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Recommendation? Fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by mefisto, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    How odd that nobody has recommended a Smatchet.
  2. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Personally, I think too much emphasis is made on using a particular steel.
    Ask the smith what he recommends and I would go with that. They know way more about it than me.
    Unless you got your heart set on something in particular, that's what I would do.

    Most of my stuff is 1095; I'm not picky.
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  3. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    For $200 you could buy a Buck 105, 117 & a 119 if you are a good bargain hunter. That should cover any mood you’re in and complete any task you mentioned.

    The Cold Steel SRK is a fantastic knife and a real workhorse, as is the Recon Scout. The Master Hunter is also a very good field blade that doesn’t get much attention.

    The Grohmann #1 Canadian Belt knife and the #3 Boat knife are my go to fixed blades and well within your budget. You could probably get both for the $200. I have never handled the #4 Survival model but it has great reviews if you want something bigger.

    I also really like my Puma Hunters Pal although it is probably considered more of a gentleman’s knife than a workhorse. The Hunters Friend is the bigger version, a friend of mine has had one for decades and still loves it.
  4. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Same. Unlike my folders, I tend to be heavy handed when using fixed blades, so I really like 1095.
  5. steelhog


    Jul 2, 2009
    With a $200 limit you really have a lot of great options. There is never a shortage of great blades but for me there is always a shortage of handles that fit/are comfortable my hands. If possible I would say get an idea what type of handle shape/size/material you like local shopping. After that I would find your ideal blade based on handle first then the other criteria. Just my 2cents from a guy that has wasted way too much money on knives with too thin or slick handles......:)
  6. mefisto


    Oct 10, 2019

    thank you for all the recommendation; it is a lot of information to absorb and process, but I am slowly working through it.

    Hi steelhog,

    absolutely agree. That is why my folder is, what many consider large for EDC, but it fits my hand and I do not thus mind carrying it.

    Kindest regards,

  7. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Cold Steel SRK

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