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On sale at Cabelas for 34.88 right now... When it first came out couple years back I paid 60.00 for it and even at that price I was very happy with it.. worth every penny.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:47 AM
If for hunting, you might consider narrowing it down to a fixed blade knife. That's what I carry when hunting, because 1) They are easier to keep clean- just wipe on my pants, no dealing with getting blood and guts out of it, and 2) Easier to deal with 1 handed and when you're done just drop in the sheath. In hot weather, I typically open up my birds within 30 minutes of killing them, and use a stick to pull the guts out, so I like being able to just grab it out the sheath, cut, and put it back in the sheath. But any type of hunting or camping I don't carry a folder. I use a $2 harbor freight metal box cutter and cheap razor blades to make initial incisions on legs of coyotes.
I think a $40 budget is plenty. I've never spent more than $50 on a knife, and that was just because it was a $250 hand made knife and the guy must not have known it. Cold Steel makes some very nice knives in your price range. I have the outdoorsman lite, which is sharp enough to fillet fish with. This is the knife I use around camp, and for fishing. It's stainless. Not really good for skinning because it's too large.
Here are some knives I like:
http://coldsteel.com..._STAINLESS.aspx $28.74 (I kind of like this as a bird knife. I'd make a little gut hook out of a coat hanger and bend it around the pinky loop.)
The knife I always have on me is just a regular swiss army knife model called the hiker. Couldn't live without it.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:17 PM
You know what i love about this site is that there hasn't been a question i've had that hasn't already been addressed. Thought to myself, hmm, what about a good hunting knife.... and her ya go.
Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:21 AM
I have always been partial to Buck knives. I've been kinda collecting them for years. got a bunch of them. Can find lots of them , at decent prices, on e-bay. I'll try and get a picture of my collection up before too long. Got to dig them all out and lay them out so I can snap a pic. I carry a pocket knife made by buck. It is a single blade Arkansas toothpick. Great little knife. I also like the guarantee of Buck. Lifetime. If you break a blade or something like that, just send it back and it will be taken care of.
Finally got a crappy pictue taken. As you can see, there are a number of the gut hook types there. The little pearl handled toothpick bottom right, is my normal carry knife.
Also, while they aren't th quality of John's, here are a few I made from store bought blades. and the sheath is also store bought. Not fancy, but fun to make nevertheless.
Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:56 AM
I kept reading, thinking Buck would be at the top. @Braz covered it tho. Certainly many woodsman have that typical buck knife.
There's a Japanese knock-off that's quite good also called The Explorer. I wouldn't usually push a knock-off, but Japan does just fine making blades. Just wanted to mention it since it may come down to price and availability. I picked up a used one at the flea market for $25 awhile back. It's been great - locks really well and handles practically like a fixed blade. The wood handle likes to drink up that linseed oil tho.
If you're near a Big 5, you might want to look for a CRKT also. They used to be pricey, but I've seen them at The 5'er on clearance a few times for around 1/3 of list.
Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:52 PM
....If you're near a Big 5, you might want to look for a CRKT also. They used to be pricey, but I've seen them at The 5'er on clearance a few times for around 1/3 of list.
I wouldn't take a CRKT out into the field. The one I have is the absolute worst piece of steel I've ever seen in a knife blade. It's pointy, which is about all it has going for it, so I guess it is suitable to serve as a prizon shank but that's about it. Lol!
Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:17 PM
You're right @clampdaddy - the steel isn't that great on the CRKT's. I should qualify my mentioning them; what I meant was they are the better of knives you would pay less than $20 for. Incidentally I have a CRKT fillet knife that I have grown to love. That's just it - I am lopsided on the fisherman side more than the hunter side. Cutting fish is way different than dressing a large mammal. For fishing the CRKT's are sufficiently good. I have little experience with dressing fowl and mammals and I can see how the CRKT line would fall short. One reason I mentioned them was because some have a nice double lock for the blade, and that's something that sets them apart from other knives in the low-price end. One of the worst things about many of the low-end knives is the unstable and therefor dangerous locking mechanisms. I feel at the very least CRKT has made a 'safer' pocket knife.
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:47 PM
I like Forschner for skinning and deboning in the field. Nice 5" fixed blade.
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