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Advice for new high end ish fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Marki87, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Marki87


    Jul 25, 2009
    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!

  2. chanwahyaoh


    Mar 15, 2008
    I foresee a lot of recommendations for a Busse.
  3. neverused


    Aug 31, 2011
    Dis jj
  4. RickJ


    Mar 2, 2003

    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.
  5. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    Bark River.
    Many blade styles to choose from.
    And, many beautiful wood handles to choose from.
  6. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    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.

    Have you considered a carbon steel knife from Becker, ESEE, or similar?

    Good luck deciding!
  7. squishware


    Jun 8, 2009
    Busse or Treeman knives.
  8. Nathan Ihrke

    Nathan Ihrke

    Sep 28, 2008
    You should take a look at Seamus knives
  9. Boozoo Chavis

    Boozoo Chavis

    Oct 18, 2003
  10. Dark Attic Works

    Dark Attic Works KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 11, 2011
    I've been really happy with my Justin King Practical Field Knife and the CPM3V steel is really great. Here's a pic:

  11. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
    The new Bark river Bravo in 3V steel. You won't get tougher than that at pretty much any price point.
  12. LX_Emergency

    LX_Emergency KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2007
  13. jossta

    jossta Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    Martin Olexey in 3v:

  14. jimnolimit


    Oct 28, 2009
    Take a look at fehrman knives, the first strike sounds like it would work for you.
  15. gomipile


    Apr 17, 2010
    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 :D
  16. Ramiel


    Aug 5, 2011
  17. hatchetjack


    May 24, 2005
    I'd ask Ray Laconico or Bill Siegle to make you one.
  18. Marki87


    Jul 25, 2009
    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 :)

  19. wjswiger

    wjswiger Banned BANNED

    Feb 27, 2011
    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!!
  20. Marki87


    Jul 25, 2009

    I found an almost perfect knife for my purposes:

    The Kiku Hurricane - http://www.japaneseknifedirect.com/KikuoMatsudaKnife.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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