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    leatherman for survival tool.
    Scissors, check
    Knife, check
    Saw, check
    File, check
    Can opener, check
    Ruler, check
    Pliers, check
    Jewelers driver, check
    Phillips/flat tip, check

    Checks a lot of boxes for something in the 1lb range.
    If you need a 4lb machete sized blade to survive, Rambo you got other issues.
     

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    leatherman for survival tool.
    Scissors, check
    Knife, check
    Saw, check
    File, check
    Can opener, check
    Ruler, check
    Pliers, check
    Jewelers driver, check
    Phillips/flat tip, check

    Checks a lot of boxes for something in the 1lb range.
    If you need a 4lb machete sized blade to survive, Rambo you got other issues.

    I had an original Leatherman and hated using the pliers. I got the Gerber MP600's and never looked back. I use pliers alot and can flick the Gerbers open one handed and quick.
     

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    I had an original Leatherman and hated using the pliers. I got the Gerber MP600's and never looked back. I use pliers alot and can flick the Gerbers open one handed and quick.
    I still have two of the originals in my fresh and saltwater tackle boxes. I use the leatherman wave now, lifetime warranty. I use them hard too, every single day.
     
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    Two of my “Go-to” knives.
    On the left is my SOG Gov-Tac
    On the right is my Ontario RAKC3972397-DE11-4B53-930B-4D9C35385C30.jpeg

    As to the Leatherman, I too switched to Gerber and was much happier. The biggest use for the pliers (for me) was punching holes in the oil cans. That way I didn’t have to carry a churchkey. One of those got left in a nacelle once, and it did not go well when it was found. The Gerber you could tell as you could feel it in your holster or not.
     
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    Two of my “Go-to” knives.
    On the left is my SOG Gov-Tac
    On the right is my Ontario RAKView attachment 7343080

    As to the Leatherman, I too switched to Gerber and was much happier. The biggest use for the pliers (for me) was punching holes in the oil cans. That way I didn’t have to carry a churchkey. One of those got left in a nacelle once, and it did not go well when it was found. The Gerber you could tell as you could feel it in your holster or not.

    What's the length of that SOG? I like..
     

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    What's the length of that SOG? I like..
    Without going and looking I think the blade cutting length is 7" (?) The blade cutting length on the RAK is 6.5" If you have good internet measuring skills the blue behind them is 6". 3" halfway across. Each ring is 1.5".

    Added: HAH! The length of the cutting edge appears to be 6" as it almost matches the center ring to the top ring. The ricasso then is 1" The RAK is just a little shorter.
     
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    Most tools have a specific use. For example look at the difference between a tack hammer and a framing hammer. You can drive an upholstery tack with twenty-six ounce framing hammer. You cannot drive a six or eight inch spike with a tack hammer. Usually when you ar Sorry, this posted itself. I will address it later
     
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    Fallkniven f1 makes for a great option. For a survival knife I would go with a kydex/zytel type sheath to minimize corrosion.
     

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    That 1095 has been in use so long for a reason. It’s hard but sharpens easily. Your mom can put a usable edge in it quickly. She’s 75 but doesn’t know it when she’s sharpening 1095, it’s easy.

    154cm and ats-34 they sharpen almost just as easily but have great resistance to staining.

    s35vn is close to 154cm/ATSsharpening difficulty. IMHO, these are your best options for a single knife carry “survival” situation.
    I’m stupid though ask anyone. 🙃
     
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    1095 is easy to sharpen but will rust if you look at it with a tear in your eye. D2 has been a good middle ground in my experience. I also have a swamprat ratmandu made out off some super steel that escapes me. The ratmandu has been beat to shit for 8 years without a sharpening and still shaves hairs off my arm. I dread the day it finally dulls though. It's stupid hard.20200910_165929.jpg
     
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    D2 has higher corrosion resistance for sure. It’s harder to sharpen than 1095 or 154cm. It’s between 154cm and s35. It’s good stuff.
     
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    You know why the finish is still on the old Ontario Rat 7? Because half the serrations broke off the first time I used it.20200910_170655.jpg
     
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    Morakniv is a good knife, I also like ontario, essee, my personal fav is a RMJ Range 37, I’m picky when I carry it because any period in the rain or extreme wetness causes it to rust, sometimes I can’t get around to oiling it for a day or two.
     

