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i need to get me a good SURVIVAL KNIFE,any recommendations would be help full

 
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KABAR Becker BK7 - excellent reviews! Got one on the way/
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Those scales are a bit slippery and I found the 3 holes where it is held together to be just awful in generating hot spots that quickly make the knife uncomfortable to use if you aren't wearing gloves.

The G10 scales available at TheKnifeConnection eliminate the hotspots, provide great grip and won't become bacteria sponges like micarta scales.

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Go to a few RESALE SHOPS....

Buy several Good Kitchen Knives. Your looking for Full-Tang blades. Chicago Cutlery makes great products. You want paring knives, Chef's Knives and carver knives. Pay about $2ea.

Leave you enough money for a good sharpener set, like a diamond hone and a ceramic stick set. A nice Arkansa stone is also good.

Keep your eye open for a decent hatchet and single bladed axe. Pawnshops are also a source for good deals.

Restaurant Supply houses sell great quality knives too; just not as cheap. A hD meat cleaver is a great tool for chopping.

Cold Steel makes a great utility knife called The Bushman which is all steel with a hollow handle that can adapt for use as a spear. They are cheap; probably still under $20. I paid $12 for mine.

If you want to learn about bush use of the knife; look for Ron Hood's The Hoodlums forum and maybe some of his videos.


Don't forget when pawnshopping, always take cash and offer at least half of the asking price. Make sure they know you're paying with cash for the best deal.


$100 can get you a great edged setup if you use it wisely and don't mind buying used. Just don't forget to get a decent sharpening system. Cheap kitchen knives like Old Hickory are carbon steel and they are ewasiest to sharpen and maintain. Stick to USA, Euro, or Japanese made stuff and you will be fine.

Have FUN Knife-Hunting!
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some good points, I haven't explored this area much myself yet, although I have a good number of knives and including hand made Japanese.

one thing about the above route is that you can rebuild the knives eg. handles, grind off sharp points and even reshape the blades.
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Cold steel SRK. Preferably an older one in the Carbon V steel if you can find it.
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bought mine a couple of years back

still there, hanging in the cupboard, waiting, patiently waiting....
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I found a surplus knife that was originally made for Polish commandos.
Kinda like a smaller Kabar with a tanto like tip. Very very practical and was like $17 about 5 years ago. I bought a pile.
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Tanto blades are for swords, not knives.
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would also like to keep it under a hundred bucks.
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It's going a little over your budget, but the Esse 6 series is among the most popular and well regarded all-around survival knives available.

You can buy just the blade and then some G10 scales (nice variety of colors available) at TheKnifeConnection to have a custom, upgraded Esse that is well worth going a tad over $100 for.

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You need to get one with a serration on it, just straight blades are not at all fit for survival.
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[link to www.ecrater.com]

and done.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71066225


Cut a tree, start a fire, filet a fish... one knife.
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Fixed or folder?

For folders: Emerson makes a wide selection of great knives.

For fixed: SoG and ColdSteel

The thing is for a survival knife you need what's considered a hard use knife and most of those aren't cheap. SoG has them around your range but Emerson and ColdSteel are mostly higher but we are talking about lifetime warranty knives that will take extreme abuse without failure, and for a survival you want that so spending more money on something that you can know won't fail is a better by than one you cant trust.

Case in point: I have 2 of these and I can testify that these knives are so tough that you can go through a car door or roof and not hurt the edge, hell if you're strong enough you could use them as climbing spikes. I've even driven one in a tree and used it as a step to get to higher branches. It's better to buy quality from the beginning, being cheap will get you hurt or killed.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71066225


Cut a tree, start a fire, filet a fish... one knife.
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laugh
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Buy a pack of sawsall blades....file the non serrated side to a knifes edge...put a handle with brands on it...now you have an excellent survival blade...
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It's not THE best knife but its very good and at a great price ( you can find them for 25-30) get 3, comes with fire starter /sharpener and a good sheath.

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Or "Best Survival Knife Under $100: Ka-Bar Turok"

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Id buy this if I had spare money because it would mainly be an ornament until tshtf.

