Advice on a good neck knife.

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  1. jordanzwon1

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    I am not sure what you even call those...Neck knife, field knife? But I like the idea of having a knife hanging around my neck. Something that I can just reach up and pull out of a nice little sheath around my neck. Don’t know enough about knives to know where to start looking. What do you guys like, use, or recommend?
     
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    The Mora Eldris is popular. @BogdanS makes a knife (I think he calls it the "companion") that looks similar, and his work is amazing.
     
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    Currently carrying a Hess mini Caper which I like very much. Small and lightwieght made of 1095 carbon steel. Tried the Morakniv Eldris as a neck knife, but found the handle a bit too bulky for my liking.
     
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    Lots of good options out there. It really depends on your style. Do you like stainless or non-stainless steel? Do you like kydex/plastic sheaths or leather? What kind of blade length and grind do you like?

    I have used all of these and found them each to be great in their own way. Some of them require an aftermarket sheath to be a really great neck knife:

    Becker BK14
    Becker BK11
    ESEE Izula
    ESEE CR 2.5
    Enzo Necker 70
    Cold Steel Mini Pendleton Hunter
    Mora Eldris
    Mora 2/0

    Also, the I've used the TOPS Scandi Trekker but I think it is a bit too large for a neck knife. They make a smaller version called the MSK. I have not used it, but it should be good to go.
     
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    I like everything about my CKRT Minimalist. Depending on your needs, budget, and other factors there are different or better choices.

    If you can, I would recommend a custom from one of several potential makers. The options are nearly endless if you look at custom knives.

    Hope you find what you enjoy! :dblthumb:
     
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    I have a BK11 and a Eldris. Both are excellent.
     
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    I liked everything about mine except the steel. Its not like I expect anything ridiculous from a $25 knife, but the 5Cr15MoV is pretty lacking in my personal opinion.
     
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    Do those Mora sheaths have a place to run some paracord through or do you have to purchase a separate sheath? The photos on their website are a little unclear.
     
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    The Eldris sheath has a hole for cord.
     
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    I'm actually not sure how they come - mine was modified when I bought it (from @Bushcraft-kelso , who added a survival kit and lanyard).
     
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    I prefer 3 to 3 1/2 inch blades, overall length no more than 7 1/2 inches. Thinner blades; 1/8 inch or less, and flat or saber grinds, as these are slicing knives for me (no wooded forests here!)
    Prefer A2 then O1. Will take 1095 if with a good heat treatment and hardness (these tend to get alot of food use; dulling instantly on a ceramic food dish will not do!) Overall weight is key (don't forget to add in the sheath!); I've figured out how much weight I want on my neck; you'll need to do the same. Leather or kydex sheaths are ok (although I prefer leather).
     
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    How big is your neck?

    Serious answer and against the grain wm1
     
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    I agree with the thinner blades. 3.5'' is an absolute maximum blade length for me if I plan to neck carry.

    I prefer stainless steel, personally. When something is riding that close to your body, it tends to get fairly sweaty. Rust seems to occur on neck knives more frequently than belt carried knives.
     
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    You also want to consider weight since it will be hanging around your neck. I like as flat and as light as possible. joe
     
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    There are two drain holes in the bottom of the sheath that work perfectly for a neck lanyard.
     
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    It's not super expensive or fancy, but the Mora Eldris is a great little knife.
     
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    My neck is almost exactly 15” in circumference.
     
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    With the Eldris, you can thread a lanyard through the bottom drain holes for tip-up carry, or have a loop around the sheath and carry tip-down.
     
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    Yeah seems like the price is right.
     
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    Love my Eldris, but that palm filling grip that I love so much also makes it a huge pain in the a$$ hanging around your neck under a shirt. I find my self carrying my Esee Candiru in a kydex sheath hanging from my neck. No scales on the Candiru and it lays really flat under a T-shirt. It’s not invisible, but certainly nondescript and won’t invite any questions. Give the Esee Candiru a look. If you find it too small, the Izula and Izula II can also be neck carried and with the scales removed, can be quite thin.
     
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    That is true. It doen't have the flattest profile. But it is a good user.
     
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    And a damn sight more comfortable to use than an izula and a better blade geometry imo
     
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    I am a sucker for a lifetime guarantee.
     
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    If it fails at the most inconvenient moment then any guarantees are useless
     
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    True, but it means that the company values and trusts their product to not fail.
     
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    No it doesn’t.
    It’s a marketing ploy that relies on the laws of averages.
    To elaborate, esees are quite expensive for a bit of 1095. Some of the cost does pay for the warranty.

