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#126424 - 03/06/08 01:54 AM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Polak187]
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I gave my son-in-law a Kabar Warthog for his birthday a few years ago, and really liked the blade. Short, sharp, thick, probably a pretty good prybar in addition to cutting ability. Comes with a kydex sheath, with belt loop, but something like a Blade-Tech Klip (or the more secure Blade-Tech Tech Lok) could be added to the back side of the sheath...
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#126433 - 03/06/08 02:10 AM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: ]
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[quote=Polak187]The Gerber Freeman Hunter fits all your requirements except the sheath. The blade length is perfect, it's under $100 USD, and it's S30V but the sheath is leather and has no clip.

There are a number of good Kydex sheath makers out there who are not expensive...
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#126461 - 03/06/08 12:46 PM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Doug_Ritter]
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Another thing to think about, the custom kydex sheaths are wide and flat because they are 2 sheets riveted together. That means you're going to wear it behind the point of the hip. Combine that with the their high riding style and it would be difficult to get to that knife while wearing a parka. The F1 sheath is injection molded so it is slim and it has a nylon loop that keeps the entire knife below the belt.

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#126476 - 03/06/08 01:38 PM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: mwigant]
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Not quite right, but something like the ag russell deer hunter would be very affordable.

2 other thoughts -
If you are buying enough of them, you can drive the price down a bit
Something like a Teklok might upgrade the seath a bit?

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#126477 - 03/06/08 01:52 PM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: mwigant]
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the custom kydex sheaths are wide and flat because they are 2 sheets riveted together. That means you're going to wear it behind the point of the hip. Combine that with the their high riding style and it would be difficult to get to that knife while wearing a parka.


Not always: custom Kydex sheaths are...er... Custom. They can be different widths, thicknesses, and different attachments. I strongly recommend the Tek-Lok from BladeTech. Many custom sheath makers will use them if you ask. Ask that they be drilled to use the Tek-Lok in all three orientations.

On my heaviest coat I have a strong flap (2" x 3") to which I can clip my sheath/Tek-Lok and the knife can ride just under my left armhole. But I rarely find that necessary.

Firefighters be warned, however: Kydex sheath will soften quickly at 250-300 degrees, and I don't know what the ambient temps. near a fire would be. Leather may be a better choice after all.


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#126498 - 03/06/08 04:14 PM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: NAro]
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To each their own I suppose. I prefer compact and sheet kydex sheaths are at least 1/2 in wider than injection molded. I guess this is only an issue if you (like me) like to wear the knife right behind the front pocket. Of course, LEOs and SARs may have other equipment already taking up that spot. As for horizontal carry, I'm kinda round. The only 10" flat spot on my belt is on my back and wouldn't be to comfortable in the truck. Back to the original question, the F1 runs around $100, get a custom sheath for around $50 and you're in business.

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#126519 - 03/06/08 07:29 PM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Polak187]
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Polak187,

If you are O.K. with 4 1/2 inch blade of VG-1 San Mai IIIŽ
check out Cold Steel's Master Hunter. The sheath has a velcro and button snap closure around the belt.

http://www.ltspecpro.com/fixed-blades-master-hunter.html

or look at this
http://www.knifeoutlet.com/shop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=AL345

The second option will require a after market sheath.
Here are two liks for those:
I think this is the less expensive of the two
http://www.mnsi.net/~nbtnoel/products.htm

this one is probably more expensive
http://bladerigger.com/blades/

But am not sure about what either company charges.

Also as someone else mentioned the techlock could make this 2" knife fit the bill if you can find it for a better price.
http://www.benchmade.com/products/product_detail.aspx?model=210TK

Best of luck with your search.

Joe

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#126564 - 03/07/08 12:34 AM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Joseph13]
Joseph13 Offline
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Polak187,

One other thing, most Manufactures ofknives will give a discounted price for persons in the Law Enforcement/ Medical First Responder. Although you porabably already know this.

Joe

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#126667 - 03/08/08 12:20 AM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Joseph13]
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Hey Polak,

The Buck Sirus may be smaller (2'' blade) than what you are looking for but it meets all of your criteria I believe. It does not have a clip but one could be easily added with a trip the hardware store and a screwdriver.

At the very least it could be a boot knife for secondary carry in an emergency.

Good luck!
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#126670 - 03/08/08 12:30 AM Re: Fixed blade question [Re: Loganenator]
Crogan Offline
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You could check out On Scene Tactical, Top notch kydex sheaths. Ask for normark (I think his real name is Eric) He is always willing to help out the customer and has a really good rep on the Canadian forums. He'll make a sheath for any knife you'd like including customs if you send it to him.

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