I was wondering what would be the best type of blade for a knife that would be used for survival/hunting
This guy skins lot. Goes through hundreds of dollars in knives in actual forestry/hunting-skinning/grip angle and various tasks with each knife.
Think of him as an asian wise man, helps get through the videos. He'll tell you whats important of each one with no shilling involved.
imo something drop point with a full flat grind and fairly thick, so it can do some chopping if needed but is also easy to get sharp, and combine that with something small and thin like a mora for your smaller tasks and youve got a winning combination.
anyway by the looks of things you like kabar, look at their becker line of knives, they are much better than their usmc fighting knife
I like the becker line, its one of those knives that are not that spectacular unless you are willing to work on it and do your own modifications with it, but once you get that done its a really good all purpose brand
Ka-bars are nice, but there is so much more out there now with better builds, i would use it as a secondary back up knife
what this anon said >>24270443
not completely sure i like the grip on the becker knife from the pictures it looks smooth
Here's the original design, after various trials with cardboard to see if the ergonomics were nice. But I ended up scrapping it, because I wasn't satisfied with the blade geometry and thickness towards the base after I got a wooden template down.
>becker shill here
They are very smooth, get some of the wrap you use on tennis rackets i think its a few bucks at walmart, get the name brand its actually pretty nice and works well, personally i think the BK2 looks out of proportion and it bothers me
Anyone have any experence wihe the marine hunter ka bar knife
I really wanted that dumb curve on the spine, since my current EDC knife has something more downplayed, and I like resting my thumb against it when cutting boxes. But, I ended up not liking it, and thinking it's too gimmicky, and complicated. So here's something I whipped up today. I plan on just using this as a camping knife, but I wanted to make one for a couple of friends who actually hunt, and thus, have gone back to the drawing board.
ive never handled a becker myself but they are the one brand of knife which i constantly hear how comfy their handles are.
also you can unscrew the handles easily enough and get aftermarket micarta ones or wooden ones etc
Thanks, think so? I'm doing all the stock cutting by hand, so it's proven to be a bitch to saw out. And I still gotta figure out what I want as far as the grips go, and how they'll be held.
Nope. I'll be hitting yard sales tomorrow and look around for cheap tools I can use, since I'm a poorfag college student at the moment. I've seen people take circular saws to the stock, but it just leaves a jaggy, shitty edge all over, and probably ruins the temper of the steel too much, so I was confident in doing it by hand . . . at first.
Well, yea. I'll be taking some O1 steel stock, cutting it down into basic shape by hand, filing it down and refining the shape prior to heat treatment, then just heat treat it, polish it back, and then I'm not sure if I want to acid etch the whole blade, or just file it down to satin finish
Is there something I'm missing?
Its just that you said youve seen people take circular saws (i assume you meant cutting wheel on grinder) to the stock and were worried it would ruin the temper of the steel, so i thought you were planning on getting some already hardened steel then just trying to straight up make a knife from that without softening it first to shape it.
if youre just using flat bar stock then youre all good though because its already soft
i made a secessfull knife following these two videos
for a general idea on what to do
for filing a nice even bevel
>i assume you meant cutting wheel on grinder
You know, that's exactly what I meant. Still, it seems rather sloppy, so I'll be doing the whole thing by hand with a hacksaw. And, Gough's videos have been really helpful. In fact, it's the only reason I even wanted to try and make something myself.
Micarta. I'm considering just going ahead and making some myself, since it's not too tricky. I'd just need a better respirator than the one I'll be using. Though I may just get lazy and buy some.
Very comfy, but as another said, rather slippery. Some hockey tape will take care of that.
OP, look into the BK16. The BK2 is way too thick, it's usable and it's fun but at the end of the day it's kinda a gimmick. The BK16 will prove much more useful IRL.
I really dig the whole design of the ka-bar with two exceptions:
1.) rat-tail tang. noty
2.) no landyard hoop (minor but still I like them.)
Other then that, the original w/ kraton grip and no serrations would be GOAT.
There is none, the answer depends entirely on where you are.
However, large straight blades with some belly are generally a safe bet for a tool that can do everything decently.
GENERALLY A knife isn't a multiple role instrument.
It will do one thing well, or multiple thing decently.
The purpose of a survival knife is to fill multiple rolls that other wise would take multiple instrument.
Look up the Silent Hero by Tops knives, if you feel like dropping 300$ on a fucking piece of steel, it's the best you can buy.
>Pic not related
Kabar knives like the one in OP's pic aren't suitable for anything other than they were designed for.
They were designed for "fighting", and bit for survival.
However ka-bar does make survival knives, I haven't read the whole thread but I saw a Becker knife.
Basically you just want a knife with a full tang
I think he means it was designed for a bit of both, all around. It's a great knife for general tasks, but probably has its shortcomings in specialized shit like hunting and so on
generally, you want a full tang, drop point blade - that's the most universal design.
I use a TBT, but that's a very unorthodox knife, and takes a bit of getting used to (plus, it's 28 ounces of steel, so it's heavier than an elephant and a half in knife terms).
A clip point is also good - the becker BK7 and BK9 have excellent opinion as survival knives, and TOPS makes some great ones too (like the BOB and Tex Creek).
If you do get a heavy knife though, you might want to get a smaller one to piggyback.