Post By: CUclimber Posted: 7/23/2012 11:39:40 PM Points: 491
I need a new one and am looking for a reasonably priced one. I had a Bear Grylls Gerber knife that was given to me as a gift, but I lost it recently. I had originally heard bad things about it, but I think mine was the newer, improved edition, because I thought it was pretty decent. My only complaint was that the fire starter was positioned upside down and fell out at one point while hiking.
Reply by: skiman Posted: 7/24/2012 5:28:28 AM Points: 512
CUclimber... My favorite would have to be my Shrade Sitkari. I got it back in the 70's, so it's rpobably not made anymore. The steel is incredible, and I have used it to skin elk, cut meat, shave wood for tinder and it still holds an edge that's sharp enough to slice a tomato! By far the best knife I have ever owned. Good Fishing! Ski
Reply by: BITE ME Posted: 7/24/2012 8:13:44 AM Points: 5393
I have owned pro line bucks,Gerber,sharde and numerous others then I guy turned me on to Cutco and it's the best knife I have ever owned. 2 Elk and a few deer and still as sharp as a razor. My old man used to tell me a good knife takes forever to sharpen and a cheap knife sharpens fast.
Reply by: IceFishingFool Posted: 7/24/2012 10:02:05 AM Points: 4383
I have 2 buck hone guides and Ark stone for finishing, if you put the time in, I have honed mine to the point you can shave hair off of hair, now that is sharp. Itchy if you catch up with me I can show you what it takes.
Reply by: FishSeal Posted: 7/24/2012 10:20:34 AM Points: 4436
It depends on my activity, I have 3 that I mainly use. Hunting - I have my small hunting/skinning knife, but won't go into detail as I don't think that's the info you are looking for. On the river or lake - I have a CRKT climbing/diving knife. Survival/Field knife - I use a Glock Survival knife. I like how it clips into the sheath so there is no chance of it coming out. Can be a pill to take out, but if you're feeling threatened, just unclip it and have it ready.
I like the look of the SOG Seal Pup. I like the sheath availability for it also. Definitely go for the higher grade steel. As BITE ME put it... if it takes a while to sharpen... it'll take a while for it to dull.
Thanks for the suggestions! I've been looking at SOGs, Bucks, and Ka Bars. I'll have to check out some of the others as well. For those that didn't know what I was looking for, it was a larger 4.5-6" knife with a sheath I could put on a belt or backpack. I already have a nice smaller hunting knife. This one was for all around use, camping, and protection.
Also, if anyone has a link to a decent, cheap sharpening kit that they feel like posting, it would be appreciated. If not, I'll just do some googlin.
I have a Havalon knife I use for filleting, great knife, removable surgically sharpened blades. When the blade gets bad you can pop it off and put a new one on. Sportsman Warehouse here in Colorado Springs carries them now.
Here is video that shows blade changing [log in for link]
spider co out of golden makes good knifes and they have an outlet store up there. very sharp. I perfer a couple knifes i have had for a couple years that i got while salt water fishing. they are just resharpen filet knifes but they work for alot of things and are very strong and don't rust.
I prefer fixed blades.
Have used many knifes and you cant got wrong with one that feels right in your hand. Hold them just because they are more expensive does not mean it will perform or feel right in you hand. like a fishing rod.
Reply by: moosegoose Posted: 7/27/2012 12:43:56 AM Points: 1848
CU.. email me.. I have a SOG seal pup for you. I'm not going to use it anymore, no more deployments for me. I was given a sweet flyrod someone was not using and figured I would get some good use out of. Figure you will use it more than it's current state sitting in a drawer.
Reply by: hookncook Posted: 7/27/2012 5:49:40 AM Points: 182
Cutco's are GREAT knives. I also have a family member that makes custom knives from scratch that are beyond anything I have bought. Would be happy to share their info with anyone who is interested. I have cleaned multiple deer, no elk because I'm a crappy hunter, with his knife and it holds an edge like you wouldn't believe.
Reply by: CUclimber Posted: 8/5/2012 12:26:54 AM Points: 491
Well, I decided on the Cutco KA-BAR. It wasn't terribly expensive. Just under $60. It just arrived today and looks pretty solid. I opted for the rubber handle and leather sheath, which helped with the price, but that was what I wanted anyway. Made in Olean, NY. Definitely better than my Chinese Gerber and not too much more expensive. It didn't come as sharp as I expected, but its not a big deal. Time to put it to work. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
There are certain things in life that every man needs. For me, some of those things are classics that never go out of style. My single-shot shotgun, my Ugly Stik, and my Buck 119 Special. So to answer your question: get a Buck 119 and you will still love it 30 years from now.