Green river hunter a good choice?

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  1. Alabama2220

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    Hey guys, im looking at getting a green river hunter knife and was wanting to see if anybody has any heavy use with the knife and the quality of it. I also just figured out that it doesn't come with a sheath so is there any way to get a sheath without ordering a custom sheath. Also, I wont be using it to baton A LOT but I may do a little for making kindling and what not. Thanks.
     
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    They are really great knives. I have found myself using mine more than any other knife I own. They are pretty inexpensive and take and hold an edge really well. You can look up sheaths for them at the Crazy Crow website. Think they have kits and ready made sheaths to fit it. Plus look on fleabay as there was a seller on there that sold the knife and a simple sheath that works great. Where purchased mine and still going strong.
     
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    I really like mine, my son broke the tip off and I ground it out to a Kephart shape and it's one of my favorite knives. A member here uses one as his main knife and has done almost everything with his, here's his video review of it:

    My Bushcraft Knife Revisited - YouTube
     
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    Really is a very nice blade for light batoning and utility work. Takes and holds an edge very well and isn't heavy to carry.
     
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    I used a larger 10-12" blade Green River as a "bushknife" (short matchete) for clearing brush and "elephant grass" in Florida as well as cutting back our pine trees. Worked that blade harder than any other knife I have ever owned.

    It lasted yrs of daily use. Everyday I went out to feed the dogs and had that knife with me to do the constant ongong cutting of that elephant grass. That stuff was like bamboo, but thinner. If I didnt cut some everyday it made for a lot more work on the weekends.

    The knife was maybe 20, 30, 50 yrs old when I got it, and I worked it for yrs before it broke a nice semi circle out of the blade. Back then I never thought of modding the blade into something else, wish I had.

    they are real knives for real use.
     
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    I got a Green River Camp Knife Blade a while back, with the intention of adding rosewood scales to it .. Instead, I just added some leather to the handle, threw together a quick leather sheath, and it works just fine :)

    It is definitely a fine blade - easily takes a good edge .. cuts well - and will serve you well.

    - - - sorry for the crappy cell-phone pic - - -
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    They seem to be a very good knife for the money. Worth looking in to....
     
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    I've had several and for an inexpensive, competent knife, they're tough to beat IMO.

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    russell green river knives

    use it a little, use it a lot, makes no difference

    they are very rea$onably priced and will hold a good edge

    the rumor is that russell still uses the same metal, designs & processes in the current knives, that were used in the knives that helped tame the west

    the many i've had, over as many years, have been short lived in my kit

    as soon as one of my pards would see how well they performed, i'd be w/o a knife again

    they are available as unfinished blades, kits, finished knives, & knives complete with nice leather sheaths

    you will enjoy a green river and you wont have to take out a loan to have one

    happy trails
     
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    Here's a picture of mine with some wild mustard greens and garlic chives:

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    borumas you show a very nice looking sheath with the above pic. I was curious if that was a custom sheath or one of Crow's sheaths. Really like it and would like one similar to it as I just pullled the trigger on th 5" Hunter. Thanks for any info!
     
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    I bounce back and forth between the GR and a Mora for my daily user......both are great knives; not for cutting cement blocks, but for knife use, they just keep on beating my more expensive blades.....

    I put a shallow convex edge on my GR; it carves really nice. So far no real trouble with nicks or rolling; if it starts to roll or flatten just steepen the grind a tad.

    For batoning, I'd say no....it will do ok for small kindling (about on par with a SAK) but for thicker stuff, I can see the blade start to bend.

    The handle is one of the most comfortable I own; I've thought it would be cool to have Matt at ML make a GR clone with a thick spine but keep everything else the same. Its way more comfy than most custom knives I've had.

    Use it as a knife (not a pry bar) (plus carry a hatchet for firewood) and it will serve you well! If you can find him, a guy on ebay "wolfforth" (???) makes an awesome sheath.
     
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    Hey thanks, I actually got that sheath with the knife from a gun show, I added the firesteel loop and the dangler to the sheath though.
     
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    Got my first one last month. It is amazing- got it from Crazy Crow.

    It will not be my last one!
     
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    mustard greens and garlic chives ! Oh My ! :D
     
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    Late friend of mine kept a sheathed clip point Russell in his vehicle for as long as I knew him.

    Big trip to Mexico in '83 it got used a fair bit in fire and food prep. Tossed in with a Coleman stove and a cooler, Mexican Customs never gave it a second thought. It just doesn't look like a weapon-hell it doesn't to me, and I know better.

    It will rust if you let it. It's not a hatchet or prybar. It's an ok-fair but not fantastic edge holder. It's a thin, good cutting knife. It's been a while since I had a Russell or even Ontario, since I have a few of the '90s Cold Steels. Best I recall they (Russells) came out of the box with too-sharp corners on the handles, which are easily remedied. The factory sheath is MUCH better if you wax soak it until it's stiff.

    On that trip I carried a 7OT Schrade and a KaBar scout knife. He carried a Mercator and a really really damned early Leatherman PST. The Russell got used as much as any of them.
     
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    If I remember correctly, Sam Larson used one on his Alone show stint. It made it 50 some days for him.


    I like mine and it is quite light.
     
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    That was my first fixed blade knife some 40+ years ago. Came as a kit from CVA I believe, prepunched leather sheath that you had to put the rivets in and lace up and rivet the scales on the blade.
     
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    I've had one for about 10 years, picked it up at a mountain man rendezvous, but it sits in the living room on an end table by my recliner.
    When I got it, I sanded the rough wood down & linseeded it, but it never leaves the house.
    Used entirely to open boxes. :)

    It'd make a decent camp knife, and it could handle deer processing, but I have better blades for outdoor use.
    Denis
     
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    Just today got a 6 inch butcher blade... I like the size of it- not too big, but not tiny. Handles were raw wood- I steel wooled them and then rubbed in some beeswax based wood treatment, then cleaned up an OK factory edge on my diamond stones, followed by ceramic rods and two stage strop routine.

    Had a sheath from Track of the Wolf which fits it just right. Think I will get a speedy stitcher and a rivet tool so I can learn to make my own.

    Green River and Ontario/Old Hickory knives don't get the natives here all excited like a Ka Bar, Smatchet, or a Machax might. Then again, as long as you're not bothering anyone, people here tend to leave you alone.
     
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    I've had one for 30 plus years that I picked up from a Comanche brother in OK. He put Bison horn scales on it and it came with a leather belt sheath. Must been made from a green hide; it keeps leaching salt. Just bought another finished knife last week.
    Guy on eBay to contact is to-gordo. He makes sheaths to fit anything. If it won't fit a stock sheath, he'll custom make from your dimensions for cheap.
     
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    Six years later, I've come to prefer a OH 7 inch butcher in place of the GR....and the Mora #2 has edged out the GR for lighter work....see you in 2024 for another update!
     
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    That's the thing here- if I'm going to go that light & thin outdoors, it'd be the Mora, which I have several of & which has gone expeditioning.

    Normally, I prefer a thicker blade for all-round use.
    Not necessarily bigger, just thicker.

    I had to give up hunting years ago, my knee could go up all day long, but not down.
    Back then, as purely a hunting knife, the little Green River 4215 would have done the job on a deer.
    Any pure meat dressing chore on game big enough for the blade size could be done.

    The steel's good, it can take an edge, and the wood scales come rough, but they can be sanded, re-shaped slightly if necessary, finished with linseed or similar, and the result is a very capable lightweight hunter or general camp kitchen knife at a very affordable price.

    As a general purpose trail knife, I go thicker & stronger.
    As a pure cutter, the 4215 could probably fill much the same role as a Mora, with a better belly for animal processing.

    I've seen inexpensive sheaths, they don't have to be fancy or expensive.
    By way of contrast, I've spent $45 to sheath a $15 Mora.

    Many years ago I had another blade type from Green River, liked the simplicity of the carbon steel & wood handle, used it regularly around the kitchen when I needed a knife.
    Had to wash & dry it each time by hand, it acquired a nice patina.
    Disappeared one day, never found it.
    Still no idea where it went.

    Those carbon steel blades do need more care, if you use 'em for wet or food applications.
    Take a good edge, but you need to keep up on it with use.
    I think the Mora retains an edge slightly better, but I'm basing that on the 4215 on cardboard boxes. :)
    Denis
     
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    I still have mine....the rivets let go and the handles fell off but I still have the blade...it has a slight swedge..I think that was what made it different from regular camp knife...markings have long since worn away....got this in the mid-late 70s from CVA...my dad was a big muzzle loader guy...it’s what I learned to shoot on before another firearm.
     
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    I used one as a knife for quite awhile with a black locust handle that I put on it I really liked it. It got left on a stump somewhere or loaned I don't really remember but it was a really good knife.
     
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    You buy 2 and have them sent to me. I'll ship one to you with a home made sheath.

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    The GRW Hunter is an outstanding knife. If it has one weakness it is the somewhat delicate tip. That is easily remedied by bobbing it a bit, or just understanding that it will not take a lot of prying. The other thing about the knife that I do not consider a weakness, but something to be aware of is no finger guard. If you are inside the body cavity of a large animal with your hands and handle covered in blood a lack of caution could result in a nasty cut. The contour of the handle is great, and does help with not sliding on to the blade, but it is something to be aware of.

    A Hunter with the tip shortened approximately 1/2". A very handy and capable knife.

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    JD, that looks an awful lot like a Kephart.
     

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