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June 27, 2008, 01:29 PM
I'm shopping around for a reasonable priced fixed blade for everyday carry. I live in Texas, it has to be under 5.5 inches. I really want a 4 inch or shorter that is more utility than weapon. No serrated blades. I want to use this knife, so it needs to be cheap enough to be replaced if lost/stolen/broken. I don't use a knife for a pry bar, but in an emergency a strong knife would be good.
Have I asked for too much?
June 27, 2008, 06:53 PM
If you like Bucks, this guy is selling some http://www.premiersoft.com/powpow/Knives/Bucks.htm
Don't waste your time on the 471's, I already bought both.:D Good guy to do business with, you'll have to wait as he's out of town until the 11th of July.
June 27, 2008, 07:22 PM
The first one that comes to mind is the Graham Razel by Columbia River. Check out the smaller one. You can certainly pry with this knife. Buy an original from the Grahams and they guarantee them for ever. They have a web site. It is quite a handy knife even though it is unusual in its design.
June 27, 2008, 07:54 PM
I like a quality knife and a recent purchase really impressed me, the Buck Vanguard. They have versions from plain to fancy and they're all beautiful and well made. They start at around $50 (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/cb/cb.asp?a=235348&kwtid=215129) and go up from there (http://www.amazon.com/Buck-Vanguard/dp/B000MAWEXE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1214614209&sr=8-5). I bought the basic rubber grip version for myself.
* 420HC steel blade
* 8 1/2" long overall
* 4 1/8" long blade
* Drop point blade
* Rubberized handle with satin-finish brass butt and guard
* Heavy-duty black nylon sheath
* 6 3/5 ozs.
June 27, 2008, 08:06 PM
How about a Blackjack "Small"?
June 27, 2008, 08:21 PM
June 27, 2008, 09:53 PM
Have you seen the latest A.G.Russell catalog? Or look online, maybe.
June 27, 2008, 11:14 PM
Check out ANZA. Really very affordable and considered custom. Lots of EDC-size knives. Good solid high carbon blades that are good for
cutting and chores. Check em out. I have the TW and medium hunter and the hold an edge very well.
June 28, 2008, 01:11 AM
I got a knife from Harbor Freight that was actually free that is an incredibly good knife. I got like a $8 coupon that could be used for anything and I ordered the knife which was about that price. It has a cutting edge on the top side of the blade that extends back about 3 inches. The blade is 5 1/2 inches long I think.
It was made in El Salvador from surgical stainless steel. The brand name is Macasa. It has the Control HRc hole test for hardness. For such a cheap knife it is really amazing. The handle is excellent too. The only problem I had with it was that it kept cutting through the canvas sheath they send me with it.
You'd be hard pressed to find a better value in a knife but whether or not you can still get those same knives from Harbor Freight is another question.
June 28, 2008, 06:15 AM
I like a quality knife and a recent purchase really impressed me, the Buck Vanguard. They have versions from plain to fancy and they're all beautiful and well made. They start at around $50 and go up from there. I bought the basic rubber grip version for myself.
I second this. Great knife (mine is the version with the game zipper) and I'm surprised at how well this knife holds an edge.
June 28, 2008, 04:44 PM
I would have recommended the Buck 119 Special for $35 at walmart, but you need a knife thats 5.5 in. or less. Great knife, tho.
Ka Bar TDI line (any)
Buck Vanguard (any)
Spyderco Moran drop point
Spyderco Perrin Street Beat (although much more expensive than the others, at around $120)
CRKT Ryan Plan B (these were discontinued, but can still be found for $25-30)
June 28, 2008, 06:27 PM
One word: puukko.
June 28, 2008, 07:31 PM
Spyderco Moran drop point
Yeah, nice knife. The only thing that does not thrill me about is is the sheath. I keep threatening to get Bob Dozier to make one for me if it is possible. His Sheath A would be perfect.
June 28, 2008, 07:34 PM
Ka Bar TDI line (any)
Any Ka-Bar for that matter. Gerber makes good stuff too (not the baby food)!
June 28, 2008, 07:53 PM
I have read few knifemakers claim the Swede Milsups and civilian variations are the best value in the market.
June 29, 2008, 10:19 AM
check out www.ratcutlery.com
nice knifes with many carry options.
June 29, 2008, 10:30 AM
I'm with Creature...Puuko
June 29, 2008, 10:35 AM
I was going to mention Mora, I see Fisherman66 already provided the link. I don't have one, but I have read a ton of good reviews on bladeforums and some survival/bushcraft sites.
EDIT: For $20 total, I've got one on the way right now. :)
June 30, 2008, 02:59 PM
Finland made knives are surprisingly affordable. This is likely your best option for price + quality steel.
Boker started out as a German firm with Soligen steel. But within past few years, many of their large knives are made in China. Pricing is quite affordable.
I still carry my older Ka bar USMC fighting knife when I backpack into the Bighorn Mts. But it is quite large for ordinary cutting tasks.
July 1, 2008, 10:54 PM
Look at Cold Steel, for the money they have some of the best knives on the market.
July 2, 2008, 12:51 AM
I still carry my older Ka bar USMC fighting knife when I backpack into the Bighorn Mts. But it is quite large for ordinary cutting tasks.Yes, a KaBar is a bit big. But for those of us who love carbon steel blades, KaBar makes a smaller version of the same (5-1/4" blade as opposed to a 7-1/2" blade).
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