If you had to pick one of these knives.

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If you were limted to the following choices, which knife would you pick.

Gerber Mark II
4
19%
SOG Seal 2000
4
19%
SOG Seal PUP
7
33%
Tom Brown Tracker
6
29%
 
Total votes: 21

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If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by EndeavourOfWill » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:44 pm

I have a meager collection of knives, including these larger ones. I like them all, which makes it annoying every time I plan on bring one camping or to work/field. Not very ideal for utility but I like them because it makes a little samurai inside me happy to be carrying one. Also I get a kick out of pissing people off who don't like large knives.

If you had to pick one of these blades which would you settle on?






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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by ineffableone » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:03 pm

I opted for TB Tracker, for one reason. I cant' stand serrated blades. all the other knives have serrations and the tracker doesn't. So it was my only choice. Plus I have always wanted to try a tracker. I hear it is love it or hate it style of knife that has a bit of learning curve for getting used to how to use it. But when folks do learn to use it they tend to love it. I wouldn't mind testing that out and see if I can learn to use it, but for the price they sell for I would likely never buy one myself.
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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by Darkhunter » Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:19 pm

I love Gerber knives. I have multiple ones ranging from bayonet style to belt clip and boot knives. They have lasted throughout the years and keep an edge for some time.

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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by 223shootersc » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:17 pm

Tom Brown Tracker more versatile

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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by Sworbeyegib » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:27 am

As much as I am not a fan of the tracker, I would have to say that would be the best for any woods work that would need to be done. The Gerber is a fighting knife thru and thru. The SOGs are a mix between defensive blade and light duty field blade with more of an urban environment in mind. IMO, serrated blades are best suited for man made materials. If you are trying to cut rope, straps, plastic, etc.. as fast as possible, then serrations can be useful. If you are dealing with more natural materials, a plain edge is much better.

As for the tracker itself, I have my problems with it, but I know some people really dig it. See if it suits your style. One of my biggest gripes is the price tag, but if you already have it, then you should definitely use it. I met a guy once that owned one, and would lecture for what seemed like hours about how it was the roughest, toughest kid on the block. When he showed it to me, it looked like it hadn't been used to cut anything other than paper. I don't think he even once brought to edge to wood.
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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by EndeavourOfWill » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:32 am

It looks like the Tom Brown Tracker is about $200 on Amazon. My wife bought it for me years ago and it was closer to $400. I find it's a little too big and especially heavy. The case mine came with is this giant rectangular sheath that fits horizontally across your back/hips; I've made half ass attempts to find a kydex belt sheath but never picked one up. The knife is about a pound I think?

I've looked for SEAL 2000 knives and Gerber MK2's with non-serrated blades but they're hard to track down and pretty expensive. I've seen the former up as high as $250-300 and the latter hundreds more. One vintage Mkii was going for $1300.
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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by drop bear » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:19 pm

I have the f dick dagger and I think that shape is a bit painful to use for any other task other than killing things. Never been a fan of the tracker.

So the sog was an easy choice.

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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by raistlin » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:53 pm

EndeavourOfWill wrote:I've looked for SEAL 2000 knives and Gerber MK2's with non-serrated blades but they're hard to track down and pretty expensive. I've seen the former up as high as $250-300 and the latter hundreds more. One vintage Mkii was going for $1300.
Just curious. Why not the Seal Pup Elite, which is easy to find in NS?
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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by AfleetAlex » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:49 am

My personal choice is the Sog Pup Field knife; rather than the Seal.

You're 20x more likely to need your tool for field work, than as a weapon. But, God forbid you needed to use it as a weapon, in the right hands; I promise you it WILL get the job done.
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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by maine1 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:46 am

Out of those, I guess the seal. Not what i'd choose , but of those pictured, its the most practical.
Had the TBT by Tops once. Nice conversation peice. Thats all- i like knives with edge geometry. I was going to regrind it into something more akin to a Beck, but traded it.
For that weight, I could have a 10-11" bowie knife.



Since when is a 7" or so blade a larger knife? I'd ignore those that give you a hard time about it.

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Re: If you had to pick one of these knives.

Post by Wraith6761 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:33 pm

Personally, I don't care for any of the offered choices...I'd go for my Buck Pathfinder. It's far more useful, easier to sharpen (than a serrated blade), and people tend not to freak out as much if/when they see it.
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In my experience, blades longer than 5-6" aren't much use unless you're clearing out a lot of brush or cutting out a trail in dense woods...even then, I'd turn to a machete for that stuff. The only longer blade I have own is the Kabar Bowie, which was a b-day gift a couple years ago...not very useful for general work, but it does come in handy for dealing with bamboo in the back yard (and having a .25" spine, it's pretty decent for batoning). Could either one work as a defensive tool? Sure. Would I buy either one specifically for that use? Nope.
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