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How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife
artofmanliness ^ | Creek Stewart

Posted on 06/14/2013 3:36:08 PM PDT by virgil283

"A “survival knife” is just as it sounds–a knife that can help you survive. It is a tool with literally hundreds of survival-related functions.....Survival Knife Feature #1: Size: Does size matter? Yes, but when it comes to your survival knife, bigger is not always better. If your blade is too big, you sacrifice the ability to effectively use it for detailed tasks such as dressing small game or carving precision snare sets.... A fixed blade knife is more durable and reliable than a folding knife...Not only should your survival knife be a fixed blade, but it should also be FULL TANG........"

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: knife; survivalknife
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To: virgil283

I appreciate knives for being knives. When you start using them as multi-tools, you start to create problems.

Back in the old days of the American woodsman, the standard primary tool was a hatchet, and it has never stopped being the great survival tool it was. For example, today’s incarnation are tools like:

The Trucker’s friend

http://i.imgur.com/S76oFYB.jpg

The Yes tool (copper-beryllium alloy against sparks)

http://i.imgur.com/4k2NbeY.jpg

The crash axe

http://i.imgur.com/8s8YDh7.jpg


51 posted on 06/14/2013 5:16:24 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I think the hand guard is a good idea for a machete tho I have never owned one which had that feature.

One thing I always do is to wrap the handle with athletic tape. I will say I have never had one slip out of my hand no matter how sweaty it got.


52 posted on 06/14/2013 5:19:32 PM PDT by yarddog (There Are Three Things That Remain--Faith, Hope, and Love--and,the Greatest of These is Love..)
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To: fuente

Boo on youuuuu.

SPIDERCO.

Period.


53 posted on 06/14/2013 5:24:33 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: virgil283
The Buck Personal, designed by Townsend Whelen. I've changed the bevel with a two angle grind; first, thin behind the edge to about 14 degrees, and then a cutting edge of 19 degrees. Now it cuts deeper with less effort.

It doesn't have to do everything because one side of my pack carries a Bean's "Our Best" kindling ax. It doesn't quite balance the cut down fiberglass stocked Guide Gun on the other side, but it's handy. Hey, most fires use squaw wood (oops, did I say that?) so it just gets the heavy cutting work.

54 posted on 06/14/2013 5:27:09 PM PDT by kitchen (Make plans and prepare. You'll never have trouble if you're ready for it. - TR)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Nice


55 posted on 06/14/2013 5:28:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: fuente

Actually, my sarcasm post aside, I have K-Bars. By the bunch.

For an all around, do everything you want it to blade, you can’t ask for better.

It’s why we used to put them in the aircrew survival gear.

Meat and potatoes, you KNOW what you’re gonna get.


56 posted on 06/14/2013 5:28:50 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

But, OTH, a Gurka kukri is one hell of a good tool too!


57 posted on 06/14/2013 5:31:03 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: virgil283

Oh Dude, did you open a Pandora’s box or what?


58 posted on 06/14/2013 5:31:51 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: kitchen
Hey, most fires use squaw wood (oops, did I say that?) so it just gets the heavy cutting work.

If you wind up stuck in the hills over night, you better know what squaw wood is. {:0)

59 posted on 06/14/2013 5:47:45 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: virgil283

A 1968 vintage Boy Scout knife mad by Camillus has done everything I have ever asked of it - in a survival sense (being anything to do with outdoor living).

Keep your Rambo knives for boat anchors or slitting throats.


60 posted on 06/14/2013 5:51:38 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Hey NSA, here I am. Bring a large Hawaiian pizza when you come for me.)
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To: fuente

“K-Bar. Period. Next question.”

Definitely a must have.


61 posted on 06/14/2013 5:52:52 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: yarddog

a hand guard blocks a slash at your hand that would cause you to drop it.


62 posted on 06/14/2013 5:56:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Billthedrill
I nearly bought the Leek. I ended up buying the Kershaw Cryo instead. I love this little knife. It's just right for my needs.

As for a survival knife, I have always wanted a Randall Knife for some reason.

63 posted on 06/14/2013 6:13:41 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’ve got one of those! Made by Camillus. Got it when the crew left it on our KC-135 in SE Asia.


