Best camping fixed-blade knives according to redditors

We found 496 Reddit comments discussing the best camping fixed-blade knives. We ranked the 102 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Camping Fixed-Blade Knives:

u/Revvy · 193 pointsr/videos

I dance alot. At first I would get blisters but after years I've built up huge callouses on my feet.

One night awhile back I was drunk and my feet started to itch. I scratched at it but my skin was too thick to have any satisfaction. So, I did what any drunk man would do: found a knife and started shaving my callous. The dead skin would come off in flakes. Every stroke would send little bits flying off my foot and onto the ground. It felt glorious. After twenty minutes I looked down and noticed my floor looked like a woodshop. Deadskin everywhere. So, I did what any drunk man would do: Piled that shit up onto a piece of paper and took a picture of it.

u/Tyler9400 · 60 pointsr/Bushcraft

Steel is steel mate. You can go with the expensive stuff, or with the cheap stuff - We're talking expensive at several hundred and cheap as under 20-50. I've seen 20 dollars knives made just as well as the 600 dollar knives, they just dont have the name brand. It's a chunk of steel, treated so it stands up to specific conditions and holds an edge better. It looks to be full tang - not sure what is up with the holes in the blade, or the design near the MT-5 logo. I found pictures online, looks like the steel comes out a bunch there? No idea what this design is or what purpose it could have - looks sketchy. And the holes in the blade...I mean I've seen the 5 dollar walmart knives with holes so you can create a makeshift spear but..Other then that, no idea why they are on this knife, and they cause more harm then good. You can use it for basic bushcrafting tasks but I'd be careful batoning, I've personally never heard of the brand - it could be name brand and be great, but it has some weird designs.

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Really, steel is steel - all the fancy features cause more harm than good.

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-4-1-Inch-Military/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=morakniv&qid=1571462370&s=sporting-goods&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sr=1-4

That is a 12 dollar knife, and you really won't ever need more, but there are better options. The 12 dollar knife has a thinner blade and isn't suitable to as heavy duty work, but is a great beater knife for doing anything.

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Bushcraft-Survival-Starter-4-3-Inch/dp/B00BFI8TOA/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=morakniv&qid=1571462370&s=sporting-goods&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sr=1-7

And their top of the line knives are

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Garberg-Carbon-Leather-Sheath/dp/B07B8SP4G9/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=morakniv&qid=1571462370&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-10

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-M-12642-Stainless-Compatible-4-3-inch/dp/B01I1GITMA/ref=sr_1_12?dchild=1&keywords=morakniv&qid=1571462370&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-12

There's a carbon version and stainless steel version. I'm gonna be honest...for the most part, they all do the same thing, but people want different things and fancier things - the garberg is the only full tang out of the bunch, but even their half tang knives are bulletproof, they hold up incredibly well and I've batoned with him countless times without issue. Mora, IMO makes the best knives - I have several other brands, and there are some I like better for ergonomics - but that's not the point, the point is any knife will work, steel is steel. Just find what you think looks and feels good, learn how to sharpen it and what you like, it depends on the what materials/types of trees you are working with, and what type of work you do. I prefer convex and Scandinavian grind (V Grind) knives, the Cudeman MT-5 looks to be a full flat grind - which I mean..AFIAK is mostly used in like chef knives and stuff, it's incredibly sharp but it's not durable, hitting hard objects is gonna cause knicks and it's gonna be brittle. This is all from experience, it's not like im an expert - but to be fair, I'd just keep trying different ones and see how you like it, but I wouldn't go spending crazy money, the $300 knives you see all the fancy bushcrafters use...these are what I call wall knives..They use them in the videos cause they look good but most people would just keep them at home and keep using their beater knives, because we are hard on our equipment and honestly, they work just as wall, all the fancy scalings and what not make them expensive, but they don't make them better.

TL;DR: Steel is steel. Get a cheap knife, in a better grind suited for the work your doing. All depends on what work you do, and what tress you have, soft woods, hard woods ETC.

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Edit: Definately don't have to go with Mora, I've just always used them and they've done me well.

u/ipartytooguys · 20 pointsr/Survival

I wouldn't recommend a "titanium" knife, firstly because for $10, it's not titanium. It's probably some chinesium knife that won't hold an edge very well. Secondly I don't recall Camillus having a great reputation due to materials and QC.

If you're looking for a good budget knife, I know Ka-Bar and Becker make good ones, and if you can swing an Izula, that would be my choice. Here are some links. Izula Ka-Bar 1 Ka-Bar 2 Ka-Bar 3.

The reason I'm recommending Ka-Bar and ESEE is that they both use 1095 carbon steel which is an excellent choice in toughness and edge retention. I almost forgot Mora, a superb Swedish knife that is renowned for its steel and edge retention, and used worldwide by folks in the workforce and outdoors communities.

The ESEE and Ka-Bars will run you $40-$60, and the mora will run you about $15. You can get Moras and Izulas at Cabelas, but Amazon is also great. Good luck.

u/JayRose73 · 18 pointsr/bugout

I'd consider a Morakniv fixed blade for each kit. They're so durable, great grip, sharp as heck, and are cheap enough to get a few easily from Amazon: Morakniv on Amazon

u/toucher_of_sheepv8 · 13 pointsr/knives

Honestly? You're going to want to just go to a knife forum- this is a good example of one, or BladeForums.com is another- and just immerse yourself in it. Read posts, ask questions, salivate over knives, etc.

Here's a guide on knife grinds and the differences between them. Here's another.

Some good, popular companies for folding knives are Spyderco, Benchmade, Kershaw, and Cold Steel. All of these also make fixed blades, but only Cold Steel has anywhere near as many fixed blade designs available as they have folders.

Some popular companies for fixed blade knives are Ka-Bar, Morakniv, Ontario Knife Company, ESEE knives, BlackJack Knives and Fallkniven.

Any knives by any of those companies will likely be good, solid knives for whatever their intended purpose is- which brings us to another point, the intended purpose of a knife.

Different knives are obviously intended for different things, and a good knife for bushcraft might make an incredibly shitty one for cooking, with the While the Becker BK2 might happily slash apart a log or firewood, it's so fucking thick that it'll take a lot more work to push it through food, for example. Alternatively, while the Benchmade 530 is a great EDC knife that will happily cut food or cardboard all day, if you try its super-thing blade against wood or rope you'll be in for a bad time and might even need a new knife. Basically, there isn't really any knife that's "good" for everything. There are knives that are BAD for everything, but that's a different story entirely.

If you have any questions about anything I said, feel free to ask. Like I said- that's a good way to learn about knives.

u/DIDDLY_HOLE_PUNCH · 12 pointsr/CampingGear

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009XDR0NK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the knife I take backpacking, I guess it could be a survival knife but I mostly cook with it... I really like that it is orange so it is easy to find when I drop it.

u/CedarWolf · 11 pointsr/Survival

I prefer a Morakniv knife. They're usually about $12 to $25, go on sale often, and come with an excellent hard plastic sheath. They're light, durable, and simple. A friend of mine took one up the entire Appalachian Trail as his main trail knife in 2015; he loved it, never had a problem with it.

u/DirteDeeds · 11 pointsr/funny

If your gonna carry a knife make it one that can be used for more than one thing. I keep a Becker Kabar in my glovebox. Its a pound of razor sharp steel that will work as anything you need in a survival situation and lop off any part of someone you swing it at if you have too.

I regularly travel deep outdoors so I keep a Flint steel, lifestraw, crank powered flashlight, Becker Kabar, along with cordage and wire for snares. All in a neat little kit I sling over my shoulder if I get out of my car on a hike or in case I breakdown deep woods.

Ok that was longer than needed but point being if you need a knife buy a damn knife

u/PhenomenalDouche · 11 pointsr/knifeclub

My favorite knife by far to whittle with is this one, the Cold Steel Tuff Lite:

http://i.imgur.com/w0PhkOw.jpg

I use it, and the smaller version of it, the Mini Tuff Lite, for most of my carving (full disclosure, I'm a novice wood carver who just enjoys killing time noodling around).

While I generally prefer the inexpensive Cold Steel knives, I do own a dozen or so dedicated carving knives of a wide variety of makers, including some custom knives.

For an inexpensive option in fixed blades I really like the Mora 120 and Mora 122:

http://i.imgur.com/6L0w1lZ.jpg

I do also own some traditional whittlers, but I really haven't ever warmed up to carving with them.

I use the Tuff Lite knives so much that I've got an assortment of them, and have converted some of them to prison-shank style fixed blades by wrapping them heavily for comfort:

http://i.imgur.com/j8pN4Gd.jpg

They're cheap, sturdy and easy to sharpen. I do use a file to break the edges on the blade spine when I get them, but other than that I find them incredible comfortable to carve with. I frequently complete entire projects with nothing but the Tuff Lite (though I do have a collection of gouges and chisels and such as well, I prefer to work with a knife).

http://i.imgur.com/3tbo2Ds.jpg

u/destin325 · 10 pointsr/mallninjashit

I like the M9 bayonet. It’s a rugged knife with an okay saw. My favorite feature is that the blade and sheath can be combined to make wire cutters.

u/Backonredditforreal · 10 pointsr/Survival
u/PutYourDukesUp · 9 pointsr/Outdoors

You really don't need to spend $200 for a knife. You could spend less than $20 and get yourself a Mora knife and not have to worry about it. I've abused mine like crazy and it hasn't broken. Even if it did, it only cost me ~$15.

u/brzcory · 9 pointsr/Bushcraft

Mora.

All the MORA's.

u/followupquestion · 8 pointsr/bugout

You have fishing line, hooks and lead but no knife. I see a multi tool but I think it’s worth the weight to add a fixed blade knife. It’s useful for preparing fish, cutting wood, and so much more.

Watch this or one like it to drop in price (CamelCamelCamel) like it does a few times a year:
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, 4.1-Inch, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vvAPBbJBENH05

u/krazyeyekilluh · 8 pointsr/preppers

This is a great knife, great steel, and very affordable. I keep in in my GHB, a Morikniv:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTJKB00/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/cyclefreaksix · 8 pointsr/knives

http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK2-Campanion-Fixed/dp/B001N1DPDE/ref=pd_sbs_sg_37

The BK2 is a better all purpose knife. It can baton wood or aide in meal prep. Also has a kydex sheath which won't hold moisture like a leather sheath will.

u/real_parksnrec · 8 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I love my Leatherman Squirt. It has come in handy many, many times. The pliers are especially valuable. It's not often that you need them, but when you do, you really need them.

My Mora I take with me in case I have to rassle a bear.

u/modern_rabbit · 6 pointsr/Survival

No. Don't make a crappy amalgation of tools, especially not with a hollow handle. Put your ferro in the sheath, wrap it in paracord, use the back of your knife for a striker. You want this.

u/massbeerhole · 6 pointsr/knives

I have several KA-BARs and love them all.

I love this one for camping: https://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-Combat-Bowie-Fixed/dp/B001IPKL7I

This one is always in my car (next to a small KA-BAR tanto, and SOG hatchet): https://www.amazon.com/KA-BAR-200038-BK3-Becker-Tool/dp/B001IPILMA

u/Mobius01010 · 6 pointsr/pics

Cutting things can be done in probably an infinite number of ways, so it's really about having the right tool for the job. You could thicken the blade, sure, but that makes cutting with the knife harder. This is why kitchen knives are thin in the first place. Buy a Becker BKII (a ~$100 knife) or some other glorified crowbar and you won't have this problem, you'll have others.

u/Woltz_Sandage · 6 pointsr/Bushcraft

So for shelter, I'd suggest this tarp. I also suggest checking out the forum that the tarp is from (www.bushcraftusa.com) because it's a forum all about bushcraft but has sub forums in ultralight and backpacking. The tarp is https://bushcraftoutfitters.com/coyote-tarp-10x10/ which is priced at $67. The reason I suggest this is because this tarp specifically, there's lots of way's to set it up. Check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxtHJm51NPY&t=


So for cooking, it's pretty simple. This video will show you what most bushcrafters use and the links that follow are the two items. I use it myself and in fact have two sets because of how much I enjoy it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00gwQ4z_nQQ&t and the following links for the items. https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=Ozark%20Trail%2018-Ounce%20Stainless%20Steel%20Cup
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-Adventure-Camp-Cook-Set/16784406
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-9-5-Round-Frying-Pan/49332895


Hammocks are over rated, sleeping pads are a mess to figure out, get a cot. In fact, get this cot. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Outdoor-Super-Ultralight-Portable-Folding-Aluminium-alloy-Cot-Camping-Tent-Bed/112355265955?hash=item1a28e54da3:g:-PUAAOSwTM5Y365i:rk:2:pf:0


And now you need a knife, saw, and hatchet right? Well let's tackle all three.
https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-4-1-Inch-Military/dp/B004ZAIXSC?ref_=w_bl_hsx_s_sp_web_6501052011
https://www.amazon.com/Bahco-396-LAP-Laplander-Folding-Inch/dp/B0001IX7OW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540606867&sr=8-1&keywords=Bacho+Laplander
https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-X7-Hatchet-Inch-378501-1002/dp/B0002YTO7E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540607032&sr=8-2&keywords=Fiskars+X7+Hatchet+14+Inch%2C+378501-1002
And as a added bonus here's a fire steel.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-x-2-5-Drilled-Ferrocerium-Ferro-Rod-Steel-Flint-Fire-Starter-w-Lanyard-Hole/131485475489?hash=item1e9d2522a1:rk:4:pf:0


And finally to end it all, we have a sleeping bag. This one is well known in the world. Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree. It's a dry down bag which means it's made of down that can handle some moisture but still keep you warm. It's rated for 20 degree's. I'll post the same bag as well but is rated for 0 degrees'. It'll be more expensive but it'll let you stay warm during the winter.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kelty-Cosmic-20-Sleeping-Bag-20-Degree-Down/253894865275?epid=1152349824&hash=item3b1d50317b:m:mFpUvLXnvtZZETXdugDHwvw:rk:2:pf:0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kelty-Cosmic-0-Sleeping-Bag-0-Degree-Down/253375355468?epid=28012067594&hash=item3afe591a4c:m:mCrEnOYV72CJ257e08pGR4Q:rk:2:pf:0


Check the sizes of the sleeping bag before you buy.


