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Thoughts on a good Bush Craft/Survival fixed blade knife. Answered

Been looking at many bush craft and survival knives lately and looking to get a couple. I want to have a smaller one that can easily hang from my neck and a larger one for the belt. I know the Mora knives are vary popular but i would like to have both knives full tang. So far i'm kind of stuck on the Gerber Bear Grylls para cord knife for the smaller and the Schrade SCHF9 for the larger.

I like the para cord knife since you'll have a good bit of cord one the knife if needed. It can also be changed out for the color of your choice. Not to mention using a better weave on the par cord i can pack more onto the handle and create a more comfortable handle. Of course the price is pretty good too.

The SCHF9 is great as a large knife. Seams like a great knife that can do some batoning and chopping. Price is good for it's sizes. I love Schrade blades and designs but there handles are always lacking. But it looks like i can easily remove the existing handle and create my own.

Are there any other options i should be looking at here? What knives do you guys use out in the bush? Any major issues with the 2 i've been looking at? I'd like to keep the cost of each under $50 if possible. May be able to stretch to $60 for the larger knife. Trying to get a 72 hour pack together and trying to keep it affordable. I'll be looking into small ax/hatchet next.

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gmoon (author)2014-02-24

Never understood the need for a large, heavy knife. Or a hatchet, for that matter.

I'd rather have a small pocket knife and a Swen saw. A folding bow saw will cut clear through an 8'' log while the dude with the hatchet is just getting started. Forget about the knife.

But I guess it all depends on your needs (and what "survival" means in a particular context).

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mpilchfamily (author)gmoon2014-02-24

Already have a good folding saw. A Large knife may not be needed but i would still like to have a good fixed blade knife. It's good to have a ax or good fixed blade knife you can batton with so you can split smaller logs to get at dry wood on a rainy day.

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caitlinsdad (author)2014-02-22

Why haven't you made your own? Plenty of ibles for it.

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mpilchfamily (author)caitlinsdad2014-02-22

Would love to but apartment living leaves me without the place to do it or available room for the tools. I'm sure i could do it with my dermal but the neighbors get upset when i do a lot of grinding out on he balcony. They don't mind the wood working since it doesn't make as much noise.

When my situation changes i have every intention to design and make my own knife. Either forging it or gridning one out from bar stock.

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caitlinsdad (author)mpilchfamily2014-02-22

Supposedly metalworkers or machinists in Germany apprentice in the trade and start out with a big blank of metal. They are finished when all of the metal has been ground down through hours upon hours of grinding, filing and honing.

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mpilchfamily (author)caitlinsdad2014-02-23

I could use a good set of files and have seen an easy to make jig for filing a knife out of a blank.

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