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    Wow….. I appreciate all the responses and input. I’ll be researching all of these suggestions tonight.

    Wader

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    I have a number of folding knives but no fixed blade. I have no real use for one, but I’m looking at getting a good all around survival knife just to have. Any suggestions? I’ve looked at the buck 119,120 and 124. Probably not a true survival knife, but leaning toward the 119. Anyone have another suggestion?

    Wader

    I carried a 119 many moons. Great knife. Not easy to sharpen. Holds an edge well tho. 420 steel resists rust and stains.

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    From the bladeHQ glossary:

    420 (Steel) –
    has about .38% carbon. The low carbon content means that this steel is very soft, and doesn’t hold an edge well. It is low quality, low cost material. Many cheap knives tend to be made of this material because of its cost. Blades made from this material need to be sharpened frequently, and often chip. On the bright side, all 420 stainless steel is extremely rust resistant. This means that one of the best uses for this material is to make diving knives because of their constant contact with sal*censored*er. Sometimes, you will also see 420J. 420J is the lowest quality 420 steel, but is also the most rust resistant.

    420HC (Steel) –
    is used extensively in Buck knives. It has decent performance for comparative cost and has a higher Carbon content than other 420 steels. Contains: 0.46% Carbon; 0.3% Vanadium; 13% Chromium; 0.4% Manganese; 0.4% Silicon.

    If you want to go with Buck brand, they are now selling a wide variety of knives for less than $100 in S30V which is a far superior steel to 420.
    http://www.bladehq.com/cat–Knives–1623#filter:brand:Buck/filter:blade_material:CPM-S30V

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    I believe the 119 I had was 420hc. I thought it held an edge great.

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    Ken- My Dad swore by his black handled 105 purchased back in the 80s, and he took it on many deer and antelope hunts. It is still in the family, and it does hold a good edge with the 420HC. Similar to Mora, Buck’s heat treat and hardening processes contribute to much better than average stainless steel performance.

    That all being said, there are substantially better steels available these days that hold a better edge longer for less than $100. The S30V Bucks are going to outperform the entry model 420HC blades all things being equal.

    As a side note, because the CPM SxxV steels are so hard, I checked with Work Sharp today to see if my power belt sharpener can hone this steel. The tech. that responded back said that the belts will indeed sharpen them, although it may take a little longer on the coarsest grit to get a good bur started.

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    I dig my morakniv 15$ and shaving sharp out of the box from amazon.

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    Any good heavy blade knife and a big plus would be a sharpening stone and ferrous rod too. And know how to use them too. A small knife is good but makes it hard to cut fire wood. Where a big knife will do a lot more work and cutting than a small knife. And a small thin knife will break easier than a big heavy blade. The shape of the knife can make a big difference on what you can use them for. A serrated blade is really hard to chop with and really hard to filet a fish too. So think about how much you can do with just one type of knife. Because you will need to depend on it a lot and it can save your life and others too. If you can not find the right knife for you there are a few people out there that make knives. And can make just what you want. And some can cut threw a steel rod and not chip or get dull. So shop around to find that one knife that fits you just right!

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    Quote by: cuda

    So shop around to find that one knife that fits you just right!

    I already own a small pile of “just right” 😀 Not complaining at all, just stating facts… I guess I am more of a “knife for a certain purpose type”

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    ESEE, either the 4 or 6 inch (5 has to thick a blade for my taste).

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    When I think of a survival knife, the first thing that comes to mind is the knife used by Sylvester Stallone when he played Rambo in the “First Blood” movies! Now that was a kick-ass knife! It basically was a bowie knife with a hollowed out handle with a compass screw cap. It even looks like there are still some replicas for sale out there!

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    I have a Fallkniven F1. It’s a laminated vg10 blade steel. I’ve put it to serious use in Canada and I’m a little disappointed in the vg-10 as it has a tendency to want to chip out sometimes. I think if I had to do it again I’d go with Bark River in Elmax steel. Made in the U.P. of Michigan.

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    Thank you all for the input. I’ve had a chance over the last couple days to put my hands on many of these knives. I think I found a winner today with the Tops b.o.b. bushcraft fieldcraft. Feels great in my hand and should work well for many applications.

    Wader

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    Fine looking knife, I like the design and build materials. Made to be used for sure. 😀

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    Congrats Wader and that should be a very versatile and effective knife from gutting and skinning to batoning and feathering. Im sure you won’t be disappointed!

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    Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT), Cold Steel, and Benchmade all make suitable knives that would fit your functions. CRKT has some interesting serrations on a number of their knife models. I can’t remember what they’re known as. But if you are confused by choosing the knife then you should read the reviews of the knife. It will help you to choose best.

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    When I first started training, which was a long time ago, ordered in a real forge, they still exist, 5 knives for hunting. Since then, more than 10 years have passed and I only give them to sharpen as needed. Remember to consider handmade work sometimes, it can be much more durable.

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