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#194528 - 01/29/10 12:28 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Leigh_Ratcliffe]
sodak Offline

Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 410
For surviving, I think that a Vic Huntsman, Huntsman Lite, Deluxe Tinker, or even a Farmer - pic one - makes the best survival knife by far. As far as I've tested, they do everything that a Mora can do, and better, as well as doing a whole lot more.

Now if you are talking about heavier duty usage, I would go the Fallkniven/Becker/Busse route. But I would ALWAYS have a Vic on me...

#194530 - 01/29/10 12:57 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: sodak]
oldsoldier Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: MA
Mdinana, what a lot of folks do, I think I have even seen it here on the forums, is remove the Mora handle & fasion their own. IIRC, its a 3/4 tang, which is plent strong for anything we would need it for.

On the subject of knives, I too find myself constantly "upgrading" to something better-only to go back to my original. Currently, I have 2 multitools, 1 SAK, 4 folders, and 7ish fixed blades. With the exception of the fixed blades, I have the knives stashed in kits in my jeep, my PFD, and the SAK in my workbag. The Leatherman & my current folder, my Zero Tolerance, are on my person as all times. I used to carry my Leatherman Micro on my keychain, but I didnt like the weight of it, so it went into a kit as well.

Think of knives sort of like fishhooks. There are all kinds, and different sizes, purported to do specific tasks. But, a small hook can catch small fish AND large fish-a large hook only large fish. A smaller knife is a MUCH better multitasker than a larger fixed blade.
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#194531 - 01/29/10 01:02 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: sodak]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1174
Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
I have a Victorinox in my car as a convenience tool. I'm not sure which model, but it is a larger one. I wear glasses, so I bought the little optional screwdriver for $2 that goes into the corkscrew and it has been a lifesaver when the screws work loose in my glasses. I also bought 10 used Victorinox Classics on ebay for $10. I carry one in my pocket, one is in my PSK, and the rest are stashed all over the place. Those are amazingly handy little knives, and they take and hold a razor edge from my ceramic sharpener.
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#194540 - 01/29/10 02:11 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: oldsoldier]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2196
Loc: Beer&Cheese country
Originally Posted By: oldsoldier
Mdinana, what a lot of folks do, I think I have even seen it here on the forums, is remove the Mora handle & fasion their own. IIRC, its a 3/4 tang, which is plent strong for anything we would need it for.

I actually bought a 5" mora blade and made a handle last year, kind of a "keep busy" project as school ended and I had a month off before graduation.

I've never carried it frown I also discovered that power tools would have made everything MUCH easier.

#194595 - 01/30/10 05:01 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: MDinana]
Mark_F Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 714
Loc: Kentucky
At the risk of sounding like Spongebob Sassypants, the best field/survival knife ... is the one you have with you when the SHTF. To each his own. I've went on record on another thread here:


that I prefer a longer blade, and seem to be leaning more towards carbon steels in a longer fixed blade. but I would certainly not object to a good quality high carbon stainless blade. I am also anxious to give the S30V in Ritters RSK 1 a try. laugh

Opinions on knives are like the other drivers on the road. Everyone going faster than you are is a maniac and everyone going slower than you are is an idiot. But hopefully somewhere along the way you learn to appreciate that it is all a matter of perspective and experience. So just sit back and enjoy the ride. smile
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#194598 - 01/30/10 05:17 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: LED]
SwampDonkey Offline

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1268
Loc: Northeastern Ontario, Canada
I often use the Clipper in the field and am pleased with it, but yesterday I bought 10 Mora AllRound Knives from Paul at Workwear Canada. Nice guy to do business with. The knives are going to be part of 10 Ice Rescue/Survival Kits I am assembling for my co-workers and I to use while on remote snowmobile patrol.

I also have many, many knives to select from but find that I usually carry a lighter knife with a 5" blade or less. Usually with a multi-tool or SAK and often with an axe, saw or brush-hook when in the bush. The larger tools do the bulk of the heavy wood cutting, that is what they are made for and I accept the weight/bulk as a trade-off for efficiency and safety.


Edited by SwampDonkey (01/31/10 08:02 PM)

#194631 - 01/30/10 03:55 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: SwampDonkey]
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2114
Loc: NE Wisconsin
If you can afford it ($165), don't overlook Doug's RSK Mk3 fixed blade knife. it is a really REALLY nice knife.

#194638 - 01/30/10 05:47 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: SwampDonkey]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2893
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: SwampDonkey
I often use the Clipper in the field and am pleased with it, but yesterday I bought 10 Mora Craftsman Allround's from Paul at Workwear Canada.


I'll be interested to hear your review. I love the shape of my Clipper but always felt it could be a little beefier in terms of reserve strength. The sheath on the Craftline Allaround seems different too; I wonder if they've improved it in terms of holding the knife more securely?

P.S., your link has an extra "http://" in it.

#194666 - 01/30/10 10:30 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: dougwalkabout]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
The is NO "perfect" knife. There are knifes that are very good, to perfect for a particular job, but all knifes are tradeoffs. The knife that I want to peel an apple/gut a deer is NOT what I'm going to want to to pry open a crate, or chop down a sapling
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#194668 - 01/30/10 11:10 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: KG2V]
Adventureboy Offline

Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 51
Loc: Peoria, AZ ,USA
Leatherman (new) Wave and Gerber LMF II. (PERIOD) NO discussion.
All you need. pm me for more info.
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