could use a little advice

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DirrtyB, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    im in the market for a new hunting knife and could use some direction.
    ill only be using it for field dressing, skinning, and quatering. so it wont be hacking down any trees, but will come in contact with bone.
    my question is what kind of steel would best fit the bill? itll have to hold up to early season rain and late season snow. ive been looking at the benchmade griptilian fixed in 154cm and their rant in d2.
    maybe a different knife? manufacturer?
  2. DennisStrickland

    DennisStrickland Banned BANNED

    Jun 24, 2009
    the selection of bark rivers is a great place to check out. for the causal sportsman main stream alloys will easily suffice. on the economical end you will find the straight knives by queen & gec will easily work. with the light weight dmt diafold sharpeners to carry in your pocket you do'nt need to worry about the knife getting too dull to handle the situation. really i think it's a waste of money to buy a high dollar custom or factory offering to use only one or twice a year.i'm a knifenut so i carry expensive blades most of the time, but for the practical kat these are overkill.
  3. coniferwoodsman


    Feb 24, 2010
    +1 on Bark River. Hard to beat, easy to ues and care for and sharp as all get out
  4. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    I don't mind spending some extra cash on nice knife. I'd like to get something I'll be confident in carrying on me.
  5. MTHall53


    Nov 30, 2009
    Bark River is one of the best, IMO
  6. coop1957


    Oct 22, 2002
    The benchmade griptilian fixed in 154cm has been discontinued and is getting hard to find.
  7. pinchfoot


    Mar 4, 2010
    Man, you're gonna have fun searching. There are tons of custom, semi-custom and production models. GL...
  8. pinkfloyd101


    Sep 24, 2008
    Bark river, bob dozier, or maybe ESEE knives(rat cutlery) for fixed knives. For folders you might want to check out spyderco, benchmade, or maybe Chris reeve knives. There are also many custom knife makers on this forum who are great knife makers and are not too expensive.
  9. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    As far as steel goes would d2 hold up in the weather? I also read 134cm can be a bit on the brittle side. Suggestions on that side of the spectrum?
  10. pinchfoot


    Mar 4, 2010
    They all "hold up", with use and care.(vs abuse and neglect)
  11. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    What I'm worried about is t getting wet in he sheath and being in it for 10 hours maybe over night.
  12. A_Blade_Afficionado


    Jan 20, 2009
    That could be a problem. D2 definitely wouldn't do well in situations like that nor would any carbon steel.
  13. pinkfloyd101


    Sep 24, 2008
    If you are really worried about rust... then I would stick with stainless. Steels like s30v, CPM 154cm, vg-10, or even 440c would work well. If you can take care of your knives and not let them sit in water, blood, or food then tool steels work very well. Then are generally tougher and stronger while able to hold a great edge. Steels like 1095, A2, CPM 3v, M4, etc are great if you can take care of them. All steels will work great if they are from a good maker with a solid heat treat. It really depends on your needs. D2 is a tool steel, but it acts more like a stainless. It holds a edge very well, but it is not very tough, which doesn't matter for you because you are not chopping with it. A lot of people like D2 in a hunting knife. It will rust, but not as easily as other tool steels.
  14. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    How much of a corrosion difference is there between d2 and true stainless?
    I notice a lot of hunting based knives are being made in it now.
  15. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to take the knife out of the sheath and dry it overnight. I've always had mine under my rain gear or under my coveralls in snowy weather so it's never gotten wet unless used anyway. Then I just wipe it off before putting it back in the sheath.

    If you're really concerned about corrosion take a look at Spyderco's Aqua Salt. It's made with H1 steel that will not rust. Whatever you decide on, a kydex sheath would be better than leather as far as moisture retention. Plus you can store it in the sheath without worrying about it.

    As far as D2 goes, it's a good choice for hunting knives because it offers a combination of toughness and edge holding ability while being fairly corrosion resistant. I don't think leaving it wet for an extended period would be good though.
  16. Samael


    Sep 30, 2007
    I've been using a Buck Alaskan Guide Vanguard in S30V pretty exclusively for the last few years. Rubber handle, a very high-quality stainless steel that holds an edge almost forever, nylon sheath, and it feels just right in my hand. It'll set you back $100, and I'd have a hard time imagining anything in that price range that would do the job better.
  17. DirrtyB


    Mar 26, 2010
    I wipe my gun and knife down with oil 99% of the time after I get out he woods, but there's been one or two instances that I fell asleep on the couch after I got in. I'd just like to know my investment isn't going to be junk the next morning.
    I don't want to turn this into another "best" steel thread cause it seems to be a mood point. Rather I'd like to get some insight into other peoples experiences are with some of these steels and manufaturers/knife makers.

    As far as what I'm looking for I'd like a drop point fixed blade with some kind of rubberized grip and a quality nylon sheath or cordura if they make them.
  18. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    The Cold Steel Master Hunter is one which seems to meet all your requirements.
    Laminated VG-1 stainless steel blade, great sheath, Kraton handle, and excellent build quality (it's made in Japan).
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2010
  19. banana-clip


    Jun 7, 2007
    Bark River, Buck Vanguard or even one of the original made in USA Old Timer Sharpfinger's would work great.

    There are plenty of really nice custom knives that would be a great hunting knife to fit your needs.
  20. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Buck in S30V or 440C
    Gerber Freeman
    Knives of Alaska D2
    if you're worried about rust.

    BRKT uses a lot of A2
    ESEE 3 or 4 in 1095
    These will likely surface orange if left in a wet sheath overnight, but it shouldn't pit and a quick touch-up on a diamond stone or strop will clean that off.

    There are also several makers here on the forum who could make something to your taste or specs for under $200, if they don't already have a standard pattern you like.

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