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  • How many of you guys carry a fixed-blade knife regularly while hunting/fishing/hiking? I know a lot of people, including myself, who carry a folder/pocketknife all the time, but I personally don't know anyone who carries a larger knife on a regular b

    How many of you guys carry a fixed-blade knife regularly while hunting/fishing/hiking? I know a lot of people, including myself, who carry a folder/pocketknife all the time, but I personally don't know anyone who carries a larger knife on a regular basis.

  • #2
    I strictly carry a folder. It's a Benchmade automatic opener. Wonderful steel and utterly reliable.

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    • #3
      I carry a 18" bowie knife in case a big foot or a grizzly bear attack. I mean I live in Missouri and have never seen either, but you have to play it safe. I really hope by now you recognize that I'm not being serious.....I actually do carry(sheathed and on belt) a Buck 119 with me sometimes while deer hunting if I am going to be walking a long distance to hunt. I'd call it a fairly large fixed blade knife, but I don't carry it very often. My normal "around the farm" knife is a buck 110. I'm not huge on multitools, but I do carry a leatherman sometimes...just seem too bulky in my hand.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JM View Post
        I carry a 18" bowie knife in case a big foot or a grizzly bear attack. I mean I live in Missouri and have never seen either, but you have to play it safe. I really hope by now you recognize that I'm not being serious.....I actually do carry(sheathed and on belt) a Buck 119 with me sometimes while deer hunting if I am going to be walking a long distance to hunt. I'd call it a fairly large fixed blade knife, but I don't carry it very often. My normal "around the farm" knife is a buck 110. I'm not huge on multitools, but I do carry a leatherman sometimes...just seem too bulky in my hand.
        Only an 18-incher? I don't know, JM; I'd say that's a tad undergunned - or I guess in this case underknifed. I'd go with a short sword at the minimum. Lol.......I carry a Leatherman at almost all times when I'm out of the house. It's worth its weight in gold to me. But I sure wouldn't want to have to use that 3" blade to fend off a bear or a bigfoot. We don't have a whole lot of dangerous critters here either, and I know a knife really isn't what you want to carry for serious self-defense, but for some reason I've been thinking lately about whether I should have a larger blade handy more often when I'm in the woods.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JM View Post
          I carry a 18" bowie knife in case a big foot or a grizzly bear attack. I mean I live in Missouri and have never seen either, but you have to play it safe. I really hope by now you recognize that I'm not being serious.....I actually do carry(sheathed and on belt) a Buck 119 with me sometimes while deer hunting if I am going to be walking a long distance to hunt. I'd call it a fairly large fixed blade knife, but I don't carry it very often. My normal "around the farm" knife is a buck 110. I'm not huge on multitools, but I do carry a leatherman sometimes...just seem too bulky in my hand.
          Yeah...I really would recommend the buck 119. You can usually get them for under $50 brand new on sale. If you wear a belt hunting you wont even know it's on your hip. I have used it on deer from field dressing to the complete butchering job multiple times...never had to stop the process in the middle to sharpen it.

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          • #6
            I've never worn a big fixed-blade, probably because I'm still embarrassed about coming of age in the Rambo era when those ridiculous survival pigstickers were all the rage. My main hunting knife is a Buck 110 folder, carried in a sheath on my belt, but I did find a nifty little fixed-blade last year at a gun show. It was cheap but the steel is good, and it's full tang; its 2-inch blade is sort of a wide skinning-style blade, and the whole knife is only 5 inches long. Certainly not a self-defense knife, but when I'm hunting I have a gun, and when I'm just roaming around I have a seasoned-maple walking stick. I usually have my old Mora tucked into a vest pocket or in my pack, as well. I do own a couple of big fixed-blades, an old Lone Wolf monstrosity (looks like a mini butcher knife) and a military surplus thing with a black blade and rubber handle. Both stay in my camping packs and generally get used as fire pokers.

