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Looking to buy a tactical knife, i have alot of bushcraft oriented knives, in alot fo different styles but nothing "tactical" i guess i just want something cool looking as lame as that sounds. preferably in the 50- 75 dollar range and made in the USA if thats even possible in this price range, this type of knife isnt my are of expertise so i need a little help. Thanks in advance

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I don't know what, exactly, you see as 'cool looking', but a good knife is the Gerber LMF II. I suppose it is tactical... it's also practical... it's prac-tactical (I just made that word up). It would be in the upper extreme of your budget, but is worth the extra $. Only complaint I hear (though it's not my complaint) is that it's a bit bulky with case and all.
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I don't know what, exactly, you see as 'cool looking', but a good knife is the Gerber LMF II. I suppose it is tactical... it's also practical... it's prac-tactical (I just made that word up). It would be in the upper extreme of your budget, but is worth the extra $. Only complaint I hear (though it's not my complaint) is that it's a bit bulky with case and all.
I dont know exactly what i meant by cool looking either, i guess im looking for function, and practicality. while being good in a tactical situation, fast draw that kind of stuff.
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The SOG Seal Pup Elite is a good "tactical" knife. Its not made in the USA though.... http://www.ebay.com/itm/SOG-Seal-Pup...item3cbfdb67fe Good knife for the price. Mine has been though hell and back and all it has on it are some "battle scars". Its stainless if you take that into consideration. AUS-8 SS Rc: 57-58. You can find it online for about $50-70 depending on if you want coatings.

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Kabar. Or the ontario version.
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May I suggest this one?

Amazon.com: Ka-Bar 2-1282-6 D2 Extreme Fighting... cover
Amazon.com: Ka-Bar 2-1282-6 D2 Extreme Fighting...
And made here in Olean NY.
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I have two Cold Steel Odas. It is a close copy of the Randal R-1. Now in San Mai III it was originally available in Carbon V. If you can find an older model you might get it cheaper than the new one.

http://www.coldsteel.com/oda-san-mai-iii.html

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Looking to buy a tactical knife, i have alot of bushcraft oriented knives, in alot fo different styles but nothing "tactical" i guess i just want something cool looking as lame as that sounds. preferably in the 50- 75 dollar range and made in the USA if thats even possible in this price range, this type of knife isnt my are of expertise so i need a little help. Thanks in advance

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Are you thinking of a folder or a fixed blade knife or an untraditional design like a spear, kukri, or tomahawk?
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define tactical? because what i consider tactical prol isn't what you think of as tactical
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go up to $100 range and get a Gerber Mark II



Might even get one in your price range on-line.

I had one in the 80's, sold it, bought a new one when they came out. very glad to have one again!
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go up to $100 range and get a Gerber Mark II



Might even get one in your price range on-line.

I had one in the 80's, sold it, bought a new one when they came out. very glad to have one again!
Did you like it? That is a lot of knife.

I want one of these, but I don't know if it is worth $130: http://www.fallkniven.com/g1/g1.htm

I am in love with Fallknivens. I think that fighter would make an excellent boot knife and amazing back up knife for SHTF.
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Did you like it? That is a lot of knife.

I want one of these, but I don't know if it is worth $130: http://www.fallkniven.com/g1/g1.htm

I am in love with Fallknivens. I think that fighter would make an excellent boot knife and amazing back up knife for SHTF.
looks like a fairbairn sykes copy and modified
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define tactical? because what i consider tactical prol isn't what you think of as tactical
Stabby. Tactical allways means stabby. I don't get it but if it keeps the punters happy.
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looks like a fairbairn sykes copy and modified
Yeah. I own a pigsticker and it is a great stabby knife but painful to use for anything else.

I would just buy a normal looking one.

But OP plenty of pigstickers out there.
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Like FarmerJohn asked, define tactical or for that matter define survival??? I mean it, really I do and I've asked this question dozens of times in this forum...To the best of my knowledge they are nothing but a marketing ploy.

Sorry, dontbuypotteryfromme, but it certainly doesn't mean "stabby".

The Gerber was a tribute to the S/F Commando knife which gave birth to the V-42 Joint Forces (Cdn & US) knife that it also somewhat being honoured by it but it is not tactical by most makers definitions and offerings...If you notice, this knife cannot do anything but stab which is great for sentry removal but horrific if you're in a knife fight where slashing to arms and hands to cause blood loss is the norm.