Also a pack, this one works as two in one. Really nice for a 60L https://outdoorvitals.com/products/rhyolite-60l-lightweight-internal-frame-backpack1
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If you do plan on doing any winter camping, I'd edit a few things. One of them is I'd get the 0 Degree sleeping bag posted. Instead of the tarp I'd get this pup tent. https://www.ebay.com/itm/USGI-Military-Issue-2-Man-Canvas-PUP-TENT-w-Poles-Stakes-Complete-VGC/392111853275?hash=item5b4bb00edb:g:JEQAAOSw~jJarA5E:rk:1:pf:0 Which comes with poles and stakes. I normally toss the poles and get some branches outside. I get four branches and make a bipod that I tie off on either end. That gives me more room inside the tent and less weight I have to carry on my person.


I'd still get the cot but I'd also include Thermarest Z-Lite sleeping pad to put on top of it https://www.ebay.com/itm/Therm-a-Rest-Z-Lite-Sol-Ultralight-Foam-Backpacking-Mattress/132801349129?epid=1900010560&hash=item1eeb93c609:rk:1:pf:0 as well as one of those super heavy duty emergency blankets. It's a reflective blanket but it's also the same thickness as some of those heat reflectors you use for a car windshield. Not those flimsy things you see "survivalists" use. Those placed on the cot, with that zero degree bag, and that shelter works amazingly. Just don't throw a heavy blanket on the sleeping bag and don't wear a lot of clothes in it either. That'll make everything for naught.
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So with everything listed, the pack, cooking stuff, tools, cot, sleeping bag, and either the canvas shelter or tap, you'd be looking at around $560 assuming you got the 0 Degree Sleeping Bag instead of the 20 Degree. Which you really should. A 0 Degree is much better in my case.


Also if you do get a down sleeping bag, NEVER STORE IT IN THE COMPRESSED STATE!!! Always store it someplace with it out of it's bag. If you keep it compressed 24/7 until you use it, you'll destroy the down.

u/Kromulent · 6 pointsr/knives

It depends entirely on what you expect to do with the knife.

Food prep is a common task, which is best done with a small, slender fixed blade knife (folding knives are harder to keep clean - very important with food prep! - and slender blades cut food better than thick blades do). If the food prep knife is carried with the cooking gear, it does not require a belt sheath. A $9 victorinox paring knife is light and strong and would work fine for all but the largest jobs.

A saw or hatchet is far superior to a knife for preparing firewood, if that's going to be necessary.

General woodworking tasks - such as forming tent stakes, or notching wood to build a shelter or something like that - is best done with a thicker, stronger knife. A $20 stainless mora is very hard to beat for these sorts of tasks. If the hatchet/saw are lost, they can help with firewood prep, too.

See /r/Bushcraft for lots of helpful advice and knowledge.

u/802365 · 6 pointsr/backpacking

With or without a fire starter these Moraknivs kick ass. They range from 11-28 dollars and are a perfectly adequate size for a rugged all purpose blade. The poly sheath is durable and the handle is comfortable enough for prolonged use. More importantly however, it comes in pink!

u/Raestagg · 6 pointsr/Survival

Edit: My apologies, I overlooked the portion that you'd prefer it to be foldable. Barring that, if you do consider a fixed blade knife, the by all means, consider the followin post.

I like the Schrade SCHF36M, used it today out on the trail hacking up a piece of fresh downed pine for a quick walking staff, made swift, sure work of it. I like that it's a good price for what it offers, a beat stick on a handle, and a handle that is full tang but has Micarta scales included. ~$46. Here are some reviews, followed by the listed specifications: 1, 2, 3. Those last two are of the same knife, but the prior revision, same knife but the older one had a TPE handle instead of Mycarta, review still relevant.

  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13Mov High Carbon Stainless Steel Blade
  • Length: 5"
  • Overall length: 10.4 inch
  • Full Tang: Yes
  • Handles: Micarta
  • Sheath: Nylon (with plastic insert) with firesteel, diamond sharpener
  • Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Blade Thickness: Just under a quarter inch thick.

    For it's nearly half the price it competes with the Becker BK22 and similar offerings.
u/MemorableCactus · 5 pointsr/knifeclub

I don't like to bring expensive knives out into the woods (because I'll lose them), so my suggestions would be:

Mora Companion. Bright, reliable, cheap. It's the bog-standard backpacking blade.

Mora Companion Heavy Duty. Same as above, but heavy duty.

Boker Real Steel Bushcraft II. Good size for a small knife, D2, Scandi grind. I own it, I like it.

u/cragar79 · 5 pointsr/knives

Heck yeah, there are some really nice survival/combat knives in that collection.

I'll go through and post the ones I recognize:

Ontario SP5 Bowie - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MD69XM/

Cold Steel Recon Scout - https://www.amazon.com/COLD-STEEL-Recon-Scout-Steel/dp/B06XN5TLCK/

Cold Steel Trailmaster Bowie - https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Trail-Master-Bowie/dp/B00AJM8GW8/

Ka-Bar Tanto Combo blade - https://www.knifecenter.com/item/KA1245/ka-bar-1245-tanto-fighting-knife-combo-blade-kraton-g-handle-glass-filled-nylon-sheath

Ontario Marine Raider Bowie - https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Spec-Marine-Raider-Bowie/dp/B001BMTZSY

Cold Steel OSI subhilt fighter - https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CS39LSSS/Cold-Steel-OSI-Subhilt-Fighter-8-14-inch-Single-Edge-Blade

Cold Steel Bushman - http://www.ltspecpro.com/Product/95BUSK/BUSHMAN_W_SURVIVAL_SHEATH.aspx

SOG Seal Team Elite - https://www.amazon.com/SOG-Elite-Fixed-Blade-SE37-N/dp/B000Q9BFZO

Cold Steel Master Hunter - https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CS36JSK/cold-steel-36jsk-master-hunter-vg-1-san-mai-iii-blade-kray-ex-handle

Ontario FF6 (I think?) - https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8106-Freedom-Fighter-Knife/dp/B0018LTY66

Gerber BMF - Holy fuck - I will seriously pay you to pick that one up for me if the knife is in good shape. I am not kidding. Let's talk.

*Edit: Now that I have some more time, here are more:

Cold Steel Recon Tanto - https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Kraton-Handle-Secure-Ex/dp/B000BSY99Y

Ontario SP46 skinner - https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-SP46-Gen-Knife-Black/dp/B003C1BS64

Gerber Mark II - https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Mark-II-Knife-22-01874/dp/B0017KXAGS

Cold Steel Peace Keeper II - http://www.ebay.com/itm/252823698647 (that one went for $195 just last month because it is discontinued!)

As someone else mentions below, other than those, stick with the brand name items and historical stuff.

I have to say, whoever this collector was, he and I have very similar taste in knives!




u/blubbersassafras · 5 pointsr/theydidthemath

Ok... I'm gonna try and look exclusively on amazon, because it seems pretty representative of prices elsewhere and it would take too long to look everywhere. I'll work in UK money, since that's where I live, and I'll convert it to USD at the end.

u/crispyscone · 5 pointsr/knives

now If you actually want a functional knife that will cut off branches without breaking, get a bk2

u/_2_4_8 · 5 pointsr/india

Ka-Bar Becker BK2 short of the mythical 'valyrian steel', this is the knife you would pick up when you see the Night King proceeding. Failed torture test.

Morakniv Companion HD Think Sweden without the girl with the dragon tattoo but a dragon waiting to shave you on a budget. Bang for the buck, come razor sharp out of the box.

No, these aren't EDC, even though you could carry them around.

u/pdxcoug · 5 pointsr/EDC

I keep this bag in my truck in case I need to get home on foot and for day hikes. It's an REI Stoke 9, jam packed with the following (left to right):

 

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Bottle Cup/Pot

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove

Food - Cliff Bars and GU

Gorilla Tape To-Go

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife

SecureLine 100-Feet 550 Nylon Paracord

Petzl Pro Am'D Screw-Lock Carabiner

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Coast 20266 HL46 Dual-Color LED Headlamp

Extra AAA batteries

Coast HP2 Universal Focusing 85 Lumen Penlight


Waterproof Windproof Matches

Nite Ize Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Tie, 6-Inch, Blue, 2-pack

Small Flask

Headphones

Mophie Powerstation and cord

PackTowl Personal Towel

Nylon Tarp with Bungee Ties - think this came with my REI 2 person tent - awesome instashelter

Extra Underwear

SmartWool socks

Wool beanie

Vinyl poncho

Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .5 First Aid Kit

Also in the FAK pouch: Bic Lighter, Rubber gloves, Emergency Blanket

Coast BX310 Lock Back Folding Knife 2.63-Inch Blade

Coast LED145 LED Micro Pliers


REI Stoke 9 Pack

 

*Full disclosure, my wife used to work for Coast.

Edit 1: hella formatting errors

u/thomas533 · 5 pointsr/foraging

No pictures being as I am at work but:

u/morleydresden · 4 pointsr/guns

Hmm, you seem completely unprepared to stab anyone with that shotgun. I recommend one of these immediately.

u/physicaldustin · 4 pointsr/knives

this is where i got mine: amazon

u/Brutally-Honest- · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Ka-Bar Becker BK2

Ontario RAT-3

Becker BK-16

Depending how big of a knife you want

u/ARKnife · 4 pointsr/knives

At that price range, I'd recommend getting one of the RAT 3 fixed blade.

It's useful, has good and consistent quality, present a great value and fits your requirements IMO.

u/applepieforbreakfast · 4 pointsr/KnifeDeals
u/jassack04 · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

If you really want a monster sized knife, sure. But I'd definitely get the carbon steel version that some others have suggested as well. It sounds like their quality isn't too bad.

However, I don't know if I'd really want to take something that huge hiking. Maybe SHTF-type hiking I suppose.

A couple of knives that I'd think would be similar priced or less (and have proven reputations) and would slightly more practically fall into the "only 1" category:

u/brianw824 · 4 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Honestly Id go fixed blade and I'd get something decently sized, ive been looking at the Becker BK2 (you can find this for $50 a few other places)
http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK2-Campanion-Fixed/dp/B001N1DPDE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302310192&sr=8-1

Reason why is that its alot easier to work with wood, fixed blades are going to be alot stronger then any folding knife, its just all around going to be better for most situations.

Things to look for in a knife, well to start with you have to think about what you may use it for, is it a survival knife are you going to have to use it to work with wood, make fires, or maybe pitch up a shelter? Maybe just for cutting bandages, moleskin? Prepping food?
Alot of people will argue about the type of steel, stainless is supposed to be harder to sharpen but honestly its a some metal with a sharp edge pretty much anything will do, just watch out for the $5 wall mart knives, reading a few reviews will help.

Don't buy a kbar or something like that, anything that comes to a very sharp point is used for stabbing people, not for cutting stuff and I hope you dont plan on doing alot of that.

How thick the knife is, thicker blades tend to be better for prying or hacking stuff, but they will be heavier too.
Watch out for how the blade attaches to the handle, alot of knives skimp out on the steel and the blade is kind of just glued on or lightly bolted on and it makes them really flimsy. I know with the kbar the steel for the blade goes all the way back and the handle is bolted on to the steel for the blade, most non-cheap knives should be like this.
Blade length, longer blades will be better for hacking/chopping think mechette, but it will be more difficult to use them to cut smaller things like moleskin, bandages, or doing food prep.
well that's a few things to look at someone else suggested a SOG seal pup that's a good knife as well something else to look at. I probably wouldn't spend more then maybe $60-70 and avoid anything super cheap.

u/meanmonster211 · 4 pointsr/Bushcraft

Hultafors makes a very good knife that you can get for under $15 on Amazon. They are Swedish knife and tool maker that has been around a long time. They aren't well known in the US but, I think, they make excellent products. Here is a link to the knife I have: http://www.amazon.com/Hultafors-Craftmans-Knife-Heavy-Duty-Gk/dp/B004O9MIE4

and here is a link to their website: http://www.hultafors.com/

u/ImALittleCrackpot · 4 pointsr/Bushcraft

The Hultafors Heavy Duty is also worth a look.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/Survival

Here. Carbon steel is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. It does rust though so you need to keep it oiled, and it's not a bad idea to force a patina.

If you're worried about rust, you could get a stainless steel one, but they don't hold an edge as well. They also don't strike a spark off a ferro rod nearly as well as carbon steel, and IIRC they won't strike a spark off flint at all.

u/hessmo · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Mora knives have always served me very well as outdoors knives.

they might look cheap, but they have great steel, and have really held up (I typically buy the stainless version like this one)

https://smile.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-Military-4-1-Inch/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466474771&sr=8-1&keywords=stainless+mora

u/CreativeRealmsMC · 4 pointsr/Bushcraft

I had been making photo albums but just started a YouTube channel. My friend was nice enough to let me borrow his GoPro and mounts but most of the time I record with my phone (also have another camera but it's a bit broken and can only take pictures). Part of what I'm ordering from amazon is a new monopod/tripod/selfie stick which I'm very much in need of at the moment since my videos are a bit shaky.

Haven't gotten around to do any solo 2 day trips yet (most of the time I'd be with a group and there would be designated campsites to fill up water at) but if I was going out with no means to fill up I'd take anywhere from 4-6 liters of water. The climate here is very hot and there is no such thing as bringing too much water. If there was a water source I could potentially allow myself to bring less since I could boil any water I find.

Amazon list:
-5.11 Rush 72 55L backpack
-Mora Companion (stainless steel)
-Bahco Laplander
-Headlamp
-Jetboil 10in frying pan
-Whetstone

All together that weighs 7.9 pounds and at some point I'd like to get a sleeping pad and tarp bringing it up to ten pounds (not including food, water, and other supplies which might get me to around 15-20 pounds depending on the duration of my outings).

