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    Knife characteristics.

    I remember seeing a thread about knives here earlier so I thought I would post this and get your opinions.

    I am looking into getting a decent knife in the future, and if am to put out the money it needs to suit my purpose. The trouble is I do not know much about knife designs in relation to their purpose. I know that there is a lot of personal preference in knives and I understand why that is, but I was wondering what characteristics one should look when buying a knife in relation to itís intended use.

    Personally my preference is for a fixed blade that is between 5.5-6Ē, and something that is high carbon steel, as I donít like stainless. It will be used mostly for things like making feather sticks and shavings from larger pieces, light chopping on woods like aspen, rough carving, maybe battoning, cutting rope, making things like figure four traps and general chores, maybe used for preparing fresh fish. Rarely, if ever for skinning game. I am not too concerned about chopping, as I usually have a hatchet or similar.

    I know that with so many designs and quality knives that I probably canít have it all in a specific design, but I donít mind the idea of having an excuse to get more knives later. For know, the most important to me is that the knife makes really good wood shavings quickly, with as little effort as possible on medium sized pieces of wood, and does some of the other things half decently.

    Thank you.

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    K-bar makes a nice piece. Especially useful as a camping/survival tool. You can find them for about $50-60 USD usually.

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    i bought a custom made knife and sheath in Ireland by Rory Connor, official knife maker to the Irish Navy (or so I was told) in '99 for about $65 US. So I'm wondering if perhaps you might want to look into your local knife makers and have one custom made, or buy one of their knives they make in small quantities. Just a suggestion.
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    Ka-bar's are fragile. I broke one whilst chasing (literally) antelope in northern Colorado.

    I've been a Benchmade customer for the last 8 years and couldn't be happier.
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    ...I am looking into getting a decent knife in the future...
    That's a pretty lofty goal. Are you up to it? Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    Ka-bar's are fragile. I broke one whilst chasing (literally) antelope in northern Colorado.

    I've been a Benchmade customer for the last 8 years and couldn't be happier.
    Your not supposed to bite the blade cypress!
    I have never seen a Ka-bar snapped, but I'm sure it can be done. Just about any high carbon blade has its stress limits.

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    Check out the reviews for the Gerber LMF II if you don't mind a little plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Your not supposed to bite the blade cypress!
    I have never seen a Ka-bar snapped, but I'm sure it can be done. Just about any high carbon blade has its stress limits.
    I had it on my belt and the bottom of the sheath tied to my leg. As I was running, it wiggled it's way around to the front of my leg. When I extended the leg, it bent the blade and snapped it in half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    I had it on my belt and the bottom of the sheath tied to my leg. As I was running, it wiggled it's way around to the front of my leg. When I extended the leg, it bent the blade and snapped it in half.
    So now its cause of your guads!? Hmmmmmmm.........

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    The rest is history....
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    Well, then how about a Buck fixie (which is what I personally have, but the blade is only 4")?

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    My fixed blade (the tanto blade with G-10 handle)



    Everyday carry



    My plane knife (if it gets jacked from my luggage, I don't care)

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    How would the curve of the blade affect characteristics. Say, comparing something that is mainly straight with a curve near the tip, to something that has a continuous curve along the entire length of the blade, how would that effect how the blade handles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someday_RN View Post
    How would the curve of the blade affect characteristics. Say, comparing something that is mainly straight with a curve near the tip, to something that has a continuous curve along the entire length of the blade, how would that effect how the blade handles?
    From what you described as how you plan to use the knife, I would get a basic drop point blade. This is a basic blade that can be used for anything from cutting wood to skinning animals. Its pretty common in fixed blades. Also, you will want to hold the knife and see how it feels in your hand. You aren't looking for a throwing knife, so balance is not too important. But how the knife feels in your hand should be a major deciding factor, IMO.

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    Back when I bought my Spyderco it was pretty top-notch. Have things changed much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Back when I bought my Spyderco it was pretty top-notch. Have things changed much?
    Nope. They're still one of the best production folding knife companies when it comes to performance/dollar.

    I've got about 12 of them so far and there should be another one arriving in the mail on Monday next week.

    Their design is considered quirky by the uninitiated but people who have used a spyderco pretty much love them. They have some nice fixed blades but they can be pricey...

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    note to self, do not challenge Psydotek to knife fight.
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    note to self, do not challenge Psydotek to knife fight.
    At the very least, bring a ***.

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    I have an old buck tool and the knife is totally worthless so I've been meaning to ask this question too.

    The problem is that when I go into some place like Gander, I'm totally overwhelmed. All I want is a durable, low-maintenance knife for utility/camping that has a solid handle that would be comfortable in a big hand. I don't want to spend more than $40, but I don't want to buy a piece of crap either.

    Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    I have an old buck tool and the knife is totally worthless so I've been meaning to ask this question too.

    The problem is that when I go into some place like Gander, I'm totally overwhelmed. All I want is a durable, low-maintenance knife for utility/camping that has a solid handle that would be comfortable in a big hand. I don't want to spend more than $40, but I don't want to buy a piece of crap either.

    Any ideas?
    I'll recommend the Spyderco Endura 4. It's a little over your budget at $50, but it's quite possibly one of the best all around folders. It can be had in a plain edge, serrated edge, or combo edge:

    http://www.newgraham.com/SearchResul...eyWords=endura

    There's quite afew variations of it that cost more but that's because it's popular enough that Spyderco can afford having them.

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    The king of knives, Randall Made, http://www.randallknives.com/spendy but will be passed down to your children.



    That being said if you want a knife you can actually use, SOG makes a great line of production knives used extensively by the military. Most can be had for under $100.

    I probably have close to 200 knives from full customs to production knives. I have rarely come across a bad knife from anyone of the big names.

    A great website with tons of info on steel.. http://www.jayfisher.com/Blades.htm#..._a_steel_type_

    I will second the rec to stay away from Kabars, at least the originals. It is the knife of my service but it is outdated. The steel is soft and does not hold an edge well. You can put an amazin edge on one, but open one or two MRE's and it is done.
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    Asking that broad of a question is a lot like asking which automobile is good for driving in the united states. There are sooooo many knives. If you want to spend big bucks on something good, look for a knife show to come to your area, and handle all the knives you can.

    Also, you'd do well to join bladeforums.com and read up on the vast amount of information found there.
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    I'm not much of a knife guy, but the Mora knives made by Frost in Sweden are pretty well-regarded. They're considered among the best of the low-budget knives - they cost $15-$20. No frills at all, they're just simple, well-made knives.
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