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Heavy Duty Chopper

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by The_Guide, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    I am in the market right now for a chopping knife. I am looking for
    something with the blade length around the 10" + range, designed
    specifically for hard use chopping and batonning.

    This knife is going to get beaten to hell, and I need something that can
    handle a lot of hard (ab)use.
    I plan on building shelters with it, preparing firewood, and all those other
    unexpected uses one requires a big blade for. I am basically looking for
    an axe in a knifes body.

    I am not too concerned with cost, and I really want something that will not
    chip and can handle heavy batonning. I have looked at Busse, Fehrman, and
    all the other high quality contendors, but I want some real world experience
    and not some sales pitch.

    What would you suggest for such a knife?

    Thanks :)
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  2. shecky


    May 3, 2006
  3. Reeek


    Aug 16, 2008
    Starting a TV survival show are you? :)
  4. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    Well thats no fun :p

    Not too concerned with $$$. Just quality.

    I work in the bush 6 months of the year (a wilderness guide in central BC) and get all my food covered by the ranch. Decent paycheck, no expenses. The other 6 months I live in a cabin by a lake, and basically live off the land. I really have nothing else to spend my money on. Its hard work, but so damn worth it :D

    The_Guide :)
  5. Skyler R.

    Skyler R.

    Dec 27, 2005
    Both Himalayan Imports and Busse will fit your needs perfectly. Here is a 18" CAK by HI, 12" blade if I recall. 10 1/2" diameter tree.

  6. TheFighter88


    Aug 13, 2006
    Busse fits your description.
  7. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    I have been bouncing back and forth betweent the Busse Battle mistress, and Fehrman's Final Judgment.

    They both seem like great knives. Maybe I should just toss a coin...
  8. YDNAR88030


    Feb 23, 2005
    Check out the Becker BK-9 Combat Bowie, less than $ 100.00 and it comes with a sweet little neck knive they throw in for free. The BK-9 is an outstanding chopper and I think you'll be satisfied with it. Best bang for your buck. You said cost didn't matter... check out the Busse website, they make what many on this website the best choppers in the business. Both Becker and Busse have sub-forums on Bladeforums.
  9. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    While both Busse and Fehrman are great choices, you should also check out Mineral Mountain Hatchet Works. Ted makes some monsters out of 5160, I've beaten mine a lot, no problems.
  10. soloman61


    Jan 2, 2009
    Why not a small hatchet with a belt sheath?
  11. J_Curd

    J_Curd Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    Kershaw Outcast.
  12. oldways


    Jun 1, 2008
    Bark River Clax:thumbup:
  13. So-Lo


    Jun 12, 2006

    Sorry I could not help myself :D
  14. Billbo66


    Nov 19, 2008
    If money is no option, you should by both a Busse, and a Fehrman. Post frequent reports on how they hold up, with pictures. I am sure lots-o-folk would love to see the results. I love seeing '"user" knives in action as much I enjoy a well lit, sexy photograph of sleek lined steel.
  15. welton

    welton Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hands down if you can find one get a Busse Nuclear Meltdown Fusion Battle Mistress. The best chopper I have used, if you can't get one get a Fat Fusion Battle Mistress. You will not be disappointed.
  16. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    I am probably going to get the Fehrman now, so I can have a good knife for this coming season, and keep an eye out for a Busse. I have had bad GAS for both of those a while now. (GAS=Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

    Regarding the Bark River Clax, I almost bought one of those. Like filled-out-the-form-and-everything almost. But when it came time to the moment of no return, I just couldnt push the send payment button. Dont know why, it looks like a beast. Just couldnt do it.

    So the Fehrman and the Busse are still the top contendors.

    Any one have any experience with any of the custom builders? The Trace Rinaldi Armageddon looks like it could hold its own. They offer it in A2, S30V, and 3V.

    I was impressed by some of the stuff from Murray Carter as well. Hes got an amazing Koshinata Japanese style machete that has an 11.5" laminated blade.

    So many options. I really want to get it by April, so I think the custom route is out of the question.

    Thanks for all the replies so far. Much food for thought :)

    The_Guide :cool:
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  17. The_Guide


    Feb 1, 2009
    Well, I just stumbled upon a NMFBM. Well see if it's still available, and if so, I am buying it. I really like the extended blade at 11.5".
  18. Gravelface

    Gravelface Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Kelsey Creek Knives (David Wesner) makers EXCELLENT customs!! I have a few in A2 and 5160.

    The Battle Mistress in most forms is the end all knife!
    But the Fehrman Extreme Judgment is worth looking at also!
  19. Jake Bauer

    Jake Bauer

    Sep 19, 2007
    +1 for Becker BK9
  20. fishface5


    Feb 3, 2001
    Busse NMFBM is the be-all end-all for pure chopping, and makes a great draw knife as well due the the long straight rounded spine. But a CGFBM with a 10" corrugated (= lighter) blade might be easier to carry. INFI is a proven performance steel. BUT some people like the ergonomics of the Fehrman line better, and his 3V steel is reportedly exceptionally tough and wear-resistant.

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