Hunting Knife?

Discussion in 'Hunting Discussion' started by BadKarma, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. BadKarma

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    So i have a gerber lmf ii and so far im pretty satisfied with it. my question is would the new ontario blackbird sk5 or the koa extreme defense be better choices for a medium hunting knife? If the esee rat 5 was available in stainless i would not be asking this question.
     
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  2. el Toro

    el Toro I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I think a lot of people make an improper selection when it comes to a hunting knife. Big, thick blades that have no "feel" and a big handle like a club. Have you ever watched someone dress game with the hands of a surgeon? I'm talking every stroke with the knife is effortless and precice, with a purpose. There is no chopping and hacking away. It's impressive.

    The first time I ever went on a guided hog hunt, I watched Frank Morasci and Kek Flores dress out a truckload of hogs in the time it took me to finish my own one. I had a big old Buck knife. They had little Case pocket knifes. At first I laughed when they pulled those out. Then I saw them go to work and was blown away. They could feel what they were doing through the blade. I just hacked away. Their carcasses looked respectable, mine looked like I skinned with with a cheese grater. I was embarassed. I wanted to learn to do it like them.

    The first thing I did when I got home was buy me a Case pocket knife. That was a long time ago and still every once in a while I'll try another knife to see how it feels. I put it right down and go back to my Case. With their Tru-sharp blades, I'm convinced nothing is better, especially when you factor in the relatively low cost.

    I have a Case Copperlock (you don't want the mini version) and a Trapperlock. I like them both, but the Copperlock is my favorite. I know nothing about the knives you mentioned, but any time someone asks me for a knife recommendation, I tell them the above.
     
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  3. BadKarma

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    i prefer fixed blades over folders, but i do know what you mean. ive butchered a guinea fowl with a tiny s&w and it made quick work of anything and everything. i just want a 4-5", just to get a little more versatility out of it, say for camping.
     
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    the esee rat 4 and 3 are nice choices i think, but i prefer a satin finished stainless, hence the question
     
  5. Skip Jackson

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    I like the Puma 970. It's gone under the name of Plainsman and Game Warden. It's similar in size to a Buck 110 (I have two 110s, they stay at home), but much slimmer in the handle which makes it lighter to carry and easier to handle. It also told me that if it doesn't get to carve up a deer this year -- it's leaving me.

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    For a fixed blade I have Schrade 498. They're nice knives too. I carry this and the Puma.
     

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    Cold Steel Master Hunter with the San Mai III® blade...nothing finer!
     
  8. 86 Winchester

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    EL TORO,

    I agree with you 100%. I have used and worn out many Case folding (trapper Style) knives.

    I like the Case XX model 3254 with the yellow handle. I have used this knife in over 200 livestock wolf depredation investigations. You don't need a machete, you need a knife in size you can control with good steel that holds it's edge, easy to re-sharpen, and produces a quality job......
     
  9. marlyn

    marlyn I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have used this knife suucessfully for years,COLD STEEL!
     
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    For the knife that you are describing, this is my favorite:

    http://sogknives.com/store/FP3.html

    The knife is very steady in the hand and the blade holds an edge better than any knife that I've found in this class.
     
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    I built this one this weekend, you don't need to have a big knife to get the job done.

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    SOG...Made in china.Best we start buying "stuff" at home guys.
     
  13. BadKarma

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    Only the fusion series is made in china, the regualr line up is made in taiwan. ESEE and gerbers are steel us made, i may get a strider, theres a small fixed blade i like. Again, if only the ESEEs were stainless....
     
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    ive made knives before.... i like that its my design but i really dont have the tools or resources needed to make them the way i want
     
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    My daily carry is a coke bottle case XX - Hunting Case trapper -

    My favorite is an old Barry Wood MK4 folder, I've cleaned swordfish with it -

    For a fixed blade have an old Randall
     
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    I love the steel in Case knives but prior to the internet, finding the one you wanted in the catalog could be tough. I've heard a nasty rumor that they are now made in China. Don't bust my balls if this isn't true, just educate me. The last several animals I've shot have been field dressed and skinned with a 4" Gerber folding knife. Pretty good at holding an edge and made in Oregon.
     
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    the cold steel i have was made in ventura but its been around awhile now
    x2 on the buy american,especially right now.
     
  18. BadKarma

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    how bout bark river or blind horse knives. i started looking into those just because i heard word of mouth that they're decent. both are kinda pricey...
     
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    MJB I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I like the replaceable blade knifes by Havalon no need to sharpen and it makes you cut, not hack. I use this one plus they have about 20 different blade styles so one knife can do it all. The blades cost between .35-.15 per blade and it saves me time in the field and at home in my book:hali_olutta: but.......I did carry for over 30 years a Case Twin Fin SS good knife and still carry it if Elk hunting or if I"m in bear country.
     
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    I love my fixed blade case
     

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