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  1. Haywire Haywood

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    I'm in the market for a 4-5" drop point bushcraft kinda blade. I'm kinda leaning toward the Benchcraft 162. I love the blade and the steel, but am a bit hesitant on the handle. It feels comfortable, but at the same time, a bit weird. I don't know what to make of it. I'd rather have a stainless blade for the rust resistance. What are you fellas using when putzing around in the woods?
     
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    Gerber LMF II

    Many a rope and snacktime orange have succumbed to its fury. :cool:

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    The handle is made of G10. Most knives with composite handles are made of this. Good material.

    https://custommaterials.com/g10-material-strong/
     
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    My 17 year old son forges knives.
    breeseforge.com


    Shoot him an email if you are so inclined, he can do anything you want.

    Hardworking kid who’s got a ton of hours on the forge and hammer.
     
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    I have an ESEE 4. Love it. ESEE also have of the best warranty on the market.
     
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    The esee 4 is where my search started, based on the name and reputation. After I read some reviews, pro and con, and continuing to do research on knife steels and hardening, I think I want a harder alloy for better edge retention. The esee is tough as nails and is good for chopping, batoning and rough jobs like that, but with a 55-57 rc rating, there are modern stainless steels available that hold an edge better and still retain a lot of the toughness. I will most likely use a hatchet or machete for chopping and splitting wood for kindling, so that aspect isn't as important to me.

    I handled a TOPS B.O.B. and the BC162 side by side yesterday. I liked Bob's handle better than the BC, but that's one heavy chunk of a knife. Same steel as the esee4 but a point or two harder. Still vulnerable to rust though. It's well liked for it's chopping ability due to its weight. The 162 is much lighter even though it's only about 1/2" shorter and isn't as good a chopper as a result.

    I have a Sauer 3.25" drop point knife that I picked up in Germany 25 years ago that a buddy of mine is making a sheath for and I may just use that instead of buying a new one. It's not made of anything fancy, run of the mill 440 stainless iirc but I think I may save myself a couple C notes and just use it.
     
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    Just checked out your son’s website. Wow, beautiful work. After we clear up taxes and some medical bills I’m going to be ordering a set of kitchen knives. Thanks for the link and I love the fact it’s a 16 year old kid kid that works with his hands and not pushing game controller buttons.
     
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    I dropped him a message on his site also.
     
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    Thanks. I’ll give him a heads up.
     
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    Haywire Haywood Fiscal Conservative Social Retard

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    He replied last night. I'm mulling it over. $145 for a custom 4.5" knife made to my spec in S30V is a great price. I'm just waffling over whether I want to spend that kind of money on a knife at all. I'm on the fence about the whole thing now. I'm bad about that. I get something in my head, research it down the last spec, nut and bolt and then abandon the idea.
     
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    Like me :cool:
     
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    We do gain a good conversational knowledge on a variety of subjects that way don't we. I've already had a discussion of the pros and cons of various alloys with a knife guy at work and I think I'm going to build a poor man's coffee can forge and bang on some mild steel to see if I like it.
     
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    Right on! And yes we do haha. Make sure you post pictures :)
     
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    Great job Dad your Son does some excellent work. I have emailed him also in search of a backpacking hatchet for my daughter.
     
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