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    Advice for new high end ish fixed blade


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    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking to make an addition to my small collection of knives. Currently looking for a mid to large sized fixed blade with emphasis on toughness, sharpness and durability. Basically a tank of a knife that will stand up to pretty much anything.

    Here's a few points in particular:

    Steel - would prefer stuff like S30V, 150CM or VG10, something premium

    Aesthetically pleasing - could be tactical or just anything that doesn't look like an eye sore

    Budget - prefer to stay within $400 USD range, could be increased, depends on the knife

    Weight is not an issue.

    Hope you guys can give me some recommendations, thanks!

    Regards
    Marki

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    I foresee a lot of recommendations for a Busse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marki87 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking to make an addition to my small collection of knives. Currently looking for a mid to large sized fixed blade with emphasis on toughness, sharpness and durability. Basically a tank of a knife that will stand up to pretty much anything.

    Here's a few points in particular:

    Steel - would prefer stuff like S30V, 150CM or VG10, something premium

    Aesthetically pleasing - could be tactical or just anything that doesn't look like an eye sore

    Budget - prefer to stay within $400 USD range, could be increased, depends on the knife

    Weight is not an issue.

    Hope you guys can give me some recommendations, thanks!

    Regards
    Marki
    Dis jj

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    Quote Originally Posted by chanwahyaoh View Post
    I foresee a lot of recommendations for a Busse.

    Yes Busse! Look at the NMFBM or a CGFBM, soon they are putting out a NMFSH that should be awesome! Busse takes time unless you buy from a private dealer or seller, you most likely will have to buy a sheath so get a quality sheath, a great knife deserves a great sheath.
    RickJ

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    Bark River.
    Many blade styles to choose from.
    And, many beautiful wood handles to choose from.
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marki87 View Post
    Budget - prefer to stay within $400 USD range, could be increased, depends on the knife
    For that price, a custom. Or two really nice Bark River knives.
    Bark River uses a lot of tool steels, like A-2, but others as well.

    Currently looking for a mid to large sized fixed blade with emphasis on toughness, sharpness and durability.
    Have you considered a carbon steel knife from Becker, ESEE, or similar?

    Good luck deciding!

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    Busse or Treeman knives.

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    You should take a look at Seamus knives

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    Check out David Winston's Custom Knives. Most of his fixed blades with D2 are $250 or under - They're well made knives with a great fit and finish.

    http://winstonknives.blademakers.com...ent_Value=3732






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    I've been really happy with my Justin King Practical Field Knife and the CPM3V steel is really great. Here's a pic:


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    The new Bark river Bravo in 3V steel. You won't get tougher than that at pretty much any price point.

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    Martin Olexey in 3v:


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    Take a look at fehrman knives, the first strike sounds like it would work for you.

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    Busse, Swamp Rat, and Scrapyard are all obvious choices, depending on what kinds of ergonomics you like.

    I'd also recommend looking at the Chiruwa Ang Khola khukuri from Himalayan Imports. If your emphasis is on "toughness, sharpness and durability," then 5160 as done by himalayan Imports' kamis is a premium steel

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    Check out the company Spartan Blades.

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    I'd ask Ray Laconico or Bill Siegle to make you one.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'm loving the Martin Olexey and Spartan company designs, they would be at the same level to a Busse I presume?

    Totally forgot to include carbon steel as options, I'd definitely consider them.

    I do own a AK from HI, I'm not intending to beat on this knife or use it for hard work, it'll be more of a collector's item that can whoop some zombie ass when the time comes

    Marki

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    Anything from Busse or Fehrman is great....I own some of each. If looking for custom contact David at Ozark Traditions Knives(OTK), on this forum as blackcat, and he will make you a ripping blade in CPM4 and it will simply be awesome....besides, he's absolutely great to deal with!!

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    Guys,

    I found an almost perfect knife for my purposes:

    The Kiku Hurricane - http://www.japaneseknifedirect.com/K...sudaKnife.html

    Kiku seems to be of good reputation around, but would like some input from the gang before putting down money on it.

    For this amount, is the Kiku Hurricane my best option, or are there others.

    I really like the design on the hurricane, so that's a big selling point.

    Only issue is there don't seem to be lot of actual use/abuse reviews on kiku knives, are they as tough as they come?

    Thanks alot!

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