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I prefer a Ka-Bar WWII USMC Fighting/Utlity Knife. I know it is not made of the best available steel, and may not be the ultimate design in knives, but I have to say this is one heck of a good overall knife for use in the field. It can definitely be used as a fighter, but also has many other uses in the field from chopping down trees to opening cans or building shelters. It is fairly inexpensive, therefor you can buy enough to outfit your whole familiy or group of adventurers for a very decent price. Nowadays it can be had with the original polished leather handle or with a modern synthetic alternative. It comes in the original 12" overall size with about a 7" blade, or can also be found in a smaller size. I like them with the smooth blade but they are also available with a partially serrated edge. I don't remember the smaller size although I have two of them and one or two of the larger ones.

Great knife as far as I am concerned.
 

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If you're only going to have ONE knife, the 7 1/2" blade Bowie-style is not a bad choice. Big enough to use for serious chores and small enough to do more delicate tasks, and the Bowie-style blade is the do-it-all design. It doesn't do much the best, but it'll do just about anything. The Ka-Bar and Ontario copies of it are good knives now for the same reason they were when they were first issued: They are strong because, while the steel isn't the hardest, is IS thick. They don't hold an edge great, but are easy to sharpen to a keen edge quickly in the field, and they are cheap enough to simply replace. The USMC fighting knife is 7 1/2" long blade, the shorter version, I believe is a 5" blade. If you're on a budget, this is a good place to start.

If I had to pick my one, favorite knife, it would be the Swamp Rat Knifeworks BattleRat:
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Battle Rat - $148.95
Patterned after the infamous Busse Combat Battle Mistress, the Battle Rat is the flagship of the Swamp Rat line. For those who like everything bigger, better, and badder... this is the only choice for you.

This knife is the epitome of "rat resilience". Known as "fierce survivors", rats are the most resilient mammals on the planet. In order to survive, they will squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, scale brick walls, swim for over a half a mile and then tread water for three days, gnaw through lead pipes, cinder blocks, and glass using chisel-like teeth that exert an unbelievable pressure of 24,000 pounds per square inch, withstand being flushed down a toilet, enter a home using the same route, and even plummet five stories to the ground without a scratch. They have adapted to not only survive, but thrive in unsurvivable situations... including surviving atomic blasts. After WWII, the U.S. carried out atomic bomb testing in the Enjwetok Atoll. Enormous craters were formed, the vegetation was eliminated, and the atolls were engulfed with giant waves. Each blast spread lethal radiation beneath the mushroom clouds. The small islet of Engebi was one of the worst hit. On this islet lived our hero... the rat. A couple years after the holocaust, biologists returned to Engebi. Everything they found, plant life, fish, soil, etc., contained radioactive substances. It was assumed that all animal life had perished. Yet, somehow, the island abounded with rats! They were not maimed or genetically deformed. They had actually adapted to their new environment and, at the same time, increased their life spans beyond what is considered normal for a rat.

The Battle Rat knife possesses these same characteristics. Nothing can kill it. It will withstand falls, gnaw through cinder blocks, and survive nuclear blasts. This big, 9-1/2" long, wide-bodied Bowie is setting performance standards that blades costing three times as much can only dream of achieving. The ultra wide blade offers unbelievable cutting and slicing ability, while the differentially tempered blade delivers untouchable toughness and durability. The shock absorbing Resiprene C handle will absorb the majority of the impact and will allow for extended use with less fatigue. When you need the ultimate survival knife, the Battle Rat will prove to be the ultimate in angry steel.


They aren't kidding, they had video of a guy chopping through concrete blocks with it. The edge was dulled, but not cracked, chipped or broken, and returned to a keen edge with a few swipes of a hone. Then there was the "vise test" The tip of the blade was put in a vice, pipe over the handle, and the knife was bent down to the table the vise was bolted to. NO plastic deformation of the blade.


The only "knife" I've met that can match this for pure "badass" is the Himalayan Imports Ang Kola (sp?). I've got the big 20" model. While it won't chop a concrete block without damage (I assume, I'm not trying it), or bend 90 degrees in a vise, it will take a tree down faster than the Rat. It isn't much good for small jobs, but does come with a smaller knife and hone in the sheath. So if you consider the Kukuri, the smaller knife and hone (they all come in the same sheath) as one knife, this is it. It's replaced my BattleRat, Machete and hand axe in my kit.
 

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My general purpose knife is the Cold Steel SRK. Its tough and durable and holds an edge well. Never tried to process a deer with it but am sure that it could be done. Another knife that I like a lot is the Case Blade XX-Changer. This is a large folding lock blade knife that offers the option of changing out the blades. There are 4 to choose from: a drop point, clip point, skinny fish fillet blade and saw blade. Good quality steel that holds its edge. Have been talking about getting a Khukuri. Might just order one today.

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I go with the Ka-Bar for all around use if I have to pick just one, since a big knife can do everything a smaller one can do but not vice versa. Have been using the same one for the last 15 years and it still survives.
Please don't make me choose just one though, I wouldn't know what to do with the rest of my pockets. I usually carry at least 4 in the field: KaBar on belt for heavy work, folder in pocket for general purpost (right now I've got an S&W SWAT that seems to be working out, multi tool on belt next to small flashlight on opposite side than the KaBar (yes, I need a heavy belt)...partial to Gerber multiplier and Leatherman supertool, and a backup folder (Buck 110, gotta stay with a classic) in my kit in case one of the others break. OK, so I carry too much shtuff, but better to have and not need than to need and not have, as long as I don't fall in a pond.
 

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I like my itty bitty pen knife, it's got a little rebel battle flag on the handle and says "The Rebel" on the blade. :) It's also really easy to sharpen and it's been about 4 years since I last sharpened it, and it's just starting to dull. :cool: Not bad for a knife that cost $4.95. :cool:
 

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my #1 is a hand made bowie, I also like KA-bars and the buck 119
 

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I gotta concur woth Mag,and Mrostov;Kukhri type knives are GREAT.I do kinda like the WW2 pattern.For a straight that I can actually afford without using it as a heavy duty chopper,the Williams Hissastsu that CRKT makes is nice. For a smaller one, the Corkum 'First Strike"series is nice,as is the Kasper/Polkowski companion. For folders,the lightfoot M-1,and the larger Spyderco's like the Endura and the Police suit me. And for a small ,fixed plan B, the Ryan Plan B fits my hands well.Now if only they'd ttake that blade pattern and make it a littlle(OK a lot) longer. The bit of drop from the line of the hilt and the recurve makes it a little cutting machine,yet it fits my hand well enought that the tip can still be used forward or outboard effectively.
Anyone out ther got the large,fixed,and expensive Nealy Pesh Kabz?The folder is good(albeit affordable on line),and I was wondering....
 

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Did they use that Navy design as a "starting point" for the new Marine Corps bayonet?THAT seems to be well thought out....hard to find(at least for me)bayonets that are also good"to hand"....seems to be good steel as well;some kind of high grade tool steel.
 

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Gripper really doubt that was the case the mk 2 looks to be the k-bar, the mk1was formally a Remington hunting knife, not a rambo type knife at all, Ebay nearly always has some available with pics just type in usn mk1 knife
 

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i have the marine raider bowie on my l,b,e in the closet[huge knife]

shapened for the 'back cut' spec-plus raider bowie ontario usa




i have been 'thinking' of trying my hand at making one, as just the other day in lowes/home depot, i found my self looking/pricing their flat steel/bar stock

it could be a fun doable project dependent upon the amount of time i was willing to put in it.


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The only knives I use anymore are Cold Steel knives. I specifically like the Recon Tanto and SRK. They are probably the toughest knives on the planet (even out of customs) and hold an edge like nobody's business.
 

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attn. tumlun

ya! know i do have a cold steel 'peace keeper' [never drew so much as my own blood yet!]

but in the F.M.F. i always carried a gerber mK II [RAZOR SHARP]
the ol' camando style type blade.

i should have shared earlier in this thread.


thanks, :wavey: [and have a nice phuckin' day! one and all!]
 

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brass hammer said:
ya! know i do have a cold steel 'peace keeper' [never drew so much as my own blood yet!]

but in the F.M.F. i always carried a gerber mK II [RAZOR SHARP]
the ol' camando style type blade.

i should have shared earlier in this thread.


thanks, :wavey: [and have a nice phuckin' day! one and all!]
Ahh, the Gerber, huh? Classic design, excellent knife! I'd kill to have that particular blade in Carbon V steel :)
 

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In 1975, I bought a Gerber Mk II Survival knife (double edge serrated) as a young infanteer. Its been attached to my ruck ever since, except when deer and duck hunting. About 1981, I got a Gerber Mk 1, it does a fantastic job on musk glands.
 
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