The anatomy of the best bushcraft knife

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by itsmedave, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Been over this, but I HATE "the BEST IS THE ONE YOU HAVE"...I mean, if the option is to do a task with NOTHING is the only option, you are usually better off using what you have to hand...

    a big HOWEVER is "which "" is better" is a question for the Planning Phase, and a VIABLE question to be asking.

    That said, you want to see some beat up blades to prove I am using them, I have plenty of those.
  2. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Still nothing wrong with a GR, and I still sell them for bushcraft blades.

    I mean, I'd say the first bushcraft blade was a hand ax (Stone Age Hand-axes), but that is REALLY arguing semantics, no? HAHAHA.

    My historical training throws a lot of hats into that ring, but the point I was trying to make is some things are better in certain AO and scenarios, and some things are just better for their general size/design (randal beats cold steel, cold steel beats a butter knife, butter knife beats a gas station special half the time). That is my opinion as a user, but I do get where you are trying to come from.
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    You are among many experienced hunters and combat veterans here. You may find it is much easier to find worthwhile discourse and interaction worthy of your time if you attempt to type as though you were doing so for an intelligent audience instead of the contemptuousness and superbity you are demonstrating. I'm not trying to argue with you. I am certain you probably believe you are doing nothing wrong, but all you are doing is pissing into the wind right now.

    If we could please get back to the topic and not meander into the philosophy of use category, I may decide not to lock this thread.
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The BEST Bush Knife is the one you have used, for Decades, while out in the Bush.... It is as personal, as the clothes you choose to wear while out in the Bush, or the firearm you choose to lug around....There is NO RIGHT ANSWER, only Wrong Ones, for each individual.... For me, it has always been my Nepalese Kukuri.... (Pictures of it in the Blades Forum, somewhere) I have had it for better than 5 Decades, and has traveled with me all over the bush of Alaska, and on every Mountain I have ever climbed... It is ALWAYS in my Travel Pack, along with my Belgian Browning HiPower... and lives on a Hook in my Office, right next to the HiPower, hanging in it's Shoulder Rig.... But that is just Me.... YMMV, and should....
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I disagree.

    If you had a cheap Chinese Dollar Store $1 variety knife and your Nepalese Kukri, I am willing to bet you would find the right answer somewhere...;)
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Phui. For some, ignorant tho' they may be, a cheap dollar store knife might be the very thing needed at the moment. I mean, why consider the potential of future use?
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Interesting question. How about, because it will break when you least want it to? We're talking bushcraft, after all. I have bought a fist full of them just to use as throwaways, and I did keep one in the bugout bag for utility purposes, but I wouldn't even dare use one for carving wood and making notches into branches for making a trap or to carve a spoon handle. On one that I tested, the handle separated on me within seconds, and even after an epoxy, the knife itself broke in two. I am thinking an injury caused in the wilderness versus saving some money just doesn't balance out. But, I suppose if we're talking about emergency and bushcraft "in the moment", it could work fine...for the moment. Not much longer.

    As a spare for cutting rope or dire circumstances, I can see the logic behind using a substandard item, which is why I did keep one.
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    That's wrong headed. Think "throwaway society" as we find today. (You missed the sarcasm --- :lol:. )
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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    If you can't afford to loose it ,it's too expensive .
    You've taken your favorite knife fishing in a boat , and during some anomaly the knife falls into the lake for a swim . you go after it ?
    2. do you hire some one to go after it ?
    3. does the event ruin your whole day./fishing trip and post the tragedy on SM ? you curse the event and grumble at the whole world after word?
    5. do you look at the situation and say now that was dumb , I should have brought a different knife ?
    6. Do you reach into your tackle box and get another knife and continue fishing ,not letting the loss bother you ?

    Most knives I cary are good, but I can afford to loose them too, and ruin my day .
    There are some I might feel bad about but not to lose my temper over . I always cary spares too .
  10. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    This is a good point, when a knife becomes too expensive to use (to you), holds too much sentimental value to use it and potentially loose it then you should either retire it (yes I have knives which now hold great sentimental value so are now away), sell it or just accept it is not a practical tool anymore and be happy just owning it. I have knives in all the categories and am VERY happy doing so.
  11. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I can happily say that using a $150 knife as an impromptu ladder rung to climb a claybank is something I am happy to be comfortable with. Never understood paying hundreds of bucks permanently look at a knife. I mean, I've broken several hundred dollar swords and other blades...learned to get what I payed for, and how to get my monies worth. Most people ain;t worth a green river, much less a diving sparrow or a full custom.
  12. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    Now I'm a bit of a newcomer here, but "The one you have with you at the time" sounds allot like a survival knife description. The original description that I found for a bushcraft knife was in chapter 3 KNIFECRAFT of Mors Kochanski's BUSH CRAFT. Using those guidelines, (and my preference for clip points) I chose the BK 17 over the BK 16. But isn't the best bush craft knife determined by each individual's own hand?
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