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            • #7
              I don't. Backpacking and camping I tend to have a Kabar Camp knife, which is discontinued, with me. (http://www.knifecenter.com/item/KA1244/kabar-knives-black-camp-knife-fixed)
              It rides in the pack unless I'm doing camp chores and it'll be on my hip.

              I carry a small fixed blade kabar TDI at 11 o'clock set up for a crossdraw reach and lately a leatherman sidekick clipped to my right pocket for utility work.

              For deer hunting, I generally have a mulititool in a pack and just a 3" semi-serrated folder (the collection of which seems to keep growing) clipped on my right pocket. The size works great for field cleaning. The non-serrated portion is great for most of the cleaning chores, the small serrated section, even if it's just 1.5 inches, makes short work of a deer's ribs.

              When 'packing, or hunting in the woods as opposed to my semi-rural area, a small Coghlin's folding saw is generally riding along. large knives and hatchets will do in a pinch, but a small saw will save a lot of time and sweat when cutting wood to length. For the few ounces and a couple more dollars, worth it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JM View Post
                I carry a 18" bowie knife in case a big foot or a grizzly bear attack. I mean I live in Missouri and have never seen either, but you have to play it safe. I really hope by now you recognize that I'm not being serious.....I actually do carry(sheathed and on belt) a Buck 119 with me sometimes while deer hunting if I am going to be walking a long distance to hunt. I'd call it a fairly large fixed blade knife, but I don't carry it very often. My normal "around the farm" knife is a buck 110. I'm not huge on multitools, but I do carry a leatherman sometimes...just seem too bulky in my hand.
                Nice looking knife. I have transitioned more toward making my own knives now. I buy the unfinished components and assemble and finish them. That way you can get premium blades and handle materials for the same price as commercially-made knives of average quality. Plus it's a lot of fun. I've got a 6 1/2" Camillus blade that actually looks a lot like that Buck 119. If it takes a good edge, I might make that into my "woods carry" knife.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Okwaho View Post
                  I've never worn a big fixed-blade, probably because I'm still embarrassed about coming of age in the Rambo era when those ridiculous survival pigstickers were all the rage. My main hunting knife is a Buck 110 folder, carried in a sheath on my belt, but I did find a nifty little fixed-blade last year at a gun show. It was cheap but the steel is good, and it's full tang; its 2-inch blade is sort of a wide skinning-style blade, and the whole knife is only 5 inches long. Certainly not a self-defense knife, but when I'm hunting I have a gun, and when I'm just roaming around I have a seasoned-maple walking stick. I usually have my old Mora tucked into a vest pocket or in my pack, as well. I do own a couple of big fixed-blades, an old Lone Wolf monstrosity (looks like a mini butcher knife) and a military surplus thing with a black blade and rubber handle. Both stay in my camping packs and generally get used as fire pokers.
                  I admit, I do have a couple of decent knives with blades in the 7-9" range, but part of the reason I don't carry them is that I'd be kind of ashamed for anyone to see me. One of them is actually called The Pig Sticker - no kidding.

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                  • #10
                    I carry a small Kase folding knife all the time, and when I am hunting always
                    a larger folding knife if I should get lucky (gettind a deer I mean, not lucky
                    in the other way) but I never carry a sheath knife. I am a knife fanatic, one
                    can never have enough knives, even if one never uses all of them, they are
                    just wonderful to look at and feel in the hand !

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Okwaho View Post
                      I've never worn a big fixed-blade, probably because I'm still embarrassed about coming of age in the Rambo era when those ridiculous survival pigstickers were all the rage. My main hunting knife is a Buck 110 folder, carried in a sheath on my belt, but I did find a nifty little fixed-blade last year at a gun show. It was cheap but the steel is good, and it's full tang; its 2-inch blade is sort of a wide skinning-style blade, and the whole knife is only 5 inches long. Certainly not a self-defense knife, but when I'm hunting I have a gun, and when I'm just roaming around I have a seasoned-maple walking stick. I usually have my old Mora tucked into a vest pocket or in my pack, as well. I do own a couple of big fixed-blades, an old Lone Wolf monstrosity (looks like a mini butcher knife) and a military surplus thing with a black blade and rubber handle. Both stay in my camping packs and generally get used as fire pokers.
                      I have a kabar fighting knife, and a kabar warthog who's sole jobs are occupying a corner of the floor of the safe.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                        I don't. Backpacking and camping I tend to have a Kabar Camp knife, which is discontinued, with me. (http://www.knifecenter.com/item/KA1244/kabar-knives-black-camp-knife-fixed)
                        It rides in the pack unless I'm doing camp chores and it'll be on my hip.

