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Of these 3, for all around woods knife.

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Chuck66, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Chuck66

    Chuck66 Traveling Man

    Mar 10, 2004
    East TN
    I'm looking for a simple, durable fixed-blade to carry into the woods camping, hiking, maybe while fishing. I've held/examined each of these, and am wondering which would be best. These are readily available in my area, for the price range I'm considering. I won't be able to justify a super-expensive knife costing 100s of dollars and I'm looking to keep it around $50 or so. I'm open to other suggestions. Anyone know any of these to be flawed so badly that I should avoid them?

    Gerber Big Rock:

    Buck Pathfinder: pathfinder&gclid=CKaOw93bop8CFRyfnAodn1siJw

    Wild Card is SOG Seal Pup. Little/moderately over $50 depending on the source, but I hear it's a good choice.:

    Whaddaya think? :wavey:
  2. cziv


    Mar 14, 2009

  3. Chuck66

    Chuck66 Traveling Man

    Mar 10, 2004
    East TN
    I've bookmarked both of your suggestions, CZIV. Thanks.:wavey:

    I like the look of that RAT C4. Looks like what I'm after, as far as blade type, length, purpose, etc., so I'm wondering if it's a difference in metal that makes it more expensive, or the scales, or the sheaths, or all those factors and more, that make a more upscale knife than the ones I listed. I'll have to do some more searching when I get a chance this weekend to try to beef up my knife knowledge. :supergrin:
  4. cziv


    Mar 14, 2009
    It's the warranty, Macarta grips and (steel) edge retention. RAT knives are the bomb.

    I pocket carry a RAT Izula and an RC-3. Just put my thumb on the edge of the sheath and the blade pops out.

    The RC-4 is an awesome all around camp kniife.

    Here's their main site but their prices are higher than if you shop. enjoy! "The best knife is the one you have on youwhen you need it!" :supergrin:
  5. I'm not big on combo edged blades, I like plain edge myself so I'd go with the buck.. but then again if I'm hiking,camping I never just have one blade, I have a pocket folder, fixed, and a cs machete..
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  7. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I like the SOG Field PUP. Got one before Chirstmas from Rocky National for $40 shipped.
    Don't like the scabbard that comes with it but it will do.
  8. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    Out of your choice I'd take the Buck.

    I'm also a fan of the RAT series knives.

    The Seal Pup has a pretty wide blade which would lend itself to say splitting wood prying and cutting but the Buck would be more suited to light duty field use such as fishing.
  9. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    I've seen closeout specials, after christmas, RAT-3 in D2 for 73$ no shipping.

    I own 2 of them already, and am having to struggle not to buy a 3rd one. I own > 100 knives.

    You won't weep for buying two, much less one. It's the best knife mentioned so far for camp duty.
  10. cziv


    Mar 14, 2009
    That would be the Ontario Rat 3

    A different animal than a Randall Cutlery RAT RC-3

    The latter is a bit longer, has a heavy, powder coated, thicker blade, compared to Ontario's which is also nice but the coating wears off right away and the stuff I mentioned already. Not sure if Ontario has the no questions asked replacement warranty.

    Watch this video on the RAT Izula! or part one also, the tabletop review -
  11. lwt210


    Nov 28, 2001
    I haven't bought a Buck in quite some time now, but the one that I do have is an older model with a wood grip. Buck 124. Large fixed blade sheath knife.

    The steel is great. I can put a shaving sharp edge on that knife in no time flat. I bought the thing 17 years ago so I am not sure if they still use good steel or not.

    And like others have said, I prefer a plain edge too.

    So I would probably go with the Buck.
  12. 97knives


    Jul 2, 2009
    there is alot of folk that swear by Rat blades, i may have to buy into the hype and see whats its all about.
  13. tshadow6


    Jan 6, 2007
    Of those three, the Buck Pathfinder will serve you well. I've heard the grips get slippery so wear gloves. I think the best all around working knife is the classic Buck 110 Folding Hunter. Check it out at any sporting goods shop.