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    Arrow Knives

    Starting to switch to straight blades...

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    What fixed blades are you using? I am a huge Mora and Bark River fan myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecgreen View Post
    What fixed blades are you using? I am a huge Mora and Bark River fan myself.
    Thanks Sean. As a trapper and a man of many "hats", recommendations from you are appreciated, so I will have to check them out. I am on a budget, and that is why I am selling some of my folding collection, as I like buying American, whenever I can afford it. Plus I prefer the quality of American steel, though Japanese steel is also very good. I wanted to stick with Gerber for their warranty, but not all are made in the USA. So I found an economical option with the Ontario SP2, since I also like multi edge/purpose blades. Was surprised that a company with that name is in the US, and make their knives with steel from this country :)

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    While not a US knife, Mora is by far the best bang for your buck with fixed blades. For 30 to 50 bucks you can have an awesome knife. At least try one of the cheaper ones - you wont regret it. The Mora classic is only 15 bucks and I carry one on a lot of back packing trips (it is not full tang though). If you go up to the 80 to 100 range, the Garberg model is an absolute beast and can stand a lot of abuse.

    It is hard to find an affordable, good quality US made knife IMO. Let's face it, there are countries that have much longer traditions of knife making and they are simply better at it. Bark River knives are US made and are great right out of the box. But you are looking at 200 bucks and up. Even so, they are not the same quality as Japanese or Swedish knives like a Fallkniven! These knives are the ultimate and most of what us regular Joes use are just OK knives lol.

    Ontario does make a great knife for the price. The fixed blade Rats are pretty awesome I have heard. I own a folder of theirs and i have beat the snot out of it. I have had nothing but bad luck with Gerbers. They never stand up to hard use for me. The steel leaves a lot to be desired. I have some pretty expensive super steel knives that are really awesome. If I can't use those, I would rather just use carbon steel 1095 or D2 tool steel to be honest. A lot of the "stainless steels" used by companies like Gerber are do not have the attributes I want.. Either give me CPM3V or another high end steel, or give me some old school carbon!

    Anyhow, let us know what you buy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecgreen View Post
    While not a US knife, Mora is by far the best bang for your buck with fixed blades. For 30 to 50 bucks you can have an awesome knife. At least try one of the cheaper ones - you wont regret it. The Mora classic is only 15 bucks and I carry one on a lot of back packing trips (it is not full tang though). If you go up to the 80 to 100 range, the Garberg model is an absolute beast and can stand a lot of abuse.

    It is hard to find an affordable, good quality US made knife IMO. Let's face it, there are countries that have much longer traditions of knife making and they are simply better at it. Bark River knives are US made and are great right out of the box. But you are looking at 200 bucks and up. Even so, they are not the same quality as Japanese or Swedish knives like a Fallkniven! These knives are the ultimate and most of what us regular Joes use are just OK knives lol.

    Ontario does make a great knife for the price. The fixed blade Rats are pretty awesome I have heard. I own a folder of theirs and i have beat the snot out of it. I have had nothing but bad luck with Gerbers. They never stand up to hard use for me. The steel leaves a lot to be desired. I have some pretty expensive super steel knives that are really awesome. If I can't use those, I would rather just use carbon steel 1095 or D2 tool steel to be honest. A lot of the "stainless steels" used by companies like Gerber are do not have the attributes I want.. Either give me CPM3V or another high end steel, or give me some old school carbon!

    Anyhow, let us know what you buy!
    Thanks for the info Sean!

    I did actually order that SP-2, which is claimed to be an Air-Force survival spec, and has 1075 Carbon Steel :)

    My Gerber machete did fail...miserably, but they sent me a new one. I admittedly was abusing it on hard branches and "small" trees when we were pruning for the trip we ran up here last year. Erin's smaller option held up much better, because it was shorter and had a thicker blade, plus she is no Hulk either, ha ha.

    So many new alloy blends when talking about blade metals now, which makes it very interesting to me, being an old science/math "nerd", to learn even more about them ;)

    KnifeCenter.com has become my new go-to bookmarked site.

    Thanks again!!
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    Wink Gerber gone

    Gerber(2nd link) sold. Still have knife in first link.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a tall lift, big mud tires, winch, and a light bar simply do not.
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    Relisted at a cheaper price.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a tall lift, big mud tires, winch, and a light bar simply do not.
    Why buy a Wrangler if you don't take the top and doors off?
    ~Shawn(the correct spelling ;)

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