Need a Wilderness Knife

This is a discussion on Need a Wilderness Knife within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; My friend and I are making our annual survive-in-the-woods trip where we go out into the wilderness with the bare essentials for a 10 period. ...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 41

Thread: Need a Wilderness Knife

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array SilenceDoGood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    774

    Need a Wilderness Knife

    My friend and I are making our annual survive-in-the-woods trip where we go out into the wilderness with the bare essentials for a 10 period. Last time we both bought some "survival" knifes. Mine survived 3 days and his broke a few weeks after the trip. I have been looking at the Kukri knives made from SUV/Truck leaf springs, opinions on these would be appreciated as well as any other knife you would recommend. Ideally it would be a 6-8 inch blade and STURDY. These knives are our lives (luckily i brought a few extra folders last time).

    Thanks in advance,

    SDG
    "A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master." -- George Washington

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Senior Member Array joleary223's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,057
    I love my Khukuri Kukri House - khukuri knives dealer from Nepal run by ex-Gurkha Army
    If you look around you can find them much cheaper though.
    CRIME..... LAW DEFINES, POLICE ENFORCE, CITIZENS PREVENT!

    FOUR BOXES KEEP US FREE: [1] SOAP [2] BALLOT [3] JURY [4] AMMO!

  4. #3
    Ex Member Array Ram Rod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Fayetteville, AR
    Posts
    13,687

  5. #4
    Distinguished Member Array Chooie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    1,870

  6. #5
    Senior Member Array f8lranger4x4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    virginia
    Posts
    896
    i use the gerber lmf survival well built and is equipt for battle. Ur survival knife also needs to have a full tang whitch is very important in a survival knife

  7. #6
    VIP Member
    Array Thumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    7,242
    I've done a lot of wilderness travel and most of the time I need a good wood chopping blade. My choice is the Cold Steel TRAIL MASTER.
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

    "A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
    judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
    superior skills."

  8. #7
    Senior Member Array Jackle1886's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Kendall, MI
    Posts
    941
    May I suggest a good hatchet
    Better to die on your feet, than to live on your knees.

  9. #8
    V8
    V8 is offline
    Ex Member Array V8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    97
    How much you want to spend?

  10. #9
    Member Array dan728's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    121
    a little pricy but the Chris Reeve green beret is the perfect knife for me when I am out in the rockiesin November. I got mine from truenorth knives

  11. #10
    VIP Member Array packinnova's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    4,229
    Quote Originally Posted by f8lranger4x4 View Post
    i use the gerber lmf survival well built and is equipt for battle. Ur survival knife also needs to have a full tang whitch is very important in a survival knife
    Same here. See my review on that one here:
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...tml#post477731

    Also pay attention to QK's post...it does hit on an interesting choice one needs to make based on needs/desires for use.

    Oh and I used it back in May on vacation in North Carolina(about 10 miles from the south carolina border). At any rate, my anchor got hung up in the inlet between the intracoastal waterway and the ocean, the tide was coming in fast and hard, and the line was wrapping back around the motor faster than I could get us untangled. Needless to say I jumped in and cut the line free. This was all done on the fly sans any rational thought. I had forgotten I even had the knife on me when I was dealing with the tangled mess. I was just wearing a pair of board shorts and had the knife strapped to my calf. It didn't dawn on me that I had still had it until I was already tangled up good. I got back to the house a few hours later and gave it a quick freshwater rinse and all was well. No major salt water damage. I also used it to clean fish almost daily with no issues so it can be used for fine work as well.

    The carry options are virtually limitless for it too(belt normal downward, upside down, sideways, drop leg, calf/ankle/boot, mole compliant, etc... you get the idea.
    "My God David, We're a Civilized society."

    "Sure, As long as the machines are workin' and you can call 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, and you scare the **** out of them; no more rules...You'll see how primitive they can get."
    -The Mist (2007)

  12. #11
    Member Array titleist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    459
    Check out Benchmade models...

