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What is THE American Traditional knife to you

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by mdsmith, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. mdsmith


    Jan 7, 2009
    I was just thinking about how different countries have certain traditional knives that people associate them with, be it fixed blade or folder. The Finnish have the pukko, the Swedish have the Mora style knives, there's the khukri from Nepal, and the balisong from the Philippines, ect. So what knife would you say best symbolises the US?
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  2. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
  3. thejamppa


    Aug 20, 2009
    Any Bowie but since bowie has no real specifications to meet... well I think U.S.M.C. Ka-Bar might be asgood or anything for traditional all american fixed blade.
  4. mdsmith


    Jan 7, 2009
    Stelth - The Buck 110 was the first thing that came to my mind also.

    Jamppa - Good call on the Kabar. I hadn't thought of that one.
  5. hughewil


    Apr 12, 2011
    For fixed blades I would say a traditional western bowie, for folders a Buck 110.
  6. Morrow

    Morrow Don't make this weird Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 11, 2007
    The Buck 110 was the first I thought of as well.
  7. puukkoman


    Sep 30, 2004
    I'm with you guys... the Buck 110.
    The most iconic American knife, known around the world.
  8. Mountain Wildman

    Mountain Wildman

    Aug 29, 2010
    Buck and Kabar.
  9. markpmc


    Aug 10, 2011
    Agree w/ the above. A 110 or a bowie of some sort. My first thought was a case congress. Didn't the slipjoint congress pattern originate in the South during the 1800's?
  10. quattromori


    May 7, 2011
    Being non American, I guess I might see things from a different point of view actually.
    Reading the OP, seems like the question is more oriented towards a style of knife (puukko, balisong, khukri and so on) than towards a single knife. Lockbacks (like the Buck 110) might indeed represent the US style......but, to me, the knife style that best represents the country is the bowie.

  11. This is interesting to me, as I immediately thought of two knives as 'American': the Bowie, and the Buck 110. Within a second or two after that, I also considered the stockman (or 'cattle knife') as perhaps uniquely American also. Assuming, of course, someone doesn't educate me on other possible origins of the stockman pattern. ;)
  12. 28gauge

    28gauge Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    I think Randall qualifies here!
  13. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    A Bowie such as Bill Bagwell makes comes to my mind for a fixed blade.Folders,I agree with the Buck 110.Also the Stockman and Trapper patterns.
  14. mdsmith


    Jan 7, 2009
    I had thought about the stockman also, but wasn't sure if it was of American origin. The congress is also a good call.
  15. Jakeboy


    Feb 12, 2011
    It's almost a toss up between the Bowie and the USMC Kabar. The Bowie has many different blade design interpretations out there, while the Kabar has always been the same blade design (granted different handles and materials are currently offered), but the blade is classic.

    My vote goes to the Kabar.
  16. hughewil


    Apr 12, 2011
    Also the Nessmuk and the green river patterns like the daddley
  17. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    What is THE American anything? We're a nation of mutts!

    -- Mark
  18. And quite proud of that, too! :D
  19. Dave Behrens

    Dave Behrens

    Feb 25, 2011
    I would say the Randall Model #1 and #14. Any bowie style blade. Buck 119 special.
  20. Blade_Crazy


    May 26, 2011
    Buck 110 is my first thought, But we might be known for the kabar usmc over seas (its been out a bit more than the 110 I bet)

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