Aurora Scandi come with sheath? What would you pick over this?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Motega, May 15, 2020.

  1. Motega

    Motega Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    Strangely enough, I can't see if most vendors are selling this with a sheath, and the difference in price between vendors ($100) suggests some don't come with one.

    If you had to pick a general fixed blade about this size what would you pick and why?

    My "Go to" Right now is the Gerber LMF- only because the steel is easy to sharpen and I feel like really beating it to hell isn't a big deal at the sub $75 price it went for (I actually got mine free but that's another story).
  2. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    They always leave the factory with a sheath.
    Check DLT Trading or KnifeShipFree as they are stockist dealers and always care for their customers.

    I have an older Aurora in A2 and it sits in a JRE Sheath.
    Great knife! :thumbsup:
    Personally I nowadays prefer a hidden tang, due to hand-chillout in wet & cold conditions.

  3. ScottsBad

    ScottsBad Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2015
    It depends on what you prefer, your budget, your weight tolerance, and how you are going to use it. I don't like knives for outdoor (woods or backyard use) that are under 5". That's because there isn't much I need to do with a small knife that I can't do with a larger knife, to a point. And if I need a small knife I can buy a Mora for less than $20 (I already have a few) and throw it away if I screw it up.

    If you like quality knives, bushcraft and all around use, an Aurora will serve you well. The Aurora is on the short side for me, so I have an Aurora II which is 5.6". The price may also vary due to the type of steel and handle material. Just the handle material alone can vary the price by $75, the steel by $50.

    The Aurora has been made in A2, 3V (my fav), and Cru-wear I think. You pay more for 3V and Cru-wear. I prefer 3V because it is much much tougher, holds a great edge, and is near stainless. 3V is a little harder to sharpen if you let it get dull, but I strop my blades after serious use so they don't get really dull. Cru-wear is supposed to be the premium and in some ways it is. And don't dismiss A2, it is a very good steel, just surpassed more recently by the super-steels.

    The Aurora II comes in 3V only.

    If you buy the simple Micarta handles, they are pretty reasonable for the steel and build quality. They always come with sheaths.

    There are a number of other great manufacturers too, but I'm kind of a steel snob and will only buy fixed blade knives made in CPM-3V or sometimes Elmax, Cru-wear, CPM-154, or Busse's INFI.

    Here are the knives I have that I can recommend:
    - BRK Bravo Alpha (new DLT exclusive) 5.125" convex grind outdoor knife, 3V, tough knife with bushcraft tilt. Super comfy handle.

    - LT Wright - Illuminous 5 (new knife maybe hard to find) - All around outdoor knife 5.7" scandi grind in 3V (wish it was a convex grind) A little heaver with great handle, a little larger in diameter. Gives me more leverage and light chopping power. 1.5" tall but thin blade. The first LT Wright knife that had the specs I want. The illuminous 5 and Bravo Alpha are my two favorites right now.

    Bravo 1.25 - 5" knife that is a classic. I like the rampless or field model in 3V. Comes with the BRK convex grind. (BRK will remove the ramp for $25 if you don't like it or do it yourself). Comes in an LT version which has a little thinner steel in the blade. And a Bravo 1 version that is shorter. The handle is the superb.

    Aurora II - I already mentioned this. Sturdy slicer, carver, great all around knife with the terrific Aurora handle. 3v steel makes it indestructible. I'm sure the shorter Aurora is great too.

    Fox River EXT-2 (DLT exclusive) - This knife is only 4.5" of 3V, but it is an excellent knife (except the sheath is too big IMHO). It has a big belly for game prep. Super nice. I don't use this as often, but that's just because I like bigger knives.

    Finally, I don't have this knife, but it caught my eye and a beautiful knife for someone who doesn't like big blades. It's the Gunny Sidekick (Knives Ship Free exclusive) really nice design using the Bravo handle.

    *** edit **** The aurora scandi is a scandi-vex and is a nice grind, but I prefer the normal convex grind which BRK is known for.
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  4. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    A Mora is always good to have around. Lightweight, strong enough, affordable and comfortable in hand.
    Fällkniven NL5 Idun for a more fancy alternative.
    NL 5 Idun.jpg
    As Your initial Q was for a BRK, I would take the BRK Scandi in 3V.
    Why? For performance and for the fun of it.:)

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