One Knife and 6 Months In The Wild - What is your choice?

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gra_farmer

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Some nice examples, just for the record whom has tried a tracker knife....i have seen them on and off over the years, but never handled
 

JonathanD

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There used to be a couple of members here about ten years back that could do amazing things with them and swore by the ethos of them. That was the original though, not the Tops version. Although, after profiling the blade, they were vastly improved.
 

Tiley

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A picture when you are able would be brilliant, I like the sound of that..
Here you go!
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Here's the knife itself. RWL34 blade with Micarta scales and G10 liners.

Below is a comparison with its 'parents': top is the Skookum Bush Tool (this one in S30V) and underneath it is my Orford Woodlander. Rather cheekily, I dubbed my knife the 'Woodmaster' because I am a school master by profession and it gets used in the woods. Clumsy, I know, but what the hell?

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gra_farmer

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Here you go!
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Here's the knife itself. RWL34 blade with Micarta scales and G10 liners.

Below is a comparison with its 'parents': top is the Skookum Bush Tool (this one in S30V) and underneath it is my Orford Woodlander. Rather cheekily, I dubbed my knife the 'Woodmaster' because I am a school master by profession and it gets used in the woods. Clumsy, I know, but what the hell?

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Lovely knives and thanks for sharing, I have not had any experience with Rwl34, but I keep on seeing it pop up, why this choice of steel?
 

Damascus

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I’d still go for kukri, bomb proof, proven and can be bought fairly cheaply. Some of these knives are not in everyone’s pockets!
 
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Tiley

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Lovely knives and thanks for sharing, I have not had any experience with Rwl34, but I keep on seeing it pop up, why this choice of steel?
I went for RWL34 for two reasons: stain resistance and ease of sharpening. It's a good choice, I think, as it holds an edge well and is very easy to look after. At the risk of sounding somewhat mystical, it also gives good 'feedback' in use when a number of other stain resistant steels feel somehow 'dead' in the hand. Since it will be used all over the place, including by the sea, I reckoned that it would be a good choice. I have to admit that I have not regretted it.
 
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TeeDee

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There used to be a couple of members here about ten years back that could do amazing things with them and swore by the ethos of them. That was the original though, not the Tops version. Although, after profiling the blade, they were vastly improved.
From what i've seen of the dimensions and geometry the Tops version looks like a poor, poor descendent of the original WSK.
Its claiming the same DNA lineage but I'd rather see a paternity test.
 

Robson Valley

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I was taught free-hand sharpening. Specifically all the curved edges found on wood carving gouges and adzes.
I'm rather good at it. It took practice. I think of it as a protection of my investment.

I learned that you can't buy an edge. Every sharpening "system" ever trotted out has a learning curve.
I learned that I must know the total included bevel angle for every edge I own. I have to repeat those.
I learned that all sharpening systems produce the same result. The only difference is money.
As the principles and unwritten tricks are the same, a smooth rock and a bucket of water are adequate.

I do agree that the sharpening is key, no matter which knife you carry.
 

spader

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For 6 months in the wild, I will definitely take at least 3x knives =
1x small bushcrafter type or opinel type folder for shaving woods for tinder and delicate cutting jobs
1x mid camping size knife for cutting twigs and battoning and digging up the grounds type of works
1x large chopper like coldsteel kukri or machete for clearing bushes and chopping larger trees and also for self defence from wild animals attacks

I am not sure if there is 1 knife which can do these different tasks all equally well.
Although the weights and size of the tools could be taxing. But 6 months is rather long period of being in the wild, and one needs well equipped?
 
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Robbi

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I have just got hold of a Condor Combat Machete ( discontinued ) and my goodness what a beast, it's stainless steel, 13" blade, sharp, will chop, slice, ( it's own weight will cut through an A4 sheet of paper ) baton, will food prep at a push, great camp knife and as a self defense tool ... well lets just say it looks like a modern day Roman short sword !!
 

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I have just got hold of a Condor Combat Machete ( discontinued ) and my goodness what a beast, it's stainless steel, 13" blade, sharp, will chop, slice, ( it's own weight will cut through an A4 sheet of paper ) baton, will food prep at a push, great camp knife and as a self defense tool ... well lets just say it looks like a modern day Roman short sword !!
Any pictures?
 
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gra_farmer

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Nice choice, I remember seeing those a few years back, and gave it a miss, my mistake.

Looking at the condor range they have a number of big choppers and must admit I really like my bushcraft parang.

Also just seen a newer blade sports offering https://www.moonrakerknives.co.uk/shop/fixed-knives/woodbuster-chopper
 

MartiniDave

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Sorry Robson, I think we have our wires crossed.
I learned that you can't buy an edge. Every sharpening "system" ever trotted out has a learning curve.
I learned that I must know the total included bevel angle for every edge I own. I have to repeat those.
I learned that all sharpening systems produce the same result. The only difference is money.
As the principles and unwritten tricks are the same, a smooth rock and a bucket of water are adequate.
I quite agree with the above, by sharpening set up, I meant a set of stones etc, not a sharp maker or whatever.

Dave
 

Fadcode

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I have just got hold of a Condor Combat Machete ( discontinued ) and my goodness what a beast, it's stainless steel, 13" blade, sharp, will chop, slice, ( it's own weight will cut through an A4 sheet of paper ) baton, will food prep at a push, great camp knife and as a self defense tool ... well lets just say it looks like a modern day Roman short sword !!
No such thing as a self defense tool on here, unless you like porridge.
 

Robson Valley

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Off the grid here, I'd be expecting to find suitable river stones for sharpening.
In any case, a roll of sand papers (600/800/1000/1200/1500) is really no added weight.