Folding bushcraft/edc

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  1. Z2K

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    This is a spinoff from the other thread I had goin its probably been talked about already but I was wondering what you guys thought would be a good folding knife to edc but could handle bushcraft chores. Game/food prep, firemaking, wood carving, and everything else?
     
  2. Iz

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    Kershaw Scamp is holding up pretty well for these tasks although I haven't processed any game with it yet. [ might have to look on ebay for these ] Holds an edge pretty well and not too expensive.
     
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    +1 on the farmer!
     
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    You're more than likely going to get a different answer from everyone on here, with a few agreeing on the same.

    If I were carrying an EDC folder that needed to do all that it would have...

    - Good steel; 1095, AUS 8, D2 or something along those lines.
    - Decent blade length; Atleast 3 inches
    - Excellent handle material; G10 or Micarta
    - A solid lock up. Something very tight and secure
    - And a reputable company

    Ask yourself want you want to spend and go from there. I chose an Ontario Rat 1 folder for this and carry it as I type this up.
     
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    The Victorinox SAKs are good, but I don't find the blade suitable for much more than very light work, and their edge renention is pretty mediocre.
    They are good to carry along with another knife, but wouldn't be my choice as a stand alone knife.

    I recently got a Svord Peasant, and can't say enough good about.
    These are like a folding Mora, great value for under $20, and really a good knife an any price range.
    I highly recomend it. :dblthumb:
     
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    I have been carrying a Ka-Bar Dozier for the last few months. I can't tell you how happy I am with this knife. It is a wonderful EDC tool and can do any bushcraft task you need. I would not want to baton with it, or any folding blade knife. I know some here do but I don't think it is a great idea. You can always make a wedge and split wood with it if the need arises.
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    SAK farmer - use the tools to make what you need in the bush. :)

    I am more of a small fixed blade person.... but I tried one after Iz and Terry's videos - I gave it a go - was very impressed!

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    Another +1 on the SAK Farmer
     
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    US knife is a good choice too!
     
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    I like a to EDC a combo on folders... I carry a locking folder(currently a kabar dozier), and a smaller slipjoint(currently a SAK recruit)... that way, most all my bases are covered... the SAK is better at some things than the dozier, and vice versa... I also EDC a LM wave, but I don't think of that as a knife...
     
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    Deff. agree with the SAK Farmer,Although i have been lookin into the EKA SWEDE 88 Bubinga wich looks like it would be a great bushcraft folder, im sure there info somwhere around here on it.... Good luck, Wes-- PS- the Enzo D2 Birk looks like an awsome bushcraft folder also!
     
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    I usually carry a fixed blade (Helle Odel) and a SAK, but I wouldn't be bothered if I had my Svord Peasant and a SAK. I could do all I need to do with those two folders.
     
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    I don't have any experience with a SAK Farmer. I would recommend a Buck 110. I have been carrying one for a while. It handles EDC tasks well, and can do almost any bushcraft related task. I have never owned a folding knife that made me feel more confident with the lock. This thing locks up solid.
     
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    If all you plan to carry is a folding knife, it makes sense to get one with a saw blade, like the Farmer or Trekker (see Solo's pix, above). I recently bought both so I can give you some thumbnail first impressions.

    Actually, though, I didn't buy the Farmer but the Harvester, which has a small pruning blade instead of a can opener. The hooked pruning blade is really excellent for small carving tasks - say, carving a spoon or other implement. The Harvester also does not have the Farmer's key ring attachment. Otherwise they are identical.

    Anyway, the Farmer/Harvester is just a gem of a knife. Some complain the blade doesn't hold an edge very well, but that seems to have been a spotty or one-time quality control issue and doesn't seem to be a problem anymore. The Harvester is probably the most useful small pocket knife I've ever owned. It's great for 90% of your trail and camp chores. And as others are quick to note, the awl is located where you can really use it for all kinds of chores. Many SAKs have the awl on the back of the knife, and it's just not good for much there.

    The Trekker is also a great all-purpose knife with a couple advantages, the big one being that the main blade and the standard screwdriver lock open. They use liner locks and they lock up real tight. I don't know if I'd trust it for batoning, but I know I would not hesitate to try if I really had to. It's one of the most solid liner locks I've seen. The fact that the screwdriver locks open makes it a very useful pry tool.

