Poor man's Leuku?

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  1. BushBum

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    I'm trying to find a frugally priced knife to ill the roll of a leuku style knife to pair with a mora, as a sort of low cost no nonsense combo.
    Edited: I have and love using machetes, But I was looking for something smaller
    for day trips and such,
    on longer trips than def a machete, Golok or full size axe would be on the menu
    but for day trips something to attach to my shoulder bag I want something say in the 7-9 inch range (non tactical if possible)
    it should be robust enough for battoning, snap cuts and such
    I was consider a CS Bushman
    any other thoughts?
     
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    I have a few machetes.. I', looking for something smaller maybe in the 7-9 inch blade range..
    I figure if I'm going to do cutting heavier than that say on a mul;ti day type thing I'll take a full size axe

    Thanks
     
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    Mora makes a couple of longer knives. The Mora #3 has a 6 inch blade, #749 has an 8 incher (but is clip point), and the #c-223 8 and 3/4" long.
     
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    I've got a bushman. Works fine. I also chopped a Tram. I like it better for comfort, certain tasks, and $$.

    Here it is next to a Mora.
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    How about a cleaver?
     
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    Becker BK-7 or BK-9 would fill the bill, I reckon. Not sure if that would meet your price limit though.
     
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    Old Hick butcher might work. They are a bit thicker as far as butcher knives go (compared to Green River or the like). Another option might be the Condor Hudson Bay or the Mora 223. Pics....

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    There was some info about a mora model bill posted around here somewhere... I think in the Leuku thread. Something like $25 for ti I think....
     
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    If you are going to be batoning, I'll have to second the Hudson bay, The thing wrecks wood. It's something like 35 dollars on Amazon. Condor also has a great warranty, against manufacturer defects and their customer service is excellent.

    The only issue might be some edge re-profiling, but it is a great knife.
     
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    I think I would start with a machete if I were to make an ersatz Leuku. I'd choose the Ontario Cutlass because it has a thicker blade...cut down to 9-10". Just a simple slanted tip like a Golok and I'd probably do the Pict mod to lengthen the usable edge.

    I don't imagine it would be as nimble as a real Leuku because of weight of the full-tang...it would balance differently for the same length blade.

    The other alternative would be to buy a Leuku blade and build your own.

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    I'd suggest getting a carbon steel lauri leuku blade and putting your own handle on. The blades are only ~$25 and hold a great edge. You also have the fun and satisfaction of putting on your own handle. I used a piece of branch off a crepe myrtle I was clearing out of the garden.

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    Have you seen the Mora answer to the Leuku?

    Here is the description from Ragweed Forge. (as of 11/28/2011)
    #C-223; This is big knife designed for butchering big game. It would also work nicely as a general camp knife for food preparation, building shelters, etc. You could consider it the Mora version of the Leuku. The carbon steel blade is about 8 3/4" long, 1 1/2" wide, and .072" thick. The sides of the blade are left rough from the tempering process. The 5 1/2" hard plastic handle is molded directly on the tang and works well with both average and large hands. The handle is shaped and textured for a secure grip even when wet. No sheath is provided. $20.

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    Link to the page.
    http://www.ragweedforge.com/SwedishKnifeCatalog.html
    It is about 3/4 the way down the page.
     
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    From what I understand the 227 is a bit light to work as a Leuku...only .072" thick. The Stromeng Leuku blades are .110" thick...and that's considered to be on the thin side for a Leuku.
     
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    I have the 223, got one of the last to come with a sheath.

    It is too thin and light to fully answer as a Leuku. Does fine on butchering, camp food processing, etc. It is possible to baton with it- I did with mine, just to see. I would do it at need, but don't think it would survive long if used that way regularly.

    Blade is thin enough it is less efficient as a snap cut chopper.

    All in all, a good knife for what it is, but not a Leuku. ;)
     
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    i will third the hudson bay by condor, i own one and use it quite a bit...woods
     
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    Thanks for all the great responses here Guys

    Much obliged
     
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    What about Stromeng 8"(~$44 Ragnars), Lauri 210mm=8½" ($29.00 Thompsons knives) or similar blade from Ragnars, Thompsons or elsewhere and grude DIY wood handle without bolsters and simple leather or wood steath to it? You even could use a wooden handle glued from two parts so you even wouldn't need a drill to make it. Another way would be to wrap (see BCUSA class
    "Whipping Rope and Tool Handles") several layers of jute/hemp rope with water-resistant glue around the sticktang to make a grude (but usable) handle to it.

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    PS.That Mora kniv with black handle is a bit thin from blade as it's only 0.072" (=1.82mm as normally even puukko blades are about 0.108"=2.75mm)
     
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    BK7, Condor hudosn bay, or condor varan
     
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    I've been kicking around getting either a bk7 or a okc ranger bush rd7 after I get through the holidays, little bit more expensive though. I like my little condor sapien though so I wouldn't rule out the Hudson.
     
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    A few weeks ago my wife gifted me an old hickory butcher and I've used it in tandem with my mora and it seems to work well! They are about ten bucks on Amazon I highly encourage you to try it out!
     
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    Ontario machete cut down and reshaped would be the way I would go. They are 1/8" thick 1095 vs .08" for a Tramontina.
     
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    7 year old thread....
     
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    Oops! Lol
     
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    Not that it isn't an interesting thread.. just didn't want anyone to think that the OP was probably still looking for advice any longer.
     
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    Hold on there, impetuous youth.......even now, the OP might be coming out of that coma, with the one burning thing keeping him going all these years....the answer to the leuku query....I say, you wanna leuku, buy a leuku....

    ok.....maybe not......
     
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    Seems more plausible than my theory of extraterrestrial abduction and missing time via quantum entropy.
     
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    The answer you seek Padawan,.....skrama. Boom!! There it is. :)
     
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    That is what I was thinking as well, while reading the posts and was going to say as much until I saw the date was from 2011 and at the time, Skrama did not exist. But yes, the obvious answer for someone wanting something like this, without making it yourself, being gifted a real leuku, that you can beat on and do whatever the hell with is Skrama.
     
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    I know this an old thread brought back from the dead, but I always thought the Cold Steel Bushman was very Leuku like.

    Obviously the handle is no good in the cold as is but the blade and simple design make it an affordable and durable alternative to a leuku IMO.
     
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    Thanks to a member here...

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