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myesque
01-14-2010, 20:39
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!

bw77
01-14-2010, 20:45
RAT RC 5, best fixed blade outdoor knife for the $$ IMO. You can pick them up for under $150

mtngun
01-14-2010, 21:46
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.

bw77
01-15-2010, 04:29
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.


+1 on the Falkniven! Those are amazing knives too. The VG10 is super tough!

minnshooter
01-15-2010, 06:01
I would take my RC-4 from Rat Cutlery.

Colubrid
01-15-2010, 06:23
For $100. bucks get a Spyderco Military.

myesque
01-15-2010, 07:01
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.


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:

Jeepnik
01-15-2010, 16:12
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.

http://www.protoolindustries.net/store/components/com_virtuemart/show_image_in_imgtag.php?filename=resized%2FWoodman_s_Pal_Cl_4a9d725029968_380x380.jpg&newxsize=380&newysize=380&fileout=

mitchshrader
01-17-2010, 20:52
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.

eisman
01-18-2010, 10:55
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:
http://i313.photobucket.com/albums/ll371/kgc1960/davis-1.jpg

myesque
01-19-2010, 17:17
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:

mitchshrader
01-26-2010, 19:38
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.

jmorri30
01-26-2010, 19:49
I got my Dad one of these for Christmas a couple of years ago and it is a terrific knife at $100 w/S30V steel.

Good luck!

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0027310516492a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntt=alaskan+knife&Ntk=Products&QueryText=alaskan+knife&sort=all&Go.y=0&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=0