Ontario has some great models in your price range and made in the US as well.
Ka-Bar is US made for the USMC Fighting knife, their Becker line and most of the Johnson line but the FIN and Dozier--the Bull Dozier is a superb knife in your price range--are made in Taiwan.
Kershaw and Zero Tolerance have some as well but ZT is above your price range.
TOPS offers real mall ninja influenced models but over your price range
SOG has classic models but higher priced.
Cold Steel has lots of models but none are made in the USA

I'd suggest a combination using the Ka-Bar Dozier Bull Dozier for a sheath knife and his Phat Bob for a folder...I'd throw a small Dozier Folding Hunter as an EDC blade to complete the package...Yes, I like Bob Dozier's work, I have the originals they were based upon as well as these.
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Looking to buy a tactical knife, i have alot of bushcraft oriented knives, in alot fo different styles but nothing "tactical" i guess i just want something cool looking as lame as that sounds. preferably in the 50- 75 dollar range and made in the USA if thats even possible in this price range, this type of knife isnt my are of expertise so i need a little help. Thanks in advance

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Get a ESEE 5, its a beast.
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By "tactical" I'm going to assume you mean "fighting" or "combat" and I'm assuming fixed blade.
In my collection in your price range give or take, I have a kraton handled Kabar USMC Fighting Knife. Good knife, hard to argue with the success of that particular model. I have a SOG Seal Pup Elite. My first one went to Afghanistan with my brother where it served him well and I missed it enough that I felt the need to buy a second one. Very good all around knife though a little short for a "fighting" knife. Its big brother the SOG Seal Team is on my list of knives to get one of these days. I have a Gerber LMFII. Its alright but not one of my favorites, nor do I consider it a "fighting" knife. Blade shape is all wrong and the balance doesn't favor the way I was trained to use a knife. Also heavy for its size. It does look kind of cool though which you did mention. That's just a matter of personal preference and many people love that knife. Its the only one on this list that is made in the USA too BTW, another thing you mentioned. I have an older Cold Steel Recon Tanto in Carbon V. That knife is retired now for all intents and purposes but it is still in great shape, wicked sharp, and just plain a very good "fighting" knife. It would be my go to for a "fighting" knife among my collection in your price point if I (God forbid) needed a strictly fighting knife.
They don't make the CS Recon Tanto in Carbon V anymore but they do make it in AUS8 which, while not as good (in my opinion) as the Carbon V, gets good reviews from people with it. All of the above knives can be found in your price range, give or take a few bucks, with some searching online and honestly, I don't think you would go wrong with any of them.
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Like FarmerJohn asked, define tactical or for that matter define survival??? I mean it, really I do and I've asked this question dozens of times in this forum...To the best of my knowledge they are nothing but a marketing ploy.

Sorry, dontbuypotteryfromme, but it certainly doesn't mean "stabby".

The Gerber was a tribute to the S/F Commando knife which gave birth to the V-42 Joint Forces (Cdn & US) knife that it also somewhat being honoured by it but it is not tactical by most makers definitions and offerings...If you notice, this knife cannot do anything but stab which is great for sentry removal but horrific if you're in a knife fight where slashing to arms and hands to cause blood loss is the norm.

Ontario has some great models in your price range and made in the US as well.
Ka-Bar is US made for the USMC Fighting knife, their Becker line and most of the Johnson line but the FIN and Dozier--the Bull Dozier is a superb knife in your price range--are made in Taiwan.
Kershaw and Zero Tolerance have some as well but ZT is above your price range.
TOPS offers real mall ninja influenced models but over your price range
SOG has classic models but higher priced.
Cold Steel has lots of models but none are made in the USA

I'd suggest a combination using the Ka-Bar Dozier Bull Dozier for a sheath knife and his Phat Bob for a folder...I'd throw a small Dozier Folding Hunter as an EDC blade to complete the package...Yes, I like Bob Dozier's work, I have the originals they were based upon as well as these.
my thoughts of a tactical knife is one able to do most things well and used to fight if absolutely necessary

but i know no one leaves a knife fight looking pretty the combat aspect is not really a priority. hence i carry a puukko
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If you are looking for a fighting knife then get the fairbain-sykes-applegate style, there is a reason that is the best blade type for knife fighting. I have an old Camillus Mark three trench knife that fits this bill for me (always somewhere on me as a back up). If you want pure piercing power look for an American Tanto style point, nothing is stronger for going through things, car door, heavy clothing, leather, plastic etc.... Cold Steel is going to be your best bet for your price rnage, get the best steel you can afford. If you are going pure close quarters combat weapon then opt for a tomahawk, it has the advantage of distance and leverage over a knife
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