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#241728 - 02/23/12 10:55 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: bacpacjac]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: bacpacjac
One of these days.... if i can 2ver make up my mind, that is.

Check out the Bushcraft Force ($30). It's slightly wider than the Bushcraft Survival that I bought and otherwise looks to be the identical blade and handle (different color).


I have so many firesteels, I'm thinking of how best to attach one to a Mora sheath and wrap a good bit of black 100mph tape and paracord around it all.

Any of those in the Bushcraft series look good to me. In a serious wilderness hike I can see my Gransfors Bruks mini-belt or wildlife axe and the Mora as a good combo.

#241729 - 02/23/12 10:56 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: Dagny]
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Thanks Dagny! The hunt is on!
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#241731 - 02/23/12 11:48 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2081
Loc: NE Wisconsin
I don't really think of a knife as a "survival knife". Its more like "the knife I will most likely have with me if I find myself in a survival situation".

The original post specifically referred to "wilderness".

Hmmm, well, the only time I'm near wilderness is when I'm camping or hiking, and though I really like fixed blade knives when I'm camping (I bring my Ritter Mk3), it tends to ride in my backpack or day pack. I simply don't like having it hanging from my belt (or elsewhere).

So, the knife that is by far most likely to be with me is the Ritter Mk1. I have EDCed the mini Mk1 for what seems forever. When out camping/hiking/whatever I swap out the mini for the fullsize Mk1. I recently started carrying the orange-handled version received as a gift from my wife after I thought I'd lost my original black-handled Mk1. (the new orange-handled mini Mk1 is really tempting!!)

Will it chop firewood? No, probably not, but I trust it to do what I need ... if needed, when needed. I have no doubt.

#241762 - 02/24/12 01:10 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
julie Offline

Registered: 02/23/12
Posts: 5
I don't have a dream survival knife, because I think the ones I already have (although inexpensive) will do everything I could ever need.

#241763 - 02/24/12 01:44 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
anpf Offline

Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Perú
Leatherman C33Tx in my pocket, Muela Tornado in my PSK.

#241776 - 02/24/12 06:28 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
quick_joey_small Offline

Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 513
Loc: UK
>what would your dream Survival knife be? <

Something I should have asked long ago: what is meant by a 'survival knife'?
It's been mentioned that a $9 Mora is often issued on survival courses and does everything one is shown. So why do people recommend a $300 knife?
I've always assumed it's because it is a 'survival' knife. You might have to cut your way out of a plane or try and pry a rock off your leg with it; so quality can't be too good.

Is this an accurate guess?


#241778 - 02/24/12 06:44 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: quick_joey_small]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
I suppose its the durablity issue as a hefty knife can take a more abuse. Although in practice, I haven't found many tasks my $10 Mora can't do.

FWIW, I also use a small camp machete for the big stuff. Its much quicker and easier to sharpen than a knife.

#241779 - 02/24/12 06:50 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
quick_joey_small Offline

Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 513
Loc: UK
Thanks LED.
So do normal survival skills which I'm assuming to be: cutting wood to make a shelter, stretcher, fire etc require a more durable knife than a Mora? Can one baton with a Mora?

#241780 - 02/24/12 07:02 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3310
Loc: USA
I own a single Mora, and it's a very impressive knife. I would not hesitate to baton with it, although I'd recommend doing so carefully due to the blade thickness.

My more expensive fixed-blade knives are longer, thicker, and can take more abuse. While I abhor abusing a good tool, in a survival situation you may not have a choice but to use your knife in ways it wasn't meant to be used.

More expensive knives tend to hold an edge longer, too.

#241784 - 02/24/12 07:18 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
quick_joey_small Offline

Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 513
Loc: UK
Thanks for clearing that up LED and chaosmagnet.
In the UK 'hiking' and 'hillwalking' are virtually interchangeable words, as there is nowhere but the hills that aren't heavily populated and there is nothing there but grass, rock and heather. It's only in the last few decades outdoor stores even started selling any knives, as they are virtually useless items in reality. I was at a mountaineering clubs party in the 70s on bottle opening duties; using heel of palm strikes on the edge of a table, as there wasn't a bottle opener between the 30 of us :-).

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