64 posted on 06/14/2013 6:48:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: yarddog

I’m a little short on knives these days because I think I’ve lost or broken more than I currently own. But I carry a lightweight Gerber (LST?) 2 3/4” cam lock blade or a Kershaw Ken Onion Assisted open. Have two Victorinox “Officer” models they don’t make any more, but a nice compact knife. I Also have WWII Marine Utility knife my father won off a Marine in a card game when he was in the Navy, his Navy Knife, a Gerber two bladed folder, and an antique gold penknife/cigar cutter that was my grand father’s. Throw in about another dozen assorted cutting devices (mostly inexpensive knives people have thrown my way) and 3-4 sharpening systems I mainly use to fix other peoples knives since I keep mine razor sharp on a very hard stone. People think I’m nuts until they need something cut. I keep telling my wife if I had some more money I’d start collecting knives, but she gives me the look. Of I forgot the original Leatherman, I think I want to get a new Leatherman Juice C2 this weekend.


65 posted on 06/14/2013 7:01:31 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: virgil283

Dear Virgil283,

That is a folding knife, and does not meet the standard of a fixed blade design.

I have seen folks try to use these things on woods outings, in my younger military days, and they fail, sometimes just before they damage one’s fingers.


66 posted on 06/14/2013 7:06:24 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Joe 6-pack

This is the knife I learned my woodscraft skills with!
It was issued to me in 1970.

Oh, as far as the, ahem, “fighting” went, the blade is stout enough.


67 posted on 06/14/2013 7:09:45 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Woodman

I just got an email from CDNN. They are giving away a Kersahw knife with every internet purchase.

I own a bunch of hatchets but with one exception, I have never found them to be very useful. A machete, saw or axe seem to always be better at whatever job.

The one exception is a carpenter’s hatchet I bought at Gibsons way back in the late 50’s or early 60’s. It works for me much better than a woodsman’s hatchet which has a thicker blade. I still have several including a very nice Fiskars.

I do suspect they would make good fighting tools but really have no way to judge that.


68 posted on 06/14/2013 7:12:14 PM PDT by yarddog (There Are Three Things That Remain--Faith, Hope, and Love--and,the Greatest of These is Love..)
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To: virgil283

69 posted on 06/14/2013 7:15:20 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: virgil283

Junk!


70 posted on 06/14/2013 7:17:52 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: virgil283
Kbar,Kershaw and Benchmade are my go to knives. My everyday knife is a small 2 inch unknown brand (given to me) with a blade of surgical steel that stays razor sharp.
71 posted on 06/14/2013 7:22:41 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: yarddog
Oh and I have a few others I don't really consider knives like:

and this

and this


72 posted on 06/14/2013 7:28:44 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: Woodman

I have always had what I think is an innate fear of edged weapons, at least when they are actually in someone whom I don’t trust’s hands.

That may explain why I have always been fascinated by them. A lot of people know a lot more than me about knives but I have come to a few simple conclusions.

First there are not many if any magic blades or steels. Some are inferior but not many are superior to your every day good quality knife. Same goes for design. Some are good some are bad but none are magic and that includes the Kabar which I admit is a good knife.

Yes there are some very expensive knives which are really fine and I would like to have them but like I said, they are not magic.


73 posted on 06/14/2013 7:41:23 PM PDT by yarddog (There Are Three Things That Remain--Faith, Hope, and Love--and,the Greatest of These is Love..)
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To: virgil283

Bump for reading when I am awake.....


74 posted on 06/14/2013 10:00:05 PM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: All

Cold Steel SRK in San Mai III

Also available in AUS-8A if you want to save a few bucks.
AUS-8A is a great, underrated steel and holds an edge well.
Rates a 58/59 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale.

SM-III is better, but you’ll pay for that extra quality.

Cold Steel makes great knives at great prices, and the Tri-Ad lock on their folders is infallible. Same with their Liner Locks.

I have several Cold Steel products and won’t buy anything else.

I’ve owned just about every type/brand of knife and Cold Steel has them all beat. I’m a customer for life.

I think the CS Marauder Bowie might be next on my list.


75 posted on 06/15/2013 12:26:28 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Weiner-Holder 2016!)
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To: virgil283

Randall Model 15 Airman


76 posted on 06/15/2013 12:34:54 AM PDT by Texas Colonel (Get as close as you can...then get 10 yards closer.)
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two Kukri knives from http://www.khukurihouseonline.com/, made in Nepal and are very tough, along with a K-Bar and a Benchmade lock-back. I like to keep a few handy at all times.


77 posted on 06/15/2013 1:09:20 AM PDT by tarawa
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