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#167177 - 02/16/09 09:52 PM In the market for a knife!
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2186
Loc: Bluegrass
I know this topic has been beaten to death, and probably rightfully so, but I'd like the peanut gallery's input (preferably if you've used it!). I'm in the market for an outdoors knife (general camping, mainly). I already carry a Benchmade folder that's going no where, and I'd like to compliment it with a sturdy fixed blade. For the sake of keeping the thread under control, I'm considering the following knives... please keep comments aimed at these. Thanks!

I already have:
-Full size Ka-bar
-5" Ka-bar
-Sog Seal Pup
-USN Pilot knife

The 5" is so far, my "preferred." But... I'd like something better. I'll probably sell the above to finance the next. I promise, it's coincidence that the prices and blade profile are all similar! In the running:

- SOG Northwest Ranger
- Benchmade 10502

So folks... what guidance? Just to nip some comments in the bud, I can't afford the RSK-3 (and actually, don't really like the design), so that's already out - sorry Mr. Ritter!

#167180 - 02/16/09 10:47 PM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: MDinana]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
I was going to say "go get something from Chris Reeve", but I looked at your price range, so no go
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#167181 - 02/16/09 10:56 PM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: MDinana]
Rotncore Offline

Registered: 12/24/05
Posts: 28
Loc: Canada
If you're looking at the Ontario rat knives, consider real RAT knives (RAT Cutlery Co.). I have an RC-4 on order I'm anxiously awaiting after much research. Randall was the designer of the Ontario knives, but split off from the company, and is now fighting with Ontario over the name. In any case, the RC's are better knives, and supported by an ironclad no questions asked warranty.

#167184 - 02/16/09 11:51 PM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: Rotncore]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2186
Loc: Bluegrass
I remember reading that somewhere. Thanks for the reminder!

#167186 - 02/17/09 12:01 AM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: MDinana]
aloha Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 1047
Loc: Hawaii, USA
I like the Fallkniven F1.

Edited by aloha (02/17/09 12:02 AM)
Edit Reason: sorry I didn't keep it at your list.

#167193 - 02/17/09 02:30 AM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: MDinana]
Loganenator Offline
Bike guy

Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 151
Loc: Sacramento, CA, USA
Hey there.

The Fallkniven S1 Forest Knife seems to fit all of your criteria except for price, but if you can save up another ~$50 its worth it. I really enjoy mine in the kitchen and on the trail and I know I can "trust it with my life" as Doug always says. If price is indeed a deal breaker you may want to try out a few of the Mora knives. The craftsman tri-flex seems to have the thickest blade however the classic red handled utility knife is great too.

Good luck on the decision. Its a tough one! smile

You must be the change you wish to see in the world - MK Gandhi

#167196 - 02/17/09 02:51 AM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: Loganenator]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
Similar to the Fallkniven Forest knife is the Cold Steel SRK.
Forget the various incarnations of steels with the same secrecy of Col Sander's seasoning recipe or stabbing Buicks.
It's a decent knife (if you don't mind epoxy finish gumming up your diamond plates) and comes with a decent sheath.
I passed mine on to a nephew when I upgraded to Fallkniven.
Depending on make and condition, your present knives should realise enough cash to upgrade beyond your price point.
You can make a onetoime posting in the Campfire Forum of what you have and are asking.

#167197 - 02/17/09 03:18 AM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: aloha]
Stu Offline
I am not a P.P.o.W.
Old Hand

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Originally Posted By: aloha
I like the Fallkniven F1.

Ditto! smile You won't go wrong with a F-1!
Our most important survival tool is our brain, and for many, that tool is way underused! SBRaider
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#167200 - 02/17/09 04:30 AM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: MDinana]
boomdriver Offline

Registered: 12/13/08
Posts: 1
Loc: Mojave Desert
Ranger RD6, now being made by Ontario. Just got one recently, great rugged blade.


#167209 - 02/17/09 02:57 PM Re: In the market for a knife! [Re: boomdriver]
dchinell Offline

Registered: 02/08/02
Posts: 312
Loc: FL
I own a Rant, 10502. I think it's a great value.

It's sort of like the two Cold Steel knives often mentioned, the Master Hunter and the SRK. But it's made by Benchmade.

The only "fault" I might mention is that the swedge on the back results in a somewhat smaller area on which you can baton -- it that's even a consideration for you.

No fire, no steel.

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