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Going to Alaska - What knife to take?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by myesque, Jan 14, 2010.


  1. myesque

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    I am headed to Alaska! :tongueout: I went there last year with my wife on a cruise. Not exactly a Man trip. Some of my friends and I are headed up for a real Alaska trip. Tents, repelling, hunting, etc. What knife do I take?

    I do not want to spend like $300. I want to keep it at around $100.

    I know, let the ":rofl:You need to spend $300 on this knife" comments begin.

    Also, serrations or not?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. bw77

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    RAT RC 5, best fixed blade outdoor knife for the $$ IMO. You can pick them up for under $150
     

  3. mtngun

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    Your question is a little vague (and in the wrong section, lol).
    But needless to say a little more info is in order. Are you and your buddies going to divvy gear to equalize loads?
    fwiw, have you considered a wyoming saw?, a nice lightweight folder like a gerber LST (6009) and a gol ol clunky knife that can be used for cutting and hacking like an ax? Someting like a big bowie, or usmc combat knife.
    I think a single knife would be a failure.
    I've done a lot of wilderness camping since back in the 70's, weight and function for intended use needs to be foremost in your selection.
    Don't get me wrong, I have all sorts of cool gear, but the first knife I put in my hunting day pack is my LST and a mini arkansas stone, along with super glue and a needle and large roll of floss.
    Around camp I keep a multi tool and a large fixed blade (usmc) is always nearby. The wyoming say is a requirement in the wilderness hunt camp setting.
    Of course if you're tailgating it, other factors come into play.
    PS I've wanted a fallkniven forest since I first saw one.
     
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  4. bw77

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    +1 on the Falkniven! Those are amazing knives too. The VG10 is super tough!
     
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    I would take my RC-4 from Rat Cutlery.
     
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    For $100. bucks get a Spyderco Military.
     
  7. myesque

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    Sorry for the wrong section for this post. Obvious NewBee for this forum. :wavey:.


    • We are Tailgating it for the most part so....
    • Multi tool will be in tow
    • Folding knife will also be in tow for small easy tasks.
    • 10 men are going to be on this trip. We will have a few saws mixed between us.
    • Main use for this knife is a back up. If we for some reason get 3 flats on some back country road, and we get stuck out in BFE for 2 weeks. I want to be able to survive.
    • Also we are taking a float plain out to very remote areas. Camping for 2 days, then get picked back up. Well we all know this is a perfect scenario in Alaska, but does not always happen.
    • I am seasoned in extreme conditions, but I have never been out in a very remote area.
    • I was thinking like a mid-size fixed blade, jack of all trades.
    • The RAT RC-5 is looking really nice. Or the Fallkniven S1 forest knife.
    Thank all of you very much for your insight!:supergrin:
     
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  8. Jeepnik

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    Others will likely have the fixed blade hunter catagory and the folder catagory covered. Why not something that is covered, yet very useful. The Woodsman's Pal.

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  9. mitchshrader

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    Kershaw Outcast, and a fine/extra fine double grit DMT duosharp.

    If you're not getting a diamond hone, don't buy the Outcast, it's a big slab of D2 and needs it.
     
  10. eisman

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    Get one of the Beretta Loveless Drop Point Hunters. It's an extremely practical style, mid sized blade, well made, and with the plastic handle it's amazingly cheap. <$40. If you look around you can find the nicer wood handled ones for @$100.

    This is my normal carry pattern for a woods knife and serves me well. I carried a knife of this pattern (although it was a custom by WC Davis) for 3 weeks in Alaska last summer. I figured out a long time ago there was a reason every knife maker has copied this pattern; it works.

    My Loveless pattern by Davis:
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  11. myesque

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    Thank you all for you great advice. I think I will go with the RAT RC-5. It seemed to fill the foreseen uses I have in mind.

    Best...

    Bryce

    Feel free to sell me one if anyones got one!:whistling:
     
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    You can get the original rat-5 in D2. Consider it. Good steel, I got a pair of Rat-3's in that steel and they polish up SHARP, and stay that way. After you're done you have something that acts right. I like 1095 in the kitchen but D2 is hard to beat in the woods.
     
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