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Old 05-10-2011, 09:49 AM
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I see where a some people here carry a big fixed blade knife in their kits. What do you use those for? I have never really found them to come in handy.

Am I right in thinking that people are using them in what would usually be the role of a hatchet?

No trying to raise a ruckus, just curious about what uses people have found for these tools. Thanks.
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Maby this would give you a couple of arguments!
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Whacking off arms and legs and the occassional head, what else!
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trimming the daisies
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YouTube - "Why Big Knives Don't Suck" by Nutnfancy

Maby this would give you a couple of arguments!
I did sort of gloss through the video. but cutting wood for fire, making shelter and self defence.

Quick question with the fire thing. Do you need to chop down trees and cut giant logs in half to make fire?
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Well, I learned the hard way yesterday not to use a hammer on a big knife :D I'v has a big 6-8" Buck (with the black handle) for 20 yrs, decided to split a piece of 1x12 off for a string wrapper... it was just laying there on shelf, First little whack with hammer and WaLaa.. 2 piece blade. Made me a little sad seeing the made in USA stamp and everything on blade but, shat..I get to buy a new blade now
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I have'nt watched the vid yet but to say for uses - to make items from wood, as a spear (lashed to a staff), obviously self-defense or offense, butchering large game animals, makeing shelter parts.
a machete is one thing that a small group of bug-out people should have along with 1-2 large 'bowie - type' knifes per group or bayonets for their rifles should do just as well.
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It's better to have too much knife than not enough.
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Now there is a question I have been meaning to ask. Can you kill anything with a knife strapped to a stick that you couldnt just kill with a pointy stick?
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Well, I learned the hard way yesterday not to use a hammer on a big knife :D I'v has a big 6-8" Buck (with the black handle) for 20 yrs, decided to split a piece of 1x12 off for a string wrapper... it was just laying there on shelf, First little whack with hammer and WaLaa.. 2 piece blade. Made me a little sad seeing the made in USA stamp and everything on blade but, shat..I get to buy a new blade now
Didn't the box your Buck came in have a logo of knife cutting a nail?
Buck may replace your knife?
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Now there is a question I have been meaning to ask. Can you kill anything with a knife strapped to a stick that you couldnt just kill with a pointy stick?
Yes, two critters come to mind, wild pig and porcupine. They are plenty tough and the knife would make things a lot easier.
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I did sort of gloss through the video. but cutting wood for fire, making shelter and self defence.

Quick question with the fire thing. Do you need to chop down trees and cut giant logs in half to make fire?
I dont

i carry somethhing similar to this



between the pencil sharpener and i have one that lets me shave down limbs up to 1 1/8 in giant pencil sharpener basicly i can get all the kindling i need to start fires and most wood is good to burn just getting the kindling is harder and by shaving em to thin wafers it makes life easy and i have a tobacco pouch full of shavings so i can alwayse have dry tinder to start things off


I dont carry a knife typicaly bigger than 4 in
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I dont

i carry somethhing similar to this



between the pencil sharpener and i have one that lets me shave down limbs up to 1 1/8 in giant pencil sharpener basicly i can get all the kindling i need to start fires and most wood is good to burn just getting the kindling is harder and by shaving em to thin wafers it makes life easy and i have a tobacco pouch full of shavings so i can alwayse have dry tinder to start things off


I dont carry a knife typicaly bigger than 4 in
You sir, are a freaking genius. A pencil sharpener. I would never have thought of that. Small, lightweight, full of awesome. Thank you. You deserve so much more than my thanks for this post.
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This is a copy of a reply I made on another post regarding knives and multitools I feel would possibly help the original poster's question.

You can make almost any knife a multi tasking tool in which you seek. In my pack I have 3 folding knives, one is a skinning knife by Remington, another I dont know what kind it is, simple folder with a rubber handle, found it in Germany and I have a baby folder which is also a no name brand, just for tiny jobs, all of them are in seperate pockets of course. I own a Gerber MK2 and my issued K-Bar, but depending on what Im doing I only bring one or the other, but lashed to the outside of my pack is the invaluable Kukri knife I got from a soldier while in Nepal in that countries army. Acts as a machete / hatchet combo. The two ceremonial knives fit in the top of the sheath by the belt loop, one is sharp one is rounded but come in handy for various little jobs. (Hope this pic turns out, if not, here is a link.) http://www.redair.co.za/redair_010.htm



Sounds like a lot of knives but again, the folders stay in pockets of my pack and only bring a long blade depending on what Im doing, hunting or camping. As for a multitool, I still have my Gerber while serving overseas and never had a problem with it, but I also have a Leatherman and I generally grab what ever my hand lays on first as Im heading out the door.
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For me, a big knife is nearly as effective at chopping as a hatchet, weighs less, and is more versatile. However, I don't use my big knife for everything. I also carry a small folder and a Becker Necker for many of my needs.
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I don't have a big knife, just a medium sized Ka-Bar U.S fighting knife, I use that more than I do my folder, dunno why I guess its just my favorite, if I have to do some really fine cutting i'll use something smaller but for general cutting the Ka-bar is what I use.
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You sir, are a freaking genius. A pencil sharpener. I would never have thought of that. Small, lightweight, full of awesome. Thank you. You deserve so much more than my thanks for this post.
I cant claim the idea as my own wayland from the uk gave me the ideas i ran into him on another outdoor type forum forum hes got some interesting stuff on his site



http://www.ravenlore.co.uk/html/projects.html

i basicly used his idea and modified it abit

http://www.veritastools.com/products/Page.aspx?p=386



I also keep that in there its like a pencil sharpener on sterioids but its foor for tapering staff tips and such wich is why I got it but it takes things down quick
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I purchased a gerber recon bowie (admittedly an impulse buy, good price). Have not used it in any woodcraft in camping or hiking, Too heavy to take hiking.

I like it a bunch and convinced myself that I could use it in a basecamp situation for something. If used as a hatchet, I would have a hatchet there. If used as a skinner, would have something smaller more suited for that.

Could serve as an excellent short sword for cqc.
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Chopping, skinning, spear, self defense there are tons of good reasons to have a large fixed blade.

I have 2, 1942 USMC Kabar and a M9 Bayonet (it has fence cutters).
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I carry 2 large blade knives
a bayonet fer tha FN
and a bowie -- whacks off fishheads w one chop, scrapes hides, skinning,
slitting pigs (4 legged) throats, mini wedge for splitting , and last stand
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