Top 10 blades everyone should own

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DangerZone98, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 11, 2020
    I say I agree. VG10 should be an easier steel to learn on, for newbies. Perhaps throw the Native 5 series in that mix?

    Have a great day, enjoy the weekend
  2. craytab


    Jan 26, 2012
    Great! I will say though, for non-knife people (99% of the lads and lasses out there), VG10 will likely be quite acceptable in day to day uses.
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  3. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Buck (110) or 112
    Buck (119) or 120
    Buck (103) or Randall model 20 skinner
    KA-BAR or (Randall model 1)
    Becker (BK62) Kephart
    Pairing knife.
    Chef knife
    Leatherman or SAK. (Wave)
    Buck 102 or Randall model (21),26,27 or similar small hunting knife
    Buck (124) or other functional Bowie-ish knife

    I gave options in each category but put parentheses around my choices.

    No choppers on my list because I’d go with an Estwing hatchet.
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  4. David Mary

    David Mary Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    And so we go out of our way to be explicitly inclusive of both genders, just to turn around and objectify them. :rolleyes:
  5. pholder


    Feb 16, 2005
    #1 Buck-110/112/301-303
    #2 Benchmade-any
    #3 Spyderco- any
    #4 Chris Reeve Sebenza-21
    #5 Michael Morris-any as all are bad ass
    #6 Tops any
    #7 Tony Bose-any
    #8 Bill Ruple-any
    #9 Tom Mayo-any
    #10 Bob Lum
    A lot out there, too many to mention.
    And please people, more knife talk and less politically correct BULLSHIT.
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  6. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I think anybody interested in buying a knife should start with one knife that appeals, seduces, attracts. For whatever reason. From there on, it will be easily feeled, ascertained, experienced what works or doesn't work for that person. Number two, three and so on will follow and soon said lad or lass will own more than 10. And of those 10, the last one will be the most "must own" ! Worked for me, at least.
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  7. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    - A SAK with features / tools that meets your regular uses

    - A BK-14, Esee CR2.5 or Izula as a daily carry fixed blade

    - A serrated H1 Spyderco Salt 2 IWB

    - Kershaw Camp 10 (chopper / small machete / kukuri)

    - Mora Companion as a pack / backup blade or even primary woods knife

    - Leatherman Squirt PS4 on keychain

    For a first knife / daily user for a kid, I might get a Lightweight Buck 112.
  8. kobold


    Aug 23, 2020
    If I would lose all my knives, I would buy a:
    Mini Duku, chopper
    Chaparral, EDC
    Native, summer WEDC
    Military S110V, winter WEDC
    SE sheepfoot Caribbean (I live in a swamp :rolleyes: )
    Vic Explorer Plus, and a Spirit.

    Then a simple Victorinox Chefs knife, a serrated steak knife and a paring knife for the kitchen. Let a butter knife be the 11th.
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  9. Wurger190

    Wurger190 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    In no specific order -

    Cold Steel Recon One
    Buck 110
    Spyderco (Delica or PM2)
    Ka Bar 1217
    Swiss Army knife (Huntsman or Farmer)
    Becker BK7
    Gerber Mk2/Ek 44 Commando
    SOG SEAL Pup
    Kershaw Blur
  10. colubrid

    colubrid Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Emerson with Wave
    CRK Sebenza
    Benchmade 940
    Spyderco Para 2
    Spyderco Salt
    Victorinox folder (SAK)
    Victorinox multitool
    GEC/Northwoods tradition folder
    Protech, Guardian Tactical or Benchmade Automatic knife
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  11. Workingsloth777

    Workingsloth777 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2019
    First comment out of the gate.... (insert eye roll)
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  12. Zookie

    Zookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I see a lot of great lists so far, mine may be a little different/ more newer models.

    1. Spyderco Delica
    2. Spyderco Paramilitary 2
    3. Crkt m16
    4. Benchmade 940
    5. Chris Reeve sebenza 21
    6. Xm18 or Zt 0562
    7. Microtech Socom elite
    8. Microtech ultratech
    9. Buck 110
    10. Kershaw leek
  13. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999

    I suspect OP was just making a general statement - and it devolved into political BS

    I come to these forums to escape that type of crap

    anyway...more to the intent of the thread..

    1. a good slipjoint
    Buck 110, Case trapper, GEC
    2. Folding locking pocketknife
    Spyderco, Benchmade, CRK etc
    3. Multiblade
    Swiss Army, Leatherman
    4. Fixed blade 4-5”
    5. A good hatchet
    6. Kitchen - 8” chef’s knife and a 4” parer will do
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  14. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006

    That is enough with the comments on gender specificity.
    The posters think they are being witty. They are half right.
  15. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    I never could "pick just one " and probably not just 10 either ! :rolleyes:

    From only Cold Steel , easily 10 folders and another 10 fixed .

    That's without machetes , kukri , swords , etc . ...or throwing knives .

    I'd still have to add a few outside Cold Steel : a SAK or other multitool , and a Spyderco serrated H1 (Orange Spyderhawk for me) .

    Heck ...barely scratching the surface, even so ! :p
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  16. Wunderbro

    Wunderbro Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2021
    I literally just joined the forum today because I was looking for opinions like these. This is the first thread I opened. What luck. I bought a hinderer XM-18 last week and I’m now hooked!

    These opinions help! Thanks all!
  17. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Guess you're another one that will have more than 10 knives. To begin with...
  18. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    Benchmade Griptilian
    Spyderco Pacific salt
    Esee 4 or BM Bushcrafter
    Carothers FK or FK2
    Spyderco Gayle Bradley 2
    Victorinox Alox Cadet in your favorite color
    CRK large Sebenza, Inkosi or Zaan
    Buck 110 or stockman
    Victorinox Fieldmaster
    Hogue Ritter

    Since the subject came up, my wife has a Swiss Army knife (I forget which model), an Esee 3 and a Spyderco Pacific Salt.
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  19. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I think everyone should try a bit of everything. None of these are terribly expensive. Expensive should come later once you figure out what you really like or need.
    • Buck 110 Because it's an icon. It changed the knife world. Folding knives with locking blades were uncommon before its introduction.
    • Spyderco Delica Because it pretty much started the modern knife biz of one hand openers.
    • Benchmade with Axis lock - pick one. Another thing that changed the territory.
    • Kershaw Blur - Because Ken Onion designs an amazing knife, and assisted openers are fun.
    • Swiss Army Knife - pick one. I often carry a Tinker, because it fits well in my pocket, yet has lots of stuff on it.
      Also a good intro to Traditional knives.
    • A flipper - pick one. I don't often carry one, but they are really fun to play with.
    • An Opinel - Because everyone should experience how good a minimalist knife can be.
    • Mora - Same reason as the Opinel, but a fixed blade.
    • Cold Steel Bushman. Same as the Opinel and Mora, but bigger.
    • Buck 303 Stockman. Because every budding knife knut should own a smallish stockman. They just should. Disappears in the pocket, but can do so much.
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  20. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    1. Smatchet
    2. Swiss Army Knife
    3. Opinel
    4. Spyderco of some kind
    5. Titanium sword
    6. Basic machete
    7. Rambo knife
    8. Big rusty meat cleaver found in the woods
    9. Traditional slipjoint
    10. Fishin' knife

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