Looking for a durable fixed blade

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    I really like the Snody designs sold under the Benchmade brand. Most of them are in the 3-4" range. Mine is a 3.5" model.

    http://www.benchmade.com/products/pr...snody&typeId=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    www.goldsworthyknives.com

    For the price of some productions, you can get a nice custom.
    agreed...I've got one of his and I really like it.

    The others I would recommend have already been mentioned: Ontario RAT series, Benchmade, CRKT. One of my favorites is the CRKT Kasper/Polkowski Companion. They're not in production any longer but can still be found fairly easily.
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    IMHO, the seal pup is great. I didn't want a huge knife either, but something with a fixed blade that would work well as a survival knife. Most I find are too big to carry comfortably while in the woods.

    I love the size and the fit and finish seem to be pretty good for the money.

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    I have it narrowed down to:

    SOG Seal PUP
    Bark River Sandstorm
    Ontario Rat-5

    Might just buy all three!!!

    Thanks for the advice folks!

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    I'd go with the Bark River, but getting all 3's not a bad idea, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cockedlocked01 View Post
    getting all 3's not a bad idea, either.
    Sounds like a great idea, in fact buy as many knives as you can and sell what you don't like on the forum...

    It's what I do as a hobby these days, at least until I start reloading soon.

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    I have to agree that all three picks are excellent choices.

    I expect that you'll find the Rat to be a little bulky unless you have a large hand.

    The Seal Pup is a good knife, but any needle sharp clip point can be a bit delicate.

    You won't be unhappy with the Bark River (unless you're made unhappy by wanting to buy more after your first purchase).

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    Well I got the pup today. Just what I was looking for!! Ordered the bark river today and waiting on the rat.

    We shall see if they survive the torture tests I put all my knives through due to the fact that I like to go primitive hiking a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    My two criteria:

    1. Durable and able to withstand banging and harsh use

    2. Carry size. Something I can legitimately carry, not some hug ebowie knife


    I am looking for a good fixed blade survival/carry knife


    Thanks!

    Timberline Mini Pit Bull?

    I have two of them. They're not made of the world's greatest steel or something, but I've put a very nice sharp edge on them and they're sturdy for sure. Kind of like a miniature version of what you'd think of being a large knife. These feel like 2/3 scale knives. The sheath is secure and does not rattle, the blades are pretty thick, and they're inexpensive.

    On one of mine, I ground out the recurve section near the base of the blade and put a small choil there to make sharpening easier on a flat bench stone.

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    I can give you three references and recommendations based on personal experience. They are Benchmade, SOG, and Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT). I have fixed blade knives from each of these mannufacturers and can attest that all are sturdy and reliable.
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    I love the SOG. It is exactly what I was looking for. I can't wait for the other two to arrive!!\

    I am glad I got the nylon sheath. Perfect for hiking, riding in the desert.

    The pouch will hold my flint.

    I fashioned a lanyard with 550 paracord daisychained. That way it has two uses, retention, and sruvival if needed.

    Perfect size. Great balance, great quality.

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    Another brand to consider if you want durability is Swamp Rat. They are VERY pricey, but are built like a tank. They actually have some in stock currently, which is rare. Their website is ratknives.com
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