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Best Military/Tactical

Discussion in 'Military' started by TyT, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Aug 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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    Was wondering what the best military and/or tactical fixed blade knife and/or folding blade knife is right now.

    Need some help here guys looking to buy a real good knife so please offer me your assistance and why its a good knife etc!


    Thanks Ty
     
  2. Aug 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    MrGrimm

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    This is what I use

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  3. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    CRKT, Spyderco, and Benchmade all make good folders that are generally covered for life as long as they cant prove that you used it as a pry bar and you can get them for a decent price. If price and/or size isn't an issue then I would look at STRYDER knives. They make the best knives for military use as far as I am concerned and they are guaranteed for life as well. The only downside to these is they usually run pretty high on the price scale. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    I'm a huge Zero Tolerance fan so I'll say
    Fixed: ZT0160
    Folding: ZT301
     
  5. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    MR. Grimm that is bad ass! How you like it?
     
  6. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    Bishop who makes those?
     
  7. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    Thanks cruzr def helped!
     
  8. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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    Folding: KaBar Bobcat
    Fixed Blade: SOG Seal Pup Elite

    Both are around 5 inches

    The KaBar Bobcat is solid, heavy and comes sharp straight out of the box. You can chop/split wood with it. It's AUS8 steel and holds a good edge. Feels good in the hand, although the belt clip does have a tendency to get caught on things. Paid around $45-$50 for mine.

    The Seal Pup Elite is a small to midsize fixed blade. I believe it's AUS8 as well. The handle is great, knife is strong - you can pry with it, chop/split wood, and is still small enough to comfortably handle. I find larger fixed blades difficult to use for precise tasks. It also comes with an awesome sheath.

    Although a large knife (7 inches and over) looks cool and can do some stuff a smaller one can't, I consider them to be inferior if you were to only have one knife with you, as you might in a survival situation. If you had a small pocket knife, a large fixed blade might be more reasonable to have with you as well.


    Bottom line, make sure the knife has the following:

    Full tang (fixed blade only)
    High quality steel (AUS8 has been good for me)
    Solid feel (mainly for folders, as most fixed blades do feel solid)
    Clip point style blades are my preference.
    And you have to be comfortable handling the knife. It's important to know it and know how it feels.

    I sharpen with a tri-stone. Works great, and you get to work personally with the blade.
     
  9. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM
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    Used to love my m16. It was just like that but black. I completely wore that thing out over about 5 years.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    Love it. I found it on the ground one day when I was walking in Camp Fallujah. I have had it since 2006 and have carried it daily. It's a special edition Operation Iraqi Freedom knife.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    tacoma prerunner! LOVE THE QUOTE BTW! but what do you mean by clip point style?
     
  13. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    CRKT M16 is a great tanto tip which is perfect for piercing and stabbing. The tanto tip is the strongest of knife tips because you're basically pushing with a triangle.

    I prefer the CRKT M21 line because of the belly of the blade makes a great everyday carry and cutting knife. They're both strong knives, but for daily uses, I would say the M21 is better.

    If you want the "best" military/tactical folder or fixed out there, and "best" is in quotes because it is subjective, there are several brands to look at:
    -Zero Tolerance
    -Strider
    -Hinderer
    These are my personal top 3. The thing is with Hinderer and Strider, they are difficult to come by and find. Zero Tolerance is somewhat easily available at the following:
    knifeworks.com (Best for selection)
    gpknives.com (Best for prices)
    knifecenter.com (Middle road)

    Some of the best fix blades out there are made my ESEE. Unquestionable lifetime warranty, but ESEE knives are generally used as bushcraft knives, but you can be tactical with them.

    IMO, the best folders out there right now are Zero Tolerance.
     
  14. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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    Awesome!!! Lucky for you someone wasnt paying attention carrying their shit around. The sand color rocks. Clip point is the same thing as tanto point. Tanto is what crkt actually calls it but I knew what you meant grimm.
     
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    This is my Zero Tolerance 0500 MUDD knife:
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    They call it a MUDD knife because the pivot and locking mechanism are fully sealed with urithane bushings/gaskets so that mudd, sand, grit, dirt cannot impede the lock up and deployment of the knife.

    These knives are strong:
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    I stabbed then cut threw a mini keg.

    Here are some of my bushcraft knives that can be had under $60:
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    The top knife is a Gerber LMF II survival knife. It only comes in partially serrated. Molle compatable sheath and has a window break at the back of the knife.

    The bottom knife is an Ontario Tak-1 knife, which is perfect for light bushcraft and smaller camp chores. Its pretty much an ESEE-4 blade with ESEE-6 handles.
     
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    Clip-point blade
    A clip-point blade is like a normal blade with the back "clipped" or concavely formed to make the tip thinner and sharper. The back edge of the clip may have a false edge that could be sharpened to make a second edge. The sharp tip is useful as a pick, or for cutting in tight places. If the false edge is sharpened it increases the knife's effectiveness in piercing. The Bowie knife has a clipped blade and clip-points are quite common on pocket knives and other folding knives.

    This is a SOG Seal Pup Elite (clip point) picture from the internet.
    [​IMG]

    Drop-point blade
    A drop point blade has a convex curve of the back towards the point. It handles much like the clip-point, though with a stronger point less suitable for piercing. Swiss army pocket knives often have drop-points on their larger blades.

    This is a drop point.
    [​IMG]
    I believe the steel on this one is called Damascus - it's layered.
     
  17. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM
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    Thanks A LOT for the help so far guys REPS coming yalls way!

    But lets keep hearing them!
     
  18. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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    I have the seal pup un-elite. :cool:
     
  19. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM
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    Always had benchmade issued to me. Never had any problems with them. We also have them in all our toolboxes at work.
    Im a fan of spyderco as well, simply for the fact that they sent my unit a large box full of knives for free while I was deployed.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM
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    That's what I started with, but eventually upgraded to the Elite. For most situations, there's no difference, but the added strength (extra blade thickness) of the Elite makes a difference.
     
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