Help me pick my new knife!!??

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by JMAtactical, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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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.
     
  2. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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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.
     

  3. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Look at Kershaw knives. They are very good quality in your price range.
     
  4. johnr1943

    johnr1943 New Member

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    BLADEHQ maybe?
     
  5. RemFire

    RemFire New Member

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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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  6. txpossum

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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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  7. therewolf

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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.
     
  8. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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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
     
  9. mdauben

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    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.
     
  10. RemFire

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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).
     
  11. Agent_H

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    JMA - This is a photo of my CRKT m16-10z. I carry this daily and it sort of fits your requirements - Blade length, finish, tanto style, etc. Under $50 also. I keep it sharp. For instance - I built a fence this last month and the many bags of concrete I needed were sliced open with it, used it in grad classes to cut up paper, the end has been torqued on quite a bit. I am pleased with its edge retention and size. For the price I believe it to be a good value. I've used and sharpened it enough that the transition from straight to tanto portion is a bit smoothed out -

    http://www.crkt.com/M16-10-EDC-GlassFilledNylonHandle-AutoLAWKS-Combo-Edge?&search_id=496125

    CRKT knives are not American made but I recently picked up several older CRKT knives and have dealt with their customer service. If you need a part or service they are very easy to deal with.

    My sister in law and a friend took the larger versions to Afghanistan and said they held up to continuous use.

    Dimensions
    Open Overall Length 7.125 inches
    Closed Length 4 inches
    Weight 2.3 ounces

    Blade
    Length 3 inches
    Thickness 0.08 inches
    Material 8Cr15MoV
    Blade-HRC 58-59
    Finish Bead-Blast
    Grind Hollow
    Style Tanto
    Edge Triple-Point Serrations

    Handle Material Glass Filled Nylon
    Liner 2CR13

    Lock Type Locking Liner
    Safety System AutoLAWKS

    Carry System 1 Position Clip


    Hope it helps in your decisions.
     

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  12. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    Funny you would throw this knife up on here. I am about to buy one of these just because I miss my old one that was stolen. I used to carry the m16 kit Carson everyday. I and going to be sticking to my utilitac 2 from Ontario for now and buyin two new knives in the next day or so. I can pick one of the CRKT up for 25$ and I am getting a Kershaw Shuffle for 17$
     
  13. Marthor

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    The appoximately 1" short edge on the tanto style tip is completely useless. Tanto is not a good style blade for anything.
    Tanto is not optimal for cutting or stabbing or anything.
     
  14. Werminator

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    I will disagree with that... tanto blades generally have well reinforced tips that can withstand stabbing and glancing off solid things like bones. Many knives have delicate tips that could deform or chip off if struck against something solid. With that said, I will agree that a blade with some belly rolling into the tip is much more versatile and useful to me...
     
  15. Werminator

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    As an extension ti that thought... I have had great luck with my newer model Cold Steel Voyager tanto... AUS8a which isn't the best steel out there but they do a good heat treatment and mine has held up to some gnarly use...
     
  16. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    I'm not trying to be rude sir but your are wrong. Tanto is intended to glance off bone making the blade travel more and penetrate even if you hit a bone. I use the the part of the blade where the Tanto meets the long edge as its the most accurate and sharp part for all my cutting. The smaller angle provides two cutting areas and I love that so much. Plus Tanto is nice and scary looking lol. I have drop and clip points as well but I find I always go back to Tanto
     
  17. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    Well I changed my mind on that other blade I showed you yesterday in the other thread. I ordered this one instead!!:)


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  18. Marthor

    Marthor New Member

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    My comment was "optimal". Tanto is not optimal for stabbing. Tanto is not optimal for cutting.
    Tanto is not more optimal for glancing off bone either. If you want "penetration", Tanto is not the optimal style.
     
  19. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    Well we all have our opinions and that's perfectly fine. I have found my Tanto to he very useful to the point it's one of the only blade styles I like. Either way neither of us are using our EDC blades to stab folks or at least I hope not lol. I do hunt a lot and I do use my Tanto for skinning just because I like it more.
     
  20. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    I absolutely live the grip. That's a knife that's in my want list for sure man! Good job. I don't always carry a Tanto blade and when I don't I would love to have that knife.