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Old 02-22-2010, 06:13 PM   #11
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Here's a chart from AG Russell's website:
A.G. Russell Knives | Steel Guide - A.G. Russell

Steel is important, but it's only a part of the equation. Heat treatment and blade geometry are just as important.

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Here's a chart from AG Russell's website:
A.G. Russell Knives | Steel Guide - A.G. Russell

Steel is important, but it's only a part of the equation. Heat treatment and blade geometry are just as important.
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Steel is important, but it's only a part of the equation. Heat treatment and blade geometry are just as important.
New question regarding blade geometry.
I'm looking for a knife for camping with my Brother and my Nephew's. I know that I want a non-folder and something bigger than a 4" blade. I'm looking to do things like cutting down small trees and limbs for shelter (trying to get the kids into a minimalist mindset), cutting ropes and cord and perhaps even prepare some game. What blade shape should I be looking for? Also, could you make any recommendations for what I want to do around the $100 range?
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I know that I want a non-folder and something bigger than a 4" blade. I'm looking to do things like cutting down small trees and limbs for shelter (trying to get the kids into a minimalist mindset), cutting ropes and cord and perhaps even prepare some game. What blade shape should I be looking for? Also, could you make any recommendations for what I want to do around the $100 range?
I like drop points for general utility, or some clip points with a straight clip (and no false edges or anything like that to weaken the tip). Spear points are great for bushcraft knives, but they work best in 4"-5" blades where you can take full advantage of the centered tip for wood working.

Look at Ka-Bar's Becker line. They've got some big affordable choppers for around $75, they even include a little utility knife which is kind of cool.

Ka-Bar Becker Combat Utilty, Black GFN Handle, Black Blade, Plain Edge

Ka-Bar Becker Combat Bowie, Black GFN Handle, Black Blade, Plain Edge

They were designed by survival expert Ethan Becker, his knives used to be made by Camillus before it closed. Ka-Bar makes them out of 1095 steel, which I love for hard use outdoors knives. The handle slabs can be removed (and replaced with something else if you want to). My only complaint with them is that the factory edge is a little thick, but I'm a nit picking edge fanatic.

Another good choice would be the Kershaw Outcast, use the search function and you'll find a thread by JD about his experience with this knife. I bought one recently and it's worked really well so far.

Shop for case knives, Kershaw and other discount knives at Knifeworks.com - Search

If you want to get something that's so affordable that you can actually buy one for you and one for each of your nephews, look at some of the offerings from Condor Knife and Tool. It's a long standing machete company from El Salvador (started as a branch of Weyesberg, a German company) that began to work with some US designers like Joe Flowers to make very affordable knives and tools. Their carbon steel offerings are great for the price, I don't like their stainless or some of the weird designs they've got.

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I bought this KaBar Bowie for camping. I haven't used it yet, but it will be backpacking with me in the Sierra's this Summer. I wanted a large knife for hacking and chopping, not for defensive use. Although I wouldn't want to be hurt by it. I also preferred the one piece grip design over the Becker.

My choices were this KaBar and the KaBar Becker Bowie. In the end, I bought this one because I got a great deal on it. I've found it a bit light to handle, but I don't think that will matter too much.

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I also preferred the one piece grip design over the Becker.
That's a good suggestion CA357. I prefer the way Becker handles are made because they are easy to remove and replace with my own. The one piece rubber handles are harder to customize (you need to go with a mortised tang handle). I just can't leave my knives unmolested.

This one had a single piece rubber handle:
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I like the idea of putting my own handle on it and possibly having my brother make a leather sheath for it. I've got a few ideas as to a couple different types of wood I can use.

edit: Scales, that's the word I was looking for.

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French Laguiole Knife - National Geographic Store
I got one of these as a gift for Christmas. I don't like the shiny,chromed blade, but love the feel of the wooden handle. I think it will be relegated to looking pretty in the drawer, but i really like the size & blade shape & handle material for a general use pocket knife. Any suggestions on where to find a more daily-use version of this (preferably with a matte finish on the blade)?

The lil honing tool was a nice touch for the drawer-bound pretty knife.
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Saw you on the Spyderco Forum. I haven't been over there in years. I couldn't believe what I found there. This is from my old days as a LE Dealer. They were special engraving runs that I had done.

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Any suggestions on where to find a more daily-use version of this (preferably with a matte finish on the blade)?
This site is a good source for different Laguioles. I love the pattern, it's somewhat similar to the American "toothpick" slipjoint pattern (Great Eastern Cutlery makes a great one in 1095 carbon steel).

Discount knives. Gift pocket knives for sale.

Most Laguioles have fancy finishes, but they still make great users. You got a great Christmas gift!
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