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I go camping/hiking with the family a couple times a year. Later this summer we're headed to the northeast for 10 days. I've never taken the time to buy a decent knife to take on our treks, so this year I thought I'd buy one. I'd like to have a decent fixed blade knife that is of decent quality and won't break the bank (since I really don't get 'off grid' as often as I'd like). Let's say the budget is =<$100. Please, no $200 knives given that's just not going to work.

Here's something I found after a quick review of Knifecenter.com which seems to fit my basic requirements. Thoughts? Schrade SCHF37 Frontier

So what would you suggest?


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Take a look at the ESEE line of knives. They have several that are right around $100.00. I gave one as a gift to a fellow that camps and he's very happy with it.

https://www.amazon.com/ESEE-Co...keywords=esee+knives


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Take a look at the BuckLite Max:

https://www.buckknives.com/pro...rge-knife/0679FAM01/

Only $19 for the orange one so it definitely won't break the bank. The sheath leaves something to be desired though.
 
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a good, old fashioned Buck 119 is also a good knife right around $60.



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ESEE 3 or Laser Strike are within your budget and will not disappoint.
 
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If I could only have one knife, and had $100 to spend, I'd buy a ESEE 4 and not think twice about it. Then -3 is almost as good, just a little shorter and thinner, but the -4 is as good of an all around knife as I own.




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I use an ESEE 4 for just this.


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I've owned a bunch of knives and I'd suggest the esee 3 or the Becker be 15.


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I have many many camping/bushcraft knives. i recently got two of the Schrade Frontier ScHF56 knives for less than 25bucks a piece. So far with light work around the yard and some batoning/light firewood prep, it has held up. I did have to put a new edge on it as it came a little dull for my liking.
The new Schrade Frontier line with the Micarta scales seem to be the best bang-for-the-buck knives....one caveat though.
These are Chinese made knives. I don't trust chinese steel enough to believe that they are heat-treated properly. There are reports of blade failure with the schrades.

For something that's going to last a lifetime and serve me well, I'll pony up a little more money and get an ESEE or Becker for a great tool that will be dependable and within your budget. If you're really on a budget I suggest looking at the Condor line of knives...not the most polished looking, but they have proven to be dependable.




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You might take a look at this thread.

http://sigforum.com/eve/forums...0601935/m/6860099614


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I have to agree here. If you are looking at that price point, I really like the Esee knives. They are a good buy for the money. The knife I carry and use is one I made myself, but I have a few Esee in my collection. You really can't go wrong. I will say the one that has the most use is the one with the Blaze Orange scales. I don't have a tendency to lay it down and leave it, which I have done. That'll bum ya out on a camping trip!
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As others have stated, cant go wrong with the ESEE4, or a Falkniven F1. these are my two favorites
 
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I'd probably buy a $15 Mora stainless knife to use around camp and carry hiking and a $35 Estwing 14" Sportsman's Axe for camp hatchet-type tasks.




 
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I'd probably buy a $15 Mora stainless knife to use around camp and carry hiking and a $35 Estwing 14" Sportsman's Axe for camp hatchet-type tasks.
That's the route I went. Mora's are great knives that don't hurt to lose and abuse, and I've never found large knives to be as satisfactory at chopping as a good hatchet or axe.


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I'd probably buy a $15 Mora stainless knife to use around camp and carry hiking and a $35 Estwing 14" Sportsman's Axe for camp hatchet-type tasks.
Knife wise, is this what you were suggesting? https://www.amazon.com/Morakni...C6D9THAV9G0104RW5K3T


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Yes. Not heavy-duty enough to do the kind of chores a hatchet would be good for, but very sharp and lightweight. Some of the reviews on amazon are pretty informative.

If you get an orange handled one you probably won't mislay it. Wink

ETA:
There are numerous makers of leather sheaths to fit that knife on Etsy , if you aren't digging the supplied plastic scabbard.

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It's been seconded, so I'll "third" it: get a Mora knife and a hatchet (or, better yet, small camp axe). I have a lot of good knives including ESEE's, and I love them, but I always try to avoid multi-purpose tools when I can have the individual tools themselves. That means (unless you're backpacking and weight is a strong consideration), I'd rather have a knife for "knife" chores--cutting, slicing, etc.--and a hatchet/axe for chopping, driving tent stakes, and so forth, rather than just a good, sturdy knife for everything.

There's a thread here about Mora knife (on sale at Amazon) with thoughts on them.
 
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Anybody want to weight in on the Ontario RAT 5? Seems to get good reviews and I have a local contact through which I can get one for a very good price.

I carry a RAT2 folder daily and love it for EDC, especially considering its price point, so I'm curious what the hive thinks of its big brother.


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Of all the knives I own the BK16 has become my favorite. There is nothing wrong with an ESEE6, but I'm not a fan of a choil.
Large knives are fantastic on Youtube, but overkill for most tasks. You don't even need a giant knife to baton if you build a wedge.

If you want a cross between a Mora Companion and some of the heavier duty knives, try the Mora Bushcraft Black. It also comes in an orange stainless version.

Buy a small Silky saw, SAK Fieldmaster/Trekker, and a Mora or BK16. Those three things should give you all you need.
 
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I use an ESEE 4. Large enough for tough tasks, still small enough to carry easily. Costs <$100 and if you break it, they replace it for free. Can't really beat that for a good hard use camp knife.

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