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Hi, I'm looking for an all purpose hunting, camp, and everything back country survival knife. I'm not interested in a Havalon but shieldon knives seems very good to me. What do you guy's use and what would your recommend?
Well it is probably never a good idea to disagree with a moderator...especially a super one, along with disagreeing with well most everyone else too, but a survival knife is what it all cuts down to.

Buck 110 & 119 is definitely not a good choice for a survival knife. I own a Buck 110, and it has been sitting in my "memories" drawer for 2 decades. the 110 is a folder so by default it's not a good survival knife. Can't chop down trees, split wood with it. The 119 is more of a hunting knife and not a survival knife, wrong tip n spine & grind.

as Kauboy mentioned your going to want to look for a fixed blade full tang knife so nix all the folders when talking about survival/Bushcraft knifes.

For lighter and smaller work, Morakniv makes some excellent options for a great price. I have more than one of these.
If you are talking about the Morakniv Garberg (which I think you are not since u said so to speak reasonably priced) then I agree, but every other Morakniv knives are NOT full tang but rather partial tang. I would never use any knife that has a partial tang unless it was a cooking knife.

I also disagree with regard to ESEE knives. They do have a rock solid warranty, well made, high quality, but not high durability. I am a gear reviewer and have spent a good deal of time on the phone finding out how many returns they get a year for broken knives... Fact is for true Bushcraft/survival, their blades are just too thin. Seen too many of them break. If NOT for survival but a camp or field knife, these are perfect just not for survival.

The USMC Ka-Bar is a great combat/ hunting knife but not a survival/Bushcraft knife, for the same reason as the Buck 119. Instead get the Ka-Bar BK2 Companion. Unlike the USMC version, this has the drop point tip, and flat grind, 1/4 inch thick and weighs ~ 1lb. and specifically designed to chop down tree and split wood. I own it and it is worth the money.

I would also recommend the Condor Tool and Knife Rodan Camp Knife.

For states with stricter knife size laws, the TOPS Spie Mil Spec 3 knife is a good choice, it is in the drawer to my left. Also Boker Magnum lil giant isn't too shabby, but only 0.025 inches thicker then the ESEE so for lighter work. Same with the Oerla TAC OLF-1008


Knives are tools, and there is no such thing as one to do it all.
And that says it all. A true knife guy has one knife for cooking, another for camp, a survival knife, a machete or an Indian Kukri, Hatchet, Axe, & wedge & saw. Trying to combine everything to a single knife means that it will excel in some tasks and lag behind on others. If you are still going with one knife, and one of the features you want is for it to be a survival knife, then your looking at the Ka-Bar BK2 Companion types of knifes. You are looking for a drop point, (Tanto possibly but that limits certain Bushcraft choirs but not Survival issues) 1/4 inch thick, flat or Scandi grind and a knife that has some weight to it to assist in chopping/baton.

Every year on my Bday & Xmas I buy myself a survival knife for the past like almost 40 years now ( I started at a young age) not to say I didn't buy other knives during the year, just these 2 times are when I lay out real $$$ on a knife. Most all are $200 & under.

Kitchen cutlery knives on the other hand I own over $4,500 worth of knives mostly Zwilling JA Henckel's Four Star and Professional series and a Miyabi Birchwood 9 inch Damascus Chef knife that's ~ $500. (ok so I am a serious cook, and love cooking)

Just mentioning the above for readers to see how deep my interest in knives are.

Mnavarro9, this is what I bring Where it's legal: Ka-Bar BK2 Companion, when not: Tops Mil Spie 3, for camp: the Schrade 47OT Old Timer Beast Lock blade Knife with Nylon Sheath, for kitchen: Zwilling Ballarini knife set, and I bring the Victorinox Swiss Army Swiss Champ for all the repairs I end up doing. I also have backups/alternatives to all of these above like for example the SAK WorkChamp XL.

I am a survivalist and not a prepper for the record which may be why I disagree with knife selections...
 

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Ah good not banned for disagreeing... For lighter and smaller tasks, I have no doubt it handles well, but the original posters specified the knife to also be used as a "Survival Knife", and being a partial tang & thinner blade, IMO that nixes the Mora line with exception of the Mora Garberg which is indeed full tang and a thicker steel. The Mora Garberg would be a fine example of a "Survival Knife" which is why they made that Mora line a full tang and thicker.

There are a lot of great knife manufactures out there with numerous knife models, but when it comes to a "survival knife", you want something that you know can handle all tasks without the fear of having it break. It is the same reason why I shot down the awesome ESEE knives, they have amazing craftsmanship, but almost all of them have too thin a blade for a true survival situation (especially if looking at long term survival).
 
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