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#241650 - 02/23/12 12:33 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
Moras are probably the best bush crafting and survival knife out there next to Opinels. You can get a decent Mora and a decent Opinel for $30 together total. I love mine.


I love Opinels and have several, but I discovered a problem with them. If they get wet, even a little, the wood swells and you can't open them with your fingers.
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#241656 - 02/23/12 01:11 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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They could probably fix it with a very thin nylon washer on each side of the blade pivot pin. Thats the point where it seizes.
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#241668 - 02/23/12 03:04 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
Richlacal Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
I would have to say my Leatherman-Crunch,as I have it on me more often than not,then a Kershaw-1/2 ton in my front pocket,these 2 are my edc in the wire.When hiking,my RSK-MK.2 for primary,a ColdSteel-Bushman (with a 5/32"chainsaw file) for secondary with a Buck-Prince in my front pocket,of course I'll have the L-Crunch & ditch the 1/2 ton as, it's more suited for citylife.I will pack a Mora on occasion,or a Buck-110,depending on my activity/destination.

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#241672 - 02/23/12 03:22 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks for the tips on the Mora Bushcraft Survival. I want a new fixed blade and love that it has a firesteel and sharpener attached to the sheath. I'm going to have to check that out!
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#241677 - 02/23/12 04:08 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
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LOL! Good to know, Izzy. That's high praise in my books.
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#241680 - 02/23/12 05:25 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
Bingley Offline
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I like the Benchmade Griptilian. Doug Ritter speaks well of this knife, and as we know he has his own modifications. But even unmodified, it's a good knife. Well-balanced, ergonomic, the right length for most tasks, and a good compromise between agility and robustness. It's a very good EDC knife. I can't speak to wilderness survival since I don't have experience with that.

Someone mentioned the Cold Steel Recon tanto. I have one, too, but I'm not a big fan of it. It seems good for splitting things, but it's top heavy, the blade is too thick and too long, and the hilt is nothing to write home about. I don't find the knife that maneuverable. I've seen some other Cold Steel products, and they seem to go overboard with robustness for my taste.

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#241682 - 02/23/12 06:38 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
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Loc: Calgary, AB
This is what I currently take into the wilderness:



A Grohmann Outdoor Knife (factory second) and a Wenger Evolution S13.

That said, I am currently being tempted by a Bushcrafter with a Scandi grind by Blind Horse Knives.
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#241683 - 02/23/12 06:48 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: Denis]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2221
Loc: Colorado
That Grohmann is a nice looking knife. I like the lines of it. I've never heard of that brand before.

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#241684 - 02/23/12 07:05 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: haertig]
Denis Offline
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Grohmann Knives is a Canadian knife manufacturer based in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Unfortunately this design isn't a part of their current line of knives; my understanding from Grohmann is that this was Duck Unlimited's (USA) Hallmark knife in 2006. I picked up a factory second they were selling through their clearance page.
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#241685 - 02/23/12 07:10 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
Phaedrus Offline
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It would be impossible for me to pic one! Forced to chose I guess I'd pick my Ontario RAT-7. It's really more of a camping blade than survival blade but it's a terror with wood processing. And I can carry a multitool in the pouch on the sheath. I've got a Felknivven F1 that I really like too, as well as an ESEE RAT3.

I love me some Moras! I have probably 30 of them. They are indeed very sharp but they don't hold their edge well working with hard wood. This might be blasphemy but I've converted several of my Moras to convex edges for strength. For a long time my Mora Tri-Flex was the survival blade I carried on my Maxpedition 12 x 5 water bottle survival kit; last year I replaced it with an SOG Field Pup. It's a bit more robust and the sheath has MOLLE attachments, better securing it to the Maxpedition. Plus I like the little pouch on the sheath- it's perfectly sized to fit my BlastMatch.
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