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Old 08-17-2013, 05:14 AM   #1
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Ok guys, most of y'all know me and know my group is dedicated to tactics and gear. I am newish to the knife game as I have been a " gun guy" as they say for 20 years. So I need your help. I want a TANTO blade, 3 1/2 to 4", satin or polished, and. It has to be in the 50$ or cheaper range. I want a knife I can really be an A hole to and it will keep coming back for more.

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Old 08-17-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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Cold Steel. They're not cheap, but if I were in the market for a tanto, that's what I'd look at first.
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Look at Kershaw knives. They are very good quality in your price range.

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Ok guys, most of y'all know me and know my group is dedicated to tactics and gear. I am newish to the knife game as I have been a " gun guy" as they say for 20 years. So I need your help. I want a TANTO blade, 3 1/2 to 4", satin or polished, and. It has to be in the 50$ or cheaper range. I want a knife I can really be an A hole to and it will keep coming back for more.
BLADEHQ maybe?
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Your only going to get some made in China thing in that spec for under 50. In other words you might not be an A-hole to it for all that long before it falls apart.

Also, any particular reason for the Tanto blade?.

I must say the only time I look at lower end chinese stuff is for edc utility as I tend to loose them quite often, so as long as your aware of its limits and don't expect to much durability then fair enough. I just bought a Spyderco byrd as a replacement utility as they are a tough enough line of knives but cheap enough if they get lost.

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As much as I hate to say this -- believe me, it hurts -- one of the best knives I know of that meets your description is my vintage Cold Steel Mini-Tanto. It's about 18 years old, from the days when CS stuff was, imo, better. You might find one of ebay, but will pay considerably more than $50.00

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Find a medium steel quality like 440.

A lower priced, heavier blade in the normal clip or drop point style,

and cut away the front of the edge into your favorite style of

Tanto, with a grinder or Dremel. The backbone of a knife like

this will give you a good

beater, if that's what you are looking for.


I find most commercial offerings sacrifice the spine of

a knife on the alter of profit.

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I have been non stop watching knives for a day or two on eBay. I think I am gonna go with the spyderco cara cara. I don't know yet. Kershaw has a lot of knives in my range that look awesome. I could get two new knives and still be under 50$. I'm just not sure. I have been trying to sell my Kerhaw groove so I can buy a new knife

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I want a TANTO blade, 3 1/2 to 4", satin or polished, and. It has to be in the 50$ or cheaper range. I want a knife I can really be an A hole to and it will keep coming back for more.
First, I have to ask, why a tanto blade? As a general utility blade a clip or drop point is going to be much more useful. As a fighting knife... the common "American" or "modern" tanto pattern does not seem to be particularly popular with any of the more respected bladecraft instructors I am familiar with. That said, I myself own several tanto style blades although if I was looking for fighting I'd prefer a more traditional, Japanese blade style tanto.

As far as your specs, I think you may be expecting too much. You can find that pattern in that size for that price but I would not expect a really quality, durable blade. I think the least expensive tanto style utility knife I would expect to last any amount if time under heavy use would be either Cold Steel's Recon Tanto or Ka Bar's Black Tanto. Both are military style blades with black coatings and are larger than you originally suggested (7-8 inch blades) and a bit more expensive at around $80 and $60 street price.
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My cheap Spyderco BYRD crossbill 8cr13mov seems to take a decent edge, I just finished with my Wicked Edge and its shaving hair and push cutting slithers of paper at 17* angle.

The original edge lasted pretty good to, considering I've been cutting points onto lots of wooden sticks (for pegs).

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