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Old 01-12-2012, 04:06 AM   #646
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Jaq,

You're correct. The Tom Brown Tracker knives from TOPS are manufactured in the US. I owned one for a few years. It's a great knife with a lot of versatility.

Eventually, I decided I wanted something bigger and with a little more heft, so I sold my TBT and, after a bit of research, bought an Ontario Knife Company SP8 Machete Survival (for those interested, also made in the USA). It's what I consider a mini-machete; more than a large knife, less than a full-size machete. With its 10" blade and 15+" overall length, I find it makes my "heavy" cutting/chopping camp chores a little easier. Best of all, at under $100, this Ontario machete cost me a third of what I paid for the TBT! It's not the versatile knife the TBT is and if you're going to travel with only one edged weapon/tool, the TBT is an excellent choice, but for real bull work, the SP8 makes life a lot easier.

Nowadays, when I'm touring/traveling, I normally have two or three edged tools with me (plus a .357 Magnum revolver), so the versatility aspect isn't as important to me as it once was.


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Old 01-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #647
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This thread just cost me a bunch of money. Just ordered:
Fallkniven F1
And added these to the order too:
CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5
KA-BAR Cutlass Machete
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:34 PM   #648
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This thread just cost me a bunch of money. Just ordered:
Fallkniven F1
And added these to the order too:
CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5
KA-BAR Cutlass Machete
Another one to buy to go with your F1 survival, just a nice all around mechanics knife you could dress a deer with.

http://www.fallkniven.com/en/shop/de...s/lock-back/u2

I have both and carry them on the motorcycle when I travel.
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:40 AM   #649
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This thread just cost me a bunch of money. Just ordered:
Fallkniven F1
And added these to the order too:
CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5
KA-BAR Cutlass Machete
I could link you to an urban/outdoor survival forum where you could spend any money you have left on 'must have' camping items and such like.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:26 AM   #650
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I could link you to an urban/outdoor survival forum where you could spend any money you have left on 'must have' camping items and such like.
arrr no thanks, I buy enough (un)necessary stuff already. Up until now I've been taking my trusty Gerber Gator II on all my trips.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:33 PM   #651
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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
That is great that it is holding up for you. Keep us posted on the long term status. That blade style is a unique one to get used to, but once you do I think that you will find it to be a very fun tool to have along with you. I am glad you have been enjoying it.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #652
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Thigh holstrs for the TBT

I'm looking at getting one of these.
Just emailed Red Hill sheaths to see if they were the ones who made the holster in these pics.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...s/IMG_3825.jpg

By the by...having checked out the pics of the RS6 WSK and comparing it to my china TBT...it's not the same blade design at all.
So I'll need to make sure that any sheath combo I buy is for the TOPS TBT specifications, not the RS6 WSK specs.

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Old 01-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #653
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Just got an email back from Red Hill sheaths...they didn't make the one in the pic link.

Anyone know who does make this kind of thigh holster?

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Old 01-17-2012, 03:30 AM   #654
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Found it.

Made by a company called Condor.

All the pouches come off and you can obviously fit a knife behind the gear pouch.

http://www.condoroutdoor.com/ma25utilitylegrig.aspx

They have this one also; in case anyone just wants a gear pouch with it's own belt, but no MOLLE backing to attach a knife sheath.

http://www.condoroutdoor.com/219_crossoverlegrig.aspx

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Old 01-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #655
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This looks promising.

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:25 PM   #656
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:41 PM   #657
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Spyderco D'Allara for me because it is in my pocket every waking moment. A 4" heavy blade folder like this knife is most useful for me. The Manix or Mlilitary model is similar in stature.

Al Mar, Benchmade and Cold steel have good folding knives., too. 4-5 inch blades are most useful.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:49 PM   #658
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This looks promising.

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For the price it had better come with a defibrillator.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:43 PM   #659
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...carry a BK2 then...$60 at Amazon...good for general campfire prep on wood, food, and firesteel.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:03 PM   #660
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I have couple of those, one in the truck and one for bike trips.. Great knife, Can't go wrong for that price.
http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Wesson-S.../dp/B0037F3BAQ
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