post your off-brand cheap knives that actually work pretty well

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  1. Paul Foreman

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    this is a "Fury" brand knife made in china. pretty good cordura sheath (you can see i've been trying to remove the embroidery; i don't like to do free advertising on my stuff). blade stamp says it's stainless. it's taken me a while to get a pretty good edge on it after beating it up on some jackleg carpentry in hard-to-reach places. it batons well, then shaves curlyques from the pine splits. bought it several years ago for rough work. cost maybe $20. sturdy little rascal. looks to be micarta scales. blade about 1/8" thick.

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    let's see yours ... :)
     
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    I can't post pics, but I got an Elk Ridge bushlore clone awhile back. I came with a good leathwr sheath. I liked it so well I went back and bought another. For a $25 Tiawan special, it has proven itself to be a great little bushcraft knife.
     
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    This is a Japanese Panther that I bought in the early '70s because I couldn't afford a real Buck. I carried it on my belt for 20 years. Sharpens up nicely.
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    Anybody seen these yet?

    I ran across these while looking at YouTube videos from Shot Show 2013. Muela is a Spanish house that makes a quality knife. The Muela Rhino, Sandvik 14C - 28N (Moly, Vanadium), a little over 4-1/2", about 3/16" thick (approximate Metric conversion). Comes with either Cocobolo Wood, Olive Wood, or Black or Tan Micarta with a liner layer. Has a pretty nice sheath. Bad part is ordering direct from Europe; good part is ~ $60 for wood, about $85 for Micarta (best I found so far). Want to order, but haven't made up my mind on handle material yet.

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    I had what I believe was that knife's big brother in the seventies, the "Guardian", same style but with a five inch blade. It was a decent knife, I carried and used it a lot. It disappeared into an alternate parallel quantum universe years ago...
     
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    I don't have any pictures but Rough Rider has some excellent slip joint folders.
     
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    I almost picked up an elk ridge at a sportmen show a month back, ended up with a cheaper no name made in china knife I like pretty well.
     
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    While those knives will NEVER be collectable (like case or schatt and morgan etc etc) they ARE a GREAT value and very serviceable knives! When was the last time you saw a case slip with springs polished on the inside??? I have more than a few RR knives and have to say chinese or not they are decent knives that won't have you crying if you lose them! (MHO YMMV)
     
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    I just picked up one of these while in Spain over Christmas and it's great. I just took it out in the woods a few weeks ago for the first time and I really like. The edge holds well too. I would have liked the Olive wood but the Cocobolo looks real nice too. I like the way the grip is set up with the choil. It's practical.

     
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    Rough Rider pocket knives. Best bang for the buck on the market today. I own about a dozen and carry one every day.
     
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    I bought the Wal-Mart camping brand (Ozark Trail) knife when I was about 16. Over the last 10 years or so, it has turned out to be a surprisingly sturdy knife that takes a keen edge.

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    Rough Rider Box Car Whittler
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    Fit and Finish are top notch
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    I couldn't pass up that box car whittler in black either!!!!! I have a few stockmen a mess of the saw cut bone with scalloped bolsters( a congress, stockman, elephants toe and 3 canoes! I also like the checkerd bone scales too. I guess if I count em I'm close to or better than a dozen myself! Like mentioned they are a VALUE!!!!! Pretty well made nice fit and finish and take and hold an edge pretty well.!! Other than the prestiege of owning a case why wouldn't you pick up a few of these???
     
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    Yeah, I got a few. Carrying a large stockman in red bone today (it's my favorite)

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    I have a couple of Rough Rider Coal Miners that they gave us here at work. They are great knives. I carried one every day until I got my Opinel #8.

    I also have a J. Martiini (sp?) huning knife I paid $10 for, it is a great knife.

    I have a cheap made in china, small 3 blade folder that is a great whittler. It doent even have a brand name on it. I got it for Christmas a few years back. It takes and holds a good edge.
     
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    I bought a Winchester brand knife identical to the one pictured below on eBay for $10 including shipping. The blade is 440 stainless, holds an edge surprisingly well, the fit and finish more than acceptable especially for the price. I'd recommend one for someone on a tight budget.
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    Maybe not "Off" brand but...

    I have an Ontario RAT 1. I bought it a year ago and it has exceeded my expectations. I read some reviews on it before I bought it and thought, "Hey, for $28 shipped, why not". I got it off of amazon and I could not be happier. I was a little sad that it was not made in the US, as I like to support local as much as possible. Anyways I would recommend looking into it if you are in the market for a larger folding workhorse.
     
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    I've heard good things about Rough Rider. I really like the looks of that Box Car Whittler.
     
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    Mora. If you're on a budget you can't do much better. I own several Mora number 1's and number 2's, and have them stashed in every pack and vehicle I own in case I forget one of my "nice" knives.
     
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    I couldnt help myself. After all the sparkling reviews for the roughrider knives i picked up 1 for myself and 1 for each of my twin nephews.

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    I like that elephants toe nail in tortoise and that canoe, wish they made a barlow with a traditional spear point! Nice collection panzer
     
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    Not sure which ones you've picked out but I'll bet you're happy with them!
     
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    Sorry Panzer meant sunfish in tortoise!
     
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    I got copperheads. Jigged bone for myself and gunstock brown for the kiddos.
     
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    I have 3 knives made by Benchmark, one of them is called the Backpacker - basically a small 6 inch long neck knife ands its my favorite of the 3. I forget what the other 2 are called, they are at home and I'm not and I have no pics of them but that all 3 have micarta hands and are full tang knives and hold a decent edge.

