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3 years 50 weeks ago, 11:33 AM

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One Survival Knife?

If you could only have one knife for survival, what would it be? Please post pics if you can. I am in the market for one and your feedback would be great.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:41 PM

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The Kershaw Blur Blackout is an excellent choice. Read a few reviews on this knife, but I have included a picture for you.

Kershaw Blur Blackout Folding Knife

3 years 50 weeks ago, 2:33 PM

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survival knife

This is what I have in my B.O.B right now. I'm sure there are better knives around, but I picked it up on clearance for $65. For the price, I think its a pretty good deal. It is a really solid S.O.B.

Gerber Military Tactical LMF II - A.S.E.K. Knife

http://www.lapolicegear.com/lmfiiasek.html

a couple other variations:
http://www.lapolicegear.com/gemitalmfiia1.html
http://www.lapolicegear.com/gelmfiiknbli.html

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 1:41 PM

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Reaper........

that is a good price on that knife and a good choice if you have to commit to one....I have considered buying one before but didn't find that price or I probably would have.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 6:12 PM

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Wow, that is tough, I wonder what is considered a knife? A multi tool has a blade, but I would not call it a knife. My demo hammer has a blade, but again, not considered a knife. I have a pen that has a knife in it, but again, it is a pen. My skinning knife would be great for cutting, but then again, what if I needed a hack and slash knife to cut poles for a shelter. A great question, I must lament.

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3 years 23 weeks ago, 7:14 AM

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As Reaper said, you can do itttt. JC Still do not have pictures, but love my Army ranger surv. knife, w/sheath.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

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damn it clint

you go and make a simple question complicated. You're definitely right though. For survival a multi tool would be more valuable. I have one of those in my bag too and wasn’t counting it. If a multi tool counts as a knife, and I could only choose one, I have to change my answer. I hate these damn scenarios. That’s it, I'm bringing all my knives and all my guns!

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 6:38 PM

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i will go with my purchase. its a Zero Tolerance 200.i don't know how to post pics on a forum.or i would.great plade g10 grip and its a hefty knife like i like

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 7:26 PM

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no effing way,i'm bringing a folder,fixed blade,multi-tool,and hatchet.Photobucket

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3 years 36 weeks ago, 9:00 AM

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That would cover about all of it I'd say. Those, some paracord, and firestrikers would get you through some serious survival situations.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:36 AM

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Ontario Pilots knife.
Got to be this, has been tested by a few.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:51 PM

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Just one? a true Ka-Bar, but in a RWS is my Steel Eagle 111A Hunter's Point my DDR 18-Xray and my Leatherman Wave and that covers cutlery.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 2:19 PM

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A machete

For the survival concept, it's tough to beat a machete in my opinion. I'm with LBC on this one though, I'd much rather bring the Sykes Fairbairn, machete, multi-tool, and an axe.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 9:18 AM

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Ontario Knives Spec Plus Survival Bowie. Ontario isn't really a "top tier" knife brand like CRKT, Cold Steel, SOG, Gerber, etc..., but I really hit a home run getting this thing. I've had it since I was a young infantry soldier and it has cut camo for defenses, small saplings, branches, boxes, pallets, and is still going strong. I can cut a water bottle in half and most of the time, the top half goes flying while the bottom half stays put. I love that knife.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 9:57 PM

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One?

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No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 40 weeks ago, 5:30 PM

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that is a nice knife.love kershaw.that is about everything you need in a knife with a kershaw waranty.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 10:42 PM

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You will never go wrong when buying case knives

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 4:06 AM

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I like them as collector's items more than real-world use. My Bowie is a beautiful knife.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
3 years 49 weeks ago, 8:54 PM

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just one?

that is a tough one. but like the other forum this says just one so............. i have a kershaw that looks alot like the one pic above, but has the serrated top on blade. i can't tell you what model it is or anything ,but it holds a good edge and can also cut branches and some bigger stuff. it know it's a kershaw cause they are proud of it and put their name big on both sides. if they could make one about that size that has more features kinda like those cheapo rambo knives that would be my choice. don't know didly squat about knifes, so maybe they do?

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 1:18 PM

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throwing my hat.......

into the ring.All things considered...I'm with LBC,I will have a mutl-tool-SOG with blasting cap crimper and perfect size awl for punching blasting cap hole,hatchet-Sog or Gerber 17''(if you want a more heavy duty)( Benchmade is nice but way too expensive),the folder knife-Benchmade Reflex auto,Fixed-blade-tough but may have to go with Gerber Trident(sharpest out-of-box knife I've ever had),Also good fixed choices:Chris Reeves-Green Beret(excellent because of two size choice and very durable,alittle pricey though,I have the 5 1/2'')Benchmade-CSK(hard to leave this knife behind good overall knife.

