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Honestly, what is the best bushcraft/survival standalone folder?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by RX-79G, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. pitdog


    Apr 13, 2007
    The knife I always carry is my GAK, fills most my needs and can make tiny traps ! 😜

  2. Wotan


    Jun 1, 2003
    I usually carry a Victorinox Forester. I think that will be a good standalone "survival" knife if needed.
  3. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Starting a thread asking a question only to argue with the responses is something I don't understand. Seems like you already know the answer to your question.

    For me, the question is flawed because I see bushcraft and survival as too different things, neither of which can be defined to an acceptable degree for everyone to agree on. If it is survival I would want a stout knife, buscraft, less stout more slicey.

    When I go into the woods I take a folder and a fixed blade on me (hell, when I walk around town I take a small fixed blade and a folder). The folder is usually my PM2 but many of my other folders would work as well, despite being much thicker. I know, I'm wrong, but I thought I'd try.
  4. RX-79G


    Jun 23, 2006
    There is nothing wrong with both asking a general question and having my own opinions about the answer, or interacting with those who respond. Especially when my answers are very similar to several other people's answers. Pretending this represents some sort of dishonesty or rudeness on my part is ridiculous.

    This part of your post, like the "use what you got" post disrespects the thread topic. The thread topic is knife choice, not posting style or "I am unable to choose which knife I carry".

    If you have some personal issues to work out with me, please PM me, because this is off topic.
  5. kvtcomdo


    Jun 7, 2013
    Don't venture into the woods often, but this is what I would take as well.
  6. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
  7. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    I'm sure you realize but the PM2 has a compression lock. A very sturdy locking mechanism. They have never failed me. Neither have any of the lockback i've had over the years.

    Quality choices A.L and Mannlicher. Nice to see some less common blades for a change. :D:thumbup:
  8. RX-79G


    Jun 23, 2006
    My bad. I was thinking of a different Spyderco when I responded. I have one with a Compression lock and it is very strong.

    Thanks for the correction.
  9. RevDevil


    Nov 9, 2009
    Correlational data is not causal, but more along the lines of circumstantial. One never knows what the hell someone did to a knife to make it fail from a picture. There is always a whole lot more, and more often than not those people that jump to post pictures of failed knives have done really stupid things with them, yet they conveniently leave out some or most of the details. People are people, oh well. I like to form my own opinions from use, if I decide outright I don't like a knife, it's no longer worth my time or consideration as a potential tool for me; relatively speaking of course.
  10. Woods Walker

    Woods Walker

    Jun 3, 2010
    Hate is such a harsh word brother. Relax it's just the internet. For me it's just a fact of life at times I don't have the "perfect" tool on my person. There is also another aspect to it. A less than perfect knife being actually used transcends quests for perfection IMHO.

    For example.





    So is that the "perfect" knife? Yes because I actually had it on hand when needed and it helped me do something I enjoy.
    It's all good and to each their own. :)
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  11. RX-79G


    Jun 23, 2006
    That looks tasty!

    Hey, you chose to take what is commonly thought to be a good choice for general use in the field - the Opinel. Good for mushrooms and a lot of other tasks in the field.

    My thinking in writing this thread was simply that bushcraft skills may save your life in a pinch, so what's a good choice in something either tough enough or flexible enough to make up for the fact that it was just the knife you happened to have with you. And there can be many answers to that question, but there probably are some wrong answers, in varying degrees.

    I put my money where my mouth is and bought an Opinel and a saw equipped SAK. Then I bought some more used SAKs with saws and rebuilt them, removing the screwdrivers and bottle openers and leaving the wood working tools to slim them down.

    I think it is possible to make a folding knife that is nearly as strong as a fixed blade, I just haven't seen it yet. Other folks are more confident. But I'd like to see something that really jams the blade and handle into one unit, rather than just some way of blocking the pivot.

    Thanks to everyone's suggestions and experience.
  12. Woods Walker

    Woods Walker

    Jun 3, 2010
    Yup! I like SAK as well because have a bunch of them and tend to toss one in every kit so will probably actually have it on hand when in the woods. Not the best in the world by a long shot but also not junk (IMHO).



  13. LimuHead


    Jan 14, 2015
  14. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    My trusty SAK spartans (the oldest one I've had for over 20 years) have sent many a packed lunch to meet their maker. :cool:
  15. Steve6387


    Jul 1, 2013
    Honestly.... As much as I am a knife guy, i don't try to kid myself. None of my folders or fixed blades are nearly as useful outside as my basic Leatherman PST.... And that's all of 25 years old.
    If I want a dedicated blade, any of my folders or fixed blades will let me do what I "Need" to do as far as "bushcraft" goes.... But they all take a backseat to a good multi tool when it comes to backcountry utility.

    I thought my $0.02 on the multitool / leatherman fair, given the OP specifically included this type of "knife" in the original post.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016
  16. WEB2


    Oct 13, 2004
    Crkt m16-14zsf(older one)
  17. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    It really is.
    Unique, locks the blade out super securely, and the handle ergonomics are superb. :thumbup:

    The handle is the most important part in many respects, and this knife also proves that designing for utility can look good too.
    The first thing my wife said was "I really like the look of that handle." :)
  18. bore


    May 20, 2015
    Didn't think I'd need another knife. Hmm. Wonder how much
  19. SAK Guy

    SAK Guy

    Jul 2, 2013
    I'll have to go with SAKs as well.....

    Specifically, the Farmer.
    dingy likes this.

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