    I also have a few Rough Rider knives, 2 of them are the Longrifle series sheath knives with real leather sheaths, and one is a large bowie - fairly decent knives and I just bought them because they were cheap but looked good but the Longrifles do hold up fairly well, haven't used the bowie - just keep it on display.
     
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    I have one too - its my EDC knife and I love it ! The guys at work call it my pocket machete !
     
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    Forgot about Moras, but I only consider them cheap in price ! I have 4 of them ! I have 2 Mora Clipper 860s (stainless), one Mora Clipper 840 (carbon) and the Mora Bushcraft with the firesteel and sharpener on the sheath - all great blades !
     
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    Picture of the Benchmark Backpacker
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    A black magic marker will clean up that white lettering if it bothers you....

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    Just ordered myself a whitler and a canoe.

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    that benchmark sheath is nice looking.
     
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    I have this exact same knife! Found it at an antique store of all things for just a few bucks, couldn't pass it up. It didn't come with a sheath - and I now see I'm not missing anything there! Anyway it's a pretty decent knife and I haven't been able to part with it for some reason.

    +1 on hitting that sheath logo with a black Sharpie - I do that a lot to 'eliminate' branding. I'm like you in that department. If I'm going to advertise your brand, I want to be paid for it. :42:


     
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    You got any pictures of that large stockman Panzer? I've heard that Rough Rider is a good bang for the buck, but how would you rate the overall quality and construction?

    ETA: also, how do you like their stainless blades? I was looking at a Bear & Son stockman, as I prefer carbon. But it is 3x the price of the RR.
     
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    My son is a meat cutter he uses his knives 8 hrs a day some of them cost as little as 20.00 apiece they take a lot of abuse and stay sharp. So when he looks at a knife they want 80.00 or 100.00 or more he is real hard to make a sell to. He cant understand how anybody would spend that kind of money on a knife. Especially if they cant last more than a few cuts before they are dull. I will find out what the names of the ones he uses are
     
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    This KaBar lasted all winter before it finally bit the dust. I sharpened it once, beat the living hell out of the blade batoning the blade through Hickory, the edge never chipped dulled or anything nor did it rust, I left it outside all winter too! The wound in the handle is from a 22LR, at about 70 yards. This knife was abused! I wouldn't hesitate taking one into the woods any day of the week.

    Granted this knife isn't cheep but being that I usually carry a Busse or a custom its a cheep knife to me.

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    That's what happens when you baton with serrations...
     
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    I've got one of those as well as benchmark fixed blade and both have been decent little knives.
     
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    I got this off the home shopping network for knives. Gotta say, I have no complaints from it. It has handled everything I have put it thru.
     

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    I adore my $30 spyderco tenacious sprint run:


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    Made in China, but to an incredible exacting standard.
     
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    Sanrenmu...

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    I've been wanting a spyderco style blade for awhile now.....
     
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    I can't believe nobody here gets down on cheap Victorinox blades. I've had a bloody blue million of their sheepsfoot gardening knives and they cut like a dream. I believe the last one I paid for cost me a whopping $6. With tax. You simply can't beat them for the price of a combo meal at McD's.

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    Several of my close friends are commercial fishermen, and naturally demand their knives to be sharp, cheap, and reliable. The blades I see them with 75% of the time are Victorinox/Forschner or Old Hickory. I tend to agree with their choices.
     
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    That's why you baton 1095 and not D2. :)
     
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    Yeah, I like it. You can put a cord on it for use as a neck knife, clip it to a belt loop or to your pack with the caribiner, it has a clip for use as a belt or boot knife, plus the holes so you can tie it in any position and it retains the knife real well for handle down position - well thought out little sheath. Smoky Mountain has then for around 10 bucks ! Google it and read some of the reviews - its a pretty good little knife for the money !
     
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    While cleaning out my mother-in-law's house we found this sitting is a dresser drawer. It is a small pen knife and the only markings are 'Sheffield' and 'Stainless/Inox'. The bolsters look like they are German silver and the handle may be Bakelite. The brass shield in the handle is fairly large and it looks like it was intended to be engraved and given away as a memento. For a small, cheap pen knife it is remarkably well made and makes a really sweet little desk knife/letter opener.

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    I just saw that smkw.com has all of thier Rough Rider knives buy one get one 1/2 off!
     
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    Sanrenmu, I second that vote!

    I second Teno's vote; Sanrenmu makes a great knife for the price! A wide selection of styles, from the traditional
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    Most are quality steels (just stay away from the couple of knives made from 440A - won't hold an edge).

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    Let's talk really high quality off-brand knives.

    I've seen a lot of mention of Rough Rider brand knives on this thread and I'm sure someone will chime in on Bear & Sons products before too long, but I've not been at all impressed with the quality of either brand. The Bear & Sons stuff was shockingly bad considering the asking price.

    But there are knives of exceptional quality that cost relatively little and come from lesser-known manufacturers. Lets talk about the CRKT Pocket Classic line of knives. Yes, I know that CRKT is not an 'off brand', but the Pocket Classic traditional folders are a bit out of character with the rest of the CRKT lineup and I think reflect something of a bold departure for the company.

    When I first picked one of these knives up I was amazed; the level of fit and finish beats that of many of the production blades that come from makers like Case. These are really, really well made knives, and the asking price is a relative pittance. Each runs less than $30 on Amazon. Yes they are produced in China, but the QC is outstanding.

    My EDC is a Case medium stockman, and I carry it out of respect for the brand and country of origin. But if I can't find my Case I immediately grab one of these knives to carry with me on my daily adventures.

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