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 5:39 PM

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Survival Knife

I got a made in china fucker thats cheap and I would consider it a survival knife but I use the term survival knife extremly lightly. Honestly I wouldnt trust my life to it if I was caught in a knife fight. The blade is solid yes but is set very loosely in the handle. Also the handle is hollow and has basic things like matches a bit of fishin line and some hooks. However the handle feels like cast aluminium with a steel cap threaded to tightent up to seal it.

But gettin back to the subject here if I had to choos a survival knife from my collection of blade I would go with the knife I built myself out of 1/4 steel. Yes its rusty but it can be cleaned up again and I can say with all honesty that it is as sharp as the day I built it and sharpened it. Out of all my knives I would trust my life to that blade in a fight and also trust it if I was lost in the wilderness over several days.

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 5:48 PM

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Thought we lost you too!

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 5:55 PM

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Hey shak

Nah I never left. I had a few problems with the woman I was "Datin" supposedly "Datin" any ways. Yeah she cheated on me with her ex-boyfriend and I had to call it quits with her and seems like she went back to him. I dont give a shit I just hate bein used. But in any case no need to go further into detail.

Anyways I am back and will try and keep up with the new things on gunslot. Also second semester for college will be startin on the 17th of this month. So how ya been Shak?

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3 years 36 weeks ago, 10:27 AM

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HI: Snake sorry to hear that, you will find some one maybe you're lady is right there in front of you. you just don't see her yet. she could be there in college and you don't even know it.

3 years 48 weeks ago, 6:32 PM

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Sorry to here about all that........Women!

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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Yep no worries shak

So what did ya mean by "Lost me too"? I mean how many people did gunslot lose since my absence?

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Not sure

who has actually left, but alot of the regulars are MIA.

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 9:35 PM

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next time.....mark ur woman with urine....its old school and thats what the cavemen did

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3 years 48 weeks ago, 1:50 PM

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Hahaha! Nice maybe I should spray her down with my patended "Scent of Snake" only $19.95.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 4:52 AM

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Look no further than the Rat Cutlers ESEE RC 5S B tool! You kinda have to be a member of the Pentagon but I know one can/could also get 'em from Dustan at EM Gear. Come with me into the Alps here in southern Bavaria and you'll see why the USAF's survival instructors asked for this tool and why they're so happy with what Rat Cutlers delivered.

3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:33 AM

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i take my trusty KABAR everywhere i go so id have to choose it and my old cheap ceramic rod to keep it sharp!

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 4:49 AM

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remember that a key factor to survival is economy of effort. Your knife may have to do everything from cutting branches for shelter to skinning animals to prying open mollusks. A large, heavy blade will reduce the amount of effort you have to use to chop branches and saplings, thus reducing the number of calories you burn.

I've never seen that Kershaw Outcast up close, but it looks like it has good potential for a survival knife, depending on how heavy it is. Stay away from combat knives like the Kabars, bayonets, SOG SEAL-series, and the Air Farce survival knives. Their blades may be good for opening people, but they just don't have the heft they should. You should also stay away from blades made with high carbon steel like many of the Carbon-V blades made by Cold Steel. These corrode very quickly and while you should be maintaining your equipment, in a life or death survival environment, you shouldn't have to baby your stuff.

I don't know if SOG makes any heavy-bladed knives, but if they do, their fighting knives are designed to be used in and around salt water for extended periods of time, so as long as their survival knives are made with the same material, they should be just about maintenance-free.

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3 years 43 weeks ago, 11:41 PM

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Hi guys.I got a knife called "COMBAT READY Huge Fixed Survival Sawback Sheath Knife" it's made in china.I want to know if anyone has the same knife and if it has been ever tested.It's akin to "Rambo Knife".It's very solid,heavy,but has hollowed handle,thus it seems to be attached good at the handle,but still I'm not sure about that.just don't know how to attach a photo to my message to show the knife.thank you

3 years 40 weeks ago, 5:17 PM

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i would never depend on a chinese survival knife because of steel quality and edge retention.seen a chinese made s&w knife break like glass when dropped,not because of the tempering,but because of shitty manufacturing tech and poor quality steel.also im leary of any multi purpous knife that does not have a full tang,or at least a heavyer type tang than those hollow handled"survival"knives.runawaygun has a few good points(as usual)larger heavier blade aids in chopping and reduces the amount of calories burned.think of the diference between driving a railroad spike or a stake with a framing hammer over a mallet or a sledge hammer.ive got a few cheap chinese knives myself,but i dont depend on them(especialy for survival)they are thrasher tools for using up and throwing away.i am shoping for a new survival tool myself,and what im looking for is a blade blank that would optimaly have.