As for the grill it's just a makeshift one. Four tent pegs and a small grate.

u/PeevedGuy · 4 pointsr/EDC

I'm a big fan of Mora knives. Good knives at a very reasonable price. All of the ones linked come with hard plastic sheaths.

u/nixfu · 4 pointsr/Bushcraft

None of the above. I would suggest you get a Morakniv such as a Companion and use it before you buy anything else.
https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B00EF2RUD4

Best $13 you will ever spend.

u/Sverd_abr_Sundav · 4 pointsr/Survival

Hell a mora knife works better too, like this which is what use. Thing's tough as hell and pretty reasonably priced. The highq model at half the price is almost as good too.

u/infinity_QE · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The Morakniv brand of knives are extremely high quality for the price.

I have a stainless, a carbon steel and a coated carbon steel. I like the coated the most, but when I got some rust on my carbon, I took it off with steel wool and 'blued' it under my gas range. It's now exotic iridescent blue and purple colors, but it doesn't rust anymore. I didn't care because it cost me 12 dollars.

The coated was around 40 dollars I think...I use this one primarily when hiking, mushroom hunting or wildcrafting / digging in dirt. It's great. It's orders of magnitude a better, lighter, sturdier, handier knife than any of the clunky US marine, bowie, gerbie, honking, boneheaded bad designed knifes out of the US; also with swedish quality steel and lower price.

Ive used these for cooking, gardening and foraging / whittling / and bushcraft. I cannot say better things about Morakniv. Sure, there may be better knives but not for the price.

u/mroystacatz · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Here are my personal essentials.


  • Spyderco Delica 4: $60 VG-10 steel, comes in tons of colors
  • Spyderco Endura 4: Larger version of Delica
  • Morakniv Companion: $12-$20 A really awesome fixed blade, outperforms knives triple it's price.
  • Victorinox Tinker: $20-25 classic swiss army knife, really great quality in general. Lots of tools but not too many so it's easily pocket carried.
  • Victorinox Cadet: Smaller Swiss Army Knife, aluminum handles. Lots of colors.
  • Kershaw Cryo, or Cryo 2: $20-40 steel frame lock, Hinderer design, good price, tons of colors. The Cryo 2 is the same as the Cryo just larger.
  • Ontaro Rat 1 or 2: $25-30 Classically shaped folders with a very rugged build for a liner lock. The 2 is a smaller version of the 1.

    Also, you're going to want a sharpening system that works for you in the long run. I personally use the Spyderco Sharpmaker But there are tons of good sharpening options out there.

    P.S: You're going to get a lot of people hating on your Gerbers most likely, that's because they're honestly not worth it in the long run. They use very low quality steel for the price and they don't have the best quality control. I'm not saying your Gerbers are trash or anything. But they definitely won't last very long. Just about all of the knives I listed will last you a lifetime if you treat them right, and oil/sharpen them correctly.
u/taan1 · 4 pointsr/camping
u/imhostfu · 4 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking
u/celsius032 · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Specifically this mora.

It's got a 4.1 inch blade vice the shorter 3.6 inch ones.

It's got a .125 blade vice the slimmer .1 inch ones.

It's carbon steel vice the stainless steel ones.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009XDR0NK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AWGC09A86Y1U8

u/blackxbaron · 3 pointsr/Survival
u/CourtGentry · 3 pointsr/bugout

Yeah, I don't have one of these yet but they come highly recommended, particularly for the price.

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EF2RUD4/ref=pd_gwm_simh_10?pf_rd_p=eeda26e3-c818-411e-91c7-e824b2883986&pf_rd_s=blackjack-personal-2&pf_rd_t=Gateway&pf_rd_i=mobile&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=G5DYEF7YXXGTW88C83K8&pf_rd_r=G5DYEF7YXXGTW88C83K8&pf_rd_p=eeda26e3-c818-411e-91c7-e824b2883986

Pick your flavor based on requirements.

u/strikt9 · 3 pointsr/camping

The Mora/Light My Fire is a reasonable combo: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Fire-FireKnife-Stainless-FireSteel/dp/B01C44NK0G

What kind of knife are you looking for? Are you looking to split wood or standard camp/cooking knife duties?

u/Nomanisanasteroid · 3 pointsr/preppers

For a BOB and at that price, I'd get a Mora Companion fixed blade.

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https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1538171509&sr=8-3&keywords=mora

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EDIT: At a higher price, I'd get an ESEE 3-5 with the hard sheath. Both suggestions come with a nice hard sheath.

u/test822 · 3 pointsr/Survival

usually full-tang for strength (although partial-tang moras are nice), at least 1095 steel (not cheap chinese stainless, although mora and fallkniven use good quality stainless)

grind can be either scandi or flat or saber, with scandi being strongest and thickest blade, easiest to sharpen but harder to cut through something or do fine work due to the blade thickness, and flat grind harder to sharpen but easier to cut through things but slightly weaker blade, with saber being more rare and basically inbetween the two

no bullshit serrations because you won't be able to sharpen that or do fine work with it

my perfect bushcraft knife would be full-tang, spear point, saber grind, about 4-5 inches, micarta handle (so it stays grippy when wet), so something like a L.T. Wright GNS Saber or Fiddleback Forge KE Bushie or GSO 4.1 or ESEE PR-4.

but those each cost like $200-$300 and I have an aversion to spending that much on one thing when I can just buy an Old Hickory Butcher Knife, a Morakniv Companion and an Opinel No.7 all for literally $40 combined and have a bunch of different knives suited for different situations (butcher knife for hacking/batoning, mora for general use, opinel for fine work)

edit: woah this dude modded an old hickory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ziV3R9Jcro

another dude who mods old hickories
https://longmireknives.wordpress.com/my-work/

u/hi_in_fiber · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

The Mora is perfect for backpacking. In my opinion, there's really no need for anything burlier other than the cool factor. Not sure which Mora you have, but the heavy duty Morakniv is insanely tough, I baton firewood with it every single chance I get and it's still stupid sharp. Because it's so cheap, I have no trepidation about possibly ruining it so I end up using it way more than my expensive knives.

u/mehtheinfernal · 3 pointsr/battlefield3

Pretty sure it's based off of this one.

u/coocha · 3 pointsr/Survival

Goshen? Ah, memories. Hello from a Philmont Staff alum.

I just bought a Mora from Amazon... it was cheap and seems to do the trick. But it's not full-tang. The Glock looks nice, and similar in style to a K-bar. You might want to look into Ontario Knifeworks stuff, including the RTAK II. It's a long beefy blade, which is great for the leverage required to baton thicker wood. Long enough to keep your hand away from the striking surface too. It would also serve well for debarking to prep for lashing semi-permanent tripods and survival shelters.

Hope you have a great summer dude. Teaching kids to shoot blackpowder and throw tomahawks at Philmont was probably the most fun job I've ever had... those kids look at you like some sort of super woodsman, which is a great feeling. Grow your beard for maximum mountain-manness!

u/Metcarfre · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I've been putting together a birthday/Christmas gift list...

u/Darkhavans · 3 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

As far as axes or hatchets go, the best you'll find are generally hand-made and typically aren't any cheaper than $100. The Fiskars will work just fine for standard home use, however.

+1 for ESEE knives, they are fantastic products. If you want a cheaper full-tang fixed blade knife that can hold its own against ESEE or other very expensive knives, check out any of the Becker BK knives, made by Ka-Bar.

I had a Cold Steel Kukri (which isn't very good, if you're looking for a solid, inexpensive Kukri, get the Ka-Bar) and once I got my Becker BK9 I never pick it up anymore. The BK9 is smaller than a Kukri, but still has plenty of chopping power and weight behind it. The 1095 steel holds an edge very well. I've done some chopping where I was regularly hitting dirt and rocks, and the edge was still hair-shaving sharp when I was done. Throw in some Micarta Handles and a Kydex Sheath and your knife is going to last a very long time.

In general, the more you spend on a knife or axe, the better it's going to be. Obviously there are exceptions, but cheap knives are cheap because they usually use cheap steel, cheap coatings, they aren't full tang, and a number of other features that you'll only find in the $50-$70 range.

u/Dangerneck5000 · 3 pointsr/knives

Can’t go wrong with OKC for the price. Another option might be a Becker BK9.

https://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-Combat-Bowie-Fixed/dp/B001IPKL7I

They’re both made from one of the standard “big knife” steels, but I can assure you that the BK9 is as tough as they come. My buddy’s has seen hard use year after year and the edge it still pristine. It’s all about the heat treatment and both companies have their proprietary method. For my money, I just think the Bowie shape is much better suited to daily chores as opposed to a kukri design, which was primarily for combat.

Anyway, just my 2¢.

u/genericdude999 · 3 pointsr/Survival

> Those poles are for comfort - keep the bivy and bugs off your face. I bet you can still use that bag without the poles just fine.

For condensation also. If you don't get the fabric away from your face and allow some breathing space for moisture to pass through the Pertex membrane, the inside will gradually get wetter, which will make your sleeping bag colder. It probably would have been OK though.

> I guess keeping track of where you're going with a compass and map is the thing to do

Had a trail map and compass as always. Also a pedometer, so I knew how far in/back I was independent of the GPS. Was just following the trail blazes and signs until the weather turned bad. No issues with navigation until then. It was a unique situation for me. The trail disappeared behind me, and the small flashlight I had (batteries match the GPS, on purpose) lit up the ground in front of me but was not bright enough to search the trees 30' away looking for the dark blue blaze plates. Never thought I needed to be able to see 30' before. I've taken a better flashlight on a couple trips since then. Thankfully, I had set a waypoint at the parking area to help me find it driving on the way in. But I always have a GPS and set a waypoint at the trailhead anyway.

My point was it's a mistake to arbitrarily tell people they are not True Survivalists^^© if they take a GPS (or tent). They're cheaper than a BK9 (especially if you already have a drawer full of survival knives and axes) and could save your life. This is not Dungeons and Dragons. Having a GPS ≠ being the kid who says he has a 44 magnum in his pocket when the orcs attack.

u/Dogwithrabiez · 3 pointsr/mallninjashit

Let's see...

http://www.fedtacticaldirect.com/Kershaw-Camp-10-1077_p_49809.html

Kershaw Camp. Great kukri style blade on a budget that performs excellently.

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Kershaw-Cryo-Spring-Assisted--11101

Kershaw Cryo. Hinderer design for a cheap price! Small blade, but feels big in the hand. The Cryo 2, the larger version, will be coming out soon.

http://www.amazon.com/Mora-Made-in-Sweden-511/dp/B004GAVOUU/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1372063610&sr=1-2&keywords=mora

http://www.amazon.com/Mora-Companion-Heavy-Duty-Knife/dp/B009NZVZ3E/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1372063610&sr=1-3&keywords=mora

Moras. 1095 carbon steel, strong and used to do a lot of good things in the woods. Very tough, very sharp, very cheap.

At higher prices, the BK2

http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK7-Combat-Utility/dp/B001IPMG8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372063915&sr=8-2&keywords=bk2

http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK2-Campanion-Fixed/dp/B001N1DPDE


And of course, the tried and true classic Kabar

http://www.bladehq.com/item--Ka-Bar-Short-USA-FightingUtility--16358

A few to get you started, though, with knives, you generally get what you pay for. Generally, you'll want to figure out exactly what you want in knives, especially in how you use them to find the best deals and blades.


Collecting knives is an expensive habit that ends up going into 500 dollars knives and 1k customs. ;) Budget and collecting don't mix!

u/TOUCHER_OF_SHEEP · 3 pointsr/EDC

It's definitely enough for a nice knife, though you might want to go a bit higher for a great knife. The KaBar BK2 is actually designed with things like batoning (hammering the knife through wood as a kind of faux hatchet using another piece of wood against the blade of the knife as the hammer itself) or chopping. It's a bit over $60, currently available for $69 to be precise, but as long as you don't flat out abuse it (prying heavy things, for example) it'll serve you well and quite possibly for the rest of your natural life.

At a lower price, you can get the Condor Bushlore, which at $35 is a perfectly valid choice that will serve you well indeed.

For an even lower price yet, the Mora Heavy Companion is from one of those few cheaper knife companies that does incredible work. I wouldn't baton with it, honestly, but even if you did it'd probably hold up just fine.

At a more expensive range, the Ontario Rat-5 is an amazing bushcraft knife. The Fallkniven Pilot Survival Knife is also an amazing knife. The Benchmade Bone Collector is spectacular knife made in D2 tool steel, one of the better steels available at that price. Another amazing knife is the Spyderco Bushcraft made in O1 tool steel. Finally, the Benchmade 162 is a pretty amazing knife.

One thing you'll notice about all of these knives with the exception of the Pilot Survival knife and the BM 162 is that they're all carbon steel knives. Carbon steel is a lot tougher than stainless (with a few very, very rare exceptions I'd never trust a long knife to be stainless steel) with the trade off of being a lot more of a hassle to take care of, since it needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled.

If you want a fire starter, carry a magnesium fire starter. With the carbon steel knives, you can probably strike it against the back of the blade to create the sparks you'll want and if not (like with some of the coated ones) you'll be carrying the striker anyway.

For sharpening, you'll want to get a decent sharpening setup and start stropping. A couple of easy sharpening systems would be the superior Spyderco Sharpermaker (usually available on Amazon around the $50 mark) or the Lansky Sharpening system which while cheaper isn't as good. You could take the time to learn how to free hand it, but most casual users don't care that much because it takes a long time to get proficient at freehand sharpening. Stropping is running the blade against something like smooth leather (usually smooth leather, actually) to remove burrs along the blade of a knife made by use and sharpening and the restore a blade to a better edge without removing metal. Stropping allows for a level of sharpness unachievable by sharpening alone and extends a knife's lifetime by allowing sharpness to be achieved for longer without removing metal from the blade. To learn how to strop, watch videos on YouTube or check out guides from the sidebar of /r/knives.

Finally, if you want a whistle, just carry a whistle. If you want a mirror for signaling, carry a small signaling mirror or mirror polish the knife you buy (a process where you sand the blade with increasing grit level sandpaper until it shines like the sun and you can see yourself in the blade).

