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Old 07-16-2013, 06:48 PM
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One Knife

If you could pick only one knife to have with you for general bushcraft/primitive skills which model would you choose?

Some examples for use include: carving, skinning, processing (small) fire fuel, etc.

It's not necessary to already own this knife, but please choose one that is or has been available on the market. Also, it's understood that the knife you choose may not be the best pick for each particular task, rather that it's the one that you feel would adequately do the tasks (if it were the only knife that you could have).

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Old 07-18-2013, 11:50 AM
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Fortunately, I don't have to make that choice in the real world.

If I could have only one it would be my Cold Steel Recon Scout with the sheath pocket holding a Gerber Sportsman's Steel and a DMT 4" fine/coarse diamond hone. This is a husky knife, weighted for chopping yet with a choked up grip is capable of doing many detailed tasks.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:07 PM
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probably something in a modified bowie pattern, similar to a Ka-Bar, or one of its descendents. the current marine-issue bayonet, probably. husky enough to do heavy work, fine enough to do delicate stuff, and pretty durable.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:52 PM
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Probably my Leatherman Blast, because it also has all kinds of other useful tools as well...
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:39 AM
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I usually prefer to carry two knives, a smaller one (maybe even a pocket knife) and a larger one (like the Kabar heavy bowie) that can handle baton use for wood processing. But if I carry one knife only, it's the Condor Bushlore. I like the incredibly low price, the decent steel, the handle shape, and the spear point blade. (Not to mention the really good leather sheath, which is way better than the Amazon photo above looks.) It could handle a little of everything. Some would say it's a little on the homely side. I actually kind of like the utilitarian "homeliness" of it.

I will say you need to make some decisions if you buy it. It looks like a scandi grind, but it's not. It's convex. (That's true of pretty much all of the Condor line.) If you think you are getting a scandi grind and that's what you want, you will have to send it to someone to re-grind it. That can be done. But a good edge on the factory convex grind is just fine, too.

Maybe not a Fallkniven. But I paid $35 for mine...

If I owned a Recon Scout or an SRK, they'd get high ratings too, I'm sure. But then I'd be stuck with decisions about which knife to take... I'm happy being "stuck" with the Bushlore as my only one-knife choice.

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:11 PM
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The Kabar Mark 1 Navy would have to be the one knife blade choice for me. It's strong, easy to maintain (1095), of utilitarian profile, has a useable pommel, decent scabbard and it's made in America, which has nothing to do with anything other than I prefer to carry American steel if I can find it.

And though I am real partial to the classic Kabar fighting knife, having favored that big blade above pretty much everything else in the case for a long time mainly because it is so useful in so many ways, the Mark 1 is a truly great blade and it's the one in my pack today.

Certainly blade selection comes down to the purpose to which you intend to apply it.

Just one, huh?

WROL - Kabar Cutlass machete and/or the Kabar GI.

Bushcraft - Kabar Navy Mark 1, hands down.

EDC - Kershaw Skyline, best design in that class.

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:19 AM
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A good fixed blade with a full tang and at least a 3" blade length. What I take with me varies from a really inexpensive puukko to one of my more expensive customs. What doesn't change is they have to be sharp, and they have to have a very deep sheath that will prevent the knife from falling out.

Here's some examples of knives I often take with me.

The one on the far left is often the one I select. It's just your basic puukko with a very plain handle, and it's lightweight but solid.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:51 AM
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For general bushcraft tasks (carving, batoning, trimming, cutting saplings) I would take my Mora #1, trusting Mors Kochanski's recommendations.

Strangely tho, it isn't the one I usually take, of a half dozen or so in the same size category (3.5" to 4" fixed blade). I like a hollow ground blade (like the Buck Woodsman and Buck Personal) for dressing game and cutting meat. Tho a Skandi blade is wicked sharp, the entire face has to be worked to tune up the edge, which is great for batoning BTW. The much smaller bevel on a hollow ground blade can be brought back to sharpness much easier. That bevel can be easily set to the same angle as a Skandi blade. But, batoning is hard on such a blade.

I really like my Green River camper for a butcher knife - 5" full tang blade, full width flat bevel and razor sharp secondary bevel. It sucks for batoning, but nothing slices meat for jerky better.

I have a 7" and 9" full tang knife also, which are really handy for clearing and chopping, but they are heavy and bulky, and If I can't have a smaller folding knife to back it up with for other tasks, they will definitely be left behind.

Summary - 4" to 5" blade, full tang, and I'm gonna say stainless steel as I don't wanna have to baby it when it gets wet from hanging on my hip in the rain or wet brush. I would choose between the two above mentioned Bucks.
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