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Well I just ordered the Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife off Amazon with some other cheap goodies to get the free shipping. I was a few dollars shy so I got the magnesium fire starter for like 5$ to knock it over 25$ which is the requirement for free shipping. It got pretty good reviews from the research I saw and on the knife test it stood up amazingly well. It seemed superior to the kabar version in nearly every way (including price).

When I receive it ill be sure to let you know what I think, and I appreciate all the advice.
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That puppy full tang, or at least close to it?

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Yep full tang. Basically every review I saw, including the knifetests.com said its a damn good buy for the money.

It got a better rating than the USMC Ka Bar and seeing that its basically the same design and cheaper that is what convinced me to buy it.
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Its still the K-Bar. None of those knives mention have the same extreamly high grade carbon steel blade. Nor are many... If any are, balanced for throwing.
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Condor Rodon and a Mora, both for under $45 dollars from Smokey Mountain Knife even get a Letherman Wave also all for about $60-70
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Do not rule out the Ontario RAK! It's spline thickness is in between an ESEE 5 and 6, made entirely in the USA, and one tough piece of steel.
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Its still the K-Bar. None of those knives mention have the same extreamly high grade carbon steel blade. Nor are many... If any are, balanced for throwing.
If you throw your knife you can loose it, however the basic Kabar is a good knife even if it isn't a model I use. I would vote OKC Aircrew as well, I've used one of the leather washer handled ones since late 1994 and it has a nut date of 5/94. It isn't the best for chopping or battoning (I don't batton so thats a non issue) but if you wear gloves the nut dosen't chew your hands up too badly.
No idea how many animals it has skinned or what else I've cut with it but it has always held a good edge and the only reason I went back to the wood handle Mora's of my youth was wieght.
For an over all field knife Becker is hard to beat.
I also don't understand why people say "buy American" as a reason not to buy the LMF2, last I checked it was American made.
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I should probably mention that my price range would be under 60 dollars or so. I like the Becker BK2 from the reviews, however it seems like it might be a little bulky/heavy for what Id want it for. I want something nimble enough for whittling but heavy enough to be useful for bushwhacking.
Than the BK2 IS the knife for you. Tomar's Kabars has new gen BK2's right at your price point. Despite its obvious nuke proof indestructibility, and ability to wreck trains. The reason it has stood out as a premier survival knife, and emulated by so many top tier knife makers is its versatility.

I have spent days cutting down tree's (dead fall around the homestead) the diameter of a softball, trimming all the branches off without a single hot spot or blister. While it probably won't fillet a salmon (I haven't actually tried) It has proven nimble and agile enough to clean one as well as skin small game like rabbit and squirrel. Yet strong enough to skin, clean, quarter and break down larger game deer, elk, moose or bison. Strong enough to hack through a car, a fire door. Baton fire wood and through a battery cable (done that). Yet able to do the delicate tasks like slice ripe tomatoes and roast into thin slices or make ten feet of twine out of a little scrap of leather. Make feather sticks and kindling, a snare and trap of your choice or build a shelter. Dig a fire pit, dig up some root vegetables & pry out fatwood.

While you may not be able to whittle a miniature cigar store Indian with a BK2 but you should be able to whittle a detailed full scale version. More importantly with a BK2 I can perform any of the tasks that I may need to survive in the bush and than some. Including sharpening it in the field with whatever is handy. When a wet stone or hone of any kind is not available.
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Thought it might be helpful if we compared apples to apples

ESEE-5 Specifications
Source: http://www.eseeknives.com/rc-5.htm

Steel: 1095 Carbon
Overall Length: 10.88"
Blade Length: 5.25"
Thickness: 0.25"
Blade Width: 1.56"
Blade Thickness: Maximum .25"
Weight (Knife Only): 16 oz.
Finish: Textured Powder Coat
Handles: Canvas Micarta
Grind: Sabre
Sheath Material: Black Kydex
Made in USA
Price: $165.00

Bushmaster Survival Knife W/ Modular Sheath
Source: http://www.5minutesurvival.com/

Steel: 1095 Carbon CX
Overall Length: 8 3/4"
Blade Length: 4"
Blade Thickness: Unknown
Blade Width: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Finish: N/A
Handles: Olive Drab Micarta
Blade Shape: Spear Point
Grind: Flat
Sheath Material: Patriot Leather Modular Survival Sheath
Made in Unknown
Price: $149.95

KA-BAR / Becker* BK-2 "Becker Campanion" 2nd Generation
Source: http://www.tomarskabars.com/Becker_Knives.html

Steel: 1095 Cro-Van
Overall length: 10.5"
Blade Length: 5.25"
Blade Thickness: .250"
Blade Width: 1.75" (my measurement)
Weight: 14.6 oz
Finish: Black Epoxy Powder Coat
Handle: Grivory
Blade Shape: Drop Point
Grind: Flat
Sheath Material: Black Glass Filled Nylon
Made In USA
Price: $60.95
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How is the S&W holding up bud?
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Most,if not all, of the younger folk's here will think of a "survival knife" as a large single blade knife. This is not true..........

The plain truth is a "survival knife" is the one you have in your pocket.

In the field, or in urban areas, the knife in your pocket needs to be a slip joint large stockman ,or trapper, from a quality knife brand.

Both will allow you to have multiple blades in a small easy , non-frightening, stout hard working knife package. Forget all the flipper one handers since all they offer is a "toy" factor.

So carry whatever knife you want for zip & flash but make sure that there's a stout dependable slip joint stockman,or trapper, in your pocket to be there for you when the chips are really down.
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I've abused the heck out of my Byrd Cara Cara 2 trying to make it fail, carving kindling, light prying, the works. The things this knife can do I would not ever try with a stockman (I do like the old triple blade design though). In the end the Byrd knife is my EDC and I trust it more than any other folder Ive ever used.
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For the $ I prefer the Schrade SCHF9 over many listed here.
Review here: https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=103414

Specs: Brian Griffin Design
1095 HC Steel, coated.
Recurve blade.
Jimping.
1/4" Thick
12.5" long
6.5" blade.
Removable Kraton Scales
15.9 oz.
Lanyard Hole
Nylon Sheath

$37 w/free shipping from Amazon.
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On a practical level, my survival knife is most likely going to be a Mora or one of those leatherman locking blades.

I carry the leatherman in my pocket and the Mora, BK13 and a few leatherman mulittools in my backpack.

If I have a little warning and I have my bob, I can add a Junglass and a Tops Alaskan Hunter. An Israeli knife (DuStar) as backup.
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Guess its too late to make a suggestion lol

I would have said SOG Seal pup. Its served me well.
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Take a look at the ESEE Junglas or the ESEE 6. I have a Gerber LMF II it a good knife, but nowhere near the ESEE knives. IMO
Agreed. I dont get why people never talk about the cold steel recon scout. It is very similar to a esse but the blade is thicker. I have used both and when it comes to splitting wood it is the way to go. It is a few ounces heavier but its good weight. I do like LMF's and esee products as well. Either way you are still better off then 90% of people out there.
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Cold Steel trail masters or recon scouts are allways a good choice in the large knife catagory. There heavy but they are really sharp and can chop like beasts.
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I've been using a Buck 119 for probably 25 or more years, it's avery stong GP knife at around $40.00.
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I love the feel of the S&W. However, I was batoning some oak this weekend and took a few gouges out of the blade. Nothing a re-grind wont fix but I think mine was a lower quality than what was tested on knife tests. Poor QC on Taylor Mades part. I decided to get a bk2 and bk7.
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