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#196294 - 02/21/10 09:05 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Dagny]
Russ Offline
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In addition to an EDC folder, SAK or multi-tool, a Ka-Bar Becker BK-9 can handle a lot of the big jobs. The Becker line is using thinner 1095CroVan (1095 with chromium and vanadium?) stock than before (1/4" 50100 IIRC) and IMO the knives are better for it. They may not be better pry-bars, but they are better knives. My opinion. . .
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#196297 - 02/21/10 10:16 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Russ]
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Are you aware exactly how large that knife, BK-9, is? It's over a pound and almost 15 inches long. Essentially a short sword.

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#196303 - 02/21/10 11:09 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Art_in_FL]
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Yeah, I've got one, specs are at the link. It may weigh more than your typical EDC, but it's a well balanced and very capable blade.

Byrd mentioned batoning with a BK-2 at the top of page 2 and noted it had a thick edge. The new BK-9 is thinner stock and should do much better at batoning, although I haven't had the need. I use an axe for chopping.
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#196313 - 02/22/10 02:37 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
I got a Victorinox bug in me now a days after I got decent folders. I got a list about a mile long for Vic SAK models on my Amazon.com basket. Lol.


I really like the Vic knives that have saw blades. With one of those, you can make just about anything you would need in the bush. I never leave home without a little green Vic Classic in my pocket. The knife blades on all SAKs sharpen easily with a Firestone ceramic wheel sharpener.
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#196314 - 02/22/10 02:43 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Dagny]
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Originally Posted By: Dagny
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I've recently been focusing more on axes. All Gransfors Bruks. Most recently the Splitting Maul and a splitting wedge. Of course, those won't be in the backpack.


I have a little Swedish Wetterlings axe. The handle is a foot long piece of hickory, and the head is forged with a razor sharp polished edge. I put it in my hunting daypack in case I need a little help with the deer pelvis. It is sharp enough for skinning.
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#196315 - 02/22/10 02:57 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Hanscom]
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Originally Posted By: Hanscom
Benchmade has changed the steel in the Rant fixed blade to D2. List is $85, available online for $70-75. The previous version in 440C (still a pretty good steel) is still available online for ~$50.

4.5 inch blade, 0.165 thick (about 1 MM thicker than the Ritter Mk3 ((0.140))). Drop point--my favorite--or Bowie style clip point.

The handle on the Rant is overmolded and I don't know how much tang there is. Does anyone know?



The older Benchmade Rant was made in the far east, the newer in USA. Here is a video that shows a Rant tang
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNrAs9j3Nzs
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#196665 - 02/26/10 11:55 AM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Byrd_Huntr]
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Registered: 02/19/10
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Loc: Adirondack Mountains NY
Well, I am buying a Mora craftline "allaround" and I left it up to my wife and kids to surprise me for my birthday on the other knife. I gave them some ideas to look at the Rat3, Rat5, Becker BK2 and BK7. So we'll see what I get if I get one. Thanks for all the suggestions and help. I'll post which one I get after I get it.
Can anyone recommend a good sharpening system? I was looking at the spyderco 204mf tri angle. Anyone try it?

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#196666 - 02/26/10 12:28 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Lqdtrance]
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Spyderco Sharpmaker
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#196675 - 02/26/10 03:38 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: Lqdtrance]
jenkinma Offline
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+1 on Sharpmaker... easy, peasy to get a VERY sharp edge quickly
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#196690 - 02/26/10 09:27 PM Re: Best field/survival knife? [Re: jenkinma]
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Nice, I'll check that out immediately. Thanks!!

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