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Old 12-15-2012, 09:14 PM
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After my last hiking trip, I decided I should get a middle sized knife. I'm looking for a Bushcraft/B.O.K./General Purpose knife with a 4"-6" blade without a partial serration. Some of the ones I've been eyeing are:
-Buck Hood Punk
-ESEE-4
-TOPS B.O.B
-Cold Steel SRK
These aren't the only ones. Please give me recommendations, alternatives, insights, reviews. How do they hold up with edge retention, steel quality, usefulness, price, and ergonomics rate?
Old 12-15-2012, 09:18 PM
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this is my edc knife and its serves me well for all tasks and holds a razor edge a long time brand is woodsknife and it will set you back about $60
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Of the knives you listed,I would go with the ESEE.
You can also consider the BK16 or BK17.
They're both good utility/all around camp knives.

http://www.tomarskabars.com/Becker_Knives_P2.html



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Old 12-16-2012, 01:52 AM
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blind horse makes a good edc neck knife called the tiger knapp. good all around knife. use to carry it under my shirt everywhere. frees up your pockets and with the kydex sheath it doesn't poke out to much. if you wear an under shirt it's pretty comfortable under say a work shirt or something.
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My preference is the Puma original Bowie, it holds an edge even when chopping mesquite wood, oozes style, and comes with an excellent sheath. The grip is a bit of a PITA however.
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If price is a factor then a Condor Bushlore. About 23-30 dollars depending on where you buy. I got one as a gift. It's really stout. The handle needed a little sanding and tung oil. The blade was a little rough but cleaned up nicely. Has been keeping its edge well. It is a thick knife. I prefer thinner. Sheath is great- well made and heavy duty. I would recommend it if you don't mind spending a little time on it. That keeps the price down. You can also see if you like the bushlore style without spending a lot. I use a Buck 110 for my folder and a Mora Companion for my middle size knife. I don't care for a belt knife though. Always seems to get in the way.
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If I may, I would nominate the new SOG Field Pup II. They are about 10 1/2 inches long and very sharp.
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My choice would be a benchmade Nimravus,I realy like mine.

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Of the knives you listed,I would go with the ESEE.
You can also consider the BK16 or BK17.
They're both good utility/all around camp knives.

http://www.tomarskabars.com/Becker_Knives_P2.html



Let us know what you decide to get .

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If you go for that you may also want to look at the kabar mark 1.

People tend to like one or the other.
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If you go for that you may also want to look at the kabar mark 1.

People tend to like one or the other.

This is the next knife I want. The price in US is very good, unfortunately once again no one is selling it in Bulgaria

Only one place sells Ka Bars and knowing their pricing... They sell BK2s for 100+ dollars. I can only imagine MK1 price if they ever sell it.
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ESEE or Bark River..
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Im thinking about buying an ESEE 4 or 6
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actually the 5
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After my last hiking trip, I decided I should get a middle sized knife. I'm looking for a Bushcraft/B.O.K./General Purpose knife with a 4"-6" blade without a partial serration. Some of the ones I've been eyeing are:
-Buck Hood Punk
-ESEE-4
-TOPS B.O.B
-Cold Steel SRK
These aren't the only ones. Please give me recommendations, alternatives, insights, reviews. How do they hold up with edge retention, steel quality, usefulness, price, and ergonomics rate?
Buck Punk,- Its no secret that I am a fan of the Buck/Hood knives. The Punk, like the Hoodlum is a tough knife, easy to sharpen and it keeps the edge just like the big version. The only gripe I have is the sheath. As it comes it rattles to much and does not retain the knife well. 10 minute mod and its good to go. Good ergo's on the knife to.

ESEE-4,- I have settled on the 3 after messing with the 4 and the laser strike. The knives from ESEE do come with little "production" knife quarks, but they are few, and really only an issue for blade snobs. And for the money you get an awesome sheath that actually retains the blade. Cant go wrong with anything from ESEE.

Cold Steel SRK,- This knife gets some guff for something, but I forget what. It comes with a good sheath that retains the blade very well, its easy to get sharp, and keep sharp, and its tough as nails. Its about a straight forward a knife as you can get.

Cant say much about the TOPS knife other then I have never seen a grumpy TOPS owner.
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I have no idea "when". Even if a collapse happens we are a strong society. But don't compare this collapse to the 1930 depression. Their are 3 times the people living today as in the depression. So the real danger comes from having two disasters at the same time. "A perfect storm" so to speak. People are not going to watch there children starve. So Don't ask stupid questions like what knife should I get? or what do you think of a SHTF muzzle loader? Those people will be killed off (as food) early in the disaster.
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Buck Vanguard with the 'grippy' rubber handle.
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A lot of good choices out there. Plenty that I'm sure you'd be happy with. I'm partial to KaBar and Becker so I'll tell you about those. I've owned a lot of knives, but when I thinned out my collection these are the 3 "mid sized" that I kept.

BK-16 (FPR)
BK-17
Mark-1


All 3 are 1095 CroVan and I think it's excellent knife steel. Tough, easy to sharpen, and holds an edge well. It's a carbon steel and there is some potential for rust in wet environments. Nothing a patina won't solve.

Price point on the Beckers isn't too bad. Got mine for <$60. The Mark-1 is a steal. Think this latest one cost me $41.

I'd say the Mark-1 is the most useful. Flat grind is very "slicey". Handle is very grippy. Large flat pommel works for an improvised hammer. Comes to a nice point which is good for certain tasks in processing game. This is my second Mark-1. Lost my origonal and missed it so much I had to get another. Look forward to putting some miles on it.

The Beckers are tougher and truly full tang. The scale handles make them more serviceable in the event of handle damage. Though I never had any problems with blade or handle durability on my old Mark-1 and it took a lot of hard use. The big plus to removable scales for me is that I don't like coated blades and they are easier to strip and patina. The Becker ergos are superior to the Mark-1, but it's still pretty nice in the hand. Some guys stipple or texture the scales with a soldering iron. Personally I haven't felt the need. Really like the jimping on the spine. The one I carry most lately is the BK-17.



Should add I wear a size L glove and these are a good fit for me. But if you got really big hands you need to look elsewhere. As I said, there are many good choices. These are just mine.
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