What's a good knife

The_Count

Found It....
Nov 13, 2012
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Joe, I would look into procuring a few Moras. I prefer the Erikson Models. They have great steel, they are very affordable ($10-20), and they are expendable. As a companion to a few of those the EESE knives are great, as are the Ontario Ranger Series. My person favorite would be a 4"-5" (this size blade is far more usable without unnecessary weight) knife like the following:

Rodent 4 - Swamp Rat Knife Works Store

Rodent Solution - Swamp Rat Knife Works Store

SYKCO 411 - Scrap Yard Knife Company

SYKCO 511 - Scrap Yard Knife Company


Chip

P.S. If I haven't said it to you recently, Thank You for Your Service! I appreciate the freedoms you afford the rest of us Americans, and the Sacrifices you make for us!

P.P.S I appear to have confused you with the other Big Joe. None the less if you served I do thank you.
 
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Feb 27, 2010
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Joe, I would look into procuring a few Moras. I prefer the Erikson Models. They have great steel, they are very affordable ($10-20), and they are expendable. As a companion to a few of those the EESE knives are great, as are the Ontario Ranger Series. My person favorite would be a 4"-5" (this size blade is far more usable without unnecessary weight) knife like the following:

Rodent 4 - Swamp Rat Knife Works Store

Rodent Solution - Swamp Rat Knife Works Store

SYKCO 411 - Scrap Yard Knife Company

SYKCO 511 - Scrap Yard Knife Company



I know you have great tastes, Joe, and I don't think any of the above will let you down. They all have great steel, a great convex edge, and a great warranty.

Chip

P.S. If I haven't said it to you recently, Thank You for Your Service! I appreciate the freedoms you afford the rest of us Americans, and the Sacrifices you make for us!
I forgot about the swamprat knives.
 

Unknown

Gunny Sergeant
Sep 17, 2009
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#17
Don't overlook the Kabar knife made out of D2 steel. It is a bit big for some things, but it there are some tasks that a smaller knife just can't be made to do. (Obviously, the same logic applies to big knives)
 

Hookturnr

Low Speed, High Drag
Jan 20, 2012
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#24
I've got both Mora and Helle knives around and you can't beat them for the money! I've got a pile of blades but 99% of the time I walk out the door with a rifle or shotgun, one of the Helle's is on my belt. Laminated stainless that holds a razor sharp edge through 4 whitetails and well under a hundred bucks..what's not to like?
 

pawprint2

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Dec 12, 2012
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Go to Smokey Mountain Knife Works, and spend some time going through the selection, they have the biggest selection, and best prices around. One other thing, they actually have what you want IN STOCK, if they say they have it, they have it! They aren't one of the many, re-order houses that don't seem to actually have anything in stock, but will take your order any way! BTW if you are in one of the seven Free states, you can also now purchase Automatic knives! Good luck.
 

Rerun7

Furious George
Feb 18, 2017
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#41
During wilderness survival courses ive tried several knives and ESEE has become my favorite. They are a little pricey but well worth it in my opinion. A little over your budget but a Junglas with a piggyback ESEE 3 is my go to. I also agree with not putting a bunch of really expensive stuff in your BOB though if it rarely gets used. I keep a Kabar FIN in mine. It's like a sharpened D2 crowbar. The Mora is a good backup too for general bushcraft.
 
Aug 30, 2008
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#43
Cold steel tanto. Cheap. Tough. You really wouldn't want to use it all the time so it fits right at home as a jik.

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Chui

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Dec 5, 2005
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#45
Bark River Bushcraft and Bushcraft II.


They have a "Scandivex" grind and are made of CPM 3V steel - not quite stainless but won't rust very easily at all.

Outstanding edge retention but one cannot sharpen it with Arkansas stones.


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Jan 31, 2011
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#46
https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Natchez-Bowie-Knife/dp/B004MN5EXE - NACHEZ bowie - good for under 200,

or you can order a Hells Bells Bowie From master crafter Bill Bagwell - although that will cost you about 10x as much -

then there in the onterio knockoff of the hells bell for about 200

or a Bob Dozier - Keating designed Crosada but once again probably about 1.5k


if you want a knife that will do it all - i like a good ol fashioned bowie -
 
Jul 28, 2011
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#49
Don't be lured by the high priced thing. I have three Mora Companions that cost $12 each and they have been golden for 15 years. In some ways better than more expensive blades I own. And because they are cheap they get a lot more use!