|02-02-2005, 02:08 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2004
In addition to firearms related topics, like most, I also like honed metal things as well. Man, things have come a long way in the past ten years. Back then, the top dogs were Spyderco, Benchmade, SOG, and Cold Steel. Look what we have now.
Looking over my collection, and wishing about those I hope to someday add to it, I thought I would post a few ideas on related topics in no particular order (hey, its 0230 as I write this). Listed below are strickly my not completely inexperienced opinions based on real world use and collecting.
Top Fixed Blade Stuff:
The BEST fixed blade knife: Brend Model 2. As good as it gets in my opinion, but very $$$. Kinda like a SIG P210. Great, but you don't find too many getting carried daily in holsters. Don't own one yet, but like Rolex and Harley, it's on the list.
Top Real World Users (for those than don't mind thrashing a $300-400 knife):
RANDALL (of course) #1 and #14. Top end, and most (like mine) wind up in the safe. But they are exceptional knives, and I luv 'em.
STRIDER: Don't own any yet, but they make one heavy duty line of knives.
Busse Combat: They seem to have kind of dropped off the map a little in the past couple years, but make no mistake, they are HEAVY DUTY, good knives.
CHRIS REEVE: the BEST hollow handle knives, period. And one of the best all around fixed blades going (I own several). I have personally met the Reeves and they are top notch. Their Project I & II, as well as the Shadow IV are top choices.
BOB DOZIER: In a word:Balance. When people talk about a knife being 'alive' in your hand, you can find no better than a Dozier. Their KS7 is a top Field Grade knife that won't scare the park ranger or game warden. In a non-tactical situation, a first choice. A great value at around $235.
**Actual, For-Real Used in the Real World that most of us can afford:
FALLKNIVEN: Probably the best kept secret in the fixed blade market. Their A1 Survival knife may be the best value on the market. Extremely sharp and stout, with convex grinds, I would feel very comfortable taking one of these into a field or survival situation. Probably the best $170-ish you'll ever spend on a field grade knife.
COLD STEEL: Recon Scout, SRK, Outdoorsman. I've seen SRK's at shows for $40-50. If you seriously think you are going to wind up in the for real boonies, Cold Steel gives you allota knife for the money. But I'd drop the extra bucks and get the Recon Scout if it were me. Robust.
SOG: Good Quality at a good price. Their TRIDENT model is a traditional favorite. NW RANGER is an nice all-around field knife, though not as robust as some.
Way too many to delve into here tonight, so I'll limit it to best overall and every day carry.
BEST FOLDER: Chris Reeve Sebenza (just wish he'd do a little more with serrations). A classy knife that will last a life time. A little too rich for daily carry for me tho.
IN THE REAL WORLD OF EVERY DAY CARRY
Spyderco Provenator: carried one for 10+ years and I did everything I ever reasonably asked of it, and then some, including working on commercial ships, travelling overseas, and throughout the US.
Emerson Mini Commander: A great all-around knife, tactical, practical, and stout. A lot easier to carry than the full size model. Kinda hard to find, but a very good value all things considered.
Microtech, Benchmade, Spyderco, Cold Steel, SOG, Kershaw, Buck, and others all make other good folders.
Just some food for late night thought.
|09-19-2006, 06:32 PM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2006
have finally convinced my wife that knives are like shoes,,,,,, cold steel ranks way up there for best value and largest carryable folder.. however when push comes to stick i still reach for my old kbar,,,
|07-24-2012, 01:06 PM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2011
Pick up one of WILD BILL 's knives(yep,the same Wild Bill who posts here!)I'll put his knives up against anybodies!