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

u/baron32191 · 3 pointsr/knives

It really depends on what you want, size/price/use. Are you using it for wood processing or just general light use? Are you looking to spend under say $100? If you want something that can take anything you throw at it for a decent price check out this http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK2-Campanion-Fixed/dp/B001N1DPDE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IR4DJ93EW5I7A&colid=3DVWN7LG1J27P

u/merkon · 3 pointsr/knives

Here's a few:

Becker BK-2 carbon steel, decently sized though maybe big by your definition. This knife will take anything you throw at it, comes with a sheath.

The ESEE Izula is also pretty popular around here, definitely a lot smaller.

Can we get specifics on:

Carbon/Stainless?

Approx length?

Price range?

These will help us figure out what would be ideal.

EDIT: clarity

u/emmber · 3 pointsr/knives

For $50, you can get a good knife from Glock, and that would leave you with enough money to get another one if you wanted.
YOu could also go with the Becker BK2
I also have good experiences with this

Though this may be a little smaller than what you're looking for, my favorite fixed blade right now is the Dajo Survivor

u/WillPhillips · 3 pointsr/knives

If I was facing the end of the world and had to have an absolutely bomb-proof knife for under $70, I'd choose the Becker BK-2 and never, ever look back. Thing's a dang tank.

u/phig · 3 pointsr/knives

so BK2 or BK7?

Anyone have experience between the two? For camping I want a big ass knife that can take a beating, and both look like they can do that. I have a kabar USMC. Do I need to buy another knife?

u/HeliBif · 3 pointsr/knives
u/MrMakeveli · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I like that these gifts are quality items and "general purpose", and by that I just mean that they are accessible to most people. Let's face it: those who want niche high end gear will be purchasing that themselves because they'll know exactly what they are looking for. This is the sort of stuff that almost anyone would be pleased with.

Here are a few random things off the top of my head I might add:
Mora Knife - $15.
Casio Pathfinder watch - $40
Light Tripod and phone mount $22 + $15 (added these because a lot of people use their phones as cameras out there
[Constellation Playing cards]( Night Sky Playing Cards https://www.amazon.com/dp/1591932424/) - $6
Anker 10,000 mah battery pack - $26
Chill-Its Cooling Towel - $8
Nite Ize S-Biner - $4

u/super_swell · 3 pointsr/gundeals

You're better off buying a Mora knife for that purpose.

u/Gullex · 3 pointsr/Survival

$150 is plenty of budget for a good knife. This one is just slightly over that budget but will last you the rest of your life. It's kind of my dream survival knife.

The Fallkniven F1 is very popular as well and right in your price range.

Currently I use this knife which is also very good.

If you want to go a little less expensive still, Becker makes some good ones such as the Bk16. I know the Becker doesn't look anything like "hand made", but I have the BK2- I used paint remover to take the black coating off the blade, replaced the plastic handles with micarta and stained it to look more like wood, and built a leather sheath for it. It's a beautiful knife now. Too bad it's so goddamn heavy.

You could also go with something like the Mora bushcraft. I have that one also, very decent knife.

You could even just get a regular Mora or a Condor bushlore which are even more economical options.

u/Patrick_Spens · 3 pointsr/bugout

A hatchet and a small knife are ideal, in my experience. A Mora Companion and a Fiskar's X7 will do darn near anything you need to do. Less than $50 together.

u/BadHumanGoodGnome · 3 pointsr/knives

I prefer two different types of knives.
My EDC is a Kershaw Leek
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009VC9YA?pc_redir=1412830846&robot_redir=1

And my camp knife is a Mora.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004ZAIXSC?cache=4ddea882c23be704873c7e83fe4a9622&pi=SX200_QL40&qid=1413465404&sr=8-1#ref=mp_s_a_1_1

They're both solid and the pair should still come in under budget.

u/AGingham · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Depends a lot on what your vision and current understanding of what "Bushcraft" is.

TL;DR: Start basic, check it's for you, be comfortable in a new learning journey.

The craft part of the word is important - it's about actually doing something, not just knowing and understanding the what and why. And certainly not about just possessing things and displaying them.

So - there are two aspects of this - you need to be comfortable "in the woods", and there's the creative aspect of doing and making "stuff" in that environment.

Being comfortable: It's important to be comfortable - otherwise the learning experience aspect is jeopardised. You'll see that some Bushcraft course providers have really minimal kit requirements on their courses, because they provide shelter, food and drink in order to get on with the particular skills they're teaching.

There's a really big marketing led "Leisure Camping" industry in the UK, with a lot of gear aimed at festival goers. If you're starting out on this journey, use all that to your advantage - get a basic tent (but one with a porch so you can sit outside, under cover, to make things and talk with others if you're at a communal event/course), sleeping bag, gas stove.

Pretty much everything else can - and I would suggest should - come from your normal, regular home kit. Perhaps the second-rate things that have been replaced, but not yet scrapped. If you lived with them once - you can do so again. This enables you to maintain home comforts and the security of being able to provide for particular personal necessities - diet, health, cultural etc. as a starting point, and then modify things as you learn more.


You'll find after a couple of outings why some things work "outside" and others just fail: Too heavy, too complicated, too dependent on other infrastructure after time (the gas stove for example).

Just make sure the basic Survival needs are met of:

// Protection / Water / Food / Fire / Navigation / Communication / First Aid, Medical, and Self Care / Illumination / Documentation and Information / Repair, Construction and Maintenance / Entertainment / Cash //

and you can support a good camping experience at the very least.

Turning to the craft - there's so much to observe, learn, understand and practice.

The activities you choose initially will reflect your existing abilities and interests, but some basic skills involve fire starting with just a spark or two - or an ember, careful precision woodworking with knife and small saw, and structure construction, that will likely require cordage and knowledge of knots.

So - a small starter kit specifically for the Craft:

  • ferro-rod and scraper
  • folding saw
  • small fixed-blade knife - and the usual one suggested isn't too bad at all ... Be wary of UK knife law, especially if you are essentially "urban".
  • big hank of paracord. At the beginning you don't need the more exotic types, and natural fiber alternatives may be something you come to appreciate later.


    EDIT: s/hunk/hank - the mind boggles as to a paracord "hunk". Perhaps best not to go there ...
u/BackdoorAlex2 · 3 pointsr/vancouver

You can carry any size knife if there’s a legit reason if it’s not for self defence or concealed. I find fixed blade knives get dirty looks here in the city, but carry them fine in the woods. I carry a small folder (4” blade) clipped to the inside of my pocket in the city

If you want a recommendation, I’d get a mora companion. Great budget fixed blade and will do pretty much all you need to do.

https://www.amazon.ca/Morakniv-Companion-Tactical-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B005EOJAKI/ref=pd_sbs_468_t_0/140-6358220-6278246?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0156BBXA8&pd_rd_r=1efe136b-2181-4b2f-994c-20189f6c9d1f&pd_rd_w=uDSVH&pd_rd_wg=wpqEA&pf_rd_p=9926bb69-42b9-46e4-b788-f665992e326d&pf_rd_r=ZH55X8NBQ6QNY5WCS48M&refRID=ZH55X8NBQ6QNY5WCS48M&th=1

u/davidrools · 3 pointsr/Survival

can the Mora/LMF fireknife count as one item?

u/stratford · 3 pointsr/bugout

If you are thinking of getting a Mora there is one with a fire steel in the handle.

u/s18m · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

This is the old Mora Bushcraft Black.

I bought this from Amazon for $45, now it's $52. The new one comes with a firesteel and a holder attached to the sheath, and even that costs $66.

u/BabiesSmell · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Have you seen the price on some of the "specialist" versions? They're outrageous.

Here's two almost identical blades, but the "bushcraft" has a blackened finish and different handle for 3x the price. Any of the moras besides the standard old versions are all overpriced from what I've seen.

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Knife with Sandvik Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 0.125/4.1-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NZVZ3E/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_FY61wbG6GZAKF

Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Black Tactical Knife with 0.125/4.3-Inch Carbon Steel Blade and Plastic Sheath https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O01H0Y/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_c061wb6NWB39Q

u/nvgx · 2 pointsr/knives

I've had my eye on this CRKT for a while now. Boot knives are tough to pull off for the non-cowboy type.

u/DevastatorIIC · 2 pointsr/knives

I got this for Christmas! http://www.amazon.com/Columbia-River-Knife-Tool-2020/dp/B00180CYFA My first fixed-blade.

u/uberfastman · 2 pointsr/knives

I've got one! I've had it for quite a few years. I never EDC'ed it, but I used the neat leg wearable sheath with the two adjustable straps to secure it under my car seat for a few years, where it was easy to access and I used it quite often. After a while the edge did get some surface rust which dulled it a lot, but a few minutes with a diamond stone took care of that when I finally got around to it. Was that rust likely my fault for keeping it in a ragtop car that probably doesn't stay that dry in damp or humid weather? Probably, but still worth mentioning.

It's quite a heavy knife for it's size, coming in at 3.9 oz, but that also makes it feel like an indestructible little tank, which I always liked about it. When I kept it sharp it typically cut well, and felt comfortable to hold and use. Looks like the cheapest I could find it for is under $34 at Amazon, so that's not too bad a price if you want to pick one up. Feel free to shoot me any other questions you have about it if you like.

u/thehonorablereese · 2 pointsr/knives

I did extensive research on this myself. The main problem for me was not finding a good knife, but finding one that came with an actual carryable sheath. Otherwise, you'll end up spending well over $100 for the knife when factoring in a custom sheath (which I am obviously too cheap to do).

I ended up getting the CRKT Sting: https://www.amazon.com/Sting-Fixed-Blade-Knife-Sheath/dp/B00180CYFA/

It is a solid, full-tang knife that came very sharp. The sheath and strap system it comes with is not perfect, but actually allows you to put the knife on your calf right after buying it, unlike most "boot knives" that just come with a shitty belt clip. Is there a better knife out there? Absolutely, but I think this one is the best value for a sub $100 knife.

u/korgothwashere · 2 pointsr/EDC

I've found the Ontario Sp10 Raider to be an excellent axe replacemet in a pinch as well, and it's even cheaper than the Becker (and slightly heavier).

u/TwoStepsFromThursday · 2 pointsr/knives

Cold Steel Natchez Bowie if you want something top-of-the-line.

Ontario Marine Raider if you want something a little cheaper!

u/BasicLiftingService · 2 pointsr/knives

The second is an Air Force survival knife. They're a good deal, full tang 1095 for ~$45 at most Army/Navy surplus stores. I used one for two years and it held up great.

u/GEOD4 · 2 pointsr/knives

GI pilot's survival knife, made by rothco or Ontario

u/hybaric · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I have one of these Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife, Black. Has served me well so far. Feels super sturdy in your hand. Has great reviews on Amazon if you don't want to take just my word for it.

u/geordiesvisor · 2 pointsr/Survival

2 knives will work. The first one needs to be burly, easily sharpened, and one that you don't mind beating up. Doesn't need to look like crocodile dundees knife. Personally I like the ontario aircrew survival knife. It's affordable, durable, and comes with a good leather sheath and sharpening stone. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CZDQPI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The other essential is a multi-tool. Either the basic Gerber or Leatherman will do. https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-MP600-Multi-Plier-Needle-47550/dp/B000VORS1E/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ATZ9E2OJ54M9&keywords=gerber+mp600&qid=1569727801&s=gateway&sprefix=gerber+mp%2Caps%2C243&sr=8-1

u/annoyingone · 2 pointsr/knives

Then get him this.

u/grimjr50 · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

It is not labeled as Ontario but rather Rothco. It appears to be exactly the same and the reviews are positive. It is also slightly cheaper than the Ontario one. Here.

u/fromkentucky · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

I've tried a LOT of different knives in a wide range of sizes and 4-5" seems to be ideal for me. I want a blade that's at least twice as long as the thickness of anything I'd try to baton and I don't really need to baton anything thicker than 2 inches. In my opinion, batoning is for making kindling and I use anything larger than 2" as fuel, not kindling.

Take a look at this picture for a second. That's a 20.8oz Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet and a 22.5oz Ontario RTAK II, after the same number of chops on the same log. The RTAK II is a BIG knife made for chopping wood but it can't even match the performance of a hatchet that is both smaller, lighter and 1/3 of the price.

You say hatchets are "specialized" tools as if they aren't capable of more than 1 or 2 things, but a good hatchet is one of the most versatile tools available. I carved my first bow drill kit with a Fiskars X7, in addition to chopping, limbing, splitting, carving feather sticks, etc.

I've had a KaBar Becker BK7, Ontario RAT 5, multiple machetes and other big knives but even though my BK7 chopped and split better than my current ESEE 4, it sucked at everything else and my $25 Fiskars X7 still chopped and split better. I've just never found big knives to be as useful as a good hatchet (or a folding saw) paired with a well made work knife, like an ESEE 4. That combo offers FAR more versatility, which saves you calories, for only a few more ounces and for the price difference, you can save weight elsewhere by splurging a little on Titanium cookware.

All that being said, if I could only take a knife with me, then I'd take a BK7 or an ESEE 6, but I'd still prefer a good hatchet over either of them.

u/Dondervuist · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Personally, I look for steel to be suitable for the job above anything else. To me, any knife out in the bush is better than no knife and the last thing that you want is it to fail on you out in the middle of nowhere. I always look at the heat treat to see if it suits the proper intended usage of the blade, steel choice, etc.. I like to see a steel with a good ratio of toughness and wear resistance while also retaining an acceptable amount of corrosion resistance and sharpenability.

After that, I move on to the blade grind and shape. Scandi grind is probably my favorite for working with wood. Full Flat Grind is probably a close second. I want the blade to actually cut, so having a nice balance of thin behind the edge, while still retaining decent thickness and strength in other areas like the spine, swedge, tip, etc is important. Definitely a huge plus if the spine is 90 degrees and rough to give you the ability to scrape.

