Really this comes down to, like many things, personal taste. What's good for one might not be so good for another. I myself like dagger shaped blades (blades similar in shape to the Fairbarn-Sykes fighting knife), but that's just me. I will agree though that if there are two fellows, one with a knife and the other with a bayonet on the end of his rilfe, the fellow with the bayonet is going to kick some ass.

"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
--Winston Churchill"”

Improvise, Modify, Adapt, Overcome... with Maximum Speed and Agression.

Professionalim: The dedication attention to all aspects of one's own work.
Stanley - Couldn't agree with you more!!! As a former Marine, I have had many different knives. Obviously the first was the Ka-Bar. Still love it today.

I've collected many Randalls, Striders, Microtechs, Busse's, as well as many others. Each one was a favorite of mine at one time or another.

Each one had a specific purpose. For each knife and it's purpose, it was the best...

Semper Fi
If you prefer to slash, a blade with more recurve is appropriate. If you prefer to stab, then a double edged or tanto or icepick is more appropriate.

If you like to be farther away and be fast, then a machete is best.

If you like to be farther away but slow/powerful, then a hatchet is best.

Find which attributes you prefer (Through actual martial arts training) and then select a blade style after practicing with trainers of various styles.
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Originally posted by Balling:
If you prefer to slash, a blade with more recurve is appropriate. If you prefer to stab, then a double edged or tanto or icepick is more appropriate.



This has always been my belief, too, Balling -- but please give this thread a read (and contribute, too!).

http://lightfighter.net/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=7336015661&f=5226026964&m=7016070174&r=5136088374#5136088374

=)

Allen
aka DumboRAT
I only have folders, no fixed blade knives. Although my MOD Dieter CQD Mark 1 auto has stood up to anything i've thrown at it so far, and its solid as a rock. I dont own alot of knives to compare it to but I cant imagine it getting any better than this. I just wish I could carry it, we're not allowed to carry autos here. Frown

I have heard alot of good things about Extrema Ratio knives, does anyone here have any experience with them?

"Among the many misdeeds of the british rule in india, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." -mahatma gandhi
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Originally posted by FlyingAttackPorcupine:
I have heard alot of good things about Extrema Ratio knives, does anyone here have any experience with them?


I've also "heard" good about them -- but the noise-to-signal ratio's been low, and it's hard to separate the good, honest info. from hype.

The frenzy over these blades, which I suspect is at least in part to aggressive and smart advertising, has actually just recently driven the street retail prices of their rather stout-looking line of folders up nearly 30%.

Frown

My main "issue" with them, though, is their rather doubious warranty statement, which is rather limited considering the types of uses that such blades (fixed or folding) may be tasked to......

Quoted from their official website:

quote:

Being EXTREMA RATIO positive about the high quality of its products, guarantees a quick replacement of products (upon stock availability) in case of:

production fault preventing item from functionality

break caused by production fault or inner fault in materials used

This warranty covers our knives for unlimited time. Scabbards have a 6 years warranty, from purchase by first customer. This warranty does not cover damages due to wearing and oxidation, which can be avoided thanks to careful lubrication and polishing, even on the best stainless steels. In order to profit from this warranty, please send faulty items back along with original copy of the purchase receipt. Should EXTREMA RATIO certify the fault, the faulty parts will be replaced for free, including expenses due for shipping items back.



You don't see the Strider guys being conditional in backing their blades, do ya?

Smile

Allen
aka DumboRAT
i'm with Lskiv on the Mark II i managed to trade a J-bar forone, and have neverlokedback, it's a great lightweightknife. But i do agree about the Bayonet thing, but if your in my boat, a saw gunner, your kinda screwed. And then again it does depend on personal preference, and ehat you'll be using it for more than anything else.

Chewy

"only 2 sorts of people hunt otherwith the express intent of killing. The first are Criminals who socitey tries to keep a lid on. The 2nd are Infantrymen."
I favor the Ontario Spec Plus Broad Point Survival. This double edge dagger is tops, the broad point causes more hemmorage, is strong with some curve in the belly for slashing. Cheap and rugged don't hurt either.

Ontario Spec Plus Broad Point Survival, 11.375" Overall, 6" 1095 carbon Steel blade
Double edge spear blade with black epoxy powder coat. Black grooved Kraton® handle with milled cap.

http://store.knifecenter.com/pgi-ProductSpec?ONSP9
Knives are handy, but never violate rule #2 of combat: "Never take a knife to a gun fight."
DR-that warranty is pretty standard, except that it's been translated into English. It could be made clearer, to be sure. There are damn few companies that don't limit their warranty in some way. Entrek, Busse and (AFAIK) Strider are some of the few. Cold Steel, who have a lot of fans of their product (I am not among them), have the lamest warranty of any major company: one year on folders, five years on fixed blades. One of the only two knives I've ever broken was a CS Medium ClipMate. The back of the locking notch sheared off. I was prying with the knife at the time, but wasn't putting a heck of a lot of pressure on it! It was out of warranty anyway. Now I keep it in the shop to show people why I don't like CS products...among other reasons.
The Ontario Spec Plus line can be had for pretty reasonable prices,a nd are good blades. The guards, however, are just rubber extensions. There's nothing under them; they're not rubber covering a steel guard, they're just rubber.

Supressum Festinatio, Amplus Sufflamen.
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Originally posted by Haji:
DR-that warranty is pretty standard, except that it's been translated into English....There are damn few companies that don't limit their warranty in some way. Entrek, Busse and (AFAIK) Strider are some of the few....


Smile

Oh no, I understand you perfectly, big guy.

Smile

What I meant to say by my example is that when I go for a true "hard use" knife -- whether or not I can physically exceed its limits in my rather lame daily life, LOL -- I still want to be sure that when I do manage to break it by being an idiot, I'll have the maker backing up the supposed/claimed "invulnerability" in the unconditional way they put forward in their advertisements.

I want a blade that not only talks the talk, but can walk the walk.

Smile

Allen
aka DumboRAT
A friend has seen an interview with a former French Foreign Legio of Belgium Flamand roots who taught combat knife fencing to De Caprio, no artistic move, no katta, just few brutal, quick and deadly attack, to kill simply.

Very Impressive.

I am the only French guy Yeager likes.

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