The knife I have knife I have chosen for this contest is the Ontario USMC Combat Knife. (Ontario Knife Co. replaced Ka-Bar as the standard knife supplier of the USMC many years ago).
While reading Amazon and Mil-Surp reviews about it, they all seemed to say the same thing: this knife is strong, sharp, and nearly indestructible. Having had less than ideal experiences with other “survival” knives, this knife is just what the reviews said it was! Throughout the years I have owned this knife, it has been on multiple bushcrafting expeditions and performed above my highest expectations! With it, I have chopped 4 inch saplings, effortlessly split kindling, and trenched a shelter in rocky ground. The tip is sharp and, despite my abuse, has not bent under any amount of pressure.
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I’m not very big on edged weapons, they don’t go “BANG”. Having said that, I did some research into a single knife I could carry that would fit my needs, not only for SHTF, but for everyday. I selected the Benchmade 375BKSN Adamas Fixed Knife Sibert Design Black w/ Sand Sheath. A good quality knife for about $140. Here is what the company has to say about it…..
For two decades Benchmade has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools. We continually strive to manufacture high quality products that will deliver superior performance and provide great value for our customers. Whether you are using a Griptilian as a basic cutting tool or one of our professional grade rescue hooks to perform a quick cut in an emergency situation, you can count on your Benchmade to get the job done.
• D2 tool steel (60-62HRC)
• Drop-point blade style with serrations on spine
• Injection-molded sheath with secondary locking strap and tension screw
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I also have an Adamas and like it very much. Mine came unwrapped and I got to learn cord wrapping a knife handle. This was a bonus to me. I do plan on picking up an Ontario USMC Bayonet one day soon. Yes, I realize that bayonet charges are rare these days. Makes me wonder why the gun grabbers are always so concerned about bayonet lugs. But, in a true SHTF situation, it would come in mighty handy for fending off wildlife, dogs, etc., in the case that you didn’t want to alert everyone for miles that you were in the neighborhood.