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The ONE Knife

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by thesteelpanther, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. thesteelpanther


    Jun 12, 2018
    Ok, so maybe no single knife can do it all, but I've been on the hunt for the best all around performer for backpacking, bushcraft, and survival applications. I didn't want to have to carry several implements since I've already got a large pack, so I wanted one knife that could chop, cut, and break things as necessary.

    I went back and forth, but ultimately decided to go with the Medford Bonfire. This is a beastly knife at 0.3" thickness of CPM-3V steel. The blade is 7.5" and the overall is 13". This thing will outperform the Gransfors Small Forest Axe at chopping and the edge retention from the 3V and double hollow grind is ridiculous.

    Curious to know what ONE knife you would take with you if you had to go into the backcountry alone and why.
  2. jux t

    jux t

    Jan 10, 2018
    Long trip/heavy backpack: Becker BK5
    Because I've used it and it works for any heavy cutting I've needed and has a nice tip.

    Short Trip/light backpack: Cold Steel Master Hunter 3V
    Because I've used it and it's light and plenty capable for medium cutting and has a nice tip.

    If I didn't have to rely on it for survival, I think I'd prefer my Leatherman PST II because it does most things I've needed and is light.
  3. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz Basic Member Basic Member

    May 10, 2017
    I would be completely happy, and self-sufficient with virtually any of my 3-4" fixed blade hunting knives. I've never needed a knife to act like an axe and chop wood. If I don't have an axe, there are ways to get wood prepped for a fire without it. And I have never needed to baton or fuzz stick anything to get a fire going. I have needed my Buck 102 to get a yucca tip that had broken off and stuck, out of my leg. Can't think of any big knife I would have wanted or been able to do that with.
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  4. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    That's just not true.

    I'd chose my hdfk from cpk.
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  5. shortwinger


    Apr 7, 2010
    The Buck 110 isn't glamorous but has probably accompanied more outdoorsman in the field than any other knife. It's still ticking and is as popular today as it was 10 or 20 or 30 years ago.

    If you are into larger fixed blades the SRK and Recon Scout are great moderately priced blades with many years of dependable verifiable field use. The USMC KaBar, BK2, Case Hunter, Buck 102/105/119 are all great options with a long history.

    I have never owned one but the ESEE family of knives have a great reputation. Habilis knives are popular with the survival/bushcraft community although again, I have never owned one.

    Good luck on your search.
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  6. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I would take my Victorinox Huntsman or Farmer. Either one will cover 99% of any task that I need. I love some of my larger fixed blades and always carry one, but gotta be real here.
  7. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Bare minimum for me would be a big knife / machete for chopping etc and something small , even a very lightweight / compact folder for the precise and fussy work .

    Trying to do everything with ONE , you just end up with one that's not very good at anything !
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  8. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    I would likely use this model.
    Camp Kaiju. (Made by myself)
    Has for forward finger finger choil for fine work. And has a nice even convex grind.
    This one has a 7.3 inch blade and 0.220 Zfinit @ 60HRC.

    For survival/ the ONE, i would use this model
    With a 7.5 inch blade and a slightly thinner convex grind. If i needed a stainless i would use the Zfinit, if i wasnt concerned with rust CPM 3V @ 61HRC with low temper.
    It does pretty much everything pretty well.
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  9. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    The one I have taken into the "way out there" for around 25 years, Cold Steel Trailmaster bowie (carbon V).:cool: It has never failed me in any way and, if limited to one knife, I'm of the "a big knife can do what a small one can (though not as well in some cases) but a small one generally cannot do many of the things a large one can" school of thought. My .02 ;)
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  10. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    The Trailmaster is very versatile and I've even chopped down trees with it . Just to see if I could . An axe and saw works a lot better .

    Trailmaster type length and weight would be the minimum I would consider if much chopping is needed .
  11. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    My choice would be something 3-4" blade length and light... famed Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen carried a smallish pukko (OK, he probably didn't need to cut down any trees...:D).
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