Ontario sp53 vs Kabar Cutlass

deltablade

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Which one of these would you pick for a southern woods camp and chopper, and why ? It seems to me that the straighter edge on the SP 53 might be easier to sharpen. Steel in either seems suitable. The drop point on the Kabar suits me, tho I could regrind the Ontario's tip. The saber grind on the Ontario is a little higher than the Kabar, which might make for a better choppier. I know the answer will probably be get both, use them, then decide, Sure need some knife guys opinions.
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Which one of these would you pick for a southern woods camp and chopper, and why ? It seems to me that the straighter edge on the SP 53 might be easier to sharpen. Steel in either seems suitable. The drop point on the Kabar suits me, tho I could regrind the Ontario's tip. The saber grind on the Ontario is a little higher than the Kabar, which might make for a better choppier. I know the answer will probably be get both, use them, then decide, Sure need some knife guys opinions.
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To me a key difference is blade thickness. The SP53 is 0.26 inches at the spine, whereas the Ka-Bar is 0.17 inches.
 
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I would go for the thicker blade to I like the sp 10 that's a good chopper and my main chopper in the woods
 

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I have heard that some new sp53s have handles that work loose. Has anyone rehandled a sp53?
 

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The Kabar handle is a lot more comfortable, and the sheath is nicer. The Kabar blade is much thinner, and will slice through stuff easier. Made in Taiwan.

The Ontario is a thick slab of steel, with a relatively obtuse edge angle. It’s a basher and great for batoning through wood rounds. The sheath is basic but works fine. Made in USA.
 

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And just to stir the pot a bit, the Kershaw Camp 10 is an underrated knife. The sheath is better than both the Kabar and Ontario, and the edge grind is high enough to make it a decent cutting tool.

It is less expensive than both as well.
 

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Skrama
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Becker BK 9

Choppers with 9-10” blades, in about the same price range. (You might have to wait for a sale to get the Becker at $70, but it happens). Limited to just one, I’d take the Skrama over anything in the class.
 
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I detest recurves. You can have lots of belly and go straight to the ricasso. So the knives above are a hard pass for me.

If I were inclined to buy a large knife with a recurve I’d go all in and look at KuKris
 

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And just to stir the pot a bit, the Kershaw Camp 10 is an underrated knife. The sheath is better than both the Kabar and Ontario, and the edge grind is high enough to make it a decent cutting tool.

It is less expensive than both as well.

.... Not to mention the handle is really comfortable to use for an extended hacking, and the knife has a great warranty as well.
 

deltablade

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Skrama
Mini Duku Parang
Becker BK 9

Choppers with 9-10” blades, in about the same price range. (You might have to wait for a sale to get the Becker at $70, but it happens). Limited to just one, I’d take the Skrama over anything in the class.
I have one of each. All great. Oe of these days I am gonna hafta deal w my knife obsession
 

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I detest recurves. You can have lots of belly and go straight to the ricasso. So the knives above are a hard pass for me.

If I were inclined to buy a large knife with a recurve I’d go all in and look at KuKris
what do you mean "lots of bellyhand go straight to the ricasso? are Kukris hard to sharpen?
 

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The blades above have lots of belly which can be desirable. Between the apex of the belly, and the ricasso is a recurve that doesn’t need to be there. All recurves are harder to sharpen than a straight edge, so I’m saying if you have to deal with a recurve it might as well be a Kukri.
 

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Another vote for the Kershaw, but of the two mentioned I would go with the Ontario Knife Works. Thicker blade for chopping and all the ones I have owned in the past have been solid performers.
 

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The blades above have lots of belly which can be desirable. Between the apex of the belly, and the ricasso is a recurve that doesn’t need to be there. All recurves are harder to sharpen than a straight edge, so I’m saying if you have to deal with a recurve it might as well be a Kukri.
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