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Carbon steel fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Animatronic Fireman, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Animatronic Fireman

    Animatronic Fireman

    Sep 16, 2011
    Hi, I'm looking for a good carbon steel fixed blade in the 4 to 5" range. It is going to be for camping / SAR / army. My main fixed blade is a Fallkniven F1, and have a SOG Seal Pup that currently meet these uses. I have some Grohmanns for hunting. I think my next stainless fixed blade will be a Fallkniven S1 but was also thinking a Bravo 1 in S35VN. I have some Busses but they are all big blades.

    I was thinking an ESEE 4 or 5 would fit the bill, but they seem expensive for what you get - at least in Canada our exchange has made them look that way.

  2. Armed2TheTeeth


    Feb 9, 2017
    ESEE knives are awesome, and their 1095 and heat treat are top notch. That said, I beat the piss out of my Mora Companion HD and it always comes back for more. That knife is a steal at ~$20

    Sent from my Galaxy Tab 4, probably.
  3. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Master Hunter. Try Warriors and Wonders.
  4. Emre


    Nov 15, 2006
  5. 5370H55V


    Mar 1, 2008
    How about Condor? I have a machete by them and its been a pleasure to use so far.
    Their knives are known to be great values with excellent heat treat and they have several designs I'm tempted by.
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Check out the Mira all-round series, they have a nice large rubberized handle that most people like , is a 3/4 tang, and come with some longer blade lengths than many other models.
  7. ronie1988


    May 25, 2014
    You may buy Ontario RAT series in 1095 or Ontario Ranger series in 5160. If you are looking to go up for a good 154CM blade (stainless though), you may get Ontario SK-5 blackbird, its a good field knife.
    BUT Camping has different requirements, so has SAR and Army, single knife can't fit the bill. I have stated above knife for camping and Army. FOR SAR see Eickhorn knives like CSAR folders, PRT series folders, Aviator 1,2,3 fixed blades, RT 1,2,3,4 fixed blades Here is link http://www.eickhorn-solingen.de/epages/62631327.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62631327/Categories/Produkte/Rettungsmesser SAR needs highly pro tools made for the job.

    For pure military get a Ka-bar, Eickhorn KM-2000, KM3000, Glock 78 etc.
  8. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    Try the Becker BK16. Its similar in size to the ESEE 4, but with a more comfortable handle shape, and a slightly thinner spine. They usually cost ~$60-70. I find that they're a great all rounder.
  9. Captain O

    Captain O Banned BANNED

    Apr 14, 2015
    Don't overthink this. Get a KaBar USN Mark 1 Deck Knife Cro Van steel, 5 1/8" blade shaped in the "hunting knife" tradition. Tough as nails and affordable. If you take care of it, it will outlive you!

    Trust me, you skin a deer or two before you have to take it to a pair of ceramic sticks. It is made in the USA and is "battle proven" tough since 1943. (Being patterned after the hunting knives of the 1920's has its benefits).
  10. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have thought the Buck Compadre 104 fixed blade in 5160 would be a good tough knife, 5160 is known to be tough and hold a decent edge. Just read one of the reviews on a knife selling site that it paired with the 108 Compadre chopping Froe made a good combination. they also have an ax in that series too.
  11. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    This is a good idea.
  12. Animatronic Fireman

    Animatronic Fireman

    Sep 16, 2011
    Thanks for the recommendations everyone.

    The KaBar USN Deck knife looks pretty good - I've always been considering their main fighting knife but don't like the point on it - the deck knife is much more to my liking.

    The Ontario RAT and Ranger both look similar to what I was looking for in the ESEE - specifically the Ontario RAT-5 and the TAK. Any more info on Ontario vs the ESEE? Why is ESEE so expensive for a 1095?

    My main SAR Knife is a Spyderco rescue folder that works pretty click. Just wanted a back up fixed blade that could handle the general tasks with.

    I was in Finland for work - I really should have bought a Puuko when I was there - but instead came home with a Roselli Axe that they burned my name in the handle.

    Also, thanks for the Mora suggestion - I have a Mora companion and like it lot.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2017

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