best cheap beater fixed blade?

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best cheap beater fixed blade?

Postby casey1 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:03 pm

3-4 inch blade, comfortable handle, full tang

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Postby Evil D » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:02 pm

I'd have to say something form ESEE. Cheap really depends on what you want in terms of steel. Their blades are 1095 and generally on the thick side, so you can beat the hell out of them without fear of breaking it.
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Postby razorsharp » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:12 pm

How about an Izula or esse 3

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Postby rosconey » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:22 pm

becker-

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Postby enduraguy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:05 pm

I don't remember the blade length but I had a "Cold Steel SRK" several years ago that I abused to include using it to pop steel bands from ammo cans and throwing into trees oh digging with it as well. Held up really well for the $60 I paid for it. If I recall it right I sold it for $50 after all that abuse to a guy in my platoon before I left active duty. That was the carbon 5 bladed version though. Apparently the newer versions have aus 8 blades.

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Postby .357 mag » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:24 pm

Becker makes some pretty nice knives. If you want the best warranty in the market, go with Esee.

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Postby defenestrate » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:01 am

I got an SKS-mountable Yugo-originated design Cold War-era combat knife with a steel sheath and integrated wire cutter for 7 bucks at Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Hard to beat that. And they had a pile of 'em.
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Buck & KaBar were good in their days

Postby JD Spydo » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:38 am

For a "beater of a fixed blade" I have to go back to when my older Buck model 119 was my main fixed blade for all my hunting trips and other outdoor cutting jobs. And I'm here to tell you I wouldn't mind having another Buck model 119 with a newer, better blade steel.

That Buck model 119 along with a Bucklite folder were both knives I had gotten back in the late 80s and I used the hell out of both of them.

Now even as much as I liked the Buck 119 I still don't think it is as good of a blade as the newer Spyderco fixed blades are. I've actually put my Spyderco Temp 1 through much more punishment than I ever did my Buck 119 and the VG-10 blade steel holds an edge much better than the Buck blade ever did.

I also had good memories of all my Ka-Bar blades I owned over the years.
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Postby The Mastiff » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:24 am

They make many other models. Look around under Svord. 15L20 Swedish steel ( like L6, very tough stuff!)

http://www2.knifecenter.com/item/SVODP/ ... her-Sheath

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Postby Evil D » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:43 am

The Mastiff wrote:They make many other models. Look around under Svord. 15L20 Swedish steel ( like L6, very tough stuff!)

http://www2.knifecenter.com/item/SVODP/ ... her-Sheath

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Postby Blerv » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:06 am

I hear great things about Condor Knife and Tool. Made in equator with simple carbon and stainless steels. No personal experience.
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Postby araneae » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Mora. Nothing is even close in respect to the knife/money ratio.
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Postby defenestrate » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:28 pm

I consider the Buck 119 one of the longtime values in fixed blades in the knife world. Probably one of the best-selling models of the past 25+ yeas as well.

You can't go wrong with a Mora, but the bayonet I refer to is freakin' stout, and cheap. I believe it is the AKM type 1 as shown on this page http://worldbayonets.com/Misc__Pages/ak ... onets.html
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Postby bdblue » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:53 pm

I would be buying a Becker, Ontario or Kabar. ESEE products look good, for a little more money.

For a beater knife I would be looking for carbon steel instead of stainless, in the event that I had to do things with it that would break or chip stainless steel.

You can find cheaper knives if you search the online sellers, I think you will compromise edge-holding by doing this.

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Postby Donut » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:10 am

I thought everyone would be suggesting the Wharning.
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Postby Jimd » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:01 pm

I have an Ontario RTAK that would fill the bill nicely.
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Postby tr4022 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:54 pm

Ontario ASEK?

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