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    Quote Originally Posted by purple_yota27565 View Post
    Mora and esee are hard to beat for the money. Mora is making a full tang model now that's pretty sweet.
    I was actually looking at the Mora full tang, then I realized I know nothing about knives and made this thread
    "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." Robert A. Heinlein

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    I have the ESEE 5 and love it. It's a fantastic bushcraft knife, and built like a tank, but it is also on the heavy side. I only say that because I sometimes leave it home due to it's size, and that may be a factor for you. I've never used Mora knives but will look into them

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    When I was a teenager, I thought that the Rambo or 'First Blood' type survival knives were THE knives to have, 'cuz Rambo used them of course. After spending more time camping/hiking with friends, I found that they big fixed blades were just 'heavy'. I also found that I needed a small knife a lot more often than I needed a big knife.
    So, after owning various knives (both fixed blade and folding), I've found that this is what fits most of my needs in the outdoors:
    1. 4" to 5" blade, non serrated.
    2. A decent steel - S30V or something equivalent
    3. G10 scales or whatever is durable
    4. A small guard is nice to have. I'm accident prone. I've used a lanyard hole with 550 cord as well. I tend to drop stuff the higher I am.

    I found that fighting style knives don't generally work that well for general use, but a general use knife can probably be used for fighting. I wouldn't know; I'm not a fighter. But, I stick to pretty 'normal/practical' blade profiles (drop or clip point, no tantos etc) with a medium thickness blade. Too thick, and it's sometimes hard to cut with. I also found that it's very useful to have a multitool with me, like a leatherman wave. In summary, a 4" blade + multitool covers most of my outdoor needs.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Condor-Bushlo...=condor+knives
    This is a very nice knife at a good price.
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    As suggested above I would get a mora for a starting point and go from there. Just be careful or you will end up with a couple of ammo cans full of blades that you can't live without . Don't ask me how I know lol.

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    Another Mora user here. Here's one with a ferrocerium rod in the handle for $20:

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lig...-rec-prod6461N

    I have a half-dozen of the bright orange ones scattered through my gear.

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    ^^^^ Great deal just bought a couple thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriousStudent View Post
    Another Mora user here. Here's one with a ferrocerium rod in the handle for $20:

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lig...-rec-prod6461N

    I have a half-dozen of the bright orange ones scattered through my gear.
    If you had the choice, what color would you choose and why? Is bright orange your first choice?
    "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." Robert A. Heinlein

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    I would not overlook Randall Knives - ImageUploadedByTapatalkHD1490665801.514232.jpg been around more than just the block.

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    I'm old school. I use a WW2 USN Mk2 Kabar.

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