Recommend Me a Knife?

Prepper & Survivalism Forum

Help Support Doomsday Prepper Forums:

Trapper

Active Member
Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2013
Messages
570
Reaction score
715
Location
In a van down by the river....
We need to know what the general purpose use is for....pocket knife, hunting, fishing, camping utility, etc.... I assume this is a everyday carry pocket knife. The first thing I look at is the price, any knife for $8 is a $8 knife, remember you get what you pay for. There is an old saying pay once cry once. Usually a cheap knife will not hold an edge and will get sloppy at the pivot area.

Your budget is $25, that is kind of where I was at when the last time I was knife shopping. Quite often I hand it to someone else and I have not gotten them back by mistake so I did not want a $100 knife. This is a knife that I bought just to carry for work and now its used for my EDC. This particular knife I actually have kept for the last 4 years or so. I have used it from cutting packing tape to gutting deer for people on the side of the road. It will filet a fish and cut seatbelts like butter with the serrated edge. I have only touched up the blade a few times and it holds a great edge. It looks wimpy but its actually a strong frame. The screws in the handle have never loosened and never been tightened. If you have an issue put a dap of lock tite on the threads and its fixed. I've done this on other knives with similar screws.
You cant flip the blade open with one hand like some knives but I really did want that anyway. I can still open the blade in one hand with a push with my thumb. This knife has its limitations. I don't pry with it, use it for wood splitting, etc. There are other knives built for those applications. I have several other knifes but this is the one that is always with me.

http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-22-48445-Paraframe-Ti-Grey-Serrated/dp/B000G0JI34/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369653267&sr=8-2&keywords=gerber paraframe#productDetails

Give us an idea what your using the knife for and I'm sure you will get many good suggestions.
 

Colt 1911

Swiss army knives / multi tools
Joined
Jun 18, 2012
Messages
2,327
Reaction score
1,350
Location
Southern California
Victorinox !! Best bang for your buck on a pocket knife, I think. Roninsensei Will probably go cold steel. Trapper is right, what are you going to use it for ? I would suggest a plain edge / straight edge and stay away from serrated.
 

Colt 1911

Swiss army knives / multi tools
Joined
Jun 18, 2012
Messages
2,327
Reaction score
1,350
Location
Southern California
Now that's some knife porn! I do like my leatherman multi-tools. I also have a leatherman knife that is well built. Trying to find GOOD knives for under $25 is getting hard to do.
Yeah the leatherman c33 is cool I carry one everyday
 

Clyde

H.M.F.I.C.
Administrator
Global Moderator
Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2012
Messages
5,132
Reaction score
2,528
Location
Communist State Of Kalifornia
Now that's some knife porn! I do like my leatherman multi-tools. I also have a leatherman knife that is well built. Trying to find GOOD knives for under $25 is getting hard to do.
I do need to build up my leatherman collection!
 
Joined
May 26, 2013
Messages
132
Reaction score
81
Location
Utah
Knives! Now we're talking my language! First off, if you really are only spending 25$, the first is the Boker Papillion, its less the 25 bucks and is good quality 440. Now lets talk the ultimate bug out defense knife. The difference in knives comes down to the steel. Most knives are made from steel from China. Which is actually decent, however the best knives have Japanese Steel or American Steel. Be aware of brands who claim to made in America, most are assembled in other country using American patents and claim to be made in the USA. Cold Steel and Spyderco make some of the highest quality knives available. This is easy to realize due to the companies offering warranties on their knives, at least five years, some for life. Other quality brands are, Boker, Gerber, S.O.G and Puma. A new company to the tactical knife series is Bad Blood, very low cost but good quality, I just T.E'd some of their knives and put them through stuff which had damaged more expensive brands. If you open up my bug-out-bag you will find the Cold Steel, Steel Tiger (lower image). Made from 1/8 inch solid Japanese steel, I stabbed this knife into a 4x4 post three inches and put my whole body weight on the handle. For survival purposes I'd recommend a multi-tool in every go bag, however do not CONSIDER this a knife, as most multi-tool locks are not strong enough for putting force against. Go Fixed blade and you don't have to worry about locks breaking.
 

Attachments

Joined
May 26, 2013
Messages
132
Reaction score
81
Location
Utah
Knives! Now we're talking my language! First off, if you really are only spending 25$, the first is the Boker Papillion, its less the 25 bucks and is good quality 440. Now lets talk the ultimate bug out defense knife. The difference in knives comes down to the steel. Most knives are made from steel from China. Which is actually decent, however the best knives have Japanese Steel or American Steel. Be aware of brands who claim to made in America, most are assembled in other country using American patents and claim to be made in the USA. Cold Steel and Spyderco make some of the highest quality knives available. This is easy to realize due to the companies offering warranties on their knives, at least five years, some for life. Other quality brands are, Boker, Gerber, S.O.G and Puma. A new company to the tactical knife series is Bad Blood, very low cost but good quality, I just T.E'd some of their knives and put them through stuff which had damaged more expensive brands. If you open up my bug-out-bag you will find the Cold Steel, Steel Tiger (lower image). Made from 1/8 inch solid Japanese steel, I stabbed this knife into a 4x4 post three inches and put my whole body weight on the handle. For survival purposes I'd recommend a multi-tool in every go bag, however do not CONSIDER this a knife, as most multi-tool locks are not strong enough for putting force against. Go Fixed blade and you don't have to worry about locks breaking. And that steel tiger image is small but the knife is 7.5 inches long
 

bugout

New Member
Jr Member
Joined
May 21, 2013
Messages
9
Reaction score
6
Location
florida
What is better blade material
Carbon steel or
Stainless steel
 
Joined
May 26, 2013
Messages
132
Reaction score
81
Location
Utah
What is better blade material
Carbon steel or
Stainless steel
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Carbon steel, if quality can be stronger, take a smoother edge and hold it much longer then stainless. However the added strength can make them more brittle at the tip of the blade, carbon steel needs to be maintained with oil often to prevent rust. 440 stainless can take a beating, it is more difficult to sharpen, and doesn't hold the edge as long. A problem with carbon, it is basically an art form to get the proper mixture to make a good carbon blade, however most carbon blades are cheaper, due to the process of making the material being cheaper and easier. I have had both and run into issues with both, I had several carbon blades which broke, and I have had stainless blades which lost the edge quickly. If you're purchasing from a quality manufacturer either would probably work. For survival aspects, I would choose stainless 440c, as I may need it for all manner of situations and the carbon would likely break.
 

WilliamAshley

Member
Joined
Mar 20, 2013
Messages
288
Reaction score
39
Location
Longlac Ontario
carbon steel.. stainless steel stuff is rubbish for a quality blade. Also only get full tang if you can. Otherwise you will probably have a knife that doesn't last very long in use.

Now you can still get use out a stainless steel non full tang blade, but for a survival knife where you can't replace it if it gets damaged only go full tang carbon steel or a similar material such as titanium, if it will hold its edge.

This is a nice blade here. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tactical-Sur...Collectible_Knives&hash=item3a81576098&_uhb=1

This one might be alright too.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Camillus-Kni...Collectible_Knives&hash=item3cbc915858&_uhb=1


note that you need to watch these sellers.. really look into a knife you might want... lots of fraudsters out there.
 

Latest posts

Top