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Looking for small bushcraft knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Wolf427, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Wolf427

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    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to find some small bushcraft fixed blades for my girlfriend and I. I want something with a 3-1/2 inch blade, in either a tool steel(preferred) or high carbon steel, SCANDI grind, and under $100 CAD. It seems to be tough to find stuff that fits my requirements. No Esee knives please.


    Any ideas?
     
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  2. 425KRS

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    The Cold Steel Pendleton Hunter (~$80 USD) or Mini Hunter (~$60 USD) comes in CPM 3V w/ DLC coating. The mini has a 3 inch blade and the regular Hunter comes with a 3.5 inch blade. Both come with a decent lightweight sheath (not kydex though but good quality, I have one). The handle is also not micarta, comes with Kray-Ex. The kydex sheath and micarta handle requirement might be harder to find based on your budget requirements. Everything else though I think the Hunter fits, it's a nice knife (I like it at least). Good luck in your search.

    http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-pendleton-mini-hunter.html
    http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-pendleton-hunter.html
     
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  3. Wolf427

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    I was looking at that, I do like it, and I will probably buy it, but I want some other options as well. Got to build my fixed blade collection back up again ;)
    The whole kydex sheath isnt a requirement as I can make one myself, so I'll remove that from my list. Definitely correct about the micarta though.
     
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    Some Mora knives that you could look at, all are carbon steel and just over or under 3.5 inch blade length (all less than $20 USD too): Morakniv Robust, Morakniv 510, and the Morakniv Basic 511
     
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  5. Wolf427

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    My girlfriend is a Mora girl so she has all of them. Scandi grind is my favourite, but I prefer wood, micarta, and g10 over their rubber/plastic handles. I wish they made something with wood handles (aside from the classic line).

    I think I'm too picky. Haha
     
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    Condor mini Bushlore?
     
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    It's smaller than your 3" range, but my LT Wright Patriot is pretty darn handy. And the D2 steel handles most tasks well.

    Edit: I keep forgetting about it since it "disappeared" from my collection, but I LOVED my JR Kives Neckr... Mine was 01 tool steel and natural micarta scales
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    Ohh that thing is sweet! D2 is my favourite steel. I'm gonna buy one. Thank you!
     
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    Those look great. I'll check them out!
     
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    I'll throw it out there. I'm an ESEE fan. Look at the Izula or ESEE 3. I usually carry my Izula for my hikes.
     
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    When I'm not carrying my Real Steel Bushcraft II, I carry my Izula II. I like my izula, but I prefer many knives over it.
     
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    Alright guys, I'm changing a couple of requirements. Mainly that I want a scandi grind, because I've really fallen in love with that grind over the past couple of weeks. Also, handle material doesn't matter, and I'd prefer something with an ~3-1/2 blade. I think I just made this even more difficult!
     
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    3" blade on a Condor Mini Bushlore, scandi grind and real nice leather sheath
     
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    Do you have an experience with one? I heard some minor complaints about edge rolling.
     
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    I own the full sized Bushlore. I had edge rolling out of the box but a few licks on a stone ceased it.
     
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    I guess it makes sense since its a scandi grind right? Tends to have a fine edge to begin with. They go for $70 here, so maybe I'll try one out. I was thinking about buying the fullsize version as well.
     
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    The company with the S. American river name has both for @ $40 each. I dunno what the Canuck price would be from there. I have the larger version. Its somewhat crudely made. Fit and symmetry are good but the wood handle has some rough places but acceptable. The sheath however is really good, nice thick leather, stitching is perfect and the knife fits like a glove with a generous belt loop. I've read somewhere that they ship the same size sheath for both the 4.3" and the 3". That may be something to consider and check into.

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    Yeah that's where they are $70. My local knife store sells them for $75. I have about 5 condor knives on my amazon wishlist because I like how unrefined they are. Plus I like working on them a bit, makes it more of my own. I feel bad wrecking perfect looking knives, which is why I wont carry folders anymore(sold all my spyderco's and benchmade's, except my 275). Thanks again for the suggestion, the more I see them, the more I like them.
     
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