The handle is probably the last thing that I care about, but still important. I want it to fill my hand, but not be too thick or long. If you can work a finger choil in the design without sacrificing a lot of cutting edge, great, but it's not a necessity. I prefer there to be minimal finger guard, but I do like for a little something to be there and not just a straight, abrupt transition from handle to cutting edge.

FWIW, My usual bush knives vary from the Mora High Q Robust, to the Spyderco Mule Team in CPM 4V (or PSF27) for smaller blades, to the Cold Steel Bushman in 1095 (or SK5) or the Ontario RTAKII in 5160 for larger blades.

u/-SkaffenAmtiskaw- · 2 pointsr/knives

I've got an Ontario RTAK-II. It's only a 10 inch blade, but it's been pretty handy.

Ontario Knife 1086284 Co RTAK-II Knife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DZV3BG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_RdvTBbRN65Y6A

u/Mrfuckuson · 2 pointsr/Survival

http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8628-RTAK-Knife-Green/dp/B001DZV3BG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414720396&sr=8-1&keywords=rtak+ii

Ok I lied -- $18 over budget. But I can attest to what a quality blade that is. I've chopped down 8 inch trees with it, got frustrated half way threw, shot the tree, and then chopped through the (now bullet impregnated) tree. The knife will lob though a fully jacketed 10mm without any visible effect.

u/DeathByPianos · 2 pointsr/knives

Sounds like you're in the market for a RAT-3.

u/Syini666 · 2 pointsr/caps

I have the knife if you will provide the cow

u/desertUsuf · 2 pointsr/knives

If you have a smaller knife for camp chores such as carving, food prep, fishing and lighter duties, you may want to check out the Becker BK9 as a heavy use blade that you can baton with.

u/andthebatman · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Well there's a different kind of knife for every job. It's hard to do a one-size-fits-all. But, if you're specifically looking at a general purpose camping knife, look no farther than the
Becker Campanion
Also, /r/knives is a good place to ask. I'm recommending the Becker because it's tough and you'll never break it. Can't speak to the Buck, never owned their stuff.

u/Sung-gil · 2 pointsr/knives

Cheaper side go with the SOG Seal Pup.

For something of better quality go with the ESEE 4, or the Ka-Bar BK2.

u/Hammerhil · 2 pointsr/Survival

Here are some recommendations. If you are doing batoning and splitting, I would recommend something with a thick spine (and learning how to do it correctly). I wouldn't open cans with my knife because it's a poor tool choice for that and there are plenty of dirt cheap can openers.

Here are a few options:

KA Bar Becker companion in 1095 steel

Ontario Rat 3 in 1095

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty carbon blade

cheap US army can openers so you don't damage your knife or hands opening cans

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These are some good high carbon blades in a variety of prices. I do recommend buying one you can feel to get a good idea if the grip is right, but this should give you some variety of makes and what they offer. These are all black anodized coatings which will help keep rust away. My preference is for a knife in the 7 inch length range for chopping, no serrations (pain to upkeep and don't cut, they rip) and a neutral finish because black knives are hard to find if you drop it in the dark. NEVER buy a knife that isn't full tang.

Go out and get a feel for handles, blade shapes and lengths and try what you can borrow before making a decision.

u/stylus2vinyl · 2 pointsr/knives

I'm currently eyeing the BK10 or the BK2

The BK2 seems better suited to heavier tasks, some light chopping and batoning whereas the BK10 seems like a nicer all around knife that can handle batoning and the abuse but is also thinner so it can carve and feather stuff.

u/TheEnterprise · 2 pointsr/funny

Sorry bout that I thought I had a link:

Becker

u/RunsWithSporks · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

My wife has to bring a go-girl when we go camping. She swears by it. As a man, I would have to advise bringing some type of blade. I would suggest a fixed one not a folder in case you need to split wood etc. An affordable but capable option is the KaBar Becker. It should last you a long time and is very versatile. Have fun!

u/malecky · 2 pointsr/knives

The Becker BK-2 is a fine beater of knife for your first decent quality fixed-blade. Great size, great price.

Edit: If you really want something "cool-looking" but still functional, the new Becker BK-5 could fit the bill.

u/flyingmx5 · 2 pointsr/knives
u/homrqt · 2 pointsr/Survival

Pros: classic design with a lot of history behind it, fairly rugged, easy to sharpen, holds an edge, not too heavy, inexpensive, good for batoning wood, I've opened plenty of cans with mine

Cons: if you spend more money you can get a slightly better steel in some knives

This is the one I have.

Ka-Bar 2-1212-3 Black Fighting Knife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BSY9D0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_c2wNzbZPACSBG

A good alternative could be the Becker BK2 variant of the KABAR which is a little newer and more heavy duty. Better at batoning and holds up a little better. But to me it has more of a kitchen knife appearance instead of the traditional KABAR military/survival appearance.

Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001N1DPDE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_dgrNzbTY2SGCD

Both are solid outdoors knives though.

u/jimmyd1911 · 2 pointsr/preppers
u/Geodyssey · 2 pointsr/knives

Others have mentioned it but the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 is widely loved as a survival/do everything knife.

If the BK2's blade is too big and heavy for you, you might consider its little brother the BK16.

Also consider one of the Scrapyard Knives like the 311, 411, or 511.

Good luck!

u/unrealtrip · 2 pointsr/knives

That was also my worry as well. I got mine off amazon and it is the second generation in spite of the product photo which shows a first gen.

edit: Price was $52.40, free shipping, no tax of course. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N1DPDE/ref=ox_ya_os_product

u/diversionmary · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Idk I'd prefer less than 5" for bushcraft. I generally like 3 or 4.

OP, check out the Becker BK2 for 62

u/ZombieKingKong · 2 pointsr/knives
u/king_human · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Here are some options:

Ka-Bar:

Mark 1 Kraton handle

BK5

Neck Knife

Condor:

Bushcraft Basic

Kephart Knife

Bushlore

Basically-a-Mora-options:

Hultafors Heavy Duty

Cold Steel Finn Hawk

Ka-Bar's 1095 is pretty damn good. The Magnum Camp Knife is bigger than you were looking for, but it's a solid value. Condor knives are very high value, but can be rough around the edges. The Hultafors and Cold Steel knives I linked are stainless, but should do well in a kayak. All these knifes will take a beating and should be useful for a wide variety of tasks (some better than others, of course, but I wanted to offer a wide selection of size, shape, and grind).

u/BatCountry9 · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

About the same. My favorite scandi knife in the $10-20 range is the Hultafors GK tho

u/mwrsh · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

I was in a similar situation to yourself, once, where all I had was one of those yellow snap-off utility knives, and I figured that a rotary knife would work much better. On one hand, yes, a rotary knife does work better, but only on certain leathers, and even then only on long, straight cuts. I do not think it is really possible to do a curved cut with a rotary cutter. Just getting a nice fixed blade knife and keeping it sharp will work much better for you. As others have said, any rather long cuts, such as for making a strap, are best done with a strap cutter, rather than a rotary.

If you're concerned about the self-healing mat, you shouldn't really worry about it. All that the warning about fixed blades really means is that cuts with a fixed blade will not fully heal, compared to those of a rotary. They'll still partially heal, though, so you'll still be better off than if you had just used a non-healing board. I've personally used a number of different self-healing cutting boards over the years, at a number of price points, and even the $10 ones can handle a fixed blade a lot better than the warning would make you think.

Personally, I use a Mora 122 knife. It takes a while to get the hang of sharpening, since it is chisel ground, but it stays sharp for quite a long time. Because of the shape of the blade, it works really well for pretty much any cut, and does quite well around curves, since it is almost like a hawkbill knife. I also quite like that it doesn't curve up at the end, so you're able to start your cut exactly where you want to. When I'm prudent about sharpening and stropping, I can cut through 6-7 oz in one pass, easily.

u/bandit69 · 2 pointsr/Woodcarving

Most of those pieces can be carved with a couple of decent knives
Here, I'm going to go against my best advice, but this can be found at Amazon:

Here is a Mora knife that can be used as a roughout knife that can be purchased at Amazon.

While this knife is OK for hacking away large amounts of wood (not my first choice by far), you really need a good detail knife. Here is one I highly recommend.

As far as the strop goes, save you money. A thin piece of leather glued to a 8" x 2" (+ or -) board will work just as well as anything you purchase.

u/petecas · 2 pointsr/whittling

I'm a big fan of http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Carving-Knife-Laminated-2-4-Inch/dp/B004URTI4I/ref=sr_1_7?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1453580923&sr=1-7&keywords=morakniv for most carving. The shorter blade means the control is closer to your hand, which is good for "not cutting the shit out of yourself". A longer blade would be better for stripping bark and trimming branches, but less for fine work.

u/TheStuffle · 2 pointsr/EDC

Can't go wrong with a Mora. Good size, good sheath, good steel, cheap as dirt.

u/Loki3050 · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

I'm new to Bushcraft in this past last year myself. I posted the link to the first and so far only knife I have purchased below. Its a Mora Companion and runs under $15. I've cut rope and cloth with it, carved wood, batoned wood and generaly tried to abuse it within reason and thus far I'm impressed.

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-Military-4-1-Inch/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396450010&sr=8-1&keywords=mora+companion

When I finally do upgrade I think I will go with the Mora Bushcraft Black.

From one beginner to another.
Theres my two cents.

u/Vanq86 · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

First I'd make sure you both have all the clothing and footwear you need to be comfortable and the things you'd need for an urban day out (pack, water bottle, some snacks, etc.). Nothing ruins a day like an unexpected blister / rain shower that causes a chill / burned hand from a fire.

After that I'd consider basic survival needs and comforts that might be different in the woods. A small survival kit (and the knowledge required to use it), toilet paper, bug spray, gloves to protect your hands from heat and thorns, a tarp (which you already say you have) to escape the sun or rain, etc.. One suggestion I have that I don't see mentioned often is a lightweight foam kneeling pad. You can get them at the dollar stores in the gardening section usually and for the negligible weight and space they're worth having in my opinion. They are great for kneeling on (obviously), which you'll be doing a lot when practicing bushcraft skills like fire making, and they make a huge difference for the backside when sitting on ground / logs / rocks that are hard / wet / dirty.

With comfort and survival covered you can look at the real 'tools' of bushcraft. The most important thing, in my opinion, is a good knife for each of you. Soooo many projects / skills that are considered 'bushcraft' require / are made easier when you have a decent knife. You don't need to spend a lot (a Mora Companion is a great choice for under 10 dollars), just be sure to do your homework before spending money so you don't end up with something that looks cool but isn't practical for your bushcraft needs.

Beyond the knife I won't go into details about the rest of my suggestions but I think you'll find reasoning behind them fairly self-evident. I've been bushcrafting / camping / hunting for the better part of 2 decades now and all items I list below are all ones that I've personally used many, many times and wouldn't recommend if I didn't find them awesome and reliable. If you look into them further I think you'll find most / all are considered the best 'bang for your buck' option in their given class.


Mora Companion fixed blade knife - carbon or stainless doesn't matter, both are great: ~$12-15

Nalgene leak-proof water bottle - The cheaper HDPE bottle is actually better believe it or not: ~$5-8

Bahco Laplander folding saw - Silky saws are worth the upgrade price in my opinion but are definitely just a 'nice to have', considering Bahcos can't be beat for the price / function / reliability: ~$20-25

Sawyer Mini water filter - filters twice as good as the LifeStraw (0.1 vs 0.2 microns), lasts 10 times longer (100k vs 1k gallons), is much more versatile (you can screw the Sawyer onto a 2 litre coke bottle), and costs less to boot: ~$19

Fiskars X7 hatchet - I know you already have one bust I figured I'd mention it. For a bombproof, light weight, made in Finland hatchet it can't be beat for the price: ~$20-25

Tramontina 18" machete - great balance and blade, just sand or wrap the handle in some tape if yours isn't finished perfectly to avoid potential blisters (this is also where good gloves come in) - ~$15-18

u/DAEFlair · 2 pointsr/VEDC

Hah, funny you linked the EAB Pocket Knife - I actually found one of those (Or something comparable?) in my things from when I was in boyscouts and I laughed at how small it was and almost threw it out.

I am very tempted to just go rambo and buy a Ka-bar but I probably won't. Lower price will make it disposable and hopefully I won't ever have to use it anyway. Thinking the same way as you, quality...but functionally a waste of money

What are your thoughts on this one? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZAIXSC/?coliid=I2WSGFIH1CDNP4&colid=ZZRP77UIJCYE&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I Found it in another thread highly recommended and it's cheap. If not, will probably get one of the first two you linked.

u/freeshavocadew · 2 pointsr/knives

Morakniv makes some great budget fixed blades, some are quite small and most have a general utilitarian use. Here's a model for less than $17 and these have built a really good reputation for value and hard use.

However, maybe that isn't quite what you're looking for. Maybe you want something thicker, more substantial? Continuing with fixed blades is the ESEE 4P which before shipping is $99. Another option would be the Ontario Knife Company's RAT-7 for currently $63. Being an avid knife collector, I have maybe 150 total knives total. That said, I think if I had only 1 knife to take out with me and feel secure in doing so, the Kabar/Becker BK7 would be it. For ~$78 new on Amazon, it's just a big hunk of steel (1095 steel specifically) that can tear through almost anything you put in front of it from wood to meat to a car door panel lol. I would recommend looking into some customization for it for a couple for reasons. The black plastic handle scales that it comes with are not so great. This can be resolved by using a bike tire inner tube mod OR just grabbing those ~$40 micarta scales that the link suggests below the photos of the knife itself. The sheath is definitely serviceable for your needs, but you may eventually want to upgrade it to a kydex sheath, or even a leather one if you really like leather. Finally, the coating that's on all of the Becker knives has the benefit of protecting the blade very well but the cost is a lot of friction and eventually that coating will wear off and it'll look different. Many modders just strip that coating off and blue or force patina it and frequently oil after use. Or go the other route and spend hours up front polishing it to a mirror polish and now you have a knife that will look really Bowie-ish.

u/dnietz · 2 pointsr/Survival

I have two Leatherman tools. I have used them for over a decade and have never had any trouble with them. They are easy to sharpen and they don't have a single dot of rust on them. Every tool is going to have its limits. I wouldn't use the knife on a Leatherman as a crow bar. I have never heard anyone complain about their Leatherman.

