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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shmerel, Aug 30, 2009.
This is what I like. Their entire line is quality.
I bought one of these for packing on the bike and hiking. http://sogknives.com/store/F03T.html
It's light and easy to put an edge on with a cheap kitchen sharpener. Best of all I believe I paid $50 from Wally's shipped so I can really abuse the thing and not worry about it.
Just two problems with this design. First, the serrated edge, and second, that it's a folder.
The serrated edge is a diver's knife feature, but it's on every survival knife because it looks cool and tactical. It's main function is to cut cord - handy if you get stuck in something while diving, which is the reason why divers carry these knives. However, it's the suck in anything else than diving. If you want to carve any wood or cut something thick like a rubber hose, you naturally apply most force to the knife closest to the handle. The serrated edge makes it a lot more difficult.
Second thing is the folder mechanism. Folders are nice as a pocket knife. However, the structural weakness makes it less ideal in a survival knife. It increases the chance of breaking the blade, if you have to twist the blade or pry something open. Not to mention there's a possibility it folds back on your fingers, especially with cheap "liner lock" mechanisms! Avoid the liner lock if you can, it's the least reliable lock type out there. Sure, you can make a very sturdy and reliable mechanism for a folder, too, but those things are not cheap.
IMO, survival knife should be simple, reliable, and take a ton of abuse. Ideally it should be cheap, so you can buy three of them and have them in different places.
And, as always, one tool cannot be good for everything, no matter how expensive it is. If you have space on your bike, go to the HW store / military surplus, and buy a small axe, 2-3 throwaway carpenter's knives and chinese metal shovel. I guarantee you these three product will cost you less than $40, and function a lot better than a single $200 uber-tactical machete.
When I go to the woods, my choice is one or two of these, at few bucks each. They cut well enough, can be sharpened to decent shape, and I can abuse them to the breaking point and even lose one or two without any remorse. Plus, the important "tactical" function here is the red cap, so I can find it again if I drop it in thick bush! Try that with a uber-camo-stealth model
I like your approach
probably already been said... but here it goes again.
the best survival knife is the one on your person
Appreciated! And don't get me wrong, guys, I do LOVE a nice knife, I've been in military service, been hunting, etc., and even tried my hand in forging some blades. Knifemaking and design is an art of it's own.. It's just a shame that you actually don't want to take a nice knife out, unless you really use it all the time. Just that you start trying to not to abuse it too much, and it's too easy to drop it in the woods.
This is the latest one I've bought, starts to be at the upper range (around €50) to take into the woods. Just an impulse buy, really, but the amount of steel in it looked promising, so I wanted to give it a shot. It's absolutely one of the sturdiest knives I've ever seen.. but unfortunately it's slightly too big blade and too narrow handle for my tastes.
Funny thing, I've had these cheapo knives all around my kit, hanging from backpack, on the belt.. And the sheath isn't really optimal for holding on to the knife anyway, so I've had a spare or two around.. but I have never lost a single one. Never!
A Mora is definitely a great bang forthe buck knife, no doubt about it. Simple, sturdy, cheap, easy to maintain...
But, well, you know...sometimes we can't resist in front of a nicer knife. Just like you did yourself.
The Buck 119 is probably the best survival knife for the money - usually retails for less than $60.00.
Do a google search reviews on this knife you will be hard pressed to find a bad review.
Hey, you can't come here with a 50 years old classic among classics and call it fair!
You lazy man.
I've had this at the cabin for a few years. Bulletproof design, easy to sharpen, heavy enough to use as a billhook, light enough to use as a knife.
The blade is ~9 inches long and it weighs just over a pound so it's still quite portable.
Bit like the GS fugly but functional. And as a bonus it's handmade in Finland
New for 2012:
A million posts is too far to read from the start, but has anybody mentioned ESEE? All their knives are survival knives. They have a no questions asked break it/replace policy.
Izula is a good buy several and stash everywhere knife.
I like that!
Now where can you get one of those in the U.S.?
I too really like the mora.
This looks like a pretty good blade. Haven't held one in my hand but Tops makes good stuff.
Here is a link for a detailed description. http://www.topsknives.com/product_info.php?products_id=371&osCsid=are9mhe4d7an37msecrs5on5u3
I just got a Fallkniven F1, haven't used it much yet a couple day hikes on snow shoes and a week of camping but I like it so far!
There seems to one retailer in Finland which does exports:
Not sure if you got some import restrictions in the US though.
You said THE, didn't you? SOG Tigershark 2.0. I got mine at the National Survival Center site. Located at 123 Asskick Street. Best price, great folks. If I needed 1 to survive, baby, it is cocked and locked.