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#39480 - 03/31/05 11:53 PM Best Folding WSK

What folding knife is good in wilderness survival?

#39481 - 04/01/05 12:01 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
KenK Offline
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Regardless of where this forum resides by far my favorite larger folding knife is the Ritter RSK Mk1 by Benchmade. The size, blade shape, and handle shape/texture are exactly what I want, and the S30V blade is wonderfull.

I honestly can't imagine you'll find a better folder, especially for that money.

For a smaller carry (not really for survival) I like the Leatherman Micra.

#39482 - 04/01/05 12:27 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
rodmeister Offline
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Registered: 03/23/02
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Loc: ca
A bit pricey, but CHris Reeve's Sebenza's can't be beat.

#39483 - 04/01/05 12:54 AM Re: Why Such an Expensive Knife?
Jagd Offline

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 23
Loc: Wash DC
Why would you buy such an expensive knife? What are its advantages over a $50 knife with a similar shape and quality steel? My experience is limited, but I can't understand why the difference.

I just bought a Benchmade 710HS (plain edge, M2 steel, $130) which I love. It's smooth--like a fine tool, but I don't know that I'd prefer it in the field in a survival situation over something else that's half the price, or less.

What significant advantage does such an expensive knife as what Chris Reeves produces ($300+) have over a $50 knife? Is it the toy factor--mine is cooler than yours--or is the extra $250 worth the difference?

#39484 - 04/01/05 01:28 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
rbruce Offline

Registered: 05/25/04
Posts: 153
Loc: California
Well, since you didn't say a locking folder, like your other thread, I'm going to say a Swiss Army Knife (SAK). You want something with a woodsaw. A couple good choices are the Victorinox Farmer, any of the Victorinox lockblades, or a surplus Bundeswehr (German Army) knife.


#39485 - 04/01/05 01:38 AM Re: Why Such an Expensive Knife?
rodmeister Offline
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Yes, life is too short. And I can afford it.

#39486 - 04/01/05 01:43 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
widget Offline

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Posts: 550
I bought a Benchmade Griptillian with the 3+ in blade. One handed opening and axis lock mechanism. I am not really a fan of folders for main knife chores, but this one is sturdy and well designed. Paid under $70 for it also! Basically the same as Doug's RSK but with the Spidermade hole in the blade for one handed opening. Cheers!
No, I am not Bear Grylls, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night and Bear was there too!

#39487 - 04/01/05 01:48 AM Re: Best Folding WSK

Like rodmeister said, why do these knives have to be so expensive? Isn't there some kind of folding knife that's good and only costs like $50?

#39488 - 04/01/05 03:02 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
physics137 Offline

Registered: 10/28/03
Posts: 64
Loc: New York City
I carry both a Wave and a Micra for everyday use. Being in NYC, I don't want to be stuck answering awkward questions about what I'm doing carrying anything more substantial than that. After all, the presumption here is if you're carrying a knife you're going to stab somebody - it's not like knives have any practical purpose after all... <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

But even then I find that the Micra is more "PHRASECENSOREDPOSTERSHOULDKNOWBETTER. friendly," more like a toy than something that could kill. So in mixed company I preferentially use the Micra.

#39489 - 04/01/05 03:03 AM Re: Best Folding WSK
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2137
Loc: NE Wisconsin
The higher price is paying for high engineering tolerances, the axis locking mechanism and the best blade metal I've yet to see.

Here are my under $50 choices, but there are many:

(prices from knifecenter.com)
Opinel - $14
Gerber E-Z-Out - $27
Kershaw Ken Onion Vapor 2 - $30
Buck 110 - $40

Bettery yet, for $48 you can get a Becker Knife & Tool Crewman fixed blade - one heck of a survival knife. I wonder what a BK&T folder would look like??

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