Need Knife Advice

Need Knife Advice

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    Need Knife Advice

    I've decided I need to add a quality fixed blade knife to my kit. I'm no knife expert by any means, but I do know you get what you pay for, so I figure I can spend up to $200.00.

    I'm not looking for any hollow handle "Rambo" knives. So my basic criteria would be a blade length of 6 to 8 inches, without serrations, unless someone can convince me they are useful, & preferrably made of carbon steel. This is because I'd rather keep it simple, since there's such a mind-boggling variety of stainless steels on the market.

    And finally, I'd like to stick with a Bowie style blade, rather than a Tanto.

    Any ideas, knife gurus?


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry


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    Here is one for you to look at. The blade is a bit shorter than you said and it is a hair over $200, but a nice knife!
    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=249

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    Check out the RAT line from Ontario Cutlery. They have a variety of carbon blades of various lengths and are very well made. All have micarta handles and come with sturdy sheaths. A lot of knife for the money. Did I mention they were all WELL under the $200 mark?

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    I second the idea about looking hard at the RAT knives which are manufactured under contract by Ontario Cutlery.

    I had been wanting to heck out this line of knives for some time but no dealers where near me. Finally this past weekend at a small gun show a knife dealer had a table and his main product was this line of knives. I was VERY impressed. I purchases a small model called the RC-3. One of it's larger cousins will certainly follow me home next time.

    RAT Cutlery Company
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    Chestnut Ridge Knife Shop
    http://64.176.233.199/catalog/index.php

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    Kabar - based on your specifications.

    Suggestion: SOG SEAL PUP

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    CC, the Spyderco/Hossom knives can be had for under $200, and feel wonderful, in the hand.

    A Cold Steel Recon Scout is a modestly sized bowie,in high-carbon, with a protective coating. I'm not a fan of the kraton, and if you wanted a G10 handle, I know a fellow who does excellent work at a reasonable cost.

    For $200, you can have a handmade knife. Both of these guys are excellent craftsmen, and good to deal with. Both use 1095 steel. DJ (American Kami)has a very style than Mark (Goldsworthy). I figure one or the other should have something appealing...

    http://www.americankami.com/
    http://goldsworthyknives.com/

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    All the above mentioned are nice knives. I found one that is a good carry and concealable as well as serviceable for pretty much most work.

    Its made by Simonich Knives and called "The Raven" http://www.simonichknives.com/midtech.htm

    Urban Raven Specifications:

    Blade - 4.0" S30-V
    Overall - 9"
    Blade Style - Clip blade and 3/4 length false edge;
    Handles - Black Camo G-10 with Gunner Grip™ texturing and Simonich Buffalo Logo
    Weight - 5.5 oz
    Sheath - Kydex Sheath
    STD Tumbled Finish - $229
    MIL Military Subdued Finish - $199
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    I'd second the Ontario RAT knives. Another I'd suggest would be one of Justins knives at: www.rangerknives.com

    My avatar has one of his custom knives. He makes them to USE & they usually come in 1095 or 5160 steel. They're a bargain too at more like around $100 to well under $200 for the customs.

    I'd suggest the RD series or a R.A.K. with scales put on. He can do G-10 & micarta, although I believe he's open to any handle material if you supply it. He does do Bowie blades, too, as I've seen some of them.

    I highly recommend them & his turn around time is very good.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cockedlocked01 View Post
    Another I'd suggest would be one of Justins knives at: www.rangerknives.com
    Now those look nice.

    I'll put this on my short list.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    FB04 Fred Perrin Bowie by Spyderco. Just what the Captain (Crunch) ordered!
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    Check out Bark River Knife and Tool's Bravo-1 or Sandstorm models. They're handmade but not really custom, very simple and very tough. They are stainless, but for a survival blade that's actually preferable and they aren't a high alloy stainless so they're still easy to sharpen.
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    I don't know about the Sandstorm, but I thought the Bravo-1 is in A-2 tool steel. I have a Bravo-1 in Green micarta & a Gameskeeper. BRKTs are very nice knives & handle well.

    Ranger knives, though, are very thick & can easily be used for "batoning" or pretty much anything else you want to subject them to. The RD series is made out of 5160 steel & is a full .25" thick (Mine's slightly thicker than that). They're like a "hand-hatchet."

    For the money, the Ontario RAT knives are nice, too. But I think the BRKTs & Ranger knives are a bit better.
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    For a good survival type knife , check out Cold Steel Bushman series.
    http://www.coldsteel.com/fixed-blades-bushman.html
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    What is going to be your intended purpose for this knife? CCW or utility? It comes down to what do you intend to use the knife for.

    I think for around the price you had mentioned the knives at www.topsknives.com offer quite a few options. There are different blade styles and lengths to choose from. Just pick your blade length and go from there.

    Hope this helps!
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    Okay, guys, thanks for all the good replies.

    I've got my choices narrowed down considerably, looks like I'll have enough left in the budget to lay in a supply of ammo.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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