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Old 01-27-2010, 01:34 AM
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I understand that this is HIGHLY relitive to the situation, however I am wanting something that I can shave with, chop wood with, and skin a deer with...

When I say pocket knife I am referring to something LESS then 5" long...

Also what is a good "folding" knife? 3" or smaller (to be legal in Iowa).
(Particular model, or just what to look for in a folding knife.)

Budget
40-$50 for folder
Roughly $75 for survival.

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I carry a Ka-Bar Mule in the woods over here. Its a folder but its still very strong, I batton with it with no sign of it failing. Only problem is its made in Taiwan.
Look into the Cold Steel folding Khukri. I plan on getting one soon. 6 inch blade but still a folder.
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There is no such thing as a survival knife unless you consider the hollow handled ones to store fishing twine etc. in...Chris Reeve or Randall make the only ones that are any good and they're both around $500...Nor is their such a thing a tactical --they are both marketing ploys...

What makes a 6" clip point, a Bowie, a tactical, a fighter or a survival, knife -- the name the maker puts on it...

Check out the newest offerings from CRKT and SOG in both fixed and folding blades...In your price range and damn fine knives...

Ragnar's Ragweed Forge has some great Scandi grind makes and models described, great place to deal--there is more to Scandi then Mora!

Ontario, RAT, Ka-Bar, Gerber, Buck all have decent knives...
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For a <3" bladed knife under $50 you can't go wrong with the Boker Trance. I've beat the Hades outta mine until I lost it weeks ago.... actually, I think it was stolen but anyway.... it still locked up solid, its blade still straight. For fixed knives there's so many to choose from it all depends what your main activities would be with it. Rat Cutlery, Ranger Knives, Bark River, Busse, etc. are all excellent choices.
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cold steel bushman folder is about as strong as a folder gets
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The Bark River are between 2 and 4 times your top end price and the Busse are at least 4 times as much and up...BRKT are good blades and offer many different blades and handle materials...Busse offers one with no options if you don't like it...a 10" blade for $347.00
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CRKT M21-04 great knife for your price range can't beat it, best for the money and strong too, holds a razor edge
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cold steel bushman folder is about as strong as a folder gets
I was going to suggest the same knife, I don't think there is a better folder for the price range. Ofcource don't use it like Nutnfancy does on you tube. It's a folder after all.
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The knife I've been carrying daily for several months now is this S&W assisted opener .. very strong and adept at most any application: http://prepared.pro/smithandwessonblackmagic.aspx
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You might find chopping with a 5" blade difficult, at that length you might have to go for a very thick blade. Perhaps the short KA-BAR Becker knife, is it called the Companion or BK2?

For a pocket knife I find SAK's very useful, scissors, tweezers, saw etc...
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Buck 110 all around champ.
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You want the best but all you want to spend is $50?

If that's all you have then get a Ka-Bar and forgo the folder.

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I have carried a Spyderco Delica for close to 15 years without any problems other than the belt clip falling off. It holds its edge well isn't too long nor too short for my uses and sharpens nicely. One word of warning, they come about as sharp as it gets, frighteningly sharp. They can be pricey though.
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I carry Buck knives a 110 folder and a 119 6" fixed blade.
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I wouldnt use a folder for batoning.Kruki works well for me.And it comes with two smaller knives.My folder is a leatherman.
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Um.... http://www.weaponking.com/productdetails-1872.aspx
http://www.weaponking.com/productdetails-982.aspx
and uh.... http://www.weaponking.com/productdetails-1837.aspx

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For everyday use I use the Ka-Bar Warthog. It's blade is right at 3". But the blade is thick so it's by no means flimsy. Also it's a very sturdy construction. I've used mine every single day at least once a day for a little over a year and it's still locking up just as tight as the day I bought it. The only thing I don't really like about it is the fact that it's "tactical" and has that black powder coating on the blade. Not to mention I only paid a little over $20 US for it. In my opinion, for the price you can't beat it. Oh, footnote, I have the model without the serrations. Not a huge fan of partial serrations, just a preference thing.

As for fixed blade knives, I use a Mora 511. You can find reviews of this knife all over the place. Needless to say (I'll say it anyway) it's a very, very good knife for the price. I'm thinking of revising my system and making my Mora a neck knife then getting one of the Green River knives I keep hearing about. They seem really nice and they're also not very expensive.

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I understand that this is HIGHLY relitive to the situation, however I am wanting something that I can shave with, chop wood with, and skin a deer with...

When I say pocket knife I am referring to something LESS then 5" long...

Also what is a good "folding" knife? 3" or smaller (to be legal in Iowa).
(Particular model, or just what to look for in a folding knife.)

Budget
40-$50 for folder
Roughly $75 for survival.

Thanks,

T
What you ask for is impractical in a 3" knife. The best thing to do is carry a 4" closed stockman AND a pocket cable saw.

You "might" be able to shave with a stockman ,or other pocket knife, but nothing beats a straight razor in the field.

So there you have it in the three tools that will do all that you ask while not weighing you down to much.

Note: I believe that a 4" closed stockman is THE best choice for field work since it gives you three blades all the time. Not fancy to be sure and it has no gee whiz toy factor but nothing will beat it for chips down work.

A very good large stockman.......
http://cowboyknives.com/mooremakerto...iggedbone.aspx

Pocket saw info......
http://www.equipped.com/saws.htm

easy to use straight razor......
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I am wanting something that I can shave with, chop wood with, and skin a deer with... LESS then 5" long...
Pick 2, and I think you can do it. Chopping is different than battoning; you can do the latter with a knife you can shave with. But to shave with a chopper your looking at a very high quality steel, professionally HT/quenched, with a unique grind angle. Choppers like thick heavy blades, while skinners and shavers like thin light blades, because chopping will blunt up your edge quickly and you'll either be trying to shave with a spoon or a hacksaw depending on the quality of the steel, whether it just blunted or if it cracked and dented, or chipped.
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