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i have been looking at the Kabar BK2, Grohman original, Schrade SCHF36, or just sucking it up for a while longer and continue using my extreme budget Cold Steel Bushman. I don't really want anything heavier than the BK2, and don't need anything over 4.5" blade length. I want something full tang and at least .15 spine thickness. What I do not like about the Grohmann is that they are sketchy on the blade material (stainless or carbon steel is all they will say), but love the way it feels in my hand. I have seen one receive abuse batoning so I know it should hold up if I need to do that. I have also handled the BK2 and know that the factory grips will be replaced as soon as I can get to it. My other option is my mora and carry a hatchet or hawk head and make a shaft in the field when needed. THOUGHTS?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 08:51 PM
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Have you looked at the Esee knives? I have the 4, great knife, tried the 5 . Too big for me

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Have you looked at the Esee knives? I have the 4, great knife, tried the 5 . Too big for me
exactly what i was going to recommend.. excellent knives and bomb proof warranty.. you could cut one of their knives in half and they will still warranty it.
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the grohman knifes i have are all top drawer,
but i'll have to say i bought them years back
when they weren't as pricey as they are now.
the bushman is a great knife, but mine is
a later one with the cheesy plastic sheath. if
it weren't for that i'd like it a lot more.


just me, but i can't see carving tool handles
and tableware unless it's just for grins and
practice. a hatchet with the handle in place
and ready to work isn't that heavy, and you
might need it right now if an emergency came
up. and i like having a spoon and fork ready
to use.

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I have looked at the ESEE line, but cannot find anywhere near me that has them to see how they fit my hand. Same thing with the Grohman, but I was lucky to bump into someone that had one while I was out on a short hike last summer. I also keep my eyes open at trade shows and flea markets for hand forged tools and may find something going that route, but maybe not in my desired price range. Headed to one later today actually. A good carbon blade with enough left to work with (old butcher or smaller cleaver I can re-profile) would work too. So many things to complete my kit the way I want it and limited funds really make the search more interesting. Thanks for the insight.

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For $100 or slightly less you can have any of mine. My most expensive is my short (5 1/4") Kabar that ran about $75 and that was a gift from my son. My hiking knife is one of the newer folding Bucks without the bolsters since it is extremely light. I removed the pocket clip so it's more comfortable to use though.

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Check Ragweed Forge. They have lots of different Nordic knives at very good prices. I have thought about trying some of the Mora knives but never have as of yet.

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+1 for Mora knives.

Also, I carry Case knives: a small pocket knife w/ hollow ground blade and plastic scales, a trapper pocket knife w/ yellow scales and a fixed-blade with leather washer handle I have had 30 years. All three sharpen up well, hold an edge, are made in the U.S.A. and cost way less than $100.

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