1 large thick blade aprox 10"(preferably stainless)
2 sawback.fine single beveled teeth as on most m9 bayonet type knives for smaller precise cuts and ease of sharpening(not the big rambo style sawteeth that wont be of any practical use in the field.
3 clip point for stabing or poking small holes into wood leathr ect.
4 guthook near hilt or on the pommel(but end of handle)
5 a forward canted blade around 5-10 degrees or so to make choping even easier, like a khukuri or kukuri but not as drastric and bending only at the hilt not along the middle of the blade.
6 cord wraped handle so it can be used as a speer easily,and you allways have string for binding things or sewing and left long enough it will be a lanyard.
a surpentine type edge would also be nice.as would a short serated section.
tall order i know but atleast i know a proficiant knife maker.some of these options can be left out like the angle,guthook,and you can always file in your own serations and sawback if you take your time,or know a knife maker!!!fishing line a wire saw matches whatever can easily be carried in a small pocket on your belt.you dont need them in your knife.
just my opinion.

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3 years 42 weeks ago, 2:02 AM

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I concur with Bush Boy...RAT-5 ESEE (MIL) is my choice!

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 2:42 PM

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I'll tell you ALL something for free - William Lammers has used one and that's all you need to know. The RAT 5 ain't just for "opening folks" and the extraction guys with the USAF don't get much press but they get to go where others only read on maps. Yeah, okay, it's like beer "The best beer is the beer each man drinks" and what works for each bloke works, however, this is a discussion on an objective advice... and I'm standing firm with the RAT-5ESEE(MIL).

3 years 42 weeks ago, 9:16 PM

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I wouldn't trust a knife like that for any heavy-duty work. One-piece blades are almost always better, and if the handle is hollow, it's not likely to be held onto the blade with anything more than a couple small welds or nuts.

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 9:23 PM

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People's definition of survival, and their criteria for a knife differ. I can get away with carrying my Spec Plus survival bowie in my truck, but someone in another part of the states might not. I would also say that the best survival knife is the one you have on you when you find yourself really needing one. in that case, a little Gerber Multiplier might be the only, and therefore best, survival knife choice.

Something else that is subjective is comfort. I absolutely HATE the way Kabar knives feel. I much prefer the soft kraton handle with only the front finger guard rather than the full hilt. Hell, I prefer the feel of the leather-wrapped bone and brass handle of the Nepalese Kukri to the Kabar, but others are different. There are a lot of subjective aspects to finding the right knife, whether it be survival, combat, or letter-opening

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 10:24 PM

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You made some very good points, but I have to dis-agree with you on one... I have and have used HARD a Cold Steel SRK. Never an issue. In fact if I could just take one, that would prob be it.

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I had an SRK

It broke right at the grip while throwing it. I know, it's not designed to be a throwing knife, but as a full-tang design with a spine that thick, it shouldn't have broken as quickly as it did.

The Cold Steel Recon Tanto is one of my top two choices for fighting knives, the other being CRKT's excellent Hissatsu. But as a survival knife, where it may be exposed to the elements for extended periods of time without much maintenance, the Carbon-V steel, being a high-carbon metal, corrodes much more quickly than most other blade steels.

As for the SRK, it simply doesn't have enough heft to make it a very good survival knife. Remember, think economy of effort. Hacking a branch two or three times with a heavier blade is less demanding than hacking it six or seven times with a knife half the weight.

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 11:10 PM

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LOL!

I threw mine plenty of times... Never broke. Maybe I'm lucky. LOL!
I would love to see how the Tom Brown "Tracker" would fair... However, have a hard time justifying a 300 dollar knife. LOL!

