What's THE best survival knife?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shmerel, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Last USGI etool I bought for $12 plugs shipping on eBay.

    Today I used one to chop the ice out of a parking spot for a neighbor. Took about 30 seconds.

    But I've never used it to slice a potato.
  2. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    I just bought myself a nice CS Finn Bear.

    [​IMG]

    Not what I'd call a "survival" knife but a pretty nice and kinda cheap utility knife that is easy to carry around.
  3. Subutai

    Subutai Been here awhile

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    Would this do the trick?
    http://www.varusteleka.fi/product/lapiot/bw-kolmitaitteinen-kenttalapio-taskulla-kaytetty/_2I80TUFLR
    19€ and no need to order from the other side of the world. German army surplus I believe. They have 207 pieces in stock. I've used a similar one and it's good for chopping wood, digging and some trench combatry if the need arise :rofl. Packs small also, I've seen photos of the pouch installed on a pannier case. It's designed to be carried around your waist in a combat belt.
  4. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    cheers autodidact, thats pretty cool too.

    when i showed my mate the chinese army video he said 'ive got one of them in the car' and got it. its a 1967 german army one very similar to the chinese one, without the saw/axe edges or bottle opener, or wire tool etc but it has a pick spike on it and its a good solid tool.
  5. frog13

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  6. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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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.
  7. Subutai

    Subutai Been here awhile

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    No problem, obviously the language might be a problem so here's a direct link to their "Shovels" section
    http://www.varusteleka.fi/group/lapiot/211
    and the e-mail if you wan't to inquire:
    kauppa@varusteleka.fi

    "Repro" stands for reproduced, a copy of an original and "käytetty" means used surplus.
  8. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I would add Bark River Knife & Tool to that list.
  9. Grizz Adams

    Grizz Adams Long timer

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    I would also add TOPS to that. But I definitely agree that for the "best bang for the buck" Cold Steel is probably the best out there.
  10. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Oh - I forgot about ESEE for quality/bang for buck.

    A lot of quality out there - it is really hard to go wrong!
  11. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    These guys have their steel figured out?
  12. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    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.
  13. lochridge

    lochridge Been here awhile

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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.
  14. Mexico Vic

    Mexico Vic Adventurer

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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...
  15. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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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.
  16. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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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.
  17. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    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
  18. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    Order it now and you have five years to decide your organ...:deal
  19. kion

    kion Been here awhile

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    I wanna hear more about this Prodigy


  20. daemon

    daemon ZA rider

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