Who Makes your Primary Field Knife...

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Dillinger, May 6, 2008.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    And why did you choose that brand?

    My primary blade is from Mission Knives. I first got some experience with their products at the 2004 Shot Show and fell in love with this beauty. This is the Mission MPT-Ti and it fits my hand like my 1911. I love it.

    The blade is a full tang titanium, which is 40% lighter than steel and will never rust or break. To be honest, it took forever to put a hair shaving edge on it with my APEX Sharpening System, but it's worth it because I have used it for over a couple of years and it still holds an edge that will share the hair off my arm. :D

    The back of the blade is about .25" thick and narrows to a false edge towards the tip. I find the blade design well thought out and very well balanced.

    The sheath has a positive retention for the blade and an additional snap for the handle itself. The drop down leg holster attaches easily to my gun belt and it has MOLLE points on the back to attach to my vest if I want to mix it up.

    All in all I find this knife very versatile, well designed and very durable.

    Interested in what knife you carry to the field and why.

    JD
     
  2. hillbilly68

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    JD,
    That looks sah-weet! I tell you, for the most part knives for me are like holsters. It is so hard to find one (a fixed blade) that works all around that doesn't end up as a "back-up" in a truck emergency box or a ruck that stays stored away "just in case". I really like the Strider manufacturer, have seen and felt a lot of theirs but I can't come off the $400 or so to get a knife that I would use heavily (just shy of "abuse"). I have gone through KaBars and the other old stand-bys. My wife got me a Seal Pup (love the feel and it is the perfect blade length) but I haven't put it through the paces yet. The balance of durability, quality, affordability has yet to be found (for me). Thanks for posting this up, will be interesting to see what the team has to say.
     

  3. h&k bigdaddydieseldan

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    Chris Reeve green beret one bad mf :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
  4. Dillinger

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    ^ That Chris Reeve is a nice knife. I have one of his Sebenza folders that I used to carry for about a year and loved it, but it's a bit more elegant than a daily carry and it has moved to the dresser drawer in place of my Benchmade Presidio 5000 Automatic.

    Definitely a nice choice there bigdaddy! *thumbs up*

    JD
     
  5. G21.45

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    :) I've had the same, 'field knife' for the past 35 years -

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    It's an old Randall Model #1 with a leather washer handle and duraluminum butt cap.
     
  6. matt g

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    SOG Twitch II here. It's little, but it deploys pretty quick and hold an edge really well. I was surprised that a little $60 knife held an edge so well.

    I'd really like to get a Benchmade Infidel, but the price tag is a little out of my price range, so I think my next knife is going to be a Benchmade Nitrous Stryker.

    Here is the Infidel for those unfamiliar with it:

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  7. Dillinger

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    Matt - Can you even HAVE an out the front, double edged blade in Kali? :eek:

    JD
     
  8. spittinfire

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    All the knives you guys carry put mine to shame! I've never been able to spend much on any of my knives but I've been carrying a gerber for years and it does every job i've asked of it. I've always had good luck with them and if anything happen to it I wasn't too upset. I've also got a S&W folding knife I carry daily, it's titanium and like dillinger said, I love long it holds an edge!
     
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  10. Dillinger

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    Is that the SOG edition? I believe they were making a replica of the Vietnam Classic for awhile. Either way, that is a nice field knife.

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  11. G21.45

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    :) Actually, what you're looking at is a classic example of the Wm. Scagel pattern around which Bo Randall designed ALL of his world famous knives. That SOG thing came along decades afterwards, and is generally considered among those who know to be no more than a flattering (and cheap) imitation of the original Scagel-inspired Randall Model #1.

    Over the past year I've been cleaning out my gun safe. The Randall #1, 'Fighter' in those photos went to a collector in California. He paid $600.00 and was very glad to get it. Sometimes I regret letting it go; but, I've promised myself that my wife is never going to be a, 'gunshop widow'. At this time in my life, I'm getting ready to be do a lot more letting go than picking up on anymore nice new toys. :p

    From the reading I've done, there are two knives that - more than any others - were more often carried by elite American combat troops in Vietnam: According to Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Herbert, the Special Forces soldiers generally carried the Randall Model #14. Among the general infantry, Gerber Mark I & II's were more common.