                        I carry a small fixed blade kabar TDI at 11 o'clock set up for a crossdraw reach and lately a leatherman sidekick clipped to my right pocket for utility work.

                        For deer hunting, I generally have a mulititool in a pack and just a 3" semi-serrated folder (the collection of which seems to keep growing) clipped on my right pocket. The size works great for field cleaning. The non-serrated portion is great for most of the cleaning chores, the small serrated section, even if it's just 1.5 inches, makes short work of a deer's ribs.

                        When 'packing, or hunting in the woods as opposed to my semi-rural area, a small Coghlin's folding saw is generally riding along. large knives and hatchets will do in a pinch, but a small saw will save a lot of time and sweat when cutting wood to length. For the few ounces and a couple more dollars, worth it.
                        Personally, I won't use folder to field dress or process game if I can possibly avoid it. I hate cleaning folders when they get really gunked up. That's part of my motivation for trying to find a good fixed-blade to carry.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                          I carry a small Kase folding knife all the time, and when I am hunting always
                          a larger folding knife if I should get lucky (gettind a deer I mean, not lucky
                          in the other way) but I never carry a sheath knife. I am a knife fanatic, one
                          can never have enough knives, even if one never uses all of them, they are
                          just wonderful to look at and feel in the hand !
                          Oh, you don't have a use for a large folding knife when you get lucky? That's a relief! ;-D
                          I am rather addicted to knives too, although I mostly make my own these days. I have more than enough already, but I can always seem to find a way to justify doing *one more*. I'll have to post photos of the ones I'm working on right now when I get them finished.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                            I don't. Backpacking and camping I tend to have a Kabar Camp knife, which is discontinued, with me. (http://www.knifecenter.com/item/KA1244/kabar-knives-black-camp-knife-fixed)
                            It rides in the pack unless I'm doing camp chores and it'll be on my hip.

                            I carry a small fixed blade kabar TDI at 11 o'clock set up for a crossdraw reach and lately a leatherman sidekick clipped to my right pocket for utility work.

                            For deer hunting, I generally have a mulititool in a pack and just a 3" semi-serrated folder (the collection of which seems to keep growing) clipped on my right pocket. The size works great for field cleaning. The non-serrated portion is great for most of the cleaning chores, the small serrated section, even if it's just 1.5 inches, makes short work of a deer's ribs.

                            When 'packing, or hunting in the woods as opposed to my semi-rural area, a small Coghlin's folding saw is generally riding along. large knives and hatchets will do in a pinch, but a small saw will save a lot of time and sweat when cutting wood to length. For the few ounces and a couple more dollars, worth it.
                            Understood. I haven't had a lot of trouble with tissue getting into the works.. but I get it. It started because I always had a folder. I'd occasionally lose a non-clipped knife.
                            I once cleaned a buck with a 1.5" engraved folder that my sister gave the wedding party on her wedding day. It was in my first aid kit.. my Schrade Oldtimer was I think on the floor in camp next to where my bag was leaning. I wouldn't want to do it again, but it was probably easier to do it with that knife than it would be to try it with a bowie.
                            Only part where it wasn't nearly good enough was the initial reaming.

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                            • #15
                              I carry the Swiss Executive with me all the time. Have dressed deer with it. I also keep a Schrade + Sharp Finger in both vehicles and a machete in the camp.

                              http://www.swissknifeshop.com/shop/swiss-army/victorinox/swiss-army-knives/executive

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