I have seen many people complain about the Sven Saw. It seems to be high quality and the design is very convenient. However, because of its triangular design, it actually can only cut smaller branches. Perhaps you aren't intending to cut a 6 inch limb. Just know that anything thicker than probably 3 inches is probably a big pain to cut with the Sven. Also, from what I understand, the Sven Saw only takes Sven Saw Blades, which is an added inconvenience and expense.

I have a basic cheap bow saw (one piece, non foldable) that I think works great. Bonus is that you can, if needed, use it with standard hack saw blades.

I don't currently own a Mora knife, but they do seem to be universally loved. Please note however that there are several Mora knives that range from $8 to $18 (both stainless and non-stainless). They don't seem to be substantially different from the one you mentioned that is $65.

This is the Mora Bushcraft Survival knife you mentioned ($65):

http://www.amazon.com/Mora-Bushcraft-Survival-Stainless-Steel/dp/B005CAPU80


Different Mora knives are either non-stainless carbon steel or stainless. Also, the thickness of the blade varies. You can get the thicker stainless steel knife in the cheaper model ($14):

http://www.amazon.com/Lime-Green-Mora-Companion-Knife/dp/B00BU9ATS8/ref=pd_sim_sg_12

I'm sure you can find one without a lime green handle. There seem to be a thousand models of Mora knives.

Another example, slightly thinner but still stainless ($11):

http://www.amazon.com/Mora-Stainless-Steel-Camo-Knife/dp/B005K994QM/ref=pd_sim_sg_11

This one is not stainless but the steel is even thicker than the one you mentioned ($40) if durability is your priority:

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Bushcraft-Sandvik-Stainless-4-3-Inch/dp/B009O01H0Y/ref=pd_sim_sg_9

This last one is almost exactly the same as the knife you mentioned, except that it is $17 instead of $65:

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-Military-4-1-Inch/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376873143&sr=8-1&keywords=mora+knife+stainless+steel

Perhaps the price of the one you mentioned is inflated because of the sheath, but the reviews rate that sheath badly. They mention the clip disconnecting unexpectedly and also it does seem like the sharpening stone and the fire steel to be a bit of a gimmick. Fire steels are like $3 at Walmart and maybe $5 if you want the bigger military style model. The sharpening stone attached to the sheath seems to be toy like and not really functional.


Another one that seems to be the same as yours without the gimmicky sheath ($38):

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Bushcraft-Outdoor-Stainless-4-3-Inch/dp/B003FYJU9A/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1376873143&sr=8-12&keywords=mora+knife+stainless+steel

There seems to be a huge variation of prices on Mora knives. The best ones seem to be the ones that are Stainless Steel and the thickness is around 0.1 or 0.098 inches.

I already own several high quality expensive knives, so I don't have a need to purchase the $65 range Mora knife. But the ones that are around $11 seem to be a great deal to use in situations where I might want to avoid damaging my expensive knife.

My favorite to purchase cheaply right now is:

http://www.amazon.com/Mora-Stainless-Steel-Camo-Knife/dp/B005K994QM/ref=pd_sim_sg_11

Because it has the hook at the front of the grip, which will help prevent your hands from slipping on to the cutting edge if you have to push into something. I think in survival situations, you hands may be tired, shaky, wet and dirty, which might make them prone to slipping. And of course, a survival situation is the absolute worst time to cut your hand.

Those are my 8 cents worth of contribution.

u/projectself · 2 pointsr/BBQ

they are. when i divorced I did not want to buy "steak knives", so I bought the two knives I had used for years in the past and knife blocks for them.

6 of these kershaw pocket knives..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009VC9YA/

6 of these mora knives..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZAIXSC

and two knife blocks..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004X6M97O

u/gandothesly · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

I'll have to disagree here. The Mora Bushcraft Triflex is one of the finest blades I've used. It is light weight, yet, is extremely durable. It sharpens easily, holds and edge, and is about the right size for bushcraft in my hands.

I've used them to prep meat and vegetables, carve wood needles, baton firewood, cut cordage, fell tiny trees, and most other tasks one needs in the woods or at home. It is a joy to use.

I've used other brands at 20 times the price and have been left not nearly as satisfied.

Don't take for granted that you won't feel bad about really using this blade. At less than $30 you won't worry about replacing it (but you might never need to).

I've held and used the Mora Companion and the Mora HighQ Robust, I give them to folks that go into the woods with me as gifts. They are fine knives as well, with the same qualities as the Triflex.

If you are cheapo, grab one of these knives and try it. I'd bet most people like them.

As for the knife is not an axe part, we'll disagree there too. The Parang type machete, and other long knives of similar design is a type of tool used in many parts of the world. It can be used very skillfully for rather delicate tasks, such as food preparation, or it can be used to cut down a tree. In some areas that's all a person carries.

Firesteel, I'm with stupid_guy, hit Amazon: Light My Fire Scout has been working for me. I like that when it feels like you are holding it right, you are. Works good in the dark that way.

Guyot Stainless Steel Bottle, 32-Ounce

And one more thing you didn't ask for, but I love. And I like to spread the love:

GSI Halulite Ketalist

I've got a compass that I've used for 30 some years, but can't find it anywhere.

Let us know what you get and how much you like it after using it a bit! :-)


u/guysquatch · 2 pointsr/camping

I've been using this knife for camping/hunting/fishing for the past 8ish years and can't complain: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EOJAKI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/ThirstyOne · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

High-Vis version of this kit.

I'm not a fan of the Knife+Ferrocerium rod combos. The Mora Survival one specifically is more expensive than the counterparts purchased separately. I prefer purpose built strikers because trying to exercise mechanical force using something other than the business end of something sharp and pointy sounds like a recipe for injury. Plus, if you lose your knife you're fucked because now you don't have a striker.

Get some:

u/Golden-Fox · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/Logic007 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

All the mora talk inspired me to hit up amazon.

www.amazon.com/dp/B009O01H0Y

aaaaaaaaaaand added to wishlist.

u/Maximumsmoochy · 2 pointsr/trailrunning

Hello fellow VI runner,

For what my opinion matters, I pretty much always carry a knife of some kind when I’m trail running. Partially for the occasional bit of trail/woodwork that needs doing but also for the protective factor from cougars, and because I am a knife knerd too. Most of the folks I run with also carry a blade albeit almost all folding. I can’t comment much on their exact preferences.

In winter I tend towards fixed blade, either a Mora bushcraft (cheapish ) or a compact machete depending if I know trees and branches are down from storms and the like.

In the summer months, I tend towards larger folding knives like a Spyderco PM2 or GB2. I use folders in the summer because it’s brighter and many more folks in the woods so the general risk is down and I don’t want to look like a sociopath running around with a sheathed knife when I bump into hikers and mountain bikers.

I appreciate the comment about the realism about taking on a cougar should it come to that. I hope we all stay safe out there while enjoying the trails.

u/DevonWeeks · 2 pointsr/knives

If you're looking to do bushcraft tasks, it'd be better for you to get a knife, saw, and a hatchet so you have all the tools you need for manipulating wood and natural cordage. If you're trying to stay under $100, I'd recommend...

Knife - Mora Bushcraft Black

Saw - Bahco Laplander

Axe/Hatchet - Cold Steel Trail Boss

This will bring you in right at 100 dollars I think and give you a great starting set of tools for bush/field-craft.

There are other options in each of these categories that could combine to keep you under 100. I can list some of those, too, if these don't meet your needs. But, this will definitely do any bushcraft task you can think of.

If you do get the Cold Steel Trail Boss, take some time and thin the cheeks a bit and put a bit of a thinner convex edge on it. You'll be shocked at the results. Trust me.

u/theg33k · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

>Nothing is ever sold at the msrp unless it is enforced in some way. It'll probably cost about the same or a bit more than a Bushcraft Black.

I agree, for any readers interested in the numbers, the MSRP on the Bushcraft Black carbon steel is $79.99 and is currently going for $57 on Amazon. That's 29% off MSRP.

u/Sock_Eating_Golden · 2 pointsr/EDC

Morakniv knives. Easiest $15 you'll ever spend. Even if you do ruin it, it's only $25. But, seriously try to kill it. You will not be able to...
I have the companion linked below. I carry it while completing lawn chores and running outdoor power equipment. LOVE it. The sheath provides fast, easy access. But holds the knife very securely.


https://smile.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486659984&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=morakniv&psc=1

u/MrrrrSparrrrkle · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Second the Light MY Fire gear. The Light My Fire Swedish Knife is always a nice gift!

u/ogie_oglethorpe · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I carry my Swiss Tool (or a cheapo multi tool if it's just a day trip) and a morakniv straight blade:

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, Black, 4.1-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_yWq8wb7ECQP4C

Fifteen bucks and it's one of the sharpest knives I've ever owned. Plus you could lose one every trip and you really wouldn't be that upset. I can't say the same with my Swiss Tool.

u/Lupich · 2 pointsr/knifeclub
u/Clintfrom50Campfires · 2 pointsr/camping

Can't go wrong with a Morakniv Companion. Only $15. I love mine.

u/youAreAllRetards · 2 pointsr/Survival

Just get a practical 4" knife, like a blaze-orange Morakniv Companion, $15 on Amazon. Beat the living shit out of it batoning wood, who cares.

Give your wife the impression that you can kill snakes ... carve a pointy stick really fast.

u/skwaaats · 2 pointsr/CampingGear
u/SojuBelly · 2 pointsr/knives

Can't go wrong with the Companion. It's a great bang-for-buck knife. It won't hurt the bank too much to buy a few spares!

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Sandvik-Carbon-4-1-Inch/dp/B009XDR0NK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1465177784&sr=8-2&keywords=mora+carbon

u/thelastboyscout007 · 2 pointsr/preppers

Becker BK22 - This knife is a freakin beast. I've batoned 4in thick hardwood logs with this badboy with no problems and it still held its edge. And at 1/4 thick you could pry open a car door with it if needed.


Sawer Mini Water Filter


Mountain House Meals - Lightweight long storage and taste great.

Laplander Folding Saw

u/chrono13 · 2 pointsr/Survival

If I know I am going to be in a survival situation?

Phone + Battery, 50 Flares, vehicle with a full tank of gas would be my top 3.

More serious you say? Just limiting myself to ordering online, mostly amazon -

  1. Warbonnet hammock and tarp

  2. Sawyer water filter

  3. 1,000 feet of 750 cord

  4. 50 bic lighters

  5. 12 Months supply of food

  6. Heavy knife

  7. Light cheap knife

  8. Any expensive sleeping bag

  9. Cell phone, including my favorite RPG games.

  10. Solar recharger


  • Assumes I am stranded in the forest of the Northwest United States.


    Given a more specific survival situation, a budget, weight limit or other constraints, I may adjust my list accordingly.

u/sasunnach · 2 pointsr/knives

This one? Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, Black, 4.1-Inch https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_eZ2Dzb9P33DXS

u/darker_reefs · 1 pointr/Survival

With the "Light my Fire" brand knife and flint (one of the sharpest knives I've owned) I've successfully started 2 fires with the flint in around 30 min. The second one probably would've taken less if friends didn't feel the need to fail proving their manliness.

Light My Fire Knife - Amazon

u/movdev · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

thanks!

whats difference between bushcraft black and the survival? looks like its the same knife but $12 more for the sheath with firestarter and sharperner. worth it?

$36 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFI8TOA

vs

$24 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009O01H0Y

u/kinetogen · 1 pointr/knives

If you're looking for a solid dependable knife, Check out Morakniv. They come in various sizes and styles, and are very "Business before beauty". They're not intimidating looking knives at all.. and not expensive if you break or lose them.

For "Scouting Purposes", perhaps a "Light My Fire" Mora would be appropriate. $27 get's you a solid fixed blade bushcraft style knife and a nice chunk of firesteel.

u/eyesontheskydotcom · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

I'll second this, the only difference is that I bought the stainless steel version. I got it after reading LOTS of reviews about various knives, and basically just wanted to get a basic, good knife that didn't cost a ton. I have been quite happy with this one, and will probably get the carbon steel version sometime in the near future too.

u/gumibear · 1 pointr/knives
u/obviouslyaman · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Hear hear. My brain seems to have only a three item limit of things it can consistently keep track of, and those slots are occupied by my wallet, my phone, and my keys. Every time I've tried to add a knife to the mix, it's lost or seized by the TSA within a couple of months. An inexpensive knife like the Ozark trail gets the job done, and doesn't hurt so much when it disappears. I also like these knives:

Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara2 ($20):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EBXH04

Mora fixed blade knife ($20):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XDR0NK

Maxam Sailors Multi-Tool ($15):

https://www.amazon.com/Maxam-SKRULE-Sailors-Tool/dp/B003COEDMW

u/Silverlight42 · 1 pointr/knives

That may look like a knife....

I wouldn't call it one.

Return it, don't buy anything else.

Think about why you really want the knife you're getting and what the goals are for having it. You don't necessarily "need" a reason, but it might help you pick one.

The one you linked isn't something i'd use. There are better things out there.

if you're just looking for a good knife in a sheath that you can pull out of it... well

can't go wrong with mora

NOTE Carbon steel requires a little more care than stainless

I'm not sure what led you to think you need a ring to take the knife out properly, if you could expand on that I might be more helpful.

If you just want something scary "tactical" or for "defense", I might have words but you might not like it.

u/tiharo · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Haha nice! I'm planning on getting all the colors of the Sandvik version!

u/throwtrollbait · 1 pointr/Ultralight

If you want a larger knife, I'd recommend the Mora FireKnife (94 g), but most people here say larger knives are wasted weight.