    I did not get the one-handed-opening Trekker, but I did get the one with a non-serrated blade. It's a big blade, too, useful for many things, but big enough to be not quite as sweet a carver as the Farmer or Harvester. That's one drawback of the overall larger size of this knife. The upside is that this knife really fills the hand, so it would be more effective for larger tasks, like carving an axe handle or de-limbing small tree branches. The awl is in the wrong place on this knife, and is not as effectively shaped, but that's a tradeoff I'm willing to make for that locking main blade. It's got the same kind of saw as the Farmer/Harvester, but about a half-inch longer.
     
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    I have an old SAK but don't use it much anymore these days my EDC folder is an OPI7 use it for carving and general use great knife to.
     
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    Another Farmer user here...

    Regards,

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    +1 on the SAK farmer or Dozier. I carry both admittedly and have not been disappointed. I will switch between the farmer and my leatherman since they are both a handy little tool.

    But you can not go wrong with either one, both are made by companies that will stand behind their product and are made to last. I have already had to call Kabar on my Dozier, the clip broke off at work, they replaced the whole blade no questions asked.

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    Folding Bushcraft / EDC

    I have been carrying a Gerber Gator for many years, and really like them. My favorite so far is my current one, with the flat-grind, drop-point blade. The blade locks securely, the handle is very comfortable, and it will hold up to field chores as well as edc applications. I used one of these a few years ago to field dress a bison. They are a great blade, for a decent price. I paid $60 CAD for this one four years ago, and it is still going strong.

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    Been toting this one for more than a year now.
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    uhm.... Svord Peasant Hello!!! ;)
    inexpensive, durable, safe, and keeps a takes a great edge.

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    Though I have had my eye on that Dozier for a little while. and I love the awl on the farmer.
     
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    SAK Cadet is always with me!
     
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    I would give the Svord Peasant an other +1. Works great hold and takes a good edge, i have done some light batoning with it and handles it like a champ. it's fun to open.
    i haven't used my Ka-Bar Dozier for much bushcraft things, but for EDC its been great as well.


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    I like the SAK Silver Tech Huntsman as a keychain. Checked out the farmer, but for me the scissors are a must on a SAK. This model is modern looking and has the wood saw. The cork screw, while superfluous has come in handy. The keychain almost is never in my pocket, so bulk isn't an issue. This is teamed up with a Fallkniven F1 in a homemade Kydex sheath on the belt.

    http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Silver-Huntsman-Pocket-Knife/dp/B001H55SG8/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1334743084&sr=1-5

    I started carrying folders clipped in the pocket, but have come to realize that a small fixed on the belt is way more convenient, as it frees up the pockets for other stuff that wont ever rub up againts a knife.
     
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    I'm another SAK Farmer advocate. That pocket knife is excellent. I did the Folding Knife 3x Prep Split Wood Challenge using just the Farmer. I failed the challenge because while I did get fire I didn't get all 3 fires going. It is possible to do though as others successfully met the challenge using the SAK Farmer. The Farmer is a very capable tool.
     
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    Here's another Svord picture to entice you. ;)

    Seriously, for $15 these are an incredibly well designed and solid knife.

    If I were you, I would get a Svord in whatever color you like, and a basic Victorinox SAK to back it up.
    (The large flathead screwdriver on the SAK even fits the screws on the Svord.)
     
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    Buck 110...I've done food prep, wood shavings; all sorts of punishment given and it keeps smilin'...a bit heavy, but its a Buck and for under $50 @ the right place, its hard to beat
     
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    I have been carrying this for about five years now. I is a great blade. It is and early Benchmade Griptilian. It has a nice flat grind with a great blade shape and doesnt get uncomfortable after extended use for general bushcraft type chores.
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    I would also recamend the Svord Pheasant as the blade shape and steel type are second to none. But for some reason after some extended use the handle is not as comfortable as the "Grip".
     
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    These look cool as well, but they don't have a lock. Not the end of the world, but... I'd rather have a lock.
     
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