Let's Talk About Survival Blades

Let's Talk About Survival Blades

This is a discussion on Let's Talk About Survival Blades within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm talking about the big boys. Machetes, Kukris, heck, even bowies and the like. What do you prefer? What are the advantages of one over ...

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    Let's Talk About Survival Blades

    I'm talking about the big boys. Machetes, Kukris, heck, even bowies and the like. What do you prefer? What are the advantages of one over the other(s)?

    Of your preferred choice, what brand/model is best? Why?

    Also, check this thing out: KA-BAR Knives, Inc. - Knives > All Categories > Leather Handled Big Brother - Hardcore Lives. Hardcore Knives.

    I want that beast.


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    ESEE Knives - Randall's Adventure and Training

    i prefer a balanced small blade with a Scandinavian grind for crafting and a big thick heavy blade with the weight towards the front end for chopping down stuff or splitting logs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by technomonster View Post
    ESEE Knives - Randall's Adventure and Training

    i prefer a balanced small blade with a Scandinavian grind for crafting and a big thick heavy blade with the weight towards the front end for chopping down stuff or splitting logs.
    Any models in particular with those characteristics that you like?


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    I've got a Morakniv in my Bug out bag i'm building.

    It comes super sharp out of the box, and holds a good edge. Takes a lot of abuse.

    Amazon.com: Morakniv Allround Multi-Purpose Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Carbon Steel Blade, 5.8-Inch: Sports & Outdoors
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    So glad to see that the serrations are where they should be on that KA-BAR and are not on the edge.

    And BTW pittypat....I LOVE talking about Survival Knives.
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    When I went to USAF Survival School back in the early 1980s I saw all kinds of “survival” knives carried by the other students basically everything from small machetes to a few small double-edged blades. Me, I took a 4-½ inch bladed Gerber fixed blade knife, that little knife kept a better edge and saw more use than any other knife in our element. Oh and for heavy cutting we did have hatchets.

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    That big 'ol Ka-Bar is cool, but I think there are better options for choppers. The leather handle is going to be slick, the serations on the back of the blade will make it tough to baton, and the lack of a full width tang is a problem. My brother and I actually broke a Ka-bar chopping with it when we were kids (Dad wasn't happy). Snapped the blade off at the finger guard where the tang necks down.

    I use a Kukri on occasion (mostly for yardwork now), but it's pretty heavy and takes some practice to use well. I really like the combination of a small saw and/or hatchet for heavy cutting and lightweight scandi grind knife like a mora for fine work.

    If you don't have a mora yet, do yourself a favor and pick one up for $15. They aren't choppers, but they are easy to sharpen and a pleasure to use. I have a half dozen or so different models, but the 840 MG (carbon) has quickly become my go-to fixed blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    So glad to see that the serrations are where they should be on that KA-BAR and are not on the edge.

    And BTW pittypat....I LOVE talking about Survival Knives.
    I figured you might, QK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    Any models in particular with those characteristics that you like?
    they don't offer a scandi grind but i like the smallest one (Izula) and the the largest one (Junglas).

    if i had to live in the jungle or know that i will be in a survival situation i would have something much larger tho.
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    i like the Bolo and the Kukri or just a big weighted one.

    http://www.moraofsweden.se/home offers some very affordable and well made knives with a scandi grind.
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    For a small knife I like the ESEE Izula 2.

    My mid-sized go-to is a Benchmade Nimravus.

    I have an Ontario Raider Bowie that I have used quite extensively too. It is heavy to carry around all day, better as a knife you leave in camp, but that heavy weight helps for chopping through wood or bone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    For a small knife I like the ESEE Izula 2.

    My mid-sized go-to is a Benchmade Nimravus.

    I have an Ontario Raider Bowie that I have used quite extensively too. It is heavy to carry around all day, better as a knife you leave in camp, but that heavy weight helps for chopping through wood or bone.
    I was just looking at the raider Bowie earlier this evening. Glad to hear good about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I have an Ontario Raider Bowie that I have used quite extensively too.
    i have an Ontario knives rd9 that i use to split logs. it's thicker then the Junglas. i saw it bend with about 1/4" deflection when i was pounding it through a log with a knot and when it came out the other end it was straight again. kinda scary to see a knife that think bend but i trust it now.
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    A really great value for the money is this Marbles SCOUT machete. I do not have a PIC available of mine but, I have used one for general chopping around the house and so far it is holding up beautifully.

    You may need to sand the handle a bit to round it off and smooth the hard edges a bit for extended chopping and a wrist lanyard is an absolute necessity.

    Spend 15 minutes with a sheet of sandpaper on the handle and then spray a fast coat of Acrylic enamel on it.

    Add a loop of paracord.

    I put a better working edge on mine mostly because I cannot leave anything alone but the factory edge was OK on mine.

    I think it was in the 20 Smacks price range. It's tougher than some of the cheaper and more flimsy machetes out there.

    The length is just about perfect on this for general woods use.


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    I am VERY partial to my old M7 bayonet from 'Nam with its 6.75 inch blade & about a foot long... which I know stands up to jungle / battle conditions.colt-m7-bayonet.jpg

    Mine is all tarnished and the M8A1 Scabbard is banged up real bad, but it would work as well now as it ever did, and it did. Its all I used for a knife.
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    All I have for now is a standard KABAR USMC fighting/utility knife, as well as the half serrated fighting/utility with the kraton handle. They're great medium sized blades, for me, but I'd love to get a larger blade. Anywhere in the 9-12" blade length range (or more).

    I like the looks of the Kukri and have heard that they are excellent utility knifes. I'm wondering if there's any advantage that it holds over a standard machete or the machete over the Kukri.

    By the way, I love the look of that Marbles, QK!
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