheaper blade you'll just end up upgrading and spending more money in the long run.

What sheath does it come with? You won't find an aftermarket sheath that fits right, so get it right when you're making your purchase. Kydex seem to be very popular among the spec op boys, and who knows blades better than them?

Those are my humble suggestions. I'd either buy a Cold Steel product or spend big bucks on a Japanese blade, probably a tanto.

These guys have their steel figured out?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:05 AM   #632
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The raw steel that was used is everything. If you're buying a blade produced in North America Cold Steel is the only company that has their steel figured out.

Those are my humble suggestions. I'd either buy a Cold Steel product or spend big bucks on a Japanese blade, probably a tanto.
I respect your humble opinion, but there are many others out there with good steel. Esee (formerly RC, or Rat Cutlery) knives are probably some of the best out there, and considering their warranty, they're very reasonable on price.

Esee, Bark River, Chris Reeve, and Blindhorse Knives make great knives to fit whatever need you may have. I'm sure there are others, but the ones I mentioned are the ones that I have experience with. Also you'd be surprised that going with a custom knifemaker won't always break the bank.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:09 PM   #633
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i have to respectfully disagree with patrol.
under normal knife use, you will not have a problem with a hidden tang. if you are going to be prying and shit with it, then by a prybar, don't use a good knife. and if you are worried about breaking it still, then buy a bark river, KSF scagel, or a blackjack. all made right here in the good old USA. and all have a lifetime warranty.
there are many custom makers out there as well that can take good care of you, and to be honest cold steel would be the last one on my list for USA made knives.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #634
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I carried a Randall for several years in the late 60's and 70's,worked then works now.Somewhat expensive now,but you ger yhat you pay for.Benchmade also makes a great folder .Or try a Puma White Hunter if you can find one,great knifes...
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #635
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I carried a Randall for several years in the late 60's and 70's,worked then works now.Somewhat expensive now,but you ger yhat you pay for.Benchmade also makes a great folder .Or try a Puma White Hunter if you can find one,great knifes...
A Randall is on my list for sure. Ijust need to figure out which body organ to sell first in order to pay for it.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:32 PM   #636
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I thought Rat Cutlery folded up, didn't realize they were still around or I would have included them.
A buddy in Special Forces said the boys working in the desert are carrying SOG knives alot these days.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:03 PM   #637
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I thought Rat Cutlery folded up, didn't realize they were still around or I would have included them.


The're still around. They changed their name to Esee knives, I believe in order to stop the confusion between them and the knives that Ontario still makes, RAT-3,4,5, etc...


http://www.eseeknives.com/index2.htm
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:57 PM   #638
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A Randall is on my list for sure. Ijust need to figure out which body organ to sell first in order to pay for it.
Order it now and you have five years to decide your organ...
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:52 PM   #639
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Well, I found a good deal on a Gerber Prodigy and ordered one. I'll comment more when it gets here.


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Old 02-27-2011, 10:30 PM   #640
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Posted this link on edcforums as well. Think it applies here as well.

http://www.ggreview.com/knifes/edc-f...really-useful/

Not sure I agree 100% with the blog post, but I can see where he comes from.

For most riders won't a sturdy multitool be better?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:06 AM   #641
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Posted this link on edcforums as well. Think it applies here as well.

http://www.ggreview.com/knifes/edc-f...really-useful/

Not sure I agree 100% with the blog post, but I can see where he comes from.

For most riders won't a sturdy multitool be better?
Yes.
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:39 AM   #642
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For most riders won't a sturdy multitool be better?
Sure, unless you carry tools and prefer a proper knife. Personally, can't stand multitools.

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Something to be said for trusting what you made yourself. ...one is circular saw blade and the bottom one is from 440c chainsaw bar.
Nice work!
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:54 AM   #643
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Sure, unless you carry tools and prefer a proper knife. Personally, can't stand multitools.


Nice work!
I'm with you mate.
Almost all of our overnight advrides involve camping out in the Aussie bush.
Got a tool kit. Got a fixed blade knife.
Never was a fan of multi-tools.
I need a pair of pliers or a screwdriver I want the real thing, not a go-between.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:56 AM   #644
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I carry a big tool kit on my bike. I have thought about a multitool, just cause for small stuff, its nice to have something right on hand. I just can't make my mind up about all the different ones they got now.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:56 PM   #645
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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.
Hey Josh; in regards to my original post in this thread # 533, I've just popped back to let you know that a year later and the China made Tom Brown tracker knife I bought for $65 bucks is still giving stirling service.
Lost some black coating on the edges where I sharpen the blade, apart from that all is good as new.
Even the sheath is still holding up okay.
I've now seen it confirmed on a couple of the knife forums that some of the TBT's claimed to have been manufactured in the USA were not.
You might notice the RS6 WSK TBT is often included in those observations.

I do believe the TOPS TBT are made in the USA. TOPS have some nice blades. So does Relentless knives, but they're too expensive for me.
At the end of the day I don't care where the knife was manufactured so long as it does what it's supposed to.

Cheers: Jaq
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