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This one:

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Id have to research more. It might be too big. Could carry a saw and a more finese knife maybe.
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Don't get a knife that is too large to be useful in making other small tools or skinning small game.

You won't be stabbing grizzly bears, but you might be skinning a squirrel. A full tang knife with a 4-5 inch blade is about as large as one needs--it will handle the squirrel, the deer, elk and caribou. It should be small enough to help fashion fish-hooks or scale a panfish.
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I found a surplus knife that was originally made for Polish commandos.
Kinda like a smaller Kabar with a tanto like tip. Very very practical and was like $17 about 5 years ago. I bought a pile.
 Quoting: Steamer


Tanto blades are for swords, not knives.
 Quoting: BrokenTech


Tanto on a knife is good for cutting meat off an animal in some spots where you can press straight in to cut easier than trying to angle the blade lengthwise- I dont know if that makes sense the way I describe it.
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I have a husqvarna hatchet for now. Weighs over 1kg but it would probably be reliable. I nearly chopped my thumb of first using it for gardening stuff. Holding a root with one hand then swung hatchet. Instantly adapted my technique.
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would also like to keep it under a hundred bucks.
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Gerber ASEK LMF II
It is more than just a knife. It's a complete survival system that includes dual strap sheath with kydex holder and built in sharpener. It does what it was designed to do.
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Don't get a knife that is too large to be useful in making other small tools or skinning small game.

You won't be stabbing grizzly bears, but you might be skinning a squirrel. A full tang knife with a 4-5 inch blade is about as large as one needs--it will handle the squirrel, the deer, elk and caribou. It should be small enough to help fashion fish-hooks or scale a panfish.
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I have this combo in the santoprene scales. The small cub bear caping knife is pretty much the best knife I've ever used for skinning and deboning meat, does a great job on fish too. [link to ibb.co (secure)]

If you don't want to carry an axe you could get away with using the cleaver as a hatchet, I do, and the length of the spine and thickness allows it to be batonned if needed to split kindling. You aren't gonna hurt it. I routinely split mesquite to make chips for the smoker grill, it does the job.

With these two knives and my laplander saw, I can take apart and process anything I come across. Of course the downside is they're a bit over OP's $100 limit.

Smith & Wesson sells a cheap knock off they call the Bullseye camp set for $ 35 bucks giving you the cleaver, caping knife and skinner/gut hook knife. It's 440c so it's not horrible steel, the weakness is the handle, the allen screws that hold the scales aren't allen screws they're rivets and will break if you try to tighten them.

I know because my buddy got that set after he saw my KoA set and wanted it but didn't want to pay for the D2 steel. Let's just say I can skin 8 deer to his 2 before I need to touch up the knives, a quick strop gets them razor sharp again and they stay sharp longer.

Like Mike said, it's totally worth it to get a quality product.
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Glock Fieldknive is great and it costs only $30.
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Buy a pack of sawsall blades....file the non serrated side to a knifes edge...put a handle with brands on it...now you have an excellent survival blade...
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That's a pretty wicked smart idea, a wood saw and a hacksaw blade and you'd be covered for pretty much any situation and they'd be great filet/boning knives with their flexibility.
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You should have one knife for utility use and one sharp for when you really need it (wink). For starters, in most places you can carry a decent size folder anywhere.

MY FOLDERS
-I've had a Spyderco Endura for 20 years and it's still very sharp (serrated). -I have an assist open Kershaw Ken Onion folder that is indestructible.
-When I was LE I bought a big Gerber Tanto automatic folder I recommend any of the bigger assist open Gerbers, which have grips that assist in using them as a closed hand impact weapon.

For fixed blade I have a Gerber LMF II combo blade which is a nice size, very solid with a pointed pommel. Lots of nice Gerber, Cold Steel, and other name brand fixed blade knives that are affordable. I think this is very handle for SHTF type use. Mine has a wire cutter built into the scabbard.

Check eBay for a basic price range.
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Glock GM 81
Kabar Fighting Knife
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For shits and giggles. Yeah these guys are super dorks but they have a shitpile of knives.



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When you get used to a razor sharp BK9, you'll never go back. Under $100 too!

I'm better at using the BK9 than a small axe.