Jul 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #1319438
4-5" blade, stainless(I know), quality sheath(not Mora), not an arm and a leg. Grip suitable for larger hands.
Give me our suggestion or make me a offer for what you have.Jul 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm #2123572
What's your price range?
Any preference on style? Tactical/modern or traditional?
I like the sog seal pup in plain edge, reasonably light for it's capability.
Real puuko knives made in northern europe are beautiful and scandinavian grinds are very user friendly (cut well/easy to sharpen).
There are a bunch of custom knife makers over on bushcraft usa if you are willing to pay a lot and possibly wait.
Go for stick tang over full exposed tang to save weight.Jul 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm #2123575
I am a fan of the scandi grind.
Have had Moras forever. Hate the sheaths.
Just seeing what treasure the inter webs will bring forth.
The traditional Scandinavian knifes are works of art.Jul 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm #2123581Jul 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm #2123586
Too many choices.
I like the Fallkniven F1 too. As far as the other end of the Scandinavian design spectrum is concerned.Jul 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm #2123595
Dan Koster's Bushcraft is my go to knife, a little pricey but definitely worth it.Jul 31, 2014 at 6:12 am #2123624
Let's keep prices lower than $125Jul 31, 2014 at 7:18 am #2123635
you mentioned kellum above.
I have a heidi that I would sell for 105 shipped.Jul 31, 2014 at 7:35 am #2123642
Not affiliated just passing it on.Jul 31, 2014 at 5:19 pm #2123781
@elliott-willLocale: Juneau, AK
Lots here. https://www.ragweedforge.com/
Condor knives are great: Kephart, Bushcraft 4", Sapien, Woodlaw. You can cut stuff with them.
Enzo Trapper?Jul 31, 2014 at 8:58 pm #2123828
You can stay well within budget, stick with your scandi grind and Mora by getting a Mora Bushcraft and combining it with a Kydex sheath you buy from a cottage maker or make yourself. There are makers who will make quality kydex sheaths for $20.
Plus with a blaze orange Mora Bushcraft you'll never misplace it in the field.Jul 31, 2014 at 9:08 pm #2123832
Thanks Will. cuttin' stuff is fun.
EJ I want no mora.Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 pm #2123844
@elliott-willLocale: Juneau, AK
Here are about 400 of them:
Wood Jewel knives are economical.Jul 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm #2123845
That helps a lot. Not going to be easy making up my mind.Jul 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm #2123861
Oops Ken I read that a bit too fast – thought you were looking for a Mora but with a better sheath…lots of stuff out there should fit the bill. One I would recommend is a Bark River Necker II 3.5 in. blade which you could buy used for a better price. Very light yet tough but it's a convex not scandi grind, though Bark River makes some scandi grind knives.Jul 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm #2123862
If you want to put your personal touch on it, the Ray Way knife kits are $30 and the leather sheath another $20.
Other kits out there too
Some Helle steel here:Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 am #2124110
I saw this knife at Sportsman's Warehouse yesterday and it seems to meet some of your criteria except not scandi grind. Fits great in my hand and is simple but a work of art imo. Of course I'm a Benchmade groupie so there's that.
I think this would compete well with the ESEE Izula or KaBar Necker Becker (which I own and don't recommend due to the sheath).
The leather sheath is nice and secure.
.Aug 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm #2124207
@quixotic_1Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Have you taken a look at Bark River knives, Battle Horse Knives (formally Blind Horse Knives), or Blackjack knives. Check "fleabay" for the aforementioned makers and you'll likely find something suitable. Good Luck.Aug 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm #2124210
No, don't like those tall blades Esee Izula won't do. Want a nicer handle. I will stick with a Scandinavian design. That should at least narrow the search field.Aug 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm #2124225
Ken, if you're looking for a Scandinavian knife, Ragweed Forge has the best collection I've seen, without getting into the very pricey models. I won't recommend a specific model, instead, wander through until you see one teat strikes your fancy. Be sure to click the photo of anything interesting – the photo usually enlarges and shows the sheath as well. The ordering is a bit strange, but the guy is nice to deal with.
Okay, I'm going to note one I really like: the Järvenpää Aito Puukko (Finnish) has a birchbark handle that is just amazing in the hand, like hard velvet! Nice carbon steel blade (not your spec), but the handle and a stainless blade is found lower on the page in the Kauhavalainen Puukko, but I've not used that particular model.Aug 3, 2014 at 10:15 am #2124319
@mtwardenLocale: MontanaAug 3, 2014 at 10:42 am #2124328
FYI, blind horse knives no longer exists. The owners split and made battle horse knives and LT wright custom knives.Aug 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm #2124387
thus IF you can find one ;)Aug 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm #2126838
Ken, the first fixed blade knife I was ever given was a stainless Puuko fishing knife – my great aunt brought it back from Denmark after working there for a few years – it was awesome, especially for a 9 year old – wood handle with the bottom carved into a fish head, and a leather sheath shaped like a fish. One thing I like about a lot of Scandinavian knives (and I don't mean Scandinavian grind but Scandinavian-made), is that they're made to be users – tools to be used not sit in a drawer.
Keep in mind I don't collect, and I'm only interested in users – to me the beauty of one of our oldest tools comes from the functionality. However I do have a just-for-fun interest in bushcraft and will probably pick up 2-3 good 3.5-4 in. blade bushcrafters to find my favorite.
A few quick ideas for you:
-Finnish Marttiini knives tend to be very good value – their most popular model is called the Lynx Lumberjack and is available in stainless in 2 lengths of blades – good quality with a very nice leather sheath. I don't own one, but have handled a friend's. At $30-50 depending on which model, very good value. Here's one for $30: http://www.amazon.com/Marttiini-Knives-161013-Stainless-Stained/dp/B002QEHP7Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1407817612&sr=1-1&keywords=Marttiini+stainless+Lynx
-Enzo and Helle are also good manufacturers, and there are others. Keep in mind that the Helle Temegami, which was made together with or under the name of Survivorman Les Stroud, tends to cost more than other Helle knives so may not be as good a value compared with other Helles.
-You are pretty handy with your car and I'm sure with tools, so you might enjoy getting a quality stainless steel blank and shaping your own handle – here's an Enzo Trapper blank for $55: http://www.bensbackwoods.com/enzo-trapper-blank-12c27-stainless-steel/
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