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Old 11-16-2020, 08:46 AM   #1
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NOW I have a fixed blade knife.

wifey bought one at Ross clothing store, of all places. "Avalanche" brand. Doubtless made in China. It has a paracord wrap "handle", 4" blade, 9" OAL, about 1/10" thick, weighs maybe 5 ozs. It has some sort of black baked on finish. $6, black ballistic nylon sheath, Big stupid flap-loop, had to use the sewing awl for a few minutes to make it fit the belt. There's a hole in the blade, right where you'd hit it to baton the knife. There's a simple velcro wrap as a retaining loop, for when you turn somersaults, I guess? Rear half of the blade is the stupid, one sided serrations. I'll grind them off. The normal, front end has a simple , centered wedge grind at least. Took a decent edge. We'll see how it whittles soon. What can I do? it's a gift. She thinks it's great and for $6, it sort of IS (I guess). Asian women have no grasp of quality in tools. In the US, you couldn't get the paracord wrap OR the sheath made for $6, so the knife is free, 2x over. :-) You can file it, so it's probably 1075 steel, but so is the Cold Steel shovel and the shovel has decent durabilty with its edge. No more than I'd ever use this for, it's ok. At least it's got a sheath and the handle can't come loose or break, right?

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Old 11-16-2020, 09:59 AM   #2
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why not spend the money for a decent knife?
The Gerber LMF II is probably one of the best deals out there for a survival knife.

I have two of them. One is on my plate carrier, the other goes in my hunting stuff. They're awesome utility knives.

I don't use them for skinning or de-boning game. But they would be useful in separating joints.

aren't you supposedly pulling in big bucks for your disability?
 
Old 11-16-2020, 12:29 PM   #3
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cause they are not worth anything, that's why. the Cold steel shovel and the Crunch and saw blades have the cutting needs covered.
 
 
Old 11-16-2020, 01:04 PM   #4
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cause they are not worth anything, that's why. the Cold steel shovel and the Crunch and saw blades have the cutting needs covered.
well, that's your opinion, shared by few. why not post photos of you using your gear? I can post photos of me and mine...

unless, of course you don't actually have any of these items, save for the cheap knife - which is very likely to fail you when you need it most.
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Old 11-16-2020, 03:39 PM   #5
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One time I learned my lesson hard about cheap knives at around 13 years of age.
Got a couple of cheap japcrap rip offs of the Gerber Mk-I and Mk- II Boot and Combat knives. The boot knife was a PIA to sharpen. And the Mk-II I never really found out. As I went to test the serrated edge as a saw on what amounted to a green twig and the whole blade snapped in half right across from one serrated edge to another almost in a straight line. Must have developed a stress crack during the cut and grinding process.

No more real cheapies for me particularly stainless ones with thin blades.
 
Old 11-17-2020, 07:08 AM   #6
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I carry two kinds of knives in the field - utility knives and then knives that are part of my kill kit.

Right tool for the job, and all that. The LMF is a proven knife, and is cheaper than a custom knife or offerings from others. Is it the best? No, but it works.
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Old 11-17-2020, 07:56 AM   #7
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I like a good size field knife personally, but I tend to use it for anything from cutting vines & briars to trimming/lopping branches & even small trees occasionally. Or used to; I've not been spending time in the woods nearly as much the last couple years as I used to.

I don't hunt much anymore at all, haven't hunted deer in probably 6-7 years, but when I did, my game cleaning knife was a Gerber Freeman with guthook on it. It was pretty inexpensive but did a very good job. Apparently they've since been discontinued; I checked my old emails and the last one I bought was $37.99 in 2010. It's not the best steel in the world; it doesn't hold an edge overly long, but will do a full deer skinning without needing resharpening.

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Old 11-17-2020, 09:36 AM   #8
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I still have my original Gerber Mk II Survival Knife that spent almost 20 years attached to my rucksack frame, plus my original Gerber Mk 1 boot knife that I got for a birthday present back in the day. While there are better choices, they cleaned their share of White Tails, Mulies and Ducks back in the day.
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