    Toward the end of the conflict several other knife manufacturers began touting their cutlery and claiming their blades to be, 'Vietnam knives'. To a certain extent that might be true; but, only among those who could not: find, obtain, or afford a Randall-Made knife. ;)
     
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    I LOVED my Gerber. It did everything from from cut rope to gut fish to cut my steak at dinner. Some muscle head bouncer relieved me of it when he caught me touching up my shave with it in the bathroom.

    As of right now, I carry a MTech. It cost me $7. Well, $7.49 with tax. I've had it 6 months, use it everyday for something, and it will still shave the hairs off your arm. It's starting to get a little loose, but tighten a few screws and add a little loctite to keep 'em from backin' out, Viola! brand new again.
     
  13. matt g

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    The legalities are a little hazy. There is no law that prohibits them, but there is wording that can be used to make them illegal. It's another word of the law vs. the spirit of the law sort of thing.

    The worst thing that could happen is that they'd confiscate a $400 knife.
     
  14. rickrem700

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    carry knife

    I carry the CRKT M 21 all the knife you need and more!!!
     
  15. c3shooter

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    Assorted very small pocket knives (mainly old timer, schrade, boker) and a Leatherman (steroid version) but for serious blade, have a Gerber Mk I that I have had a VERY long time.
     
  16. G21.45

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    Has anybody (besides me) noticed that this thread has morphed from, 'field knives' to EDC's?

    If you want to talk about EDC's, well then, I regularly carry either one of these -

    CRKT #6783. (It's all the folding knife you will, ever, need!)

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    CRKT, 'Crawford Triumph'. A SOLID VERY FAST OPENING FOLDER!

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    (And, more often than not, it's perfectly legal to carry!) ;)

    Here's another picture of my EDC belt load. That's my #6783 inside one of Matt Del Fatti's beautifully made custom knife sheaths.

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  17. Dillinger

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    ^ +1 Yeah, originally I was curious about what FIELD knives you guys carried - like on your hip or on your tac vest when you were out in the elements. Somewhere it took a left turn and became what knife do you rely on day to day? LOL These things happen.....

    In any event, we are getting some good pictures and reports about some good knives - so it's not all bad.

    JD
     
  18. matt g

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    I was brought up by my dad to believe that anything over a 3 inch blade was overkill and used only by Rambo wannabes. I take advantage of the recent technological advances, but still stick to a 3 inch folder as an everyday carry, or "field" knife.

    As a side bar, the same man that taught me this, still to this day claims that his issued Gerber Mk. II was the best knife ever made.

    I do also have a Navy issue Mk.3 MOD 0 that I carried on my LCE while I was in the army. It carries sentimental value. It's been thrown out of a plane more than most of the people on this forum.
     
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  19. G21.45

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    :) A 3.5 inch blade is actually too short to guarantee serious damage to another human being. You CAN slash effectively with it; but, unless you really understand human anatomy and, also, know what you're supposed to be doing with a short blade, it's unlikely that you'll be able to quickly debilitate an opponent by opening up an artery or collapsing the diaphragm in a single strike.

    After extensive field testing, Captain Wm. E. Fairbairn stated that a 5" blade is the shortest blade, possible, that may be used in order to guarantee penetration to the heart under any and all circumstances, and from any and all angles of attack.

    I'm very familiar with karambit technique. Undoubtedly, in skilled hands, a karambit is an excellent surprise edged weapon; but, if you should try to use something like that against an experienced knifefighter who's coming at you with a 5" (or longer) blade, you'll probably end up getting yourself cut to smithereens. :eek:

    Here's one of the best utility/fighting knives in the world. It comes, standard, with a 7 1/2" blade that includes a sharpened top, 'false edge'. ;)

    Randall-Made Model #14 -

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