Hunting knife recommendation for nephew

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by emtyhopper, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. emtyhopper


    May 2, 2014
    I took my 12 year old nephew hunting this weekend and he killed his first deer, a good little buck. After everything was done and we were making the drive back home I asked him if there was anything he would want for Christmas that he could use on his next hunt and he said yes....his own knife!

    So now I'm here to ask you guys for recommendations. I'd like to keep it around $50 or so, because he will probably end up losing it.

    So let's hear what you would buy your nephew.
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  2. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Why not give him yours since it's one you know is good and use that as an excuse to buy yourself a new one :)
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  3. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    Get him a Buck 110.
  4. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Yup. A Buck 110 would be excellent. Or a 119 if he prefers a fixed blade.
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  5. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    The Spyderco Moran drop point is a great hunting, camping knife. It is not a heavy bowie type of knife, can comes with a good sheath. It has been my field knife since first released. Bill Moran is an icon in the knife making business.

  6. Worldwatcher

    Worldwatcher Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2015
    Buck 110 vote here too. Right at your price point and a classic can’t go wrong. My first hunting knife was a 119 that coincidentally my uncle gave me. Lost it about 25 years ago and that still stings especially now as I am more into knives and have my own kids that are starting to hunt. But I will never forget that knife and how cool my uncle was!
  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Buck 102 woodsman , they're readily available for about $55.
    They're a legendary classic and have been a popular choice for a young man's first hunting knife for decades.
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  8. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    Buck 538, Open Season Small Game model. Only a little over your $50 cap, and a very useful all-around pattern.
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  9. Coyja

    Coyja Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    When I was that age, 11-12, I got a Case Sodbuster Jr as my first real knife. (I cut myself on it before we even made it to the car)

    A Buck 110 is great, but it’s a lead weight in your pocket too.
    Try the Sodbuster Jr, it’s a good start.
  10. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Definitely something from Buck. Plenty of excellent options, and don't overlook the ~$25 Buck 685, it's surprisingly nice. Steel snobs here would rather take their own lives than use a knife in 420HC, but it performs just fine. There are plenty of styles to choose from, with the 118/119/etc. knives jumping to mind.
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  11. Lee D

    Lee D

    May 27, 2013
    Another vote for the Buck 102. Great knife and in my experience a far better choice than the Buck 110/112 folders. They’re great knives, but you won’t be wasting time cleaning out a folding knife.
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  12. JBC6650

    JBC6650 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Buck Pathfinder or Woodsman and you could get it engraved, I believe the Buck site or DLT will do that.
  13. emtyhopper


    May 2, 2014
    I like the way you think!

    My idea of a hunting knife is a fixed blade, so I'll be going that route. Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I should be looking at what buck has to offer!
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  14. Coyja

    Coyja Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    For fixed blades, a Mora seems like an obvious choice. The Mora 2000 or Kansbol would be the way I’d go.
  15. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Highly recommend the good old Buck 119, then! :)
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  16. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
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  17. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    As a non-hunter, I feel fully qualified in recommending a Buck 119. There are obviously a lot of knives that will work, and for my own use I would probably be drawn to a Mora or a Marttiini, but this is a symbolic as well as a practical choice, and a rite of passage for your nephew.

    The 119is unequivocally a “big boy’s” knife, and it is a knife he will want to own anyway, even if he should come around to something else in the future.
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  18. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Another vote for the Buck 110.
    Don't fret about it being a "pocket brick".
    When carried on a belt the way it is supposed to be, you don't even notice it.
    The 110 was never intended to be carried in the pocket.
    If 7.4 ounces is "too heavy" there is always the 110LT, at 3.2 ounces.

    For fixed blade it is hard to beat the Mora.
    I'd go with the classic/venerable Number 1 or 2, or if you want a guard, the 611, with the red painted birch handle though.

    As an alternative to the Mora, there is always the Schrade Old Timer 'Sharp Finger', either vintage US manufacture on the second hand market, or offshore new manufacture.
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  19. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    My first thought was a basic Mora too. Inexpensive, light, and still a great knife for the price.

    If he is anything like my nephew (now 19), he will lose it .. :p

    I'd maybe save a nice Buck for 16th b day or Xmas gift.
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  20. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I like the two stage process mentioned here, let him have either a Mora, Buck Lite, or even a 102 and then after a few years, the 16th birthday would be nice for a Buck 105, 119, or even the smaller version 117.
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