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    Morakniv is a good knife, I also like ontario, essee, my personal fav is a RMJ Range 37, I’m picky when I carry it because any period in the rain or extreme wetness causes it to rust, sometimes I can’t get around to oiling it for a day or two.

    Terävä Jääkäripuukko.

    Its super easy to dry and oil, and it can be had in stainless.
     
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    Filipinos have a long history with blades of all kinds :) Finding a good cultural blade is the way to go, I agree, because they've already worked out what works over centuries of use, with the caveat that they know how to use their knives in the environment they were designed for.

    I have a pair of Gurka Kukris; bought very inexpensively ($40 each or something like that) from a guywho imported a bunch from the maker who supplies the Gurkas. I've seen crappy tourist Kukris and these are NOT those. Despite being 7/16" thick across the spine these are reasonably light because there's a semi-flat grind taper forged in. The edges are very sharp.

    I was TAD @ Subic Bay for awhile and my “ honeycombs” Uncle was a instructor at the JEST school. He made me a knife that was fashioned after a Kukris. He made it from steel pilfered from the ship repair facility. Holds a edge unlike any name brand knife I’ve ever owned.
    Had to treat his niece extra nice too !! 😊
    Well I'll be damned! I went and dug out my Seal pup and I find a light in the pouch I thought I lost! I searched under every tractor at work thinking I stuck it to the frame somewhere while I fixed something!🤣🤣🤣
    I forgot how great of a feel these knives have!View attachment 7343052View attachment 7343053View attachment 7343054
    Love to find things I thought I lost , cause 99% of the time , there gone !
     
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    ESEE and Beckers are personal favorites. Probably the BK2 or BKR7 are good jack of all trades, master of none, options that can do some light chopping work.
     
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    Bark RIver Bravo 1 in 3V or Grayman MegaPounder 6/GroundPounder 6.

    I have used both to baton and find the heft Grayman a bit more efficient IMO.

    BUT the Grayman is a HEAVY bitch.
     

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    Check out BC Bladeworks on FB. They mostly make tactical type knives but send Mark a blade shape you like and some dimensions and they will get you set up. Won't be cheap but you won't be sorry.
     

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    Noticing that Mora has been brought up, but their Garberg knife hasn't been and is worth mentioning: https://morakniv.se/en/knifeseries/garberg-en/. While it isn't USA made (It's made in Sweden), but the knife is well-balanced, feels very natural in hand, comes with a good factory edge, and is reasonably thick. It's also a full tang knife, unlike other Mora designs.
     

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    Jason Knight made two knives for my second deployment, one for me and the other for one of my team members. It is one heck of a tough user!
     

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    Hoffner knives are some worth looking at, not extremely expensive, sometimes have some really good specials.
    Many options.
    The "hand spear" is the one model that I have ordered a shit ton of, sent a good number of to Afghanistan, and a few more to the horn of Africa, never heard any complaints but whoever received them they were free.
    I keep two in my vehicle and several at the ranch.
    The beast model is a big and heavy, the hand spear is more of a all around fighter, tactical and I think it would qualify as a survival type knife.
    Worth taking a look at.
    My .02
     

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    I would argue that W2 is a great steel. High carbon with added vanadium for corrosion resistance. Takes and holds a very good edge. My favorite steel to forge.
     

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    ESEE 6 with clip point and no serrations. I think I paid $130.00 for it on ebay. It reminds me of a Tops knife but not as gimmicky. The 6 is a no BS man's knife. I use it to skin deer and the clip point comes in handy for the small work/capping. You can also belay the hell out of it and it stands tough. It's not the most flashy, but the wide blade and micarta handles make it stand out. You wont be disappointed. It would make a mean fighting knife, can be used for bushcraft, or game processing...and its sharp as hell out the box. I love mine. Only thing I dislike is the plastic molded sheath and clippy belt hook. There are aftermarket sheaths or just make your own from kydex. I'm not gonna dog down a Randall knife at their prices, but at $130 I don't care.
     
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