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Thread: So.. Big or Small Knife.. The Age Old Debate

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    Default So.. Big or Small Knife.. The Age Old Debate

    I am a huge advocate of a large knife. In all my years in the Marines, camping and teaching survival, I have never complained that my knife was too large. In fact, I can do anything with my large knife I need to, but with a small knife I am limited in such activities as processing firewood.

    Now I carry several knives with me in the woods, and they always include a Mora Bushcraft Knife, but the one knife I will always depend on and never sacrifice is my large, all around bushcrafting knife. Currently that knife is the Buck 184, Buckmaster.. For a few years prior to switching to the Buckmaster, I carried either the Buck Hoodlum or the Becker BK9.. Both great knives and both worthy of their own discussion.

    What do you prefer?

    Large or small and why?

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    Yes. The right tool for the right job. I carry several.

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    I like knives large and small. I too carry several. For my area it is usually medium to small along with a saw.
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    Here's one vote for a 3" blade and a light axe.
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    I prefer both large and small.

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    It depends for me,
    If I'm camping or Bushwalking I carry preferably a large knife,
    However for work on the farm I only carry a small knife

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    I prefer a very great quality/designed large knife, but I never complain if I have my old Tracker an multi tool also

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    I carry a large knife and a smaller knife (4 inch blade). With the two options I can just about get everything I need to do done.

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    Small ...SAK....Always

    Other cutting tools to fit the task or occasion.
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    First 50 years...worried about the small stuff...second 50 years....Not so much
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    I carry a large scagel fixed blade with a folder in the handle. Little nervous about batoning such a old knife though LOL just fooling. I carry a couple, even back in my deepest and darkest times I had several knives of all sizes. If it came down to I would chose a large knife. A large knife will handle the tasks that are more important to me like firewood, splitting, poles etc. A good example are the natives in the jungle, they pretty much use a machete for most tasks. All just my opinion.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    So what about some pics men?
    Would love to see that Buck 184
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    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    I like a medium sized bushcraft knife 6' blade or smaller, and a good sharp hatchet. I do not like chopping wood with a knife!

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    if i want to carry a big knife, i'll just carry a machete
    a medium size " full tang " is fine with me

    i stopped counting how many of these dollar knives i've bought
    everytime i stop into the dollar store i get at least 2

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    You guys will prolly laugh at this one but when Im in the woods its gotta be my kbar I.carry a buck skinning combo in my pack and my case canoe in my pocket but I love my kbar

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    My main do everything blade is an Ontario SP42 made of 5160 spring steel and has a 7 inch blade - not too big, not too small. But I also carry a Kabar/Becker BK16 on my belt and an Ontario SP50 (HUGE) in my pack. I have never seen the need to process firewood in my area as there is alway a huge array of deadwood of various sizes laying about the woods. My main use for knives is in helping to clear brush, building a shelter, and carving various trap triggers when needed. For fire, I just gather pieces of various sizes and pile it up near my fire pit. Oh, I almost forgot - I also carry and Old Timer stockman in my pocket !

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    Both: I piggy-back their sheaths!
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    I love the idea that "Two is one, and one is none." until I try to carry twice as much!

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    In most cases I carry my main big knife (Schrade SCHF9) and a smaller folder locker with a 3 inch blade. That little folder is so old the engraved name is actually worn out of it hehe. The big knife I don't keep as sharp because of the rough heavy use it gets so i keep the little folder razor sharp and use that for taking care of small fish and game I catch as skinning out a squirrel with the big knife is a bit clumsy :P

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    Depends on what I'm doing. Most of the time, it's a 4 in knife. But I could get by with something smaller or larger.
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    My Design made by PMoore,Gzilla(lager) & my design made by PMoore,TRex(medium), more than fill all my needs in everyform of bushcraft & Extreme Hard Use. Zilla is designed with a high flat, smooothed hidden line where the grind starts at a true 1/4" below spine for strength & no resistance when chopping & a secondary convex which I prefer ..10" long by 2" wide, 1/4" thick,1080 steel . TRex is a 6 1/2" spear point recurve blade, full flat, V grind from choil till belly, then the secondary bevel turns to convex...a true all around knife, that's size will fool you, worn horizontal, 3/16" O1 tool steel, just an all around amazing bombproof blade, that is very usable. Pauls HT is borderline Majic. I still use other knives to test, & have compared my PMoores against Eased, Busse's, TOPS, and have found nothing that compares...so I like them Big, Medium, & small(a very old Old timer Trapper & a Leatherman Rebar)Guests can not see images in the messages. Please register in the forum.
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