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KNIVES – PART 3

Fixed Blade Knifes

In most urban settings, you do not usually strap a fixed blade knife onto your belt in the morning as part of your everyday dress, especially one that is very big.  A folding knife is a good urban compromise for an everyday carry knife.

A folding knife is like a handgun.  You carry a handgun everyday because it is convenient for everyday carry.  If you got into trouble, in most cases, you would rather have a shotgun or a rifle with you but it really isn’t possible to tote one around with you in an urban setting.

The same is true about a fixed blade knife.  If you need a knife for some serious work, a good fixed blade knife will generally out perform a folding knife.  If a SHTF emergency happened, I would switch from concealed carry to open carry for my handgun and I would switch from a folder in my pocket to a fixed blade knife on my belt.

I divide fixed blade knives into two general categories, self-defense knives and survival/wilderness knives.  Some knives are made specifically for one group or the other and some can be used for both.  In general, shorter, thinner blade knives are usually considered to be self-defense knives and longer, thicker blade knives are considered to be survival knives.

There are a lot of knives on the market, some good, some bad, some really good, some really bad, some well priced, some over-priced.  The ones I will mention are ones that I either own or have used.  I am going to try and steer you toward good and really good knives that are priced for real value.

The knives I have selected all have medium grade to high grade knife steel and have full tangs for strength.

Don’t buy a knife because it looks bad ass or because it is the Kleon Death Knife from Star Trek.  Stick to good manufacturers and designs by good knife makers.

I have listed several knives from Ontario Knives.  These represent some of the best values on the market.  They use very good steel and the prices are almost unbeatable for the quality.  They are available from many stores including Amazon but I have found a small online store that has the best prices by far.

The name is the Ontario Knife Store.  It should not be confused with the manufacture of Ontario Knives, they just sell the knives.  They are a small business so they don’t have all the knives in stock at all times.  Sometimes it takes a week or two to get your order but if you are willing to wait you can save some money.  Here is a link to Ontario Knife Store.com.

http://www.ontario-knife-store.com

 

Self- Defense Knives

Usually 3” to 6” in length but again no hard and fast rules.

Ontario Ranger Bush Series, RBS-4 Knife.  The Ontario RBS-4 Knife features a 4.5”, 1095 steel blade with a grey texture powder coating and a plain edge. The RBS-4 knife has a micarta handle that is available in black, tan or orange.  Overall length is 10.387″.  The RBS-4 knife comes complete with a black nylon sheath.  From $54 plus shipping.

Ontario Ranger Bush Series, RBS-6 Knife.  The Ontario RBS-6 Knife features a 6”, 1095 steel blade with a grey texture powder coating and a plain edge. The RBS-6 knife has a micarta handle that is available in black, tan or orange.  Overall length is 11.877″.  The RBS-6 knife comes complete with a black nylon sheath.  From $58 plus shipping.

Becker BK-2.  The Becker BK-2 Knife features a 5.25”, .25” thick, Flat Grind, Drop Point 1095 Cro-Van steel blade with a grey texture powder coating and a plain edge. The BK-2 knife has a black Grivory handle.  Overall length is 10.5″.  The BK-2 knife comes complete with a nylon sheath.  Made in USA.  $64 with Free Shipping from Amazon.

Mid-Length Knives

Usually 6” to 9” in length.  These knives are very versatile.  If I could only afford one fixed blade knife, I would get one in this category and probably one that was 7”-8” in length.  This size is great for a Go Bag or Get Home Bag.

Ontario SP1 Marine Combat Knife.  7” long, .1875” thick 1095 Carbon Steel clip point blade with an epoxy powder coating.  The Marine Combat Knife is 12.125” overall and comes with a combination leather/cordura sheath and Krayton Handle with a lanyard.  Made in the USA.   $33 plus shipping.

Ontario RAT 7 Fixed Blade Knife.  6.5” long combo edge, .187” thick 1095 Carbon Steel drop point blade.  The blade is coated with a black textured powder coating.  The Ontario RAT 7 is 12” overall length, has a lanyard hole on the pommel and a canvas Micarta handle.  Designed by Jeff Randall, it comes complete with a Cordura Nylon Sheath with plastic insert for edge protection and an accessory pocket for storage.  The RAT 7 is made in the USA.  $85 plus shipping.

Becker BK-7.  The Becker BK-7 Knife features a 7.0”, .187” thick, Flat Grind, Drop Point 1095 Cro-Van steel blade with a grey texture powder coating and a plain edge. The BK-7 knife has a black Grivory handle.  Overall length is 12.75″.  The BK-7 knife comes complete with a nylon sheath.  Made in USA.  $70 with Free Shipping from Amazon.

Ontario RD7 Ready Detachment Knife.  7.5” long, .25” thick 5160 Carbon Steel blade.  The blade is coated with a black textured powder coating.  The RD7 is 13.25” overall length, has a lanyard hole on the pommel.  Designed by Jeff Randall, the RD 7 comes with a MOLLE compatible black nylon sheath with plastic insert for edge protection and an accessory pocket for storage.  The RD 7 is made in the USA and available in six different variations.  $76 plus shipping.

 Becker BK-9.  The Becker BK-9 Knife features a 9.0”, .187” thick, Flat Grind, Drop Point 1095 Cro-Van steel blade with a grey texture powder coating and a plain edge. The RBS-9 knife has a black Grivory handle.  Overall length is 14.75″.  The RBS-6 knife comes complete with a nylon sheath.  Made in USA.  $80 with Free Shipping from Amazon.

 

Survival/Wilderness Knife

The idea behind a Wilderness Knife is a knife that has a blade fine enough to cut but thick and strong enough to chop.  If you are bugging-in during an emergency, you will have access to many tools, fine sharp knives for fine cutting, as well as axes and saws for chopping and cutting wood.  But if you have to bug-out and have limited space, a good wilderness knife will be your most valuable tool.

Ontario SP10 Marine Raider Bowie.  9.75” long, .25” thick 1095 Carbon Steel clip point blade with an epoxy powder coating.  The Marine Combat Knife is 15.125” overall and comes with a combination leather/cordura sheath and Krayton Handle with a lanyard.  Made in the USA.   $45 plus shipping.

Ontario RTAK II Fixed Blade Knife.  10” long combo edge, .187” thick 1095 Carbon Steel drop point blade.  The blade is coated with a foliage green textured powder coating.  The Ontario RAT 7 is 16.5” overall length, has a lanyard hole on the pommel and a canvas Micarta handle.  Designed by Jeff Randall, it comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath with plastic insert for edge protection and an pocket for storage.  The RTAK II is made in the USA.  $84 plus shipping.

 

Ontario RD9 Ready Detachment Knife.  9.5” long, .25” thick 5160 Carbon Steel blade.  The blade is coated with a black textured powder coating.  The RD9 is 15.25” overall length, has a lanyard hole on the pommel.  Designed by Jeff Randall, the RD 7 comes with a MOLLE compatible black nylon sheath with plastic insert for edge protection and an accessory pocket for storage.  The RD 9 is made in the USA and available in six different variations.  $76 plus shipping.

 

Kukri Machete

There is no single edged weapon that I can think of that can out-chop or out-cut a good Kukri.  This is a great workhorse.

Ontario Combat Survival Kukri Machete.  Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel.  Blade Color: Black.  Overall Length: 17″.  Blade Length: 11.5″.  Handle Material: Kraton.  Sheath: Cordura.  $54 plus shipping.

 

Ed Rogers

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