    10501
    155 (one has serations on the top, might come in handy?)
    158
    140 or 141
    10505 (sexy)

    And if you have an open mind: CRKT M.A.K.-1 (THICK blade, .2")
    This one is cool, designed to handle prying (ask ANY knife company if it's okay to use their knives to pry doors open, yeah right), chopping, cutting, whatever you need.

  13. #12
    Administrator
    Array QKShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Off Of The X
    Posts
    35,152
    My last time out letting Momma Nature beat me up and give me a tough time I took the Gryphon (below) and it did pretty well for itself. AUS-8 blade hardened to Rockwell 59 and each blade individually hardness tested.
    It's Made In SEKI Japan but, it's a high quality knife with good steel.
    I always liked Gryphon knives and AUS-8.
    No handle to crack or get loose.
    I also took a second (backup) CASE XX knife with me just in case I needed it but, I did not need it.
    I'd probably wire wrap the Kraton handle next time round.
    The sheath (as is typical with most knives these days) is not incredibly fantastic but, it's useable.



    Gryphon M35 Combat Utility Knife, With it's practical blade design is well suited for use as a field, camp, survival, as well as a combat knife. Features a shock absorbing Kraton Handle which is checkered for a non-slip grip. The 7.5" AUS-8A stainless steel blade with full tang to add strength. The M35 comes with a custom made black Cordura sheath.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I like a big knife for general woodcraft and I actually thought the 7.5" blade was a bit shorter than I would have preferred but, it got tasks done and stayed in one piece.

    I'll probably go with the Fallkniven THOR my next time out.
    It's larger and has a good reputation for being able to take a hard licking.
    It's a huge jump in price though. But, I guess I'll spring for one toward the end of summer. I'm not going anywhere again until it's lots cooler out.

  14. #13
    cj
    cj is offline
    Senior Member Array cj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,007
    First off, I'm curious what you broke and what you were doing.

    Some that come to mind in the durable, decent performance, and fair price:


    Ranger knives 'Ready Detachment' series (5160 steel) (http://www.rangerknives.com) - really a great value for the price. My top recommendation for what it sounds like you want. Lighter than a kukri would be, and darn tough. Holding a nicely used 6" version right now.

    Ontario RAT knives (if there are any still available) - 1095 Steel

    If you want to get a little more spendy, Swamp Rat knives have a good reputation for the qualities you're looking for, but you'd probably need to buy from the secondary market as they don't seem to make too many at any one time.

    Even more spendy, Busse Combat's knives have a rabid following. Again, limited availability except in the secondary market...and expect to pay a premium, but it comes with an unconditional warranty. When someone manages to break one, it's generally news for that community.

  15. #14
    Administrator
    Array QKShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Off Of The X
    Posts
    35,152
    I'd love to have any large Busse but, they sure can put a big dent in a plastic credit card.

  16. #15
    Member Array XD40Brian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    43
    You should check out bladeforums.com, there are a lot of custom makers who specialize in wilderness/bushcraft knives. There are quite a few guys that sell nice hard use knives for very reasonable prices. Himalayan Imports is a popular and reputable khukuri company if you decide to go that route. Another company I would suggest is rat cutlery, not rat knives by ontario but ratcutlery.com/

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Wilderness Tactical?
    By gdm320 in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: January 14th, 2010, 08:22 PM
  2. Wilderness gun belt
    By wormy in forum Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: June 4th, 2009, 06:21 PM
  3. The Wilderness... Now that is service!
    By Miggy in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: February 14th, 2007, 01:54 PM
  4. April 15 , Knife/Counter-Knife Workshop, Skaneateles, NY
    By ChrisFry in forum Defensive Carry & Tactical Training
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: March 27th, 2006, 04:57 PM

Search tags for this page

bark river teddy hunter
,

bill siegle custom machete

,

bill siegle machete

,
gryphon knives
,
gryphon knives homepage
,
gryphon knives m35
,
gryphon m 35
,
gryphon m-35
,

gryphon m-35 combat survival bowie

,
gryphon m-35 review
,
gryphon m35
,

wilderness knife

Click on a term to search for related topics.