zhyla wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:48 am
The variety of suggestions here is pretty amusing. Ark, waterway, street Bowie. Light weight! Rust proof! Tough! Steel charts!
But OP’e requirements seem pretty basic. Cutting branches, making kindling. If the Bow River we’re out I would suggest that as a basic fixed blade. It’s not out quite yet. If you can wait a month it may be worth it. Unless the sheath sucks.
The street Bowie is one of the other economical fixed blades but that massive choil gives me pause for this use case. Maybe it’s fine, it just seems like it forces more of a fighting grip. I’m sure it would get the job done, just doesn’t seem ideal.
Mule... no sheath, no handle, no bueno. Some suggested an Ark... this seems like a downgrade from a folder to me.
Sheaths also matter a lot. How are you going to carry this? Belt? In a pack?
Honestly for cutting branches OP would be better served with a $20 fiskars hatchet than a $200 knife with a 4" blade and less optimized weight distribution for chopping.
Being rust proof is nice when you're in the woods. One less thing to worry about if you get surprised by some rain, and if you don't get the knife 100% clean after making dinner you won't wake up to a bunch of rust spots.
H1 is also tougher than any stainless steel Spyderco offers, which is another reason I like it for this role. My Auqua Salt has seen over a decade of batoning and prying apart wood with zero damage to the knife.
I'm surprised you, OP and others are writing off the Street Bowie without trying it for this use. Sure, if you're going to whittle a log cabin, you can probably find a more optimal handle. But if you're cutting some rope, whittling a few tent pegs, doing some camp food prep, processing small game....it can handle all of these things very well. The grip is comfortable and secure, with a nice palm swell and grippy rubber section, with no guard to get in the way. It's served me well for years. OP says he owns one already, so why not take it on a hike and try it out before spending more money?
Same thing with the Ark. Try it before writing it off. It will handle typical hiking chores. You won't notice the size or weight at all. Rust proof so all you have to do is make sure its sharp before you go. Worlds easier to keep clean compared to folders.The generous belly makes it work well on a cutting board. An Ark will do everything I need in the woods outside of chopping apart wood for a shelter, but personally when I hike I'd rather carry a 5oz hammock and 6oz tarp that I can setup in five minutes, than carrying a 1lb+ hatchet or chopping knife and spending half an hour or more building a less comfortable shelter than impacts the appearance of my local trails more.
Either way, I hope OP is careful carrying at 6 o clock. Don't ever fall on your back or you'll be hurtin.