Friday, July 4, 2014

budk carbon steel knives


BUDK CARBON STEEL KNIVES

We recently talked about resolving the issue of being all hating and snarly towards stainless steel knives by just going to Amazon through my ad links and buying a Swedish knife or two since even if the sheaths were hideously ugly plastic for under twenty bucks and with high quality steel you would be silly not to purchase said blade and all the while you would be making sure I stayed bung deep in books and the cats even were able to snack on a morsel of real canned meat on occasion and we would all be happy and the birds would sing and unicorn farts would be glittery and even if the Apocalypse happened the day after your purchase was delivered it wouldn’t matter because all your karmic debts had hence been paid.  Alas, I can’t in good conscious forbid you to buy anything outside of Amazon, even if that commission is about the only thing bringing in a writing income.  Mostly because you need the money more than I do.  I might still be spending money on essentials like I’m still dirt poor, but I’ve got so much disposable income I don’t know what to do with it constructively outside the rain catchment and solar oven project I’m mostly putting off because of the weather rather than lack of funds.  I really need to get an eye exam and start stockpiling glasses, too.  Just dead tired at the end of every day.  Anyway, let’s go shopping at Bud-K for carbon steel knives.

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My criteria was no stainless steel ( although I’ve bought plenty from them ) and a reasonable cost.  I don’t know who Gil Hibben is/was nor will I spend $40 on his designed knife.  He can put his own grandkids through college.  Obviously, go there first.


Or follow the links below.

I like the concept of the tomahawk.  You achieve a good reach away from yourself, with a heft of weight behind the strike.  And only $17?  What a deal.


I don’t know if I want a Kukri or not.  Some folks swear by them.  Usually little brown people who would sooner cut you than look at you pasty pale ass- which makes them all right in my book.  Generally I don’t like Short Persons Attitude because you folks are obviously not Baby Jesus’s favorites.  But I’ll make an exception here.


Only $20!

This might be more of a novelty than practical, but the price is great-$10 or three for $27.  Double throwing hatchet axe:


Last up we have what at first appears to be on the Flaming Gay Side, a katana sword with a florescent green zombie killing color ( I don’t know why but the newest fad seems to be this color scheme selling Post-Apocalypse Zombie Fighting Weapons ).  Everything but the colored handle wrap seems to be great, such as the low price of $30 and the steel.  Check it out:


These links were just search results.  Click on the title of the item to go to its own page with better descriptions.  These were what I found from a mailed catalog.  You can search for others under “carbon steel knives”.  Just beware sometimes it is “high carbon stainless steel” in the description.

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18 comments:

  1. People get "all hating and snarly", in your words, about stainless steel blades these days because most of them aren't true Stainless any more. A test with a strong magnet will tell you what you have. It should not be attracted to a magnet at all or you have the worst of everything; it won't hold an edge, it will easily break, and it will still rust.

    If you can't find true stainless then just stick with high carbon steel. At least they are strong and hold an edge like no other.

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    1. See other comment response-also pertenant to yours.

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  2. I know this will probably get me called yuppie scum and I'll loose minion points but I sure like Buck Knives (based in North Idaho) and Leatherman multi purpose tools.

    Just be careful. Some of the cheaper knives from Buck Knives are manufactured in China. However, if you are lucky enough to live within driving distance of Post Falls, Idaho, they have factory sales a couple of times a year.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. Buck makes cheap knives? To me, they've always been my version of luxury knives. But when they moved from leather to nylon sheaths with just as high prices, I no longer love or covet them. No minion point lose-you are prejudice because they are in your state and provide 2 of the 6 jobs in the whole place.

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    2. Jim, for one you have Winchester brand knives (sold at Wally World) that are made in China by/for Buck.

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  3. I think I'll take a machete over a tomahawk.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cold-Steel-Cutlass-Machete-97DRMS/21609817

    YKW
    MM

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    1. You get the cutting edge, but not the same shock effect-less likely to drop them quick

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    2. I was thinking a machete would be more versatile overall.

      Just for a hand weapon, I'd take a quarterstaff, baseball bat or mace over either of them.

      YKW
      MM

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    3. See other comment on sage brush

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  4. stainless is really great,if you get 440 ss.Other grades won't hold an edge.A Hi carbon steel holds an edge better,if its an oil or air hardened tool steel.The drawback to a hi carbon steel is that it will rust or pit the first time you skin a deer.Blood is bad for any steel,the acid eats away at it fast,but stainless will just lose