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Bushman Knife
by: Charlie Smiht

If we are realy talking about a survival knife, I think my Cold Steel Bushman is the knife to have, true it has a hollow handle, but it will not break! I wrap cord, fish line, snare wire around the handle and wrap it in duct tape, in it I have a small compass, waterproof matches, fish hooks,etc. In the pouch on the sheath I carry a big orange garbage bag and a folded up aluminum foil pot. If I get swept out of the canoe I want to have all these things, and I want to be able to make a spear, I live in bear country.
When I am hunting, I have a day pack, and I pack a K-Bar USMC knife on my belt. I am suprised none of you Yanks meantioned that?

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A "custom" factory knife
by: Anonymous

Cold Steel Military Classic is a Randall #1 design in San Mai steel and black micarta. One I recently received is flawless, highly polished, a work of art. As a Vietnam-era vet, I'm in love with this knife. Much cooler, better balanced,all-around useful than a slab-side recon or bowie style. Problem is going to be using it, instead of "collecting" it. As we're currently buried in snow, decision's put off for a while.

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440A vs 440C
by: Anonymous

440A is inferior and thus cheaper when compared to 440C! 440A, 440B and 440C are so graded upon the level of carbon each stainless steel possesses which in turn gives the steel more hardenability.

440 A (.75%)- 440 B (.90%) - 440C (1.2%), 440C is an excellent, high-end stainless steel, usually hardened to around 56-58 Rc. All three resist rust well, with 440A being the most rust resistant, and 440C the least.

The SOG Seal 2000 is 440A, and Randall uses 440B for their stainless knives. 440C is fairly ubiquitous, and is generally considered the penultimate general-use stainless (with ATS-34 being the ultimate). If your knife is marked with just "440", it is probably the less expensive 440A; if a manufacturer had used the more expensive 440C, he'd want to advertise that.

The general feeling is that 440A (and similar steels, see below) is just good enough for everyday use, especially with a good heat treat (we've heard good reports on SOG's 440A heat treat). 440-B is a very solid performer and 440-C is excellent and is the choice of a number of custom knife makers.

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Folder
by: Nick Reagin

I am a huge fan of Cold Steel knives. I own (fixed blades) SRK (survival rescue knife), and Spike. For my usuall basic pocket knife I have the 4" blade Voyager folder. It looks and almost feels cheap and have been told many times to get a new knife. It does have a thick handle but it is a generic shape of the $10 Maxim gas station knives but it is Zytel. Worth it's weight in gold in the knife world. They are all made of AUS8 stainless steel. Holds and edge and can be sharpened with some work. More on that in a moment. My other folder is the 4" blade Ti-Lite. It takes it has heavy styling influence from switch blades and t will open itself as you pull it from your pocket. It is also made of AUS 8 stainless steel and has Zytel handles. I carry this when I'm out on the town for the way it looks and rapid blade deployment.

When it comes to what steel it is made from, AUS 8 and 440A, not 440C, are the best. 440C is usually the material that cheaper knives are made of so they can carry the title of SS to sell better. They are hard enough to take a razors edge, hold that edge during heavy use for a substantal amount of time and can be sharpened back to a razors edge with a small amount of effort. But sharpening in it self is a whole other can of worms that one should study and practice.

Serreated or not. It comes down to preference. I don't like Spiderco because 9 of 10 knives I see from them are fully serrated. A combo of both on one blade would be best unless you carry two knives with you. CRKT, who I used to follow until studying metalurgy for choosing a knife prior to a deployment to Afghanistan I discovered why I had to resharpen my M16-14 (I believe. Silver finish on the blade, 4" tanto blade, black Zytel handles) so often, has great folder designs. Good ratio of serration to plain blade on their combo knives. Zytel handles. If CRKT and Cold Steel combined, they would make the greatest knives in the world.

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recon and trident good to go
by: Anonymous

Of the 5 mentioned I have owned a recon 1 and a trident. The recon 1 was just a tank of a folder and I used it like a fixed blade and with all the abuse it locked up just as tight as when I bought it. THE SOG Trident I liked for less strenuous chores I really liked it light weight and rope cutter groove though it was not always easy to use.

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