Going to SMKW with $100....

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  1. harvey_birdman

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    So I comming up on 10 years being married. My wife wants to spend a weekend in Pigeon Forge. She told me I could spend $100 at Smokey Mountain Knife works as my gift. This will be in June, but I like to take my time figuring out what to buy.

    So my question to you is, If you were turned loose in SMKW with $100, what would you get?

    The most expensive knife I have ever owned was $25-$30. So I plan on getting one close to $100.

    Most of my knives are small, Moras mostly. I was thinking of something bigger. I had a Condor Bushcraft basic 5", but it sprouted legs before I got to use it.

    I sortof have small hands, but not super small.

    I would really like to know what you would get!

    Thanks, God bless,
    Chad
     
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    A Becker BK7 and the micarta scales to go on it.
     
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    I would definately look at the Beckers and ESSEs.
     
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    +1 on the BK7! Or any if the Beckers for that matter. They're all great knives and practically indestructible.
     
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    beckers are the best bang for the buck.I have the bk2 and i think it would last 10 lifetimes.
     
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    The only Beckers I can find on there site are signature sieres knives. No BK7 or BK2.

    I really like the looks of the Esee-4.
     
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    The esee 4 is an amazing knife I had one and used it for everything I always tried to find some reason to use it so I used it a lot every day but I had to get different scales from the knife connection but I have really weird hands I guess
     
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    I would sneak an extra $20 and buy two $60 knives.
     
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    The ESEE 4 is an awesome blade, the handle is a bit small for some folks though so be sure you like how it fits your hand before buying.
     
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    Get the Condor Village Parang, and with the change take her out to a nice dinner. :3:
     
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    Check your Pm's Harvey
     
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    I plan on holding every knife in the store.:) I have kind of small hands anyway. That is one reason I don't think I would like a Becker, but I have never held one so I will have to wait and see when I get there.

    We already have plans for dinner while we are there, but this my be my only chance to get a $100 dollar knife. Plus I already have a parang that I hardly ever use. It is not a condor, but I most only use it in the garden cutting corn stalks anyway.
     
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    I like the looks of the Ontario Rat-3.
     
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    I'm in the same predicament.... Gonna be there next month...choices, choices.
     
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    Personaly I would look into the ESEEs over the Ontario RAT series, same knives but with better fit/finish, heat treat, and sheaths.

    Check out the Becker "tweeners" too, I really like the looks of the BK-16, its not bulky like the other beckers, but still plenty tough and made out of Ka-Bar's excelent 1095cv carbon steel.
     
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    My opinion, which isnt worth a flip, would be try everything even remotely interesting on for size and handling. Then after making all the pertinent observations order a fine knife from one of our fellow, or lady, forum members. You know, buy locally so to speak. I'm sure you would get a fine knife and I know they would appreciate the sales.

    Bro Tim
     
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    a BK16 and a couple of rough rider slip joints.

    i went there last year and picked up some of the rough riders for me and one for my daughter. they are anice little knife for a low price
     
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    Becker BK 16
     
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    I had one of the Ontario Spec Plus Marine Raider Bowies that I really liked but it got stolen out of my pickup.
    They take a good edge, and they are BIG. I have small hands, and it felt fine. Now I have a BK9, much nicer knife.
    The Ontario is reasonably priced, about $65 or so but its backordered on SMKW's website
     
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    I'm going to buck the trend here and suggest a really nice pocket knife. Something you could carry with you every day. Something by Great Eastern Cutlery, Queen, etc.
     
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    live in eastern ky had to drive to Atlanta Ga for Ford training on wednesday couldnt bear to drive right by smkw without stopping in... dang what torture they got it all and i do mean all of it. Needed a solid multitool settled on a leatherman surge in black and the bit kit to go with it and a new belt, got out for 130.00 before I did serious damage to my psyche and my wallet. Good luck on your upcoming self inflicted torture.:1:
     
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    You will find that they have knives that are not listed on net. They had all the Beckers when I stop by. Also I got a wettlings small camp axe for less than price listed on net. good luck and happy Anniversary
     
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    Bk2,BK7,BK16 or BK17. In my humble opinion the Beckers are the absolute best bang for the buck out there.
     
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    I was going to suggest the bk7 as well, the scales are a preference thing. I'm personally looking to pick them up at a later date.
     
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    I'd get a ESEE Izula II.
     
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    I just got this from stillman. Esse 4 I love this knife. Holds a great edge, he convexed it and ground out the finger choil so it'd be safer to use. I got it used including sheath for $65. May wanna think about picking up something used. Esee has lifetime no questions asked warranty. I plan on trying to break this thing (normal use not chopping bricks or anything stupid).
     
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    Well I can tell you I wouldn't trade my BK16's for the world. Next pick after that would definitely be an EESE, Crazy solid knives.
     
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    Im sorry, but I do have to disagree. If you want to purchase a knife from one of our members, and I do recomend that, do your research on line. ask other members opinions, then order what you want from who you want. I just dont think its right or fair to go into a store, ask to look at and handle everything they have when you have no intention of buying from them. Thats taking unfair advantage of a sales person that makes his living by selling and wasting his valuable time when he could be helping a genuine customer and making a living.
    I do however agree if you want to purchase from SMKW and are not certain what you want, then take your time, ask questions, make your choice, then buy. THAT is an adventure in that store.
    TDP
     
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    A Boker Plus Voxknives Rold but you might have to add another 20 bucks plus tax or a Condor Warlock....or 9 Moras.
     
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    Hmm, okay not a parang fan eh? How about an American classic a Bowie. I own a couple knives made by Bear & Son and found them to be very high quality US made knives. My favorite game knife is my Bear & Son guthook skinner with stag handle. I own several Bowies but my favorites is my Bear & Son Bowie with cocobolo handle. I highly recommend Bear & Son knives.
    The bone handle Bowie runs a couple bucks above budget at $102.99 but worth every penny. Many knives on the SMKW webpage show out of stock but should be available by June.

    Bear & Son Bowie
    http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerc...ie+with+White+Smooth+Bone+Handle/BRWSB02.html
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    Take a look at the Ontario's Rat or Ranger line.
     
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    I bought both my ESEE 4 & 6, my Mora Classic #2, & my 20in. Wetterlings Hunters Axe there. I visit my aunt & uncle in Knoxville every year, so a trip to SMKW is near mandatory.:32: If you somehow manage to get out of there without spending more than a $100 then you truly have iron willpower!:11: A second option is to take that $100 walk out to the Kelgin Knife-makers Co-op located in the parking lot & make your own, they're a fun bunch.
     
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    I had a BK-11 sold it and bought an Ontario Rat 3 (when they had the agreement with Esee). Sold the Rat like a fool. A great all-around knife. I bought a Bob Lum Encounter fixed blade - great knife but I miss the Rat 3. I bought a San Mai BK11. Added the Kabar TDI clip to the sheath and Micarta scales and use it as general carry knife in the woods. I still wish I had the Rat 3...

    I would wait until you see what they have. I would look at the Beckers and Ontarios (including RAT). I'm sure Esee knives are great, they just seem pricey to me. Becker is rolling out some new knives! While I have four fixed blades over $80, at camp and home I carry my Mora's.
     
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    I just got home on saturday from Piegon Forge. I spent about 1 1/2 hours at SMKW, and walked away with an Esee Izula II AND a Condor Bushlore! I ended up holding about 50 or so knives, and I couldn't decide between the 2. Then my wife said Father's day is comming up so get them both. I think I was in the check out line before she could blink.
     

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