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Fallkniven F1


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^^^ Never a bad choice.
 
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I have a bug out bag for each family member. Each on bag has 2 knives.

My bag: Top Knives BOB and Kershaw Knockout

Wife's bag: Gerber LMFII and Kershaw Blackout

Daughters bag: Kabar Marine Knife and Spyderco Native

Out of those 3 fixed blade knives my favorite is the Tops Knives BOB. I beat the hell out of this knife (split wood, etc..) and it's held up great.



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Well, my first choice would be my Chris Reeves Green Beret but for the purposes of the survey it would go to the ESEE then the Kabar.
Fixed blade for sure!
 
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Originally posted by P-220:
This is what is in my bag.

Gerber LMF II Survival Knife.

https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-...r+fixed+blade+knives



With the options given I would go with the KA-BAR, but I agree that the Gerber LMF is a great choice and the price is reasonable.


Ka-bar
http://www.lapolicegear.com/ka...-tactical-tanto.html

Gerber
http://www.lapolicegear.com/gemitalmfiia1.html
 
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ESEE 4. Not too big, not too small. It's a great all around knife.




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I'm curious as to everyone's interpretation of the a SHTF/Bug Out bag. I'm seeing quite a nice list of excellent knives being for what I've always considered as a pre-packed "grab and go" scenario. Are you all leaving these ~$150 knives in a bag and never using them or something different? Simply curious, not questioning the responses.



 
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I run an ESEE 4 but I voted for the 5 because thats what Id get if I didnt have the 4.


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Fallkniven F1


Can't go wrong with that one but I went with the S1 mainly cause it feels more brutal in the hand.

If you want a folder my choice went to the Spyderco Military.

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Originally posted by snipes:
Are you all leaving these ~$150 knives in a bag and never using them or something different? Simply curious, not questioning the responses.


MY Spyderco is my go to for EDC and I admit the S1 gets more letter opening duty than anything but it is not stored away for SHTF only.




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One of mine of course!!! There ain't much it can't do...

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^^^^^ Not sure I'd want to use it for a toothpick Wink , but it looks like it would be good for a lot of other things. Nice looking blade.
 
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For the price I like the Cold Steel SRK with Carbon V steel.
 
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Not just because I make bolos and parangs, but because I use them every week on the ranch here, I'd have one such knife and a Swiss Army knife. There is nothing you can't do with a good parang that can be done with any knife including much fine work. But NONE of the smaller fixed or folder knives can touch a good 12-14" bladed parang for a whole host of jobs and no axe or hatchet is as versatile.

Americans have an aversion to big knives which I think comes from the more-or-less uselessness of big Bowie's and not having anything else to compare/contrast them to.

Also, there is the skill level. A bolo knife demands skill and I don't know too many folks who haven't suffered fairly serious injuries in the learning. But with skill, such knives are utterly light years ahead of any Marine Ka-Bar or custom approximations of same the cost or maker of the latter being immaterial.


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Not just because I make bolos and parangs, but because I use them every week on the ranch here, I'd have one such knife and a Swiss Army knife. There is nothing you can't do with a good parang that can be done with any knife including much fine work. But NONE of the smaller fixed or folder knives can touch a good 12-14" bladed parang for a whole host of jobs and no axe or hatchet is as versatile.

Americans have an aversion to big knives which I think comes from the more-or-less uselessness of big Bowie's and not having anything else to compare/contrast them to.

Also, there is the skill level. A bolo knife demands skill and I don't know too many folks who haven't suffered fairly serious injuries in the learning. But with skill, such knives are utterly light years ahead of any Marine Ka-Bar or custom approximations of same the cost or maker of the latter being immaterial.


What sort of injuries have you seen? Just curious. Ive been using Machetes for ~ 20+ years now around farms, campssites and even actual jungles, Ive seen a few people hit their shins.
 
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Originally posted by 3/4Flap:
Not just because I make bolos and parangs, but because I use them every week on the ranch here, I'd have one such knife and a Swiss Army knife. There is nothing you can't do with a good parang that can be done with any knife including much fine work. But NONE of the smaller fixed or folder knives can touch a good 12-14" bladed parang for a whole host of jobs and no axe or hatchet is as versatile.

Americans have an aversion to big knives which I think comes from the more-or-less uselessness of big Bowie's and not having anything else to compare/contrast them to.

Also, there is the skill level. A bolo knife demands skill and I don't know too many folks who haven't suffered fairly serious injuries in the learning. But with skill, such knives are utterly light years ahead of any Marine Ka-Bar or custom approximations of same the cost or maker of the latter being immaterial.


What sort of injuries have you seen? Just curious. Ive been using Machetes for ~ 20+ years now around farms, campssites and even actual jungles, Ive seen a few people hit their shins.


Cuts to the support hand mostly. Cuts to legs as you say. Typical stamped-steel machetes often glance badly and from the factory many need a totally new edge ground with a new angle. I stuck one into my patella years ago when the blade glanced off a hard dry branch and cut clean off a portion of the top of a finger that had to be sewed back on.

The best/worst are single-bevel AKA chisel-ground edges. They have a number of advantages over a double bevel edge and I make mostly single-bevel parangs, but they do demand more skill in use to make straight cuts.


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My early Christmas gift to myself is an Extrema Ratio Fulcrum S. It is a little pricey for a bugout knife - I got mine for hiking/camping.

The handle grip is superb on this knife.
 
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Out of your choices, the K-Bar.
I prefer just a plain old Buck 110.






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I have an ESEE 5 given to me by my dad, I think its a great BOB knife.

I'd also look at hatchets for SHTF.




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The USMC KaBar is a beast. I have one and it is fundamentally indestructible.

I'd like an ESEE 5, because I'd like an ESEE5, but if I wasn't going to use it much, the KaBar will do the job.



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An 16" Estwing Hatchet and a SS Mora and a good multitool.

I also have carried my Grayman ground pounder.

A hatchet is not as easy....or safe as a good parang or similar chopper.

I wish I still had my old Western bowie....great knife
 
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