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I'm not sure I could commit to just one knife for survival purposes. I want a bowie type for most things but would also need a machete and probably some sort of hand axe and a bow saw. If I could choose ONLY one knife, it would probably be a KA-BAR with a leather handle. I'm not a big fan of the hollow handled survival knives as I've seen too many of them break from just reletively normal use camping. Not all mine, but I've had a few and some friends have had some that broke. Even if I could still have the machete, bow saw, and hand axe, I would still want a KA-BAR to go along with them. The one alternative to the KA-BAR would be one of the japanese short swords. Not the small tanto knife, but the shorter of the two swords. Even with this selection, I would like to have the longer Katana to go along with it but I think I could deal with just having the short sword. I don't want the "decorations," I want the real thing. I would also want a large sharpening stone. I know that the ceramic rods work pretty well, and they last a really long time, but I prefer the stones.

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 4:08 AM

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the wakazashi, ka?

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3 years 40 weeks ago, 6:44 AM

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I think you are right. I can never remember what it is called. When I was in the Navy, we were in Japan once and I found a real set. They were a matching set and were VERY sharp. The store owner allowed me to hold them and admire them, but I didn't have but a little over half what he wanted for them and drinking was more important to me at the time, so I didn't get them.

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Japanesesque in Europe

There's a master Japanese knife maker here in Bavaria. Next month I'm gonna find him and visit. Germans make wonderful knives - most but not all American firms are descendants of German families - but the Japanese are verrrry special. When I've got his contact details I'll post it on GunsLot... Watch this space...

3 years 36 weeks ago, 8:33 AM

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One survival knife?

Hi, I'm new to this site. I would have to say my choice would be my Buck Special, I have owned it since the age of 16 and i am now 38, it has done every thing i have ever asked of it and it is still like new. Sure it is not as cool as some newer knives or multi-tools but it works. Handle design allows for it to be easily lashed to a stick for a spear or slash weapon, the blade keeps it's edge very well, and hacking through branches is pretty easy because of it's weight. It is my choice to if i could only have one.

3 years 36 weeks ago, 5:11 AM

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Nothing wrong with a good ol' Buck knife,i've had my Buck 110 folder for 36 years now.I have done a lot of fishing on Holinshead lake North of Thunder Bay,truly a great time and a great area.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
3 years 36 weeks ago, 7:30 AM

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Thanks lucky for the warm welcome, thunder bay is a bit up there from me, But i do alot of fishing in Niagara where i am from. I have a buck lite folding knife that i bought at around the same time but broke the tip clean off. So now my every day blade is a ruko, cheap metal in it but has surved me well for about 10 years or so now. would love to buy a kabar but they want my first born for one around here, not many places to buy them in my area, and i am one of those guys who has to have something in my hands before i buy it.

3 years 36 weeks ago, 8:10 AM

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welcome aboard. I got a Buck 119 myself. My favorite. I love it. Do you have the Black w/ silver pommel or wood w/ brass? Reminds me, I've got to sharpen mine. Skinned a hog over the weekend and it's still pretty sharp, but I like to keep a good edge on it. I'd like a Kabar myself. Again, if it's good enough for the USMC, it's got to be good.

"I don't think Hank done it this way" - Waylon
3 years 36 weeks ago, 8:23 AM

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Thanks for the welcome... Mine is black w/ silver and i keep it sharp as a scalpel all the time..

3 years 36 weeks ago, 8:56 AM

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Black 119

Yeah, that's the one I got too. the wood one looks nice, but I think ours will stand up to more use.

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3 years 36 weeks ago, 9:32 AM

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black 119

i agree, when i was 16 my dad and i went scuba diving up north and he found one in the water that had been there a bit from the silt that covered it a bit and when he pulled it out and cleaned it up it was still like new. That was why i bought mine.

3 years 36 weeks ago, 10:13 AM

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Welcome to Gunslot Hellspawn72

3 years 36 weeks ago, 10:15 AM

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Thank-you

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You Welcome, nice day today to go fishing,Hunting.

3 years 36 weeks ago, 10:23 AM

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You Welcome, nice day today to go fishing,Hunting.

3 years 36 weeks ago, 10:38 AM

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It would be a great day for fishing except it is raining here

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the only thing thornton closes is your gaping hole with his stubby plug

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Sorry for the late entry. This is a brute of a knife. If you can find one buy it.

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I have many knives, but I would go with a Marine raider Ontario, or Black hawk Tatang for defense or survival. The blade on the Tatang is double edged so its like having two blades just in case one goes dull. The swedge is very sharp, and you can stlll baton with it well. These knives are proven and you can still thrust for defense.

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My knife

Cold Steel Tanto. Just bought it the other day, will post a picture when I can figure out how.

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I owned a lot of Bucks and they use to be great. I ordered one a few months ago and it was made in F---ing China. Case up

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