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View Poll Results: Best size for survival/bushcraft knife
2-3 inches 2 0.84%
3-4 inches 33 13.81%
4-5 inches 85 35.56%
5-6 inches 57 23.85%
6-7 inches 28 11.72%
7+ inches 34 14.23%
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What do you guys think is the best size for a survival/bushcraft knife. This knife will be partnered with a machete or kukri. So, this knife is going to be pretty much for doing things around the campsite. No batoning. I have heard that a KA BAR (7 inches) is to small for a chopping knife, but too big for little tasks like carving. so, should i get a knife 2-3 in, 3-4 in, 4-5 in, 5-6, 6-7, or 7+?
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are we talking about just the blade or the entire piece? (Either way, it should be full tang)
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It sounds like you're looking for a utility knife so imho fwiw 3-4 inches - 4-5 inches should be more than sufficient, such a knife doesn't need to be full tang as it sounds like you want to use it as a knife not abuse it as a "survival" knife (as you said no batoning I'll assume no chopping either as thats what khukuri and machete does).

The rest depends on budget, my wife likes her Cold Steel Finn Bear, I used to be a Mora fan lots of people still are, I've heard good things about the Cold Steel Roach Belly all those are at the lower end of budgets but don't sacrifice quality for being so.
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My Mora size
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I kind of agree...the Mora is about the right size and there are several in that range which would work well. I would recommend somthing in the 3.5" to 4.5" blade range.

Since you already have a larger chopper, I would look for a thinner bladed small knife...better for detailed work, slicing and gutting/cleaning game.

Also keep in mind that this is the fixed blade that should be with you 24/7, so a well designed sheath system is important. I love large knives, but I also know I don't often carry them when fishing, hiking, backpacking, etc. I do have a smaller fixed blade on my body at all times though.

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I voted 5-6" knife. I prefer full tang and a heavy spine. I'm a fan of the convex grind. One of my favorite knife brands (and one that doesn't get much attention) is the Canadian Grohmann/DH Russell brand. The blade design is unique and great for bushcraft.



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So, should I get a carbon steel knife like a Mora or a 1095 steel knife like the BK16?
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So, should I get a carbon steel knife like a Mora or a 1095 steel knife like the BK16?
1095 is carbon steel ... but yes, carbon is fine as long as you take care of it. It'll rust, patina, and wear and look unique.

But hey, why not make yourself one?
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I choose 5-6 inches, reason being is that a smaller knife is extremely usefull but sometimes a smaller knife isn't enough. Where a larger medium sized knife is capable of handling smaller task's at hand but just large enough to handle some of the larger task's. But honestly a 1/2 knife in the hands of a well trained person is more useful then a person with little knowledge that has a 7" blade made from the best steel in world!

It all comes down to you ability/skill and your preferences.
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Over four inches of blade starts to get a bit clumsy .
If your already carrying a large blade , you only need a small to mid sized blade for things like skinning game and other jobs requiring delicate cutting .
If you didnt have a machete or khukri I'd suggest a larger blade , but a big and small blade is a better Idea than trying to have a one size does all blade .
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If you are toting a larger blade such as an axe, hatchet, or machete a larger fixed blade knife would be redundant. Under such circumstances I would prefer a fixed blade with a not overly thick 4 inch blade paired with a small folder and machete.
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If you are going to pair it with a machete or kukri then a large knife doesn't make much sense. I'd stick with a 3-5 inch blade.

Mostly it's a matter of preference. For instance, my personal knife has a 9 inch carbon steel blade. I've never had a situation where I wished it was smaller and I've worked up everything from squirrels to bear with it.

More important than length is blade design, blade material and practice.
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My current favorite knife is the BK17.
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My current favorite knife is the BK17.
Why did you get the BK17 instead of the BK16?
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Why did you get the BK17 instead of the BK16?
Clip Point



http://www.cartercrafts.com/knifeinfo.htm

I'm gonna get the BK17 over the BK16 as well
I like clip points......
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I'm gonna get the BK17 over the BK16 as well
I like clip points......
Why do you like clip points over drop points other than looks.
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I said 5-6 inches, I like a heavy duty knife to rely on...I have an ESEE 5, I would trust it with my life...I also have an Izula and a machete. between the three I think i could probably build a log cabin lol....ok maybe thats pushing it, but I could build a very good shelter, field dress an animal or build a figure four dead fall.
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I said 5-6 inches, I like a heavy duty knife to rely on...I have an ESEE 5, I would trust it with my life...I also have an Izula and a machete. between the three I think i could probably build a log cabin lol....ok maybe thats pushing it, but I could build a very good shelter, field dress an animal or build a figure four dead fall.
I really want an ESEE 5, but it is a little out of my price range right now.
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I really want an ESEE 5, but it is a little out of my price range right now.
That's why you should get an Izula 2.

All the knife you need when paired with a kukuri or machete. It is a little knife capable of big tasks if needed. You will find so much use for this knife that won't let you down, you will have plenty of time to save for a mid sized blade ESEE 4,5,LS or 6. If you can't wait, a Mora will suffice in the mean time.
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Why do you like clip points over drop points other than looks.
Because I like POINTY blades??
To use for pointy tasks?
More of a spear like action?
More of a Bowie look?

If I'm gonna pay 70 bucks
I want it to be something I like to look at......
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