    A recent example so I’m not deemed to be isolating one company would be fallkniven.
    They increased costs due to more expensive materials used.
    But if you watch the knife values there increases have been directly proportionate to the introduction of the 10 year and lifetime warranties given on certain products.
    The point is, lifetime warranties are never free, they are a hidden cost
     
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    Great point...I’m there target audience then lol
     
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    Haha love it.
    And for transparency, I do still own my three favourite esees
     
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    Condor Mini Bushlore! JMHO ;)

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    I have two of the crkt minimalist, the Bowie and the drop point. Shopping Around you can get them for 19.99 shipped. At least I did. The steel is nothing special as noted, yet somehow it gets sharp, maintains that edge IMO for a respectable amount for what it is and the handle fits my hand nicely. It’s light enough that often I don’t even notice it’s there.
     
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    The ESEE Izula and Izula II are very popular for this role. ESEE makes great stuff. They are popular for a reason and although the warranty is good security, people beat the hell out of them and they perform well above expectations. They get sharp and are easy to sharpen in the field.

    Id like to recommend the LT Wright Frontier Valley. Its a four finger knife with a great feel in hand, A2 steel, flat (which I prefer), saber, or scandi grind, and a really nice leather sheath. Between $75-100. LT makes some nice stuff. I love these knives. The sheath is a belt sheath but could be worn around the neck or you can have some kydex made for it.

    https://www.theknifeconnection.net/frontier-valley-patch/

    The LT Wright Patriot or Frontier First also comes to mind.

    Soooo many choices actually. Got more money to spend go look at Fiddleback Forge
     
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    From least to most expensive.

    Mora 2/0
    Esee Izula
    Bark River Bravo EDC


    Mora Eldris is a great little knife, but I can't stand that pudgy illegitimate child banging on my chest.
     
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    I own several of the knives mentioned above so can comment on them. I really like small knives because I can drop them in a pocket. I don't carry one around my neck unless I'm in the helicopter for work and then I have an old Livesay neck knife that is small and light.

    The Enzo Necker with a flat grind is excellent. This is one of my favorite knives ever. The kydex sheath is bad.

    Condor mini bushlore is a great knife. Sheath is good, but maybe not for neck carry.

    More 2/0 is a great knife but the sheath is terrible (typical Mora).

    Mora Eldris. Meh.

    Izula. Just gave one away.

    Good luck. Can't wait to see what you choose. If you're like me you'll end up with a drawer full.
     
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    Every knife dulls instantly on a ceramic food dish. All of them. Every possible type of steel.
     
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    My idea of neck carry is a Mora 2/0 or even a no 1.

    Both are around 3 oz total. Both are tip down carry. I do not like a blade pointing up at my throat waiting for me to trip on something.....
    Both can be pressed into the sheath tightly and lightly twisted to release.

    I will carry larger knives neck carry as well. It is my preferred carry method.
     
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    this. both of these knives are my favorite to carry around the neck. the factory sheaths are more like blade covers, though, and should either be replaced or modified to prevent the knife from becoming dislodged and unsheathed when you're bouncing around in the woods. it's happened to me a couple of times when the knife was riding around underneath a sweatshirt. no injuries, but it could've been bad.

     
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    I like my mora 2/0 as a neck carry. Lightweight, sharp, and inexpensive. I hardly notice it, but it's there when I need it.

    I've wanted to try an enzo necker, but the mora does the job.
     
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    Mora classic no 1. 2.9 oz
    Mora no 1 Original. 3.0
    KJ Eriksson 611. 3.2
    Kellam Wolverine. 4.9

    Each weight includes paracord lanyard. I use it because it's comfortable.
     
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    Now that you are the victim of information overload have you made a decision yet?

    :)
     
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    Haven't seen anyone ask this yet. What is your minimum useable blade size? Smaller the blade,the more comfortable neck carry
     
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    I think I am going to grab two and check them out. The Mora and the Izula.
     
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    Good choices. If you decide you don’t like one of them you can unload it on the Trade Blanket.
     
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    Howdy Batmanacw!
    I've actually found a number of neck style knives that can handle ceramic plates well enough that I'll use them for food. Yes, after a couple meals they need to be sharpened; no big deal. There's been a a couple of 1095s that I've had that get dull so quick I'd need to sharpen them DURING the meal; they get put aside.

    As for steel, I have nothing against stainless, either. Im my state, though, one cannot legally conceal a knife under a shirt or jacket, it must be openly carried, so rusting from body perspiration is not a concern.

    I also like the Frontier Valley from Battle Horse or LT wright knives; they come in various blade styles and steels.
     
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    One of my favorite Neckers is the WM-1 from (crap! I'm having a 'senior moment')... Oh, yeah... Fallkniven! I made a simple leather sheath for mine and it's one of my favorite neckers. Great steel and a grippy handle. Just the right size! I'll post a pic s soon as I can take one.

    Steve
     
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