Recommendation? General purpose fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by J389, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Here is one of my woods stomping combo's. The Bark River is the Wilderness Explorer (WE) with a 5.75" blade in Cruwear, and the orange handled one is the White River Backpacker Pro (S35VN). The Backpacker Pro is a small knife but would stand up to significant batoning if needed. I often leave the WE at home as I don't want to carry the larger blade unless I think I need it. The larger blade certainly does provide some versatility.
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  2. fielder


    Jan 25, 2011
    I'd be interested to hear if Nathan Carothers has shared Delta 3v information with Bradford Knives.
  3. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    in a world of high end custom and good production knives you can’t go wrong with the DEK1 designed by Lorien Arnold and made by Nathan Carothers

    this will be my hunting knife this season and I’ll be doing a full review soon

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  4. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Again, I have not been able to find the piece that I thought said that. It may have been a collaboration in a pre-D3V process...could have been another person entirely. I actually came back to delete that comment, not wanting to spread something I couldn't substantiate - saw it was too late, and tried (again) to find the original piece. I did come across something that looked familiar about heat treating 3V that referenced Carothers and Keffeler...maybe that was the thing I saw; but I have no idea how I would have turned that into working/sharing with Bradford.
    Let's pretend I had the sense to NOT include that thought, and stick with Bradford does a good job with 3V, as well.
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  5. fielder


    Jan 25, 2011
    Haha yes fair enough.
  6. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    Joe, that bow is off the hook! I don't feel envy often, but I'm definitely a little :D at the moment

    I hope you have yourself a super productive season and I'm really looking forward to finding out what you think of your new Carothers Performance Knives DEK1. I'm very proud of that knife, and think it will serve you well.
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  7. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    As long as you have the proper sharpening tools, I don’t feel undergunned (underknifed? Hehe) with SK5. It’s a fairly decent steel for the money.
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  8. J389


    Nov 19, 2020
    Thank you for your suggestions leaning towards a Bravo 1 LT unless a Carothers FK2 were to suddenly appears within the budget.
  9. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    My vote would be a Swamp Rat Rodent 4 or Rantmamdu. Under budget, and guaranteed forever.
  10. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Fallkniven F1.
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  11. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    Benchmade 202 Leuku

    Bradford guardian 5.5
  12. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Bark River Gameskeeper.
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  13. dashund


    Aug 4, 2009
    I don't want to boohiss your Bark River option.. I read your intended use and I have a regular (~.2" thick) Bravo 1 rampless, I have a few thoughts..
    The Bravo 1 grip is very small, and kinda slick. For its price I'm not very impressed with the hand-crafted grind lines (ie mis-matches near the guard, one side is slightly more convex than the other)
    I'm also not too sure about Bark River's 3v heat-treat, and/or the effects of continued grinding/finishing after its treated, mine seems to chip a bit more than it should.
    I really like the Bravo1, but I consider it a bushcraft, day hike, and car camping knife. I don't think it'd be my "backup", and it'd be a flat no if I had the thinner LT version.

    I'm currently eyeballing the Guardian 5.5 in Elmax real hard.. same for the Guardian 6 in 3v. I already have plenty of "normal" knives and the weird 6 is pretty cool.

    As others have said.. Esee 5 and 6 will definitely get the job done, same for the Tops BOB and it's also available in 154CM.
    Lastly, don't shy away from the SRK in 3V - its light, thick, and the general design and handle have been proven for decades.

    Now, if someone would post up a pic of the Guardian 5.5 next to a Guardian 6 my life would get easier. (edit.. nevermind, I bought both)
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2020

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