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  • Apocalyptic_Sojourner
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    I've got a Kershaw that I like real well. Don't know what it cost since it kinda fell into my possession during deployment, but if you ever get the opportunity to pickup a Kershaw for free-99, I recommend you take it. And if you ever see an unguarded aviator's kit bag full of ar-15 mags still in the plastic, you probably owe it to yourself to take 8 to 10 of those as well.

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  • MasterMynd
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    I am a little surprised that no one has mentioned Cold Steel yet. I have not found a better knife and I own plenty of others, but the Cold Steel Voyager is the one that stays in my pocket all the time. They have a knife for every application and budget. Check out their website [coldsteel.com]. I have owned mine for years and have used it for everything from cutting boxes to outdoor cooking and opening cans and i usually never have to sharpen it more than once a month even though I find uses for it daily. They really put a lot of research into the steel they use and IMHO you wont find better knives anywhere.

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  • rsanders
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    Originally posted by cbprice797 View Post
    Ok if you got the time and want to play around some then do this. Get a heavy duty belt grinder or a good bench grinder. Get a bucket and fill it with water or old motor oil. Go to a junk yard, or you can order it iff the internet or go to your local metal shop, and get a leaf spring. If you order you can get all kinds of different metals from stainless to toledo steel leafs.

    Then using the grinder SLOWLY grind away the metal into the shape you want, not as easy as said here but with a little practice you will be doing it well in no time. Then just wrap the handle in rawhide or paracord and you are good to go. For the cost of your time and the leaf spring you can have a knife that you made.

    My uncle taught me how to do this many yerars ago as a teen and the last few I ended up giving them away to friends who liked them, even though they were crude and not beautiful in anyway
    An old hand saw also works well in a pinch , as does an old file. Both can be picked up at yard sales pretty cheap if yo don't already have them laying around.

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  • cbprice797
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    Ok if you got the time and want to play around some then do this. Get a heavy duty belt grinder or a good bench grinder. Get a bucket and fill it with water or old motor oil. Go to a junk yard, or you can order it iff the internet or go to your local metal shop, and get a leaf spring. If you order you can get all kinds of different metals from stainless to toledo steel leafs.

    Then using the grinder SLOWLY grind away the metal into the shape you want, not as easy as said here but with a little practice you will be doing it well in no time. Then just wrap the handle in rawhide or paracord and you are good to go. For the cost of your time and the leaf spring you can have a knife that you made.

    My uncle taught me how to do this many yerars ago as a teen and the last few I ended up giving them away to friends who liked them, even though they were crude and not beautiful in anyway

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  • kenno
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    For many years I carried a Buck folding hunter, a model 110, I believe. It was a great knife I wish I still had one, If i did I would take it to a belt grinder and remove about 25% of the brass and wood handle making it ergonomic and lighter. One good thing about the brass construction is that if the blade loosens you can re-tighten it in a vise.
    Last edited by kenno; 11-24-2009, 04:24 PM.

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  • prkchp76
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    i have a friend up in north west va that can make anyknife you want by hand the old fashioned way

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  • Axle
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    Originally posted by hubste5 View Post
    Putting on my armor here, cause I know I am going to get pelted with criticism... but, you can't eat me! :D

    I used to try and purchase higher end, expensive "quality brand" knives, and still have a few, oiled and stored.

    I have shifted to looking for cheap knives at yard sales, flea markets, etc... I never pay more than $10, usually much less. Now I don't buy stuff with blade play, and that just feels like crap in my hand. I am somewhat absent-minded, and tend to "lose" knives a lot, and by lose I mean misplace for a period of time. (They always seem to come back...).

    So rather than tie up my prep $$ in $40- $50 pocket knives, I'd rather have multiples for daily use. Quantity serves me well right now, as there is a knife usually within reach if I need it quickly (if the one in my pocket has taken a vacation).

    I do have quality multi-tool, fixed blade's, etc. But they do not see much use, honestly. I enjoy having a softer blade that I can put a fast edge on, so it works for me.
    Very good point. I picked up a new leatherman at the flea market the other day for 10 bucks. Havent bought a knife outside the flea market in quit a while

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  • hubste5
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    Putting on my armor here, cause I know I am going to get pelted with criticism... but, you can't eat me! :D

    I used to try and purchase higher end, expensive "quality brand" knives, and still have a few, oiled and stored.

    I have shifted to looking for cheap knives at yard sales, flea markets, etc... I never pay more than $10, usually much less. Now I don't buy stuff with blade play, and that just feels like crap in my hand. I am somewhat absent-minded, and tend to "lose" knives a lot, and by lose I mean misplace for a period of time. (They always seem to come back...).

    So rather than tie up my prep $$ in $40- $50 pocket knives, I'd rather have multiples for daily use. Quantity serves me well right now, as there is a knife usually within reach if I need it quickly (if the one in my pocket has taken a vacation).

    I do have quality multi-tool, fixed blade's, etc. But they do not see much use, honestly. I enjoy having a softer blade that I can put a fast edge on, so it works for me.

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  • tony
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    Since this post has gained recent popularity I'll give an update. I purchased the Gerber Hinderer CLS from ManVentureOutpost.com for about $45 back in September. My initial response was surprise at the size and weight. It's just over 8 1/2" long and weighs 5.7 oz with a blade width of almost 1/8". Nothing wiggles or feels "cheap", just good heavy duty parts and construction. After two months I am still happy and haven't found another knife I would rather have at this time.

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  • Big_Saw
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    I don't think any commercial outfit really makes anything other than "disposable" blades anymore....the only truly good knife is one that's made by someone's hand...not anything off an assembly line....unless you're willing to pay for a seriously high-end custom piece, like a DarkOps, etc........

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  • prkchp76
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    yea ok

    Originally posted by Axle View Post
    I have a couple new gerbers and id say they are ok. Much better quality than say a winchester but nothing like a cold steel or a benchmade
    ive bought my last three this year two clips broke one spring broke and the frame on the other one broke could be my bad luck who knows but yes they are better than winchester but i still say ka bar all the way awsome folders

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  • Axle
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    I have a couple new gerbers and id say they are ok. Much better quality than say a winchester but nothing like a cold steel or a benchmade

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  • prkchp76
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    TWO YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE SAID GERBER BUT, NOW THEY ARE JUNK try smoky mtn knife works they had a kabar folder for twenty nine today nice solid knife and it was a folder

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  • Centurion
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    Walley World sells lots of Gerbers also consider a multitool for further applications

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  • Axle
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    ive carried a crkt m16-13z for a long time. Its a very good deal for about 30 bucks. Cold steel pocket bushman is also a good deal. Its not the most comfortable to hold and has a aquard locking mechanism but for its size and durrability, its a steal

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