Of these 3, for all around woods knife. [Archive] - Glock Talk


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01-13-2010, 19:26
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: http://www.rei.com/product/752020

Buck Pathfinder: http://www.thebladeshop.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=Buck%20pathfinder&gclid=CKaOw93bop8CFRyfnAodn1siJw

Wild Card is SOG Seal Pup. Little/moderately over $50 depending on the source, but I hear it's a good choice.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007E1M2/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000F27PFG&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=161ZEM2N97YND7N1YA7T

Whaddaya think? :wavey:

01-13-2010, 22:53
Of those - the Buck of course, proven knives with no hype.

With that said: For a few $$ more, I would recomend the Cold Steel Master Hunter http://www.thebladeshop.com/Cold_Steel_36JSK_Master_Hunter_p/36jsk.htm

Or my choice RAT Cutlery RC-4 almost bomb proof and a "no questions asked" guarantee for life. You break it and you get a new one!



01-13-2010, 23:06
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:

01-13-2010, 23:14
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.

http://www.ratcutlery.com/index.html enjoy! "The best knife is the one you have on youwhen you need it!" :supergrin:

01-14-2010, 21:19
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..

01-14-2010, 22:17

If you're going to get the big rock then do a little bigger and ger the LMFII. Its a little more than your $50 threshold but its a great knife.

You can also get a Kabar Becker BK-2 on the River for around $50.


01-14-2010, 22:57
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.

01-15-2010, 12:02
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.

01-15-2010, 20:51
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.

01-15-2010, 21:49
I've seen closeout specials, after christmas, RAT-3 in D2 for 73$ no shipping.

That would be the Ontario Rat 3 http://www.knifeworks.com/ontariorat-3odcanvasmicartahandle1095plainbladetansheath.aspx

A different animal than a Randall Cutlery RAT RC-3 http://www.knifeworks.com/ratcutleryrc-3pplainedgewsheathsystemmodifiedpommel.aspx

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! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSrlvqrZQKY or part one also, the tabletop review - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUpjruZK_fk&feature=related

01-16-2010, 11:09
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.

01-16-2010, 12:02
there is alot of folk that swear by Rat blades, i may have to buy into the hype and see whats its all about.

01-16-2010, 18:35
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.