Most experienced hikers recommend a multitool. My choices are the classic SAK with aluminum scales (15 g), or a Leatherman Squirt PS4. The Squirt has pliers *AND* scissors, but is considerably heavier (56.4 g), so if you don't want pliers go with the Swiss Army.

u/UnlovableVisor · 1 pointr/Cooking

The 2 words on the knife means "lucky". If i were to guess, they were probably chinese knockoffs. Not sure any reputable or knives with tradition going to name themselves lucky, more so with crappy designed box.

My choice on knife: I'm currently using a camping knife, Mora Companion, $14 in amazon. I picked the stainless steel version for ease of maintenance. They are cheap and works great. The scandi grind make it easy to sharpen the knife myself. Being a cheap knife with lifetime warranty and good review, I don't feel guilty for trashing it while learning how to use and maintain a knife.


u/mtbfreak · 1 pointr/knifeclub

for a heavy use fixed blade with a $200 price tag i would get a ESEE 5, plain edge.

for practically the same thing by KaBar(also a very good brand) for much cheaper i would get the BK22, with the micarta handle scales(sold seperately)

both knives are 1/4" thick, and 5 1/4 long blade, the ESEE is 1/2" longer overall because of the glass breaker on the end of the handle.

im 90% sure the ESEE comes with a normal kydex sheath, not a molle compatible one. a molle sheath attachment is another $60

u/yamugushi · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

The gerber prodigy is a very nice nice for the price:
http://smile.amazon.com/Gerber-Prodigy-Survival-Serrated-22-41121/dp/B000XH5H6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449118260&sr=8-1&keywords=gerber+prodigy
That would be your typical 'combat' knife, and the one I would recommend for this price range. My experience with it was stellar, but I never had a purpose for it so I sold mine.

My EDC knife is a SOG twitch 2:
http://smile.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-Knives-TWI12-CP-2-65-Inch/dp/B0009JXR8Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1449118357&sr=8-4&keywords=sog+twitch
This is a small flip knife, the steel is great. I would highly recommend this.

Your other option would be a morakniv
http://smile.amazon.com/Morakniv-Bushcraft-Tactical-4-3-Inch-Plastic/dp/B009O01H0Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1449118465&sr=8-2&keywords=mora+tactical
I've never owned a mora, but I've heard great things about them. They make some cool bushcraft ones (linked) but their specialty is boot knives.

Overall I wouldn't worry too much about it, I'm a grunt and I've had tons of knives and multitools. A few such as the twitch passed the test of time, but far more often I had (foldeing) knives wear out due to grit, and so on. In the army I've been given and issued tons of knives, it's always nice getting a new one; they're not expected to be bifl.

u/imonyourcouch · 1 pointr/Survival

http://ecosknives.com/zen3/ These are hand made. Mine have come sharp. In fact I just got 2 new ones for my birthday.

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B00BTJKB00/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412718972&sr=8-1&keywords=mora These are great for the money.

http://www.anzaknives.com/ These are made from files

Do you have a picture of what you like?

try r/knives

u/keith_ob · 1 pointr/knives

So you seem pretty knowledgeable, and I trust your opinion. I’ve narrowed it down to 6 I’m choosing between, with some definitely more likely than others. Three are folders , and three are fixed . While I no longer trust MTech for folders, their blade kept decently well, and there’s not a lot of room for screws loosening on fixed blades. I also know Elk Ridge was never mentioned in the tread, but I’ve owned one fixed and one folder from them and they were both great knives, I have faith in the brand

u/kycolonel · 1 pointr/KitchenConfidential

I just picked up one of these little beauties. I wear it on my belt at work (butcher) when I need a quick blade and don't want to go into my pockets. May suit your needs, super comfortable to use and clean.

Edit: Although i'd bet your able to sharpen a knife or know someone who will, this little bastard was by far the sharpest knife out of the box I have ever bought.

u/FlyFreak · 1 pointr/bugout

As has been posted alreadg I do like the Gerber LMF II, but another one to consider, and what I think i will be putting on my pack is the Becker BK2 Campanion. Or it's twin the Becker BK22. They are made in the USA by Kabar out of 1095 crovan steel. This knife is a beast for its size it is good for a chopper, but is still small enough to do delicate work.

https://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-Campanion-Fixed-Blade/dp/B001N1DPDE

https://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-Companion-Polyester-5-25-Inch/dp/B00BT49UVG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504101875&sr=8-3&keywords=Becker+bk2

The only real difference in the two is the sheath. They are great knives straight out of the box, but with a few personalisations they get even better.

I'd be happy to elaborate on that here or by PM but, will not bore everyone here if not needed. If the BK2/22 isn't your particular ideal check out the rest of the Becker line. Ethan has designed many great knives something is sure to fit the bill.

u/Tadashi047 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Check out the BK22; same knife (BK2) but with the polyester sheath with front pouch.

u/lytshift · 1 pointr/Cooking

My boyfriend bought me a morakniv companion a few weeks back and I've never had a more multitasking blade. Though designed as an outdoorsman knife, theyre razor sharp but also light weight and the rubber handle makes them very comfortable to hold. Plus, they come in great plastic sheaths that make them convenient for camping trips or picnics. 1000% would recommend. This is the one I have http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BTJKB00?cache=686004116d7b72b4413c26fe29e01dc1&pi=SX200_QL40&qid=1407024182&sr=8-1#ref=mp_s_a_1_1

u/askeeve · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Y'all are dangerous. This came from just a little bit of browsing this sub and some searching and review reading and whatnot. Amazon links for convenience:

Leatherman Crater c33Tx

Kershaw Leek

Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife

CRKT 2020 AG Russell Sting

Any advice or substitutions anybody care to offer? I think for the money this is a pretty damn fine set of 4 knives. The Leatherman might get some funny looks but I had its younger brother for many years and it would probably replace my current EDC (Kershaw Skyline)

Edit: Will definitely take lots of pictures when I pull the trigger.

u/FJ1906 · 1 pointr/knives

CRKT Sting was the only thing that came to mind as an ankle knife. I think a neck knife would be easier to access. There are plenty of very good neck knives with kydex sheaths that could work. I personally don't recommend using a knife in a defensive situation, I would rather carry a concealed firearm.

u/ekinetikz · 1 pointr/knives

I think this knife might be right up your ally.

http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Spec-Marine-Raider-Bowie/dp/B001BMTZSY

u/davkslim · 1 pointr/knives

Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. That's actually a bowie from Ontario Knife Company. You can get it here at ~$60.

u/Sr1911 · 1 pointr/Gunsforsale

and it's black, right? looks like this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001C3WXJ0

u/GriffGriffin · 1 pointr/gundeals

I just got this one. It's not proper but serves the purpose well.

u/f0rcedinducti0n · 1 pointr/Gunsforsale
u/sglville · 1 pointr/chineseknives
u/Stormrider001 · 1 pointr/knives

Basically an air force knife that was included in survival kits or issued to pilots . You can make it onto a spear by attaching it onto specific oars and the back saw was used to cut through aluminum airplane material for escape. The bottom was made to pummel or hammer. It usually comes with a little sharpening stone in the knife sheath.

pilot knife

u/That_Hobo_in_The_Tub · 1 pointr/gifs

It appears to be an Air Force Survival Knife of unknown make.

You can get a similar one here though.

u/HybridKernel · 1 pointr/preppers

You can get a pretty outstanding hunting knife for $50...

https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Force-Survival-Knife-Black/dp/B001CZDQPI

For example. This is my daily driver knife. It's usable for most anything: Cutting cordage, carving, pounding stakes, digging (Yes, digging), opening letters, etc etc.

And, this damned thing must be at least 20 years old (It was issued in my flight kit to me, used, and I forgot to return it on separation). The only repair required thus far was re-tipping (I broke the tip, while abusing it) and restaking the knife (The pommel started loosening). Both repairs were field repairs.

u/vankorgan · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I'd say he wants this. Classic design meant for both "tactical" needs and survival needs. Plus most military guys think they look pretty cool.

u/cqmaps · 1 pointr/preppers

As a Marine, my favorite knife was this:

https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Force-Survival-Knife-Black/dp/B001CZDQPI

I carried one the entire time I was in and abused the shit out of it. Small enough not to be in the way and large enough to get the job done. Very thick blade too, so it won't break unless you do something really stupid. Mine never broke, and I did some strange shit with it.

u/nate7181 · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

My first "real" outdoors knife was the Ontario RAT-7, If I could do it all over again I would get the Ontario RAT II.

The RAT II can be used in place of an axe and a saw.

Depending on your skill\applications this means you might need a small Mora in addition to that knife.

u/miatamanthrowaway · 1 pointr/Knife_Swap

WTT/WTS
RTAK-II
https://www.amazon.com/1086284-Ontario-Knife-Co-RTAK-II/dp/B001DZV3BG
bought new, never used it, at the most cut a piece of cardboard. Collecting dust. Looking for either cash or a good edc blade

u/nextus_music · 1 pointr/casualiama

I have many kinds of knives, lots of "tactical" knives and many purely utilitarian knives, one or 2 survival knives. edit: [here is old pic of collection] (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yOMApkrgJ-w/UPHWyQ5F7AI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/4a9gnq5rzMA/s640/2013-01-12%252014.33.15.jpg) I got the kershaw cryo and skyline and crkt m21 since then.

I have not but I have heard good things of them

A knife you have. and a strong knife with a good steel whether soft or hard (which ever you like better and is better for style of knife). there is a lot that goes into a survival knife so I will give some examples, [1] (http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-8628-RTAK-Knife-Green/dp/B001DZV3BG/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1375494728&sr=8-10&keywords=esee+6) [2] (http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-Becker-BK9-Combat-Bowie/dp/B001IPKL7I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1375494759&sr=8-5&keywords=becker+knife) [3] (http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Master-Kraton-Handle/dp/B001PYUL0O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375494784&sr=8-1&keywords=cold+steel+trailmaster) [4] (http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Black-Kraton-Handle/dp/B0030DBGXY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375494815&sr=8-2&keywords=cold+steel+srk).

I dont know much about leatherman to be honest. but for me I would go with the surge, but the super tool 300 looks much stronger and more heavy duty.

u/IMonCRACK · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

If your looking for a big knife I've only heard good things about the Ontario RTAK II.

Review.

u/usmcahump · 1 pointr/EDC

Knife: definitely something more beefy than the Leek (while it is a beautiful knife you may want something more rugged I like the Ontario rat 2 or the fixed blade Rat 3 I also like this gerber "survival knife"
Light: that's a great light good pick
Multitool: This gerber is my favorite, they've taken me through two deployments overseas and still run like a champ
Pen: Space pen for sure

u/SnowflakesAloft · 1 pointr/Survival

Hands fucking down the Ontario RAT-3

(http://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Knife-8630-RAT-3/dp/B001DZV3C0)

I have this knife and it is a Military grade survival knife. It's virtually indestructible. It packs small, sits nice and tight on your hip, isn't vary heavy, and has all features for bushcrafting/survival, and batoning wood. For 70$ you can't go wrong. The Army boys have even picked this knife up as a on hand self-defense weapon in the field. Jump on youtube and watch a review. This is a going to be a heavy duty tool in your kit, you want to get it right the first time.

u/ktimmy_ · 1 pointr/knives

A little out of your price range, but they're sold on Amazon (watch out for counterfeits though) is the Esee knives. They are crazy tough and have the best warranty of any knife maker I've seen and if you find a way to break it they'll send a new one, even if it was on purpose. The model number dictates the size of the blade like the Izula 2 has 2 inch blade, Esee 3 has 3 inch blade etc.
edit: the Esee knives are basically made of diamonds and the Ontario Rat 3 is a very similar knife more in your price range.
Ontario Rat 3
Esee 3

u/ronin5150 · 1 pointr/Military

Ok one thing about knives is that they are tools and just like tools you get what you pay for. I camp and hunt quite a bit and these two will be all you need. The BK9 for chopping, cutting, hacking, spliting, hammering, and all other sorts of camping needs. Use the Remora if you need to skin something or do some fine wood work such as notch making or anything else of the sort.

u/deltaSix8 · 1 pointr/knives

I looked at that, but it's only an inch longer than his current one. I might consider upping the budget and getting the BK9 because is has the 1095 steel. However the Big Brother is cheaper and also has the better steal. But does he need an over-sized marine fighting knife for processing deer? I don't know. I think a blade over 6" is impractical for meat processing, but that's what he wants.

u/Peoples_Bropublic · 1 pointr/knives

Then the Ka-Bar/Becker BK9 Combat Bowie sounds right up your alley.

u/vohk · 1 pointr/knives

Depends on what you want to use it for.

The Canopy is thicker out to the tip, giving it more heft for chopping. It is, IMO, the better tool of the two. The Warrior is designed more as a fighter, and so has a lighter, more manoeuvrable (and more fragile) tip. The false edge on the spine isn't really ideal for work, but it'll still get the job done. Both are made from 8Cr13MoV, which is a pretty decent but not exceptional stainless. Overall, decent knives and reasonably priced at $40-50 (Amazon). Both are full tang AFAIK and so should be quite tough.

If you can afford to stretch to around $70, you might want to take a look at the Ka-Bar Becker BK9. Similar size (9 inch blade), full tang, thicker stock (.250 inches IIRC), and significantly better steel (1095). 1095 is a carbon steel, which means you have to be a little be more careful to avoid rust compared to 8Cr13MoV, but it's also quite a bit tougher.

If you mostly intend on doing more 'knife' tasks (slicing, cutting thin limbs, brush), the Canopy might be a slightly better choice, being the cheaper and lighter option. If you want a real chopper, I'd go with the Becker.

u/HandBanana22 · 1 pointr/Survival

Thirstyone has the cons of that blade covered, I think. So heres some other options.

You could go with a BK2 or a BK7 over this. The BK9 is an option but it's on the large side.

Straying away from Ka-bar You could go with an ESEE Izula.

u/nosacredcows · 1 pointr/Survival
u/SlotCarSteve · 1 pointr/secretsanta

I was all set to send him a tactical knife and a Totoro hat. Maybe next year.

u/patrickeg · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

I'll remember that for next time. I've already packed it all away, but I might drag it out and take some pics. My foot is pretty banged up so it'll be a minute. But Ill give you a short list :)

Pack: Osprey Exos 58

Sleeping Bag: Teton Sports Tracker

Tent: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1

Tarp: Ultimate Survival Hex tarp

Mess kit: Mess kit and Mug

Water Filtration: Sawyer Mini

Tools/Defense: Note: Normally I would only take one knife, but I wasn't sure which I would prefer as they're two quite different blades. Ka-Bar Becker BK2, Condor Bushlore, and Bear Spray

Stove: MSR PocketRocket

First Aid: I had the Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper, and then added to that with Celox and an Israeli Bandage

Trekking Poles: Cascade Mountain Tech CF with Cork Grips

In addition I had a few little things in a small kit; Ferro rod, duct tape, trail blazes, chemical water purifiers in case my Sawyer failed, bug spray, a small thing of sunscreen (which I didn't end up needing as it was overcast), deodorant, TP, etc.

u/clicker4721 · 1 pointr/knives

I would recommend a Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 Campanion (of course) and a Kershaw Skyline, if you're interested in a folder. Total for less than $100.
(BK-2 Abuse links.) Those two sets of tests should be more than enough evidence for the Campanion's awesomeness. It's $62 on Amazon.
The Kershaw Skyline gets great reviews. Amazon has them for $34.

EDIT: Added all the links, and decided to provide an actually comprehensive and helpful comment.

u/letsplaywar · 1 pointr/EDC

The Amazon comments describe it better than I can. HERE
It is a way heavier, way thicker, in all ways a much sturdier knife. You can use this as a prybar, to baton wood, and it still comes sharp enough to shave with out of the box.

u/mr_biscuitson · 1 pointr/gadgets
u/Thjoth · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

In that pricerange I'd spend the extra $10-$15 and get a Becker BK2 instead. Everyone that uses them seems to love them. I don't use one personally because it seems a little oversized, but I've handled them and they have really solid construction.

If you want my tool recommendations, personally, I use the ESEE-4, Gransfors-Bruks Wildlife Hatchet and Tramontina 24" Machete combo. Three tools to do just about anything.

u/LustyRazor · 1 pointr/preppers

Go with Amazon. You're buying from the same company for a much cheaper price.

The Blackbird SK-5 is a good choice. It's just the right size, fairly affordable (~$120), and has a full tang blade for batoning wood.

Here's a great video on what you should be looking for and why.

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 would be a more affordable option ~$75.

u/Einsteins_Taint · 1 pointr/preppers

Just checked out the Campanion on Amazon. Currently listed around $80 with free shipping. Get it now.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ol/B001N1DPDE/ref=mw_dp_olp?ie=UTF8&condition=all

u/AudioHazard · 1 pointr/airsoft

My chest rig:

Right to left:

Flecktarn Medic MOLLE pouch, contains my wallet, cell phone, and ibuprofen.

"Working Dog, Do Not Pet" patch

Flecktarn G36 double mag pouches.

Flecktarn dump pouch.

Cold Steel Letherneck SF training knife with paracord wrapped handle.

A large S-biner for holding facemask/goggles between games.

A couple small S-biners for holding gloves/etc.

Condor Hydro Harness, attached to this chest rig. This chest rig has lasted about 1.5 years now with no sign of damage.

u/SusheeMonster · 1 pointr/OkCupid

Training knives are either dull metal or rubber, like mine. The edges are rounded, so you can't break the skin when slicing.

You can still do damage if you try to stab with enough force, but we didn't do any sparring - at least not today.

u/greenearthbuild · 1 pointr/Woodcarving

This. What I think I'm seeing is a carving kit assembled to do woodblock print carving (they use linoleum because it's softer and more consistent than wood. carefully cut away negative space, roll with ink, make a woodblock print)

I agree you need a sturdier fixed blade knife if you want to whittle/carve larger things. I really like a flat-edged blade...almost exactly like this one Honestly this knife can do almost anything that a whole set of chisels and v-tools can do, just a little slower. (although a v-tool is awesome for details/lines and chisels can be nice for weird nooks and carving details in hair sometimes)

u/Magneticitist · 1 pointr/knives

In that case I was also thinking for a budget of $200 you could get him a nice fixed blade and a nice folding pocket knife. Without more details you may have to just go with your gut feeling on a couple of the more popular brands mentioned since they rarely fail to please. Fallkniven, Benchmade, Bark River, Buck..

The Buck 110 is always a well received pocket knife and I would happily receive any of their fixed hunting knives.

I've also read that Morakniv makes a great all around blade even for working with game. I love all the Mora's I own and the best thing about them is the price. You could add one of those in for only an extra 15 bucks and it may end up being a really well used knife he likes and can beat up using it for things he may not want to do with his nice pretty knife his wife got him. Just a possible thought there if you can't land that perfect single knife for him. A nice little folder, solid fixed blade that will last and he can admire, and an all around utility knife covering all 3 bases.

u/discretion · 1 pointr/XTerra

Lordy, you can run a sawzall off your inverter?

I just got one of these, one of these and a cheap true temper axe and have been served well so far.

u/nl2134 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Thanks!

Is this the Mora Knife you are suggesting:

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Outdoor-Stainless-4-1-Inch/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499099295&sr=8-2&keywords=mora%2Bknife&th=1

Is a multi-tool even necessary then?

Also, based on what you said, and based on the fact I'll be hiking for a week, do you think it would be better if I just carried the titanium bowls, or would the kit be better?

u/woodlandcraft · 1 pointr/Fishing

I was going to link you to /r/CCW but it sounds like your too young to carry a gun or a knife depending on what state you live in.

My advice to you is to carry a decent fixed blade knife on your belt that can easily be removed from the sheath until you are old enough for a gun. I know it sounds a bit extreme to some but its something that you should consider especially knowing that there are predators in your area.

It doesn't mean you have to stab someone, I actually had an instance where 3 homeless men tried to corner me at my car after I went fishing, they left after I had moved my shirt to the side showing my knife, never even took it from the sheath.

In terms of legally carrying a knife, comply with your local laws but also keep in mind that if the police see you with a fishing pole, tackle box, and any knife that doesn't look like a fucking Rambo knife on your belt... they probably wont glance twice at you. my suggestion
morakniv

Remember, the people that do this are cowards, they may hate you but they probably don't hate you enough to get stabbed.

or just carry pepper spray if you like.

In terms of them having a gun you are pretty much shit out of luck after they get the drop on you, at that point just give them what they want, if they hit you just go fetal and protect your head/neck and scream to attract attention.

The best thing for this is situational awareness, if you see a group of people or even a single person that makes you uncomfortable don't feel bad about going somewhere else, your personal safety isn't worth making some random guy/girl a little mad because you crossed the street.

best of luck to you bud, hope you heal quickly.

u/AlGeee · 1 pointr/knives

Yes!

Glock KB17281 81 Field Knife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000W32PIK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_x6RNBbWQ0HCE5

$30!

Or Mora (Companion)

Starting at $15

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, 4.1-Inch, Military Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_giSNBbDZWQZHH

u/realoldfatguy · 1 pointr/Survival

Get a [Mora] (http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Companion-Stainless-Military-4-1-Inch/dp/B004ZAIXSC/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1420689734&sr=1-1&keywords=mora+knife). They can be made very sharp and they are very durable. I have literally beat the crap out of mine and it holds up fine, even though it is not a "full tang" knife. It you use it sensibly and take care of it, it will last you forever. This is a great fixed blade to start out with and learn to use.

Stay away from the "hollow handle" knives, as they are considerably weaker than others (these are obviously not full tang) along with anything that has "survival" or "Rambo" in its name.

Serrated blades are great for cutting through cordage, but for most uses in camping, are not needed.

I am not a fan of any of the paracord wrapped knives as these tend to collect all kinds of dirt and grime. If you field dress a deer with one, the cord will get soaked in blood and goo. The only way to clean it is to take the wrap off, clean it and replace the wrap. Just carry a hank of 20 feet of paracord or make a paracord bracelet.

u/justateburrito · 1 pointr/Wet_Shavers

What about this one?

u/NoxiousDogCloud · 1 pointr/knives

OK

or this one, which is quite well reviewed and popular but it's over $30. If you gotta buy me one, i'd prefer this one.

u/gamerwill253 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Lord of the Rings and Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War

Lord of the Rings: Because its a movie about adventure, camaraderie, and saving middle earth from Sauron and his minions!

Taegukgi: because its about a movie where two brothers are drafted into the military during the Korean War. They eventually get separated and the older brother ends up joining the north koreans after a certain event happens. Its just a story about my people and it is so heartbreaking.
this
or [or this] (http://www.amazon.com/Gamo-Buddy-Rifle-Sling-Rifles/dp/B00172KHAS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1RCQ4I52BGR59&coliid=IM13OYYPAED0D)

u/canucklurker · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Mora Companion bushcraft knife

u/SgtKashim · 1 pointr/sailing

I have a Leatherman Wave on my belt. Fantastic multi-tool. Always find uses for it.

I also pull my Trilobite Line Cutter from my SCUBA BCD and stick that on my PFD, just in case. It's right next to my whistle.

Finally, I have a Morakniv Companion, in blaze orange, velcro-strapped to the cabin-top grab rail, reachable from both winches. They're cheap, and decent quality, so I don't really mind replacing it once in a while for a decent "oh shit free my fingers" backup. I should probably look for a sheepsfoot knife, but that's really what the trilobite cutter is for.

u/Fennexium · 1 pointr/Hunting

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005EOJAKI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480392972&sr=8-1&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=morakniv+orange&dpPl=1&dpID=318P1p3HPhL&ref=plSrch

This is a perfect knife for any hunter, I guarantee you. Blaze orange will help find it after you do it, and cheap enough to replace readily. Most gunsmiths/jewelers will even engrave it for you at a small fee.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Non-mobile: Not that much time.

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/cascadiaman · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Tarp, twine, dry bags, small fire starter knife. Of all my fancy knives that I own (used to work in the industry) this $22.50 knife is my favorite knife and I use it all the time camping.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007BO9G1W/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469717156&sr=8-1&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=light+my+fire+fireknife&dpPl=1&dpID=417Zmb0OP7L&ref=plSrch

u/Zeonhart · 1 pointr/knives

Mora Bushcraft

No nonsense knife great for camping, cleaning fish/small game etc. 40 Dollars for a solid knife that'll hold up to most anything.

Ontario SP1

If you're more into the military style knives but don't have more than $60 to shell out for a KABAR, Ontario makes decent knives for the price.

Gerber BG Folder

Yes, it's a branded knife but that doesn't really matter. It's a decent knife for the price, especially if you're new to knives and you want to mess around with it without fear of breaking something expensive. Also, this particular one is a folding knife whereas the first two are fixed blade.

u/new2it · 1 pointr/Survival

here are a few recommendations not on the list at a slightly lower price point:

Condor Tool & Knife, Crotalus Knife

Condor Tool & Knife, Hudson Bay

Condor Tool & Knife, Stratos

Glock Field Knife

Morakniv Bushcraft Black

Morakniv Bushcraft Pathfinder


Here are some other brands at similar price points to the ones you had listed ($100 - $200) SOG Knives, TOPS Knives, Bark River Knives

u/bjornkeizers · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Mora Bushcraft black. I've seen them beaten like the proverbial rented mule and they held up excellent. Not expensive either - buy two with your budget.

http://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Bushcraft-Tactical-4-3-Inch-Plastic/dp/B009O01H0Y

u/fishpuddle · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

If it's not knife enough for you, try the Mora Bushcraft Black. Really, though, unless you're an absolute idiot with the knife, the one you got will last you a long time/lifetime.

I recently purchased a companion MG stainless for fishing, and it held up very well for all of the bushcraft knife tests I could throw at it.

u/humanefly · 0 pointsr/preppers

The Ontario Marine Raider bowie is heavy enough to chop kindling and large enough to use as a small machete or short sword
https://www.amazon.com/Ontario-Spec-Marine-Raider-Bowie/dp/B001BMTZSY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492702145&sr=8-1&keywords=ontario+marine+raider

u/rule9 · 0 pointsr/knives

Well, there's this :)

You might want to look at the Becker BK2 for a little more money.

u/amerikassa · 0 pointsr/Suomi

Only realized later that you might have "seen" this on yt, so perhaps this is plausible. Why not get something off of amazon or ebay? Maybe start here or here; The knife is "Made in Sweden" so close enough.

u/Marxist_Saren · 0 pointsr/Survival

Well, I don't know exactly what's meant by "survival knife", but I'll assume all around multitasking. My go to knife, if I have to pick one, is my mora. It's durably, easy to sharpen, keeps its edge, can handle a beating, and is conveniently sized. I use it for everything, and if I were to lose it, it's not so expensive that I'd feel a great loss. That said, were I to pick a single tool it would be either the coldsteel combat shovel, as its durable, cheap, and gets a surprisingly good edge or really any quality hatchet.

I value affordability in balance with quality, because while there are better knives on the market, they're a lot more expensive. For the value, I think the Mora Bushcraft is one of the best, but it all depends on what you like and need it for.

u/tragicpapercut · 0 pointsr/Bushcraft

I love my orange companion - great pick!

u/ThePats · -1 pointsr/paintball

It is actually quite common, you use a rubber knife so it is completely safe. Also when you run out of ammo on a field that takes 10min to walk back to your respawn point, sneaking with a knife can come in handy if you know how to use it right. Not everyone accepts a mercy and if there are several people who you manage to sneak up on the knife is a lot quicker than a barrel tag.

Edit: This is the knife I use

u/FireantInfestedAnus · -1 pointsr/Survival

Here you go:

http://www.amazon.com/Hultafors-380020-GK-Handle-Sheath/dp/B004O9MIE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405179429&sr=8-1&keywords=hultafors+gk

It's a larger and more sturdy version of their original craftman knife. Also, the spine has a sharp 90 degree angle so it can be used as a firesteel striker. I was amazed how well it worked as a striker as it shaves of huge shavings from my firesteel that sparkeles for several seconds which makes it a lot easier to make fire than with the standard striker crap that use to follow the firesteels.