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Knife Question

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I am looking to purchase a quality knife for skinning and all around outdoor use. What are the main characteristics to look for ( blade composition/ folding or fixed)? thank you for the help:teeth::teeth::teeth:
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There's two links to some great knives. Note the steel that is used S30V is absolutely the finest steel ever used to produce knives. Gerber's Freeman knives come in a few sizes and shapes and are made from S30V. Cabelas also has a couple of their own S30V knives.
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i use a Gerber i got a wall mart for 25.00 with a full tang blade on it rubber handle. holds a edge amazing lifetime warranted just grate all around knife
Here's another link for you
Smokey Mountain Knife Works sells almost all of the best commercial brands of knives. An outstanding selection.
If you're looking for a good, strong all purpose utility knife I would go with a fixed blade with a full tang and a drop point.
Polarbear06 mentioned the S30V steel and it is the latest and greatest in knife steel.
The quality of knife you get depends a lot on how much you're willing to spend.
You might find a lot of useful info in the DIY thread. RancidCrabtree, JWTjr, stknives, could all give you a lot of valuable info on what makes a good knife. They might even give you the bug to make one...
The quality of knife you get depends a lot on how much you're willing to spend.
Exactly, think of it as any other tool you'd buy, not a place to go cheap.:thumbs_up
It is best to have a few knives devoted just to skinning and spend the most money that you can afford because you get what you pay for.

For everyday use I use a Kershaw Scallion. I love that little thing but it is very sharp and have cut my self multiple times ;). I really like the spring action for one hand opening, it is lignting fast (pretty much a switchblade).
thank you all, great info:tongue:
One last detail. While the alloy used is very important, there are other variables which are just as important, if not more : A good heat treat, and blade geometry. Better an average steel with optimum heat treat than the latest fad with a lousy one.

As for blade geometry, a full grind all the way up to the back of the blade, preferrably flat or slightly convex will yield great results for skinning.
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