What's THE best survival knife?

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

  1. Zippydapanhead

    Zippydapanhead Damn kids, get away!

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    I was recently looking to pick up a couple of additional Spyderco carabiner clip-on folder knives (I have them on two sea kayak shorty life jackets) and I think they are now discontinued. I remembered buying them through Russell's... but I sure didn't remember the kind of prices I was seeing for similar Spyderco folders. Yipes, did the prices jump, am I getting cheaper in my old age, or is my memory shot? I assumed all three are true... and I smell worse... at least I don't smell very good... never did as I remember... who is that talking? Is that me? Hi there fella! You don't smell very good.... or well, either. Have you seen those Spyderco prices? They stink. So do I? Get off my lawn, asshole!
  2. longtab

    longtab Adventurer

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    Sage advice indeed!
    Here is the goto knife I've used all over the world since I bought it in 1995 ~ the Busse Combat Steelheart 2:
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    Here it is in comparison to my Yarborough and Becker 2:
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  3. inbred

    inbred Been here awhile

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    After reading this thread....holy crap. I'm gonna be careful in what I say to ADV riders.
  4. BobbyC

    BobbyC n00b

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  5. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    Just picked up Ontario SP8 and SP2. Made in the USA, and good prices. Probably not family heirlooms, but I am betting they will be good knifes.

    I liked that they had saws on the back.
  6. the_gr8t_waldo

    the_gr8t_waldo Long timer

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    this thread will be dead when they stop making and selling knifes
  7. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    The "saw" on the back of the SP8 is more for decoration than anything else. I certainly wouldn't want to attempt to use it as a saw. Do like the SP8 for general camp use. If you want to saw carry one of these next to your SP8: http://www.pocketchainsaw.com/ The one I have comes in a pouch (about 2" x 2") with paracord loops instead of T-handles. I think they called it the military version.
  8. dave54

    dave54 mindless thoughts

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    I use a marttiinihttp://www.ultimathule.fi/en/product_details.php?p=161 lynx carving knife with a carbon steel blade, nice weight and one very sharp edge.Bought in in Finland when I was riding through a few years ago and use it for most of my trips now and a large multi purpose swiss army knife which I never go anywhere without.I`ve had many of those over the years and they are for me an essential piece of kit.
  9. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Yes! The one I carry on my bike!


  10. b50bsa

    b50bsa Adventurer

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  11. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    I've been drooling over a Cold Steel True Flight as a survival knife, but for less money you could get a much better sheath if you get a GI Tanto.

    I'd just have to re-grind the ridiculous (and useless as a skinner) tanto edge down.

    I googed the specs as I want a knife that will process (baton) camp/fire-wood too. The GI Tanto is only 1mm thinner than the True Flight.


    Next $25 I got burning a hole in my pocket I'm gonna have one...


    And I'm also planning on making knives. I burn wood all day and a knife tempered, treated and folded over like a Samurai Sword would actually be a byproduct of my wood stove...

    Damn. Life can be cool when you can live it free.
  12. Humpy

    Humpy love them giblets

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    Big fan of Bark River & this one looks expensive but sexy:

    http://www.knivesshipfree.com/index.php?cPath=465_80

    I splurged awhile back & got a Fallkniven A1, great knife. The blade is a bit long & thick for most camp use but it's bomber. If I had it to do over again, I'd have gotten the F1 or the Bark River Bravo-1.
  13. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    I dont have any pics.........but I am still carrying a Kabar that I carried in the Southeast Asia war games in 1971.
    My point is ....get a good sturdy knife and take care of it and it will last you a lifetime.
    Just sayin.........:wink:
  14. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    This.

    The best survival knife is the one you're carrying. I've done everything from overnight camping to 14-day extended survival training with a folding Benchmade pocket knife with a blade length around 3".

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  15. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    ....and yet you've kept it spotless..... :augie.
  16. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    There are a lot of fine knifes in this post, I am a knifeoholic and have many! Two things as ADV riders we need to consider, weight and propose. The Biggest Bang for the Buck is the Mora! It weighs nothing and is dirt cheap. They (mora) have a range of stainless knives as well as carbon, for those that are worried about rust. I carry these things in all my cars, motorcycles, tackle boxes ect. their biggest short coming is that they don't process wood very well. So if your looking to batton your knife find a full tang 5"-6" blade. Of course with that brings weight. I have chosen a Sven saw and a mora to pack in my Jesse's. Together they weigh very little and cost around $50. And if I lose them or break one they are easily replaced. Forget that Bussey and you will be backtracking looking for it!
  17. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I agree, I'd never propose to a fat chick! :lol3
  18. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    :rofl

    I actually lost it about two years ago. That's a stock photo. Sorry if anyone believed the knife in the photo was actually used to kill grizzly bears, chop down redwoods, saw through steel cables, skin an elephant, and stab random hobos.
  19. erda

    erda Been here awhile

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    Just curious which model that is?
  20. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Griptilian I think.