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#284372 - 05/01/17 10:58 AM Best Sub $10 EDC Knives?
quick_joey_small Offline
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Having previously depressed expensive fixed blade owners with a review of the $15 mora robust, I thought I"d get the folder owners out on the window ledge too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYSYoFDoh-E&index=100&list=PL873CAE980DDA64DB&t=23s

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#284375 - 05/01/17 12:25 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Good share.

Not having handled these knives, my first reaction is that a ~$10 knife is way, way better than no knife at all, and these look decent for inexpensive folders. Actually I'd be impressed at $25 or more for some of them.

Mora has had a long time to (in my opinion) perfect the inexpensive high quality fixed camp knife. I do think it's harder to do the same with a folder. I'd rather carry a Mora and a $100+ folder than a $100+ fixie and a ~$15 folder -- if the pivot or the lock fails on a folder I could be out a knife or a finger, where there's less to break on a fixie.

I'm looking forward to learning more about this company and their blades.

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#284386 - 05/01/17 02:13 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Those do indeed seem to be a good bargain, but if I am carrying a folder, I have come to prefer a Leatherman Skeletool, since it incorporates good pliers and is a nice, compact package.

I find it ironic that Cold Steel touts their SRK (R for rescue) as essential for such operations, while I have never wished I had a larger knife in rescues. The blade I packed for nearly all my rescue operations was a SAK Tinker, kept nice and sharp. There were plenty of times when I fervently wished I had a good pair of pliers and I wound up packing such a tool....until the dawning of the L-tool era.
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#284388 - 05/01/17 02:22 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: quick_joey_small]
clearwater Offline
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The best SAR knife is the one that is handy. People carry their $100 tools buried deep so they won't lose them, then when they need to cut a strap on a stokes, they waste time finding it.

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#284390 - 05/01/17 02:24 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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In the Sub-10 dollar mark, also think of the Opinel's. Sharp, easy to sharpen, great quality, cheap and does look scary in any way. Just don't get them wet.
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#284391 - 05/01/17 02:35 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: clearwater]
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" when they need to cut a strap on a stokes, they waste time finding it."

Never had to do such a thing. We always preferred to untie our knots, so the strap could be used later.

But this begs a question. We all know that any "rescue" implement includes a seat belt cutter, so that the victim can be extricated from his hopelessly jammed seat belt. Most of my SARs were non-vehicular, so I have little experience with seat belt extrication. From those who have done such, just how common is a jammed seat belt and the need to slash quickly?

I suspect that the seat belt cutter is "SAR bling," more or less.
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#284394 - 05/01/17 03:09 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
... experience with seat belt extrication. From those who have done such, just how common is a jammed seat belt and the need to slash quickly?

I have done such quite a bit for several years and we had to open some car doors with hydraulic jaws. The number of actual slashed seat belts I did cut myself, witnessed or heard of was zero. That was not due to lack of cutting tools.
We did cut some seat belts in training but I guess that does not count in this context.
OTOH I regularly gave first aid courses and in about every third course there was a person with a friend who personally witnessed someone cutting a seat belt to save someone from a burning car that exploded shortly after. We did not try to verify the claims though wink.
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#284395 - 05/01/17 04:03 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: M_a_x]
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I would wonder if good EMT shears would not do everything a seat belt cutter would do and be more versatile in cutting clothing to expose wounds, etc.

Thanks for your real world imput...
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#284396 - 05/01/17 04:09 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: hikermor]
clearwater Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
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Never had to do such a thing. We always preferred to untie our knots, so the strap could be used later.



Maybe 'knot' have had to deal with rime or freezing rain with cold fingers and a medical emergency.

You must be one of those handsome SAR members, shirtless in the southern California sun, rescuing famous Hollywood starlets.


Edited by clearwater (05/01/17 04:16 PM)

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#284397 - 05/01/17 04:40 PM Re: Best Sub $10 EDC Knives? [Re: hikermor]
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In training we tried cutting seat belts with good EMT shears as well. The shears did a far better job. They also where superior to knives. I doubt that this would change in real world scenarios.
Newbies tend to struggle when trying to cut a seat belt with the seat belt cutter without prior instruction on the technique. It is hard to do if you try to cut at a right angle.
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