Knife choices for a cache?

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  1. quietmike

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    Will be putting together some caches. Most will be small, maybe based on Greyone's two liter bottle cache.

    Looking at knife choices to go in a couple. I always try to have a knife on me, along with other EDC items, but you never know what kind of situation you might be in.

    Something capable, small, and relatively cheap since it could be discovered and stolen.

    Thinking a very small fixed blade, such as a Candiru, but in stainless, would be a natural pick, but open to suggestions.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
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    Mora Companion in stainless. Can't think of a better choice for the cost.
     
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    +1 and also maby add a Victorinox Farmer. It's corrosion resistance and the extra tools can be a big plus.
     
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    I second the mora or old hickory along with a little ceramic sharpener.

    Consider as a backup a folding box cutter and a few blades. Or a snap knife. Sometimes you just don’t want to dull your knife and having disposable blades is a big help.
     
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    +1. Maybe a small stainless pocket knife also. joe
     
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    For a cache: (I have a Candiru and it is quite small, for me, larger would be better)
    Mora Companion in stainless, I would also add a folding Opinel #12 Stainless saw, some waxed jute twine and some bankline.
    In additional I would coat the Mora and Opinel in petroleum jelly for extra water protection.
     
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    Since you said "small knife" and are considering a Candiru I'm assuming a Mora 125 year LE Classic Original will still fit your budget?

    If so that's my suggestion. Stainless (14C28N Sandvic), small, very usable (I EDC one) and comes with a leather sheath.

    If you're considering the Opinel saw as someone above me suggested I'd say a Silky F180 is a far better option. I loved it when I first got it but I hate my Opinel saw with a passion these days since it became more and more difficult to open. The Silky is longer so more usable and the handle is flatter which makes it less noticeable in pants pockets. The red one version with the larger teeth cuts like a mini chain-saw to boot.
     
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    Cold Steel Finn bear is a good one.
     
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    Stainless Mora or CS Finbear are both good choices.
     
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    Mora seems like the only option.
     
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    Lots of good suggestions here, but I would also add the Cold Steel Kudu. I'll admit up front that I'm not a big fan of Cold Steel but some of their budget knives are really good for the price. The Kudo is their version of the African Ocapi knife. It's a big folder with a very strong lock. It's kind of funky and non-ergonomic but it would be hard to break one. The edge is pretty good out of the box and the steel is ok for the price.

    The big draw is that you can often get them for $5 or less! The Amazon link I put above is current as of 11/28/17 and the price is $4.79! There is virtually nothing else out there that's decent yet under five bucks shipped! I have maybe ten of these knives stashed in various spots. They're pretty usable yet so dirt cheap that if they get lost I really don't care much.
     
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    Is Cosmoline comparable to petroleum jelly for storage and rust prevention?
     
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    I would have to vote for inexpensive Moras, as well. I admire fine knives, but I am a klutz, and prefer to keep many lessor ones around me. Sometimes I can lose a <some thing> for a year or more. Sometimes I find it.
     
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    Wahoo Killer Multi Purpose.....These are $2.99....when you catch a sale...$1.99
    http://www.budk.com/Wahoo-Killer-Knife-1038
    I buy them by the dozen and have them stashed everywhere.
    They are a cheap version of a Mora...

    Best knife?...Nope.
    Will it cut?...Yup
    Will you break it?...Maybe.
    Can you baton with it?...Maybe once...
    Is it cheap enough and still do basic cutting job for an emergency?....Yup
    Will it rust?...Don't know, but is SS?
    What if I break it?....Don't care...plenty laying around
    Would I care if it was stolen, or I forget where it was?......Nope
    Like a BIC knife.

    Save your good knives for wearing and using...
     
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    I would go with a Mora companion or the Bear Grylls para cord knife. I know Bear Grylls line of Gerber knives gets a bad rap, but the paracord knife is good quality and won't break the bank. Schrade also makes great budget knives.
     
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    Mora was my first thought, or maybe a SAK Tinker or similarly small/simple SAK.
     
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    Thses were my first thought as well.....

    But I still think about the SAK that has been in the PSK bag for ....for a lot of years.....LOL

    There is a fine line between here...do you want relativity expensive, 'best, most reliable, ...option that would wprk well....but may see again
    OR
    A cheap toss away, that may work for a while....but may not hold up...long term...
    That you don't care about.

    DW was good at replacing cooking stuff...pots, pans utensils.....and putting everything "In the camper/cook box... or To the cabin..."

    Problem is that reason she replaced them was they were either worn out, broken and generally a PITA at home.....
    What made her think think would be "cured" or work better in a camper/kitchen box or cabin?

    This seems like a similar scenario......So it up to you.
    As I would not "plan on" using these for any length of time....I tend to go with the low end stuff.
     
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    Those Wahoo Killer knives really are amazing for $2!
     

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