Need a quality tough-as-nails fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 338 Stalker, May 4, 2008.

  1. 338 Stalker

    338 Stalker

    May 2, 2008
    Hi all I'm back needing more advice. This time I'm chasing a quality TOUGH-AS-NAILS fixed blade for hunting & camping.
    I'm a keen deer hunter so I'm usually backpacking up high. Being out for two or three days at a time & camping on the side of hills. I need a treat-em rough knife!

    I broke(popping the rear leg socket on a deer) the end of my old 6" fixed blade Black Jack. Plus I've never really warmed(gift) to that blade. Great for around the campfire but I must say it would be nice to have the blade features of the SOG Pup Elite at times.

    The two knives I'm seriously looking at are the SOG Seal PUP Elite & Gerber LMF II. I basically want a light or as light as these fixed blades come in, in a strong down & dirty package.

    Any others brands worth a look?

    By the way I only want US made, no China or other crap. I don't mind some of the other countries. I have just found knives coming out of the US being built in the US are of solid design. If you think otherwise please tell.
    Willing to spend around $150.

    Thanks in advance.

    Last edited: May 5, 2008
  2. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Since you seem to be looking for a combination survival - camp - hunting knife, I'm going to recommend a few companies that sell the same basic design: a straight back with a bit of belly, within 6" with shorter available if you like.

    *RAT Cutlery (US)

    These guys have a very active forum here at so you can talk over any ideas their knives give you with the owners themselves, Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin.

    * Ranger Knives (US)

    Justin Gingrich can customize any of the models he makes, for example, reducing the thickness of some of his herculean blades.

    * Fallkniven (Swedish made in Japan)

    Fallkniven has a new one you should take a look at, even if you decide it's not quite right, the Professional Hunter's Knife at
  3. CWL


    Sep 15, 2002
    Anza Knives. About as American in design & make as you can get. No fancy doo-dads, just rugged design & dependable. Not light though.

    Take a look at the large skinning & camp knives.
  4. 3wolves


    Dec 28, 2007
    I wasn't impressed at all with the seal pup, felt too delicate and fragile IMO and wasn't very ergonomic (it is made in Taiwan BTW). I have heard that the handle material on the gerber lmf is not very tough but I have never handled one so I can't say anything about it. You might wan't to consider a RC-4 or RC-6, fallkniven, Ranger, bark river, and if you can find them, a scrapyard or swamp rat.


    May 1, 2004
    Take a look at Bark River's Bravo-1 or Gameskeeper. I think they'd fit the bill and more.... Rye
  6. lazerboy2000


    Mar 3, 2008
  7. greens


    Sep 12, 2003
    I'd highly recommend Scrapyardknives Scrapper6 if you can spot one on the exchange forum. Tough as hell and the most comfortable handle. Also, Ranger knives has some tough knives as well in the 1/4" thick category.
  8. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Four inch blade - Bark River Bravo 1.
    Five inch blade - Fallkniven S1
    Six inches & longer blade - Ranger Knives & Scrapyard knives.

    TOPS also makes some really nice knives in 1095.

    Then there's Busse...
  9. 338 Stalker

    338 Stalker

    May 2, 2008
    I should of mentioned this knife will be mainly used for survival/camping purposes. I already have two other knives(Benchmade 710D2 & my Muela Cobra) for boning-out deer. It will see some use but not that much compared to the other two.
    Like I said on the other thread I started. I bone-out my deer on the ground as they are bloody heavy critters(up to 750lbs). This is why I use blades ranging between 3-4", it just works better for me.

    I also should of mentioned I must have an serrated area on this next blade. A spine rasp feature will be handy as a grip point at the base, down the entire knife I can't see this getting used. But saying that if one had this feature so be it.
    I don't see any need for a blade over 6" for my purposes. So I'm leaning towards 5-6". But I'm open to other suggestions.

  10. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
  11. yoz's friend

    yoz's friend

    Jun 30, 2001
    tough as nail built in usa-swamprat knives or scrapyard knives best bang for buck.
  12. bearthedog


    May 17, 2006
    Get something that is tough but cuts. Rat Cutlery.
  13. vjb.knife

    vjb.knife Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    This one is made in the USA and is definitely well made and tough as nails.

    I am not sure if it is the design that you are looking for but check it out. It has a full tang handle, g-10 grips and a 5" D2 blade and a pretty nice sheath.

    Microtech Curahee. I can get you one close to your price range. If you don't find it elsewhere email me.

  14. Enjoy the blades

    Enjoy the blades

    Mar 23, 2008
    Check out the EnTrek line. USA made, simple, stout and tough. I have an Elk and love it but they have designs more in line with hunting-skinning. You don't see Entrek mentioned much on here but they are worth a look. Don't let the list prices scare you.
  15. Stainz


    Jun 24, 2007
    I like my BRK&T Gameskeeper, with it's 4.25" x .215" A-2 convex ground blade. Also - check out John Greco's knives - great bargains in today's market for a well made and stout knife. He has some nice ones for <$150. John worked with Jimmy Liles (Original 'Rambo' knife maker.). Interesting fellow - he still lives & works in Kentucky.

  16. Jeepnut22


    Jan 17, 2007
    This is a little over your price range, but American Made, TOUGH as nails and better warranty than you will find anywhere...

    Swamp Rat Uncle MoJo:
  17. norcalblacktail


    Jan 17, 2008
    Get a Swamp Rat or Scrap Yard. Check the Busse/Swamprat exchange here on the site.
  18. Rich357


    May 7, 2003
  19. coaldigger


    Jan 27, 2007
    :thumbup: Get yourself a Ranger RD7 or RATCutlery RC4
  20. nodh


    Mar 16, 2007
    Fallkniven F1 or S1, Bahco folding saw and multi tool. That is about what you need.

    Stay away from the LMF II. I have one and I have not found any good use for it, except making a five stitch cut in a pizza guys finger :( You also need so EXTREMELY much power to pull it out from the sheath so you will likely injure someone/something.
    It is a "combat" survival knife.

    The Fallknivens have a protruding tang and no fancy stuff. They are "outdoor" survival knives. Bark River or RAT are useful too.

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