Scrap Yard comparisons?

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Hey guys.. I was wondering what the closest knives might be to the Scrap Yard Dog Father and Scrapper 6. (or any other good scrap yard knives).


I've been looking around and some of them are pretty expensive. Your basic run of the mill Scrap Yard knives aren't too bad, but even they are 20% or so higher than what they're advertised on the Scrap Yard website.



Anyway..I'm wondering if there are any comparable knives that are readily available and in current production.
 
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I don't think any other manufacturer makes knives with the excellent Resiprene C handle (Busse and Swamp Rat used to) so in that respect you can't get a comparable knife.
 
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I'm not interested in the handle so much as the blade itself. I'm not even really particular on the blade steel. I'm just looking for something that's as beefy of a knife.
 
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The Fallkniven F1 and A1 are also very tough knives with thick spines, but are stainless.
 

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I would look at the Cold Steel Trailmaster and its smaller version, the Recon Scout (San Mai). They can be found for good prices used.
 
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Hey guys.. I was wondering what the closest knives might be to the Scrap Yard Dog Father and Scrapper 6. (or any other good scrap yard knives).

I've been looking around and some of them are pretty expensive. Your basic run of the mill Scrap Yard knives aren't too bad, but even they are 20% or so higher than what they're advertised on the Scrap Yard website.

Anyway..I'm wondering if there are any comparable knives that are readily available and in current production.

Ranger Knives certainly makes beefy knives. I like 'em very much, and the maker is a great guy to deal with. The availability might be a problem right now though, with Ranger Knives teaming up with Ontario for production. The Ontario-made Rangers should be coming out soonish, though.

The Scrapyards are pretty damn tough knives. A lot of otherwise beefy looking knives are much more fragile in use, and chip and fracture easier. Even so, I'd definitely consider something like a Fällkniven A1. Stainless yes, but it's a good knife and cuts well.

On the other hand, you could just save up some money and go straight for a Busse. You probably wouldn't regret that move.
 
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The Scrapyards are pretty damn tough knives. A lot of otherwise beefy looking knives are much more fragile in use, and chip and fracture easier. Even so, I'd definitely consider something like a Fällkniven A1. Stainless yes, but it's a good knife and cuts well.


I just ordered a A1 recently, actually! I heard good things about it and decided to get one.


What chopper would you suggest? 10" preferably...
 
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Buck's NightHawk line has .025 thick blades of 420HC. The handles are pretty freekin Tough and they come with a Sheath for Decent money... My S6 is one of most used knives but my Buck NH's are are gettin their time in as of late!!!
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I just ordered a A1 recently, actually! I heard good things about it and decided to get one.

What chopper would you suggest? 10" preferably...

Good choice on the A1. It's a good all-round field knife, and you don't have to worry about rusting with it. The fit and finish can be a tad rough, especially with the grinds, but it's a working knife anyway, not meant to be pretty.

For a chopper, there's always the Fällkniven A2, but personally, I would get something not made of stainless steel, for better resistance against chipping. The obvious but very expensive choice would be one of the Busse Fusion Battle Mistresses - 10" blade, and absurdly tough knives that hold an edge extremely well. There's also the Ranger RD9 with a 9.5" blade of 5160 steel, tough knives also and not nearly as expensive as the Busses, but may be hard to get right now for the reasons mentioned in my previous post. Then there are many much less tough options available, like the previously mentioned Browning competition knife. Or, you could just get a good axe for a fraction of the price and start saving up for a Battle Mistress. ;)
 
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I just ordered a A1 recently, actually! I heard good things about it and decided to get one.


What chopper would you suggest? 10" preferably...

You could take a look at the Ka Bar Heavy Bowie. For about 40 bucks you get a lot of knife and a decent sheath.
 
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For a chopper, there's always the Fällkniven A2, but personally, I would get something not made of stainless steel, for better resistance against chipping.

The obvious but very expensive choice would be one of the Busse Fusion Battle Mistresses - 10" blade, and absurdly tough knives that hold an edge extremely well.

There's also the Ranger RD9 with a 9.5" blade of 5160 steel, tough knives also and not nearly as expensive as the Busses, but may be hard to get right now for the reasons mentioned in my previous post.



I agree with you on the A2.. Also it's almost what it'd cost to get a FBM or a Dog Father. Almost.. I don't think it'd be durable enough to be a heavy chopper. Not to say that it wouldn't be a great knife. Also..it's a bit small for what I'd consider a "chopper". 10" seems to be the golden standard for getting it done.

Would a RD9 come close to a battle mistress? RD9 is 9.5" so it has the size I'm looking for. It's 1/4" stock.. ..and it's only 120 bucks off Justin's site. I'm not really looking to purchase RIGHT now anyway. I'm just trying to figure out what my best option is.



Sure..I'd love a battle mistress. It's probably the best chopper I've seen, but I can't imagine spending 3-500 bucks for a user. 200 dollars would have to be my cap. If I were trying to collect..then it'd be a different story.
 
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The A2 is durable enough for a heavy chopper, as long as by heavy you don't meaning chopping concrete and similar hard materials. It does wood well. The price makes it somewhat not worth it, though.

The RD9 does come close to a Battle Mistress in the sense that both are good working choppers. But they are different - the RD9 is much lighter, which means faster in hand but also less powerful in chopping. The RD9 is certainly enough to get the job done, though. It's a good choice. :thumbup:
 
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Are there any other reasonable options? The Fallkniven A2 runs about 180-200 bucks..which is okay if it's the best I can get. It is a little shorter than I'd like at about 8" blade length.

I don't know why, but it seems like a 10" blade is just the right length for camp clearing/chopping chores. Not to say that I couldn't clear a camp with a 6" blade.


With all that in mind.. What about machetes? They'd work well for most small clearing tasks, but wouldn't be comfortable batoning.. The Ontario heavy duty machete doesn't even appear to be that heavy duty at .125 thick.


I mean the Kershaw Outcast is about 80 bucks, 10 inches long, and is approximately 3/16" or .187 thick. Is that thick enough to safely baton a blade of this length?




Any thoughts on all this? ...and BRKT makes a nice golok, but it doesn't really tickle my fancy as far as looks goes. I'm sure it would get the job done..it's a brute.
 
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A lot of folks seem to like the Outcast fine. There's always a lot of options when it comes to knives. For something a little cheaper, there's a 9" Ka-Bar Large Heavy Bowie that can chop respectably well, and has a comfortable handle.

"Best" is really quite relative - I find the A2 a little pricy for what it is.

10" is a nice length for chopping, but very cumbersome for everything and anything else, so there's a downside.

A machete would be cheap, and would do small stuff well. And you can baton with a lot of machetes, although not perhaps as easily as with some thicker knives that flex less. Thickness doesn't matter much there otherwise, because the machetes are left so soft they're really very tough even when thin.

But if you're going to do a lot of chopping and only chopping with this thing, then I still say an axe is better. And cheaper.
 
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The BRKT Golok is a mean chopping tool. If you do some research you will find plenty of info. on them. The price is very good also for what you are getting.
 
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The BRKT Golok is a mean chopping tool. If you do some research you will find plenty of info. on them. The price is very good also for what you are getting.
+1 for the Barkie Golok.

The BRKT Bay de Noc and the Big Sky Camp Knife are also very capable choppers.
 
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