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View Poll Results: Which Camp Knife Would You Get?
ESEE 6 5 19.23%
Ontario RAT-7 5 19.23%
TOPS Steel Eagle 1 3.85%
KA-BAR BK9 Combat Bowie 5 19.23%
TOPS Condor Alert 0 0%
ESEE Junglas 2 7.69%
Kershaw Camp 10 3 11.54%
Other 5 19.23%
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Which camp knife to buy?

As some of you might know the quest for the perfect knife never ends. I am currently in the market for a solid camp knife that I will be able to baton wood, split kindling, start a camp fire with a ferro rod, and the occasional bush whacking. Just an all around good survival knife.

I have come up with the following 7 knives starting at 6.5" up to 10". I don't want to go any bigger then 10" or else it would start to become cumbersome to carry around on a small pack or B.O.B.

So starting from smallest to largest:
ESEE 6


Ontario RAT-7


TOPS Steel Eagle 107E


Ka-Bar BK9 Combat Bowie



TOPS Condor Alert



ESEE Junglas



Kershaw Camp 10




Other suggestions are welcome but please give specifics as to why you recommend it, as in you own and use it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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I wouldn't go over 6... Just gets too big to be handy.
How much care will you take of it? Because the type of steel will be dependent on that.
Same thing with sharpening..
From a quick look.. All of those knives are coated... That coating will come off with use.. So the type of use, and care you are planning to take of it will be a factor in what kind of steel
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I dunno man - for your stated purpose:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-BUCK-U-...-/310724458971

If' I'm splitting/cutting wood, I'm using a hatchet, not my knife.
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Then look for something with carbon steel. Those are big blades.. They will be a pain in the ass to sharpen. Carbon steel will hold an edge better.. But must be taken care of.
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why not get a smaller parang for all these chores, along with a better knife. i get having one that can do it all but if you ever start hunting while your outdoors a big knife that can do all of that is gonna be hell skinning animals/cutting meat. imo

this is what i always carry outdoors anyways. strap the parang in the sheath to the outside of my pack with the knife on the belt.
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I'm used to taking care of a 1095 Carbon Steel Air Force Survival Knife like nobodies business. I used one A LOT before and always thought it could be just a little longer and a much better build (the handle would start to bend when we would baton wood for kindling)
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^ agreed. Look at the ka bar Bk 2
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why not get a smaller parang for all these chores, along with a better knife. i get having one that can do it all but if you ever start hunting while your outdoors a big knife that can do all of that is gonna be hell skinning animals/cutting meat. imo

this is what i always carry outdoors anyways. strap the parang in the sheath to the outside of my pack with the knife on the belt.
Thats just about what I'm used to doing but also having a Leatherman for skinning. Then I would like to have the option of this camp knife and/or a forest axe.
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I'm used to taking care of a 1095 Carbon Steel Air Force Survival Knife like nobodies business. I used one A LOT before and always thought it could be just a little longer and a much better build (the handle would start to bend when we would baton wood for kindling)
I'm alwayse pushing these on people. But its because they are great knives.. check out bark river... They have some high quality knives.. Made by hand.. For not a ton of $. And a no questions asked guarantee. If it breaks.. New knife.
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Thats just about what I'm used to doing but also having a Leatherman for skinning. Then I would like to have the option of this camp knife and/or a forest axe.
Ok.. U want a forest ax? Bark river golok. No problems batoning .. Slab of high quality steel. Here is mine. They have several variations including a drop point which I would like..

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I'm looking for a new knife too. A survival type knife to carry in my bug out bag. Not too big of course. I agree, anything over a 6" blade is difficult if you're not really good with a knife.
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Ok.. U want a forest ax? Bark river golok. No problems batoning .. Slab of high quality steel. Here is mine. They have several variations including a drop point which I would like..


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Yeah I'm used to carring a 20ish inch forest axe, a bolt knife and a leatherman. The idea was to replace the bolt knife with something just a little longer (longer the 5") but no longer than 10" (and I've even been considering going away from 10" and no longer than8-9")
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ESEE-5.

1/4" thick with a square spine, solid for batonning.
Scales also have a "divot" to use as an upper bearing for a bow drill.

I've got both the -5 and the -6... the -5 is much more solid.
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I'm actually already starting to count the Junglas and Camp 10 out for this particular knife due to the lack of heel on the blade, I hate when I can't take the stone all the way to the edge of it like on all the rest.

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ESEE-5.

1/4" thick with a square spine, solid for batonning.
Scales also have a "divot" to use as an upper bearing for a bow drill.

I've got both the -5 and the -6... the -5 is much more solid.
I've just about came to the same conclusion only for the fact that they it is 1/4" thick compared to the 3/16" of the ESSE 6 and the fact that this is for the -5 and not the -6:
http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com/Sheath-For-The-ESEE-5-Survival-Knife-p/h-aw.htm

If I had my way the -6 would be 1/4" and Hedgehog leather works would make one for it
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I got the -6 as a part of their Survival kit.
Got both the kit and the -5 on a group buy on Calguns... the entire survival kit and -6, IIRC, were only a few bucks more than the -5.

Was a bit of a letdown when I got the kit and saw how "wimpy" the -6 was compared to the -5... thought maybe they had a special "cheap" version to pack in the survival kits until I looked up the specs and saw it was correct for the -6.
http://www.eseeknives.com/comprehensive-kit.htm
List $217, I think the group buy price was $189.

The -5 is freaking solid. Even if you blast the edge, you could still club an attacker to death with it.
The glass breaker pommel is a nice touch.
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