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Old 02-10-2020, 4:04 PM
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Default Nice but not too nice fixed blade knife?

I bought a Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 a few years ago with my REI dividend. It seems too nice to use so I've been reluctant to take camping and just use my leatherman or a pocket knife.

Can you recommend a knife that would work for tooling around camp and playing at survival while making a fire or whittling around the campfire? I like the Benchmade Puuko knife because a character in a book I read had one, but I'm open to ideas.
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Old 02-10-2020, 4:28 PM
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Use the 162.... your not keeping it for resale.... its not a collector item.....use it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 5:22 PM
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Old 02-10-2020, 6:22 PM
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You guys are saving me money... Thank you and I will use it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 6:47 PM
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Use it or sell it and buy something you will use
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Old 02-10-2020, 9:24 PM
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I’d just use the Bush Crafter. They are decent blades but nothing to write home about. Besides, knives are tools are are meant to be used. If you are considering buying a different “cheaper” knife, look at the Mora. For the price, you can’t beat them, also give Work Tuff gear a look on Amazon.
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Spyderco hold up to a lot of abuse and don't rust easily


Cold Steel are a good value


A knife that you wont use should be sold
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The Buck Compadre is a great camp knife, and just looks better with use. Not for fine whittling, but its great for about every other camp chore.
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Pick up a (few) mora companion. $15, razor sharp & takes a beating. I haven’t been able to justify buying any new $$$ fixed blades after experiencing what the mora is capable of.
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Esee 4, 5, or 6. about $100-125
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After reading this thread I checked out the Mora knives and now I want one of those Companion Sparks.
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The Mora Bushcraft is really good for $30-$40.

Like other said, use the BM. A BM fixed blade is not too nice to use. Test their design.
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Mora Allround 5.8" is a nice larger MORA. I prefer the stainless... they even make a 8" blade verizon that only sets you back about $21... great kitchen knife or camp knife or rigid fillet knife.
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MORA hands down
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Hah. So funny. I started reading this thread and thought, "Just get a Mora and not worry about anything. Cheap and will do the job for sure." Then I started seeing all the Mora plugs.
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To add, we have two Moras that we keep in a kitchen drawer---repurposed from our camping and hiking gear. Use them every day.
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To add, we have two Moras that we keep in a kitchen drawer---repurposed from our camping and hiking gear. Use them every day.
I have a rusty Companion in the garage that I cut cardboard or whatever with and it gets sharpened on a Worksharp once in a while, a basic green Bushcraft, a carbon Allround 5.8, and stainless 8" Allround... the Allrounds are in the kitchen drawer. The carbon one is pretty ugly from patina... I like patina but the MORA carbon seems to rust really fast, not just turn black. There are no cons to the MORA stainless IMHO.

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I have a rusty Companion in the garage that I but cardboard or whatever with and it gets sharpened on a Worksharp once in a while, a basic green Bushcraft, a carbon Allround 5.8, and stainless 8" Allround... the Allrounds are in the kitchen drawer. The carbon one is pretty ugly from patina... I like patina but the MORA carbon seems to rust really fast, not just turn black. There are no cons to the MORA stainless IMHO.
While I dig both, I like the carbon better. Itís thinner, and probably why I feel itís sharper & takes a better edge. Iíve never experienced rust, but I havenít abused my carbon like I have the stainless.

For the last three winters my stainless companion has split all my kindling, just dimensional lumber scraps, but semi-nightly batoning has sold me on their rat-tail design! Still solid as the day I bought it, never sharpened, but now just starting to dull. Still sharp enough for any chore, just not razor sharp as new. And if you suck at freehand knife sharpening like I do, the scandi grind takes all the guesswork outta the equation.
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Go get a MORA and be done with it.
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Thanks for that - got the last one MidwayUSA had in stock on sale for $59.99!
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That CS is a great knife and great steel (52100)... 8" blade is quite a bit more than a 4.4" Benchmade OP has, but awesome big flat ground blade.

I got mine here and it is still on sale.

https://botach.com/cold-steel-36mh-d...d-survivalist/

They do have a drop forged "Hunter" model also. 4" Blade.

https://botach.com/cold-steel-36mg-drop-forged-hunter/
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