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What exactly qualifies as a 'survival knife' as opposed to just a knife? Doing jobs like cutting okra aren't exactly 'survival' tasks so much as just tasks.
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Are you looking for KEV to answer? I don't know why he starts duplicate threads days apart and does not participate? Must be a paid troll to drive traffic on this dead site.

I come here to try an add something and all I find is BS threads by clowns that are making **** up . Now and hen there is a real post. Those real posts are lost in mountains of BS. Really hurts the site posting BS just because the site needs traffic to bill the advertisers. Which by the way this site has become advertiser riddled with invisible links to ads when you try to follow an thread. Nice try SB, your **** stinks.
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Are you looking for KEV to answer? I don't know why he starts duplicate threads days apart and does not participate? Must be a paid troll to drive traffic on this dead site.
You see where it says "Forum Administrator" under his name? Maybe he`s got other **** to do.
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I think a inexpensive hatchet or axe would have greater barter value. you can pick this one up for $8 at Harbor Freight.
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Hey you are interested I this thread! How about reading the duplicate?
https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=407613
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It was easier to copy/paste my response from the other, identical thread, than hammer it out all over again .

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I've brought the point up before (as did someone else earlier in the thread) that very few people that actually know how to use a knife, are not going to have one (or several) post SHTF. Most people are merely going to need a can opener to finish off what they have in the kitchen.....and then they're just standing on the porch waiting on the gubment to come save them. A knife ain't gonna make any difference whatsoever, nor are they likely to have much useful/valuable stuff to trade for it.
But to answer the question in the OP, I think the knife that is most practical to store for future trading, and best fitting the necessary criteria of being functional, good quality, and economical, could be the basic, stainless MoraKnives, that can be found for about $12. They might not be ideal for building a lean-to shelter, but for most realistic tasks like food prep, small fish and game cleaning,etc, you'd be hard pressed to find something of this level of qualilty and function, for this kinda money.
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My uncle use to make knives from scrap metal and put on either antler handles or leather handles on them. They were well sharpened and held their edge well. He would make sheaths for them with animal skins, beaver tails being his favorite one.

Heck, you can get decent knives real cheap at yard sales and sharpen them yourself.

I do agree with one post here, get decent sharpening stones and learn how to use them.
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Do you think stockpiling cheap survival knives has a place in your long term SHTF survival plans?

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Why stockpile cheap knives?

20 years ago some of my buddies and I were making bug out bags for friends and family. The bag contained a canteen, water purification tablets, thermal blanket, matches, cheap poncho, cord,,, other odds and ends and a knife.

Things have changed in the past 20 years. Instead of bugging out I now live at the farm and will bug in.

What can I do to help friends and family members in need? For one I can have a few cheap knives to hand out.

Why cheap knives? Because if someone loses, breaks, or damages the knife, I lost $10 - $15 dollars instead of $50+ dollars.

I can stockpile 5 knives with $50 at $10 each. That puts 5 people in the fields cutting okra, squash, and beans instead of one person with a $50 knife.

Someone on youtube mentioned using cheap knives as a barter tool.

What are your thoughts?

Maybe stockpiling sharpening stones as well, what with all the knives and heavy farm use cutting, there will need to be a lot of grinding of not just knives but other tools.
Stones like knives are a perishable item over time, having a few to use and trade might be prudent.
Cheap norton non oil stones serve well in the work shop, and those India stones I have seen around $7, excellent for grass cutters to chisels.

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My cabin in the WV hills is stocked with various cutting devices, but the best bargain was when Mrs. Skully found a pile of Dexter and Old Hickory butcher knives at an antique shop. There were piles of kitchen utensils, and after about 15 minutes she had 11 butcher knives.

The price tag was $11.00!
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Yup - older Old Hickory knives can be made into nice every day use knives for chopping or cutting food in the fields. I find tons of them at garage sales for a song, even smaller thrift stores have em for less than a buck...
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I use old butcher and smaller knives that I find at thrift stores to experiment with different designs and such. At .10 to $1.00 each, I can afford to break a few while making a mocotaugan. I would use those for barter. I buy all I find.
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Do not underestimate the # out there who do not have simple things to survive. I reference the empty water and food stocks at stores during hurricanes, the gun panic after sandy hook (sandy hook was only the latest in many such events, was after the 90s awb, still fools didn't have guns n ammo). Op, you are wise to stockpile such things.
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