-   Survival and Preparations (
-   -   Knife Suggestions (

gunace89 01-06-2013 3:26 PM

Knife Suggestions
So im thinking about pickin up a new knife, and im having problems narrowing down exactly what would be a good buy. Unfortunately, im not real knowledgeable about knives. So im hoping the CG Preppers can help me out. These are my specifications, either:

Price: Under 100$
Brands:Gerber/Kershaw/Spyderco/......any other suggestions?


Price: Under 100$
Type:Fixed (bowie style?)
Brands:Gerber/Kerkshaw/K-Bar......any other good ones?

Anyone have positive or negative about any othese brands? Recommendations?

ElvenSoul 01-06-2013 3:51 PM

Opinel Garden Knife #7 or #8 sworn by hordes of bushcrafters.
Pirce if you look around should be under $15.00

Back it up with a Opinel #12 or #18 Saw
Shoul be under $20

For a little more R. Murphy Skinner based on the famous Canadian Belt Knife. A serious work knife.

Search Ebay for Jeff White...American Hand Forged for under $60...earning a very good rep in the knife world.

gunace89 01-06-2013 3:56 PM

^^ Awesome thanks, ill take a look at those. I guess I shouldve said I got a gift card to Cabelas, so im looking more towards what they have available. But with that being said, im looking at anything affordable really.

ireload 01-06-2013 3:57 PM

I've been happy with my Cold Steel SRK. I've chopped and sliced with that knife. Bought it back in 94' and still going strong.

BLC 01-06-2013 6:18 PM

I have a Ka-Bar and a fixed blade Griptilian, love them both!

FMJBT 01-06-2013 9:42 PM

For folding knives, I have yet to find anything better than the Boker Plus Kalashnikov 101. Excellent blade geometry on these. The flat ground blade works really well for slicing through heavy material without getting stuck like hollowground blades tend to do. It also carries quite well despite it's size. It's slim profile and deep set pocket clip allow it to ride in the pocket very unobtrusively.

For fixed blade knives, I like the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival a lot. Really good ergonomics for a field knife. You can hold it near the back of the handle for chopping, or choke up on it for more detailed work. The 1095 carbon steel blade takes and holds an edge extremely well. This thing just never seems to get dull. At the price these normally go for, you also don't feel bad putting it through some abuse. My only grip with this knife was that one of the handle screws got loose while chopping with it and fell out, lost forever I guess. I had to find a similar metric thread screw to replace it. While I was at it, I lock tited the rest of the handle screws, which I think is a good preventative measure for knives that might see some heavy use.

NYT 01-06-2013 9:44 PM

buy a used benchmade on ebay.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2

cal3gunner 01-07-2013 8:18 PM

I've had a Benchmade in my pocket for the last ten years.
I have lots of Buck, Kershaw, Gerber, and other knives, but all I carry and use is Benchmade.
Benchmade has great customer service and their products are great.
I like to shop for knives and always like getting new ones, but I havn't found a better lock system the Axis.

64physhy 01-07-2013 8:25 PM

I like Benchmade. I have several Gerbers, but I rarely carry them because they are so bulky compared to my BM. My folding BM is a Mel Pardue 154CM (older style, not the current one) and it's literally been around the world with me. I also have the non-folding version of the same knife. They hold an edge forever. They were permanently issued to my team when we went to Iraq.

Stan08 01-07-2013 8:39 PM

Strider or Mad Dog

Stan08 01-07-2013 8:40 PM


Stan08 01-07-2013 8:40 PM


Ocbc 01-07-2013 9:08 PM

My next knife purchase will be the SOG Pup Seal Elite. With the partial serrated blade. Nice and light, well balanced. Perfect size, IMO.

jyo 01-07-2013 10:30 PM

In the price range you mentioned, the Cold Steel SRK is about the best fixed blade out there---for just a few bucks over that, an SRK San Mi blade is available.
I also carry a Spyderco Delica folding knife for the small stuff.

5968 01-08-2013 4:13 AM

Check out ESEE knives. You can find them Amazon under $100. I have a couple and love them.

NYT 01-08-2013 10:45 AM

anyone actually read his post? specs requested that it be a folding knife lol.

esee is very nice for a fixed but you'll have trouble finding one for under 100 with a sheath.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2

Spawn 01-08-2013 11:11 AM

I would recommend the new Cold Steel micro versions of the Recon 1

Paltik 01-08-2013 3:43 PM

I carry a Leatherman multitool every day and find that most practical for little situations I encounter; for me, the less-capable blades combined with various other tools are more useful than a simple folding knife would be. I own several folding knives and fixed-blade knives, but the only knives I really find myself using are kitchen knives. My folding knives, machete, and "tactical" knives spend their lives in my BOB.

Summers 01-08-2013 4:37 PM

For almost the last year or so my EDC was been a CRKT M16-12ZE E.R. I love this knife i have used the belt cutter to cut open pants and shirts for quick view. I did make a trip to a junk yard and have cut a few seat belts just to kown if I need to I can if the act was needed. The glass breaker on the butt works just great. I myslef love the blaze orange handle that way if i set down i can see it.

GrumpyTom 01-08-2013 4:50 PM

I'll second the post on Cold Steel Micro Recon 1, great blade, but really small.

People seem to love the Kershaw skyline (?) as a cheaper EDC

GrumpyTom 01-08-2013 4:53 PM

I'll second the post on Cold Steel Micro Recon 1, great blade, but really small.

People seem to love the Kershaw skyline (?) as a cheaper EDC

[Variable] 01-08-2013 5:18 PM

Drop the extra cheddar for the Doug Ritter RSK MK1. It's a Benchmade Griptillian with a thicker, flat ground blade. The back of the blade is flat. It's length and width are right for smacking on to split wood. The grip fits my big hands perfectly with finger and thumb ridges to keep it locked. Compare this to Spyderco's Endura line with flat grips, and smooth finger and thumb curves. My Endura also slipped out of my pocket a few times because of it's flat grips. My loyalty for Spyderco dropped after these factors.

If i were you, I'd read the carry laws here on CG. The MK1 is a folder and from what i read, the length isn't going to get you thrown in the clink. Another good thing is the blade's visibility. Forget about any type of coated blade. Black blades are only cool to you and looks suspicious to cops. I'd also suggest the orange handles cuz they don't seem to spook civilians. Anyway, the blade has a large side profile and is thoroughly intimidating. It says "No, you may not borrow my iphone real quick, holmes."

Sorry for the yappin' but it really it's probably the only folder I'd recommend.

As for fixed blades, I've packed an Ontario M9 but it seems like overkill in my hood. The Gerber LMF has good reviews and is easy to tie to a broom handle or stick for spearing.

RuggedJay 01-08-2013 5:36 PM

Look at the Becker fixed blade. About $60 and good quality steel for the money.

xxINKxx 01-08-2013 5:58 PM


Originally Posted by ireload (Post 10129642)
I've been happy with my Cold Steel SRK. I've chopped and sliced with that knife. Bought it back in 94' and still going strong.


I just got my SRK in the mail yesterday. Around 70$ from LApolicegear (coulda got it cheaper but forgot to put the 15% code at checkout) All the vids on this thing are impressive. I was using it a lil today and geez, it's amazing for the price. Cuts open truck tires literally like a hot knife through butter.

Ide take a fixed blade over folding in a shtf scenario, unless the fixed is super high quality (gunna be pricey if you really want it to last in a real shtf scenario and take abuse)

JayDeeSacramento 01-08-2013 6:17 PM

Kershaw Outcast amazing knife and sheath

jbohon 01-08-2013 6:46 PM

Benchmade Griptillian or the Kershaw Blurr. Best 2 folding knives I've found yet for under $100

jonnyt16 01-08-2013 7:34 PM


Originally Posted by Stan08 (Post 10142765)
Strider or Mad Dog

Please let me know where you get Strider knives for under $100!!!

emtmark 01-08-2013 8:24 PM


Originally Posted by jonnyt16 (Post 10152322)
Please let me know where you get Strider knives for under $100!!!

My ears perked up!

I've had striders, Emerson's, Benchmades, spydercos, Ikoma's, list goes on n on. I carry now every day for at least the last six months a HEST, made by lion steel. It's surrounded by a fair bit of hype but I didn't know that when I got it as a gift. It's a great knife and I like it, sold my RCC and a few others got given away cause I didn't need them anymore.

Oliver_Charles 01-25-2013 11:29 AM


Squidward 01-25-2013 8:34 PM

+1 on the Opinel knives. And, for the money the Mora knives are also very nice.

M1A Rifleman 01-26-2013 8:51 PM

Gerber manual 06 folder. It's ultra sharp, has a heavy sv30 steel blade, and aluminum handles. Gerber also makes an auto version-the 06 folder.

jeffrice6 01-27-2013 4:25 AM

Folder: Spyderco Manix xl

Fixed: Swamp Rat RMD

A buck or two over your price range but well worth it! Own & love both... EDC the Manix, & the RMD has replaced mt Esee 6 as my go to camping blade.

kaligaran 01-27-2013 1:52 PM

I'm a HUGE fan of ESEE knives.
Plus grab a few Moras for around $10-$15 each. At that price I had serious doubts. They are solid though. I actually want to get more of them just to put in every bag I have.

The sarge 01-28-2013 9:18 PM

I've owned many different brands over the years and most have seen very hard use. I can tell you that right now in my eyes benchmade is second to none but also outside your price range. I have a presidio auto folder that is in my bug out/ field kit. I have a new gerber rescue knife that is my daily carry right now, it was free so we'll see how it holds up. I have a CRKT M-16 that has been around for awhile and has seen some real hard use on several deployments( the edge is a little rough now but tip is still good and the parts are not loose. To give you an idea of how much use its had the bluing on the blade is almost gone. I also have a SOG trident that was given to me. I haven't beat on it to much yet but doesn't seem real well built. Glad I didn't pay for it.

As far as fixed blade goes I'm a K-Bar guy I have a tanto that has been to hell and back(Fallujah is close enough right?) and has been beat badly. It has been used as a hammer, pry bar, can opener, shovel, and anything else you can think of. 20 min on a stone the edge is good as new even though the knife looks like a war relic. This is in my field bag as well and goes with me every time I deploy and every time I'm camping. I love this knife and if I had to pick one to be by my side this is it. No folder can ever compare to a 8 inch fixed blade.

I also always have a multi tool in my kit. I prefer leatherman for this over gerber by a long shot. Out of the past 4 I have had I've broken 3 beyond repair and the last one is in my tool box for odd stuff, however there are 4 leatherman's in my gear now. 1in the shooting bag 1 in each car and 1 in my field bag.

As you can see I like knifes abit and have put some hard use on them. Hope it helps.

Chokoloso 01-28-2013 11:31 PM


and for cool sheaths:

My everyday carry is a kershaw burr (folding) and I love it. But the ESEE 4 is my survival/SHTF knife

candrews0480 02-01-2013 8:02 AM

I'm a big fan of the cold steal GI Tanto. Can be had for under $30. For that price you can buy a couple of them and not worry if you break it. Quality is great for the price.

ArmyofMike 02-01-2013 2:57 PM

You said under $100? I just picked up...OK, it was in my Christmas stocking, a Gerber F.A.S.T. 06 off Ebay brand new for $50 ($60 with shipping) and really like this knife. The G10 grip and finger choles are very comfortable. The knife feels very sturdy and heavy without being cumbersome. The best part of the knife is the Finger Assisted Open. The knife "snaps" out at about 10 degrees into open position, but also has a safety lock in open/closed position. It is 440 steel if I read correctly, but has a VERY sharp edge and the blade size is good for multiple uses. I would highly recommend one.

I call mine my "week-ender" because I don't carry it in my work clothes, but really like it for evenings/weekend use.

mmmmmmm Tanto Blade.

sn8kedoc 02-01-2013 3:01 PM

under 100$ becker bk2 should solve are your fixed blade needs.
under 100$ folder, spyderco paramilitary or cold steel recon 1 in spear or cliff point.

You wanna get pricey look at the Winkler II series of knives they are top notch and used and made specifically for our special forces to boot.

Eldraque 02-01-2013 3:08 PM

Save yourself time and money. Just buy a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 and never look back.

ENTHUSIAST 02-04-2013 11:47 PM

+1 for a Benchmade Doug Ritter RSK MK1 or Spyderco Paramilitary 2

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 6:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.