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Old 08-02-2018, 03:22 AM   #1
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What would it be and why? I'm trying to find an all-around EDC/skinning/hunting knife, but I'm kind of lost in all of the mumbo jumbo regarding steel types, oil needed vs no oil, grinds, edge retention, sharpness, etc. Would you go with a folder or fixed blade? Something you can buy in a store or a handmade one from somebody on here or elsewhere? Here are a few I'm looking at.
https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Gator-...ords=s30v&th=1
https://www.amazon.com/SOG-Huntspoin...5%3A2470955011
https://www.amazon.com/Buck-Knives-R...5%3A2470955011
https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Toleranc.../?tag=bg999-20
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Old 08-02-2018, 03:25 AM   #2
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Also, I'm not really concerned with how it looks as long as it performs well.
Edit: I'd also prefer not to get a knife that I'd have to oil all the time.

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Old 08-02-2018, 04:35 AM   #3
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I would get the Buck. Second would be the SOG.
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:22 AM   #4
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everyday carry, case folder all the way. hunting knife, i prefer a custom made or knives of Alaska fixed blade dual combo
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:38 AM   #5
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Zero Tolerance all the way if the choices are from these 3.
Hold one, work one, feel it. You'll forget about the other 2.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:53 AM   #6
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my Shaerks bushcraft knife. s30v blade, canvas micarta scales. It's a bloody beast and has been through the jungles of brazil to hunting in Michigan without a hiccup. If I can't have that, Ill just take a swiss army knife.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:18 AM   #7
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I like a Kabar Navy MK1, it is a pretty good all around knife. Don't get it confused with the Kabar USMC, which tends to be a too big IMO for a hunting knife. For a true EDC, I feel any fixed blade is too big and would agree with GrapeApe on the SAK
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:21 AM   #8
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SOG Vulcan. Holds a great edge and sharpens easily.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:22 AM   #9
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Knives are not wives, they don’t get jealous when you fondle another knife, nor do they nag. Get one of each, even if it is over time!
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:30 AM   #10
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Get one with D2 steel. Likely gona be $100ish
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:02 AM   #11
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Out of those, I’d get the Zero Tolerance. A folder is much more convenient. For the record, I carry an Old Timer 194 OT. Haven’t found a task that it couldn’t handle.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:16 AM   #12
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I was just in the same boat as you JMW and ended up going with an outdoor edge folding knife with a "caper" style blade. I really like it and it is razor sharp. I have other outdoor edge knives that have held their edge for a very long time.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:07 AM   #13
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My pocket carry is an Remington, similar to a Case. For hunting I have a Gerber LMF and a Benchmade (forgot the model) in my backpack. I also have a Gerber Backpax that has a small fixed blade knife in the the handle.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:16 AM   #14
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Of the ones you listed, I'd pick the ZT. Those things are built to take a beating and they hold up really, really well. Made of good steel, too.

Only thing is - they are heavy as crud.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:18 AM   #15
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My EDC knife is a Havalon duel blade. It has a regular pocket knife blade and a replaceable scalpel blade. I like it best because I canít sharpen things worth a crap, so when the scalpel blade gets dull, I just put a new one in!



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Old 08-02-2018, 10:46 AM   #16
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everyday carry, case folder all the way. hunting knife, i prefer a custom made or knives of Alaska fixed blade dual combo

GF just bought be the Alaska two knife kit . CRAZY sharp look to using them soon .
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:54 PM   #17
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Browning model 810, is a folding knife but the best I've ever owned.
Has a nice 4 1/2" blade that holds a good edge but yet easy to sharpen. Guess they don't make it any more but rather a two-blade version.
When I go hunting, this is the one I grab.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:21 PM   #18
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Of the ones you listed, I'd pick the ZT. Those things are built to take a beating and they hold up really, really well. Made of good steel, too.

Only thing is - they are heavy as crud.
I'll second this. Of the four listed, I'm partial to ZTs...so much so that I own 4 of them. My EDC is the ZT 0770CF. Downside to such a high quality knife is they are pricey, and they are a PITA to sharpen b/c of the steel hardness but their edge retention is stellar. I own many knife brands but ZTs are my favorite.

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Old 08-02-2018, 05:12 PM   #19
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Well I might be a little biased, but I'd say one of MINE!!!

ZT makes good knives, like others have said though, they're heavy! Had one and sold it pretty quick! The SOG looks cool and s30v is a good steel if it's heat treated right (pain in the butt to sharpen!) When I'm not carrying one of my own, I carry an old carbon steel case trapper in my pocket
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:17 PM   #20
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My EDC knife is a Havalon duel blade. It has a regular pocket knife blade and a replaceable scalpel blade. I like it best because I canít sharpen things worth a crap, so when the scalpel blade gets dull, I just put a new one in!



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This - Havalon hard to beat nowdays
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:07 PM   #21
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iv'e been hunting over 55 years,,, i have cleaned a lot of animals and used and owned a lot of knives,,,, 3 stand out well above all the others,,,

gerber gator folding knife with or without the gut hook,, i have both,,,, both are over 30 years old

folding kershaw black horse, i bought it for my father in law and it came back to me after he passed away it is at least 30 years old still sharp and i love the grip however i am not sure if it is still made or not,,,

the browning kodiak,, if i ever need to but another hunting knife this is the one,, i bought one for a friend 20+ years ago,,, it has been great,,, very simply 1 blade can not do all things,,, but one knife with 3 well designed blades darn sure make sure you don't have to go looking for another one
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:12 PM   #22
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I'll second this. Of the four listed, I'm partial to ZTs...so much so that I own 4 of them. My EDC is the ZT 0770CF. Downside to such a high quality knife is they are pricey, and they are a PITA to sharpen b/c of the steel hardness but their edge retention is stellar. I own many knife brands but ZTs are my favorite.
Do you need a special kind of sharpener to get one of these sharp?
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:30 PM   #23
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Would take the SOG out of the ones listed. Gerber would be in last place not a fan of their knifes
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:47 PM   #24
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Miller brothers, but kind of hard to get one.
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:24 PM   #25
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Do you need a special kind of sharpener to get one of these sharp?
No just lots of patience

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Old 08-02-2018, 11:34 PM   #26
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Ka-Bar MK1
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:45 PM   #27
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What is this communist china?? I've have as many knives as I want...
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:17 PM   #28
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If only one....this Leatherman, but not serrated. The screwdrivers are so handy.




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Old 08-03-2018, 09:15 PM   #29
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One knife would be the case large trapper, preferably one made in the 70's or before. I have an original Blackjack with the stag handle and a couple of Muelas which are a close second. My Muela Gazapo is my go to Skinner.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:24 AM   #30
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I would say it is. Just saying.
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:57 PM   #31
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This - Havalon hard to beat nowdays
Word I love my havalon .
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:31 PM   #32
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I carry the replaceable blade knife from Outdoor Edge. Itís a great knife and like the Havalon itís razor sharp blades work in every application. I have a couple Havalons too but prefer the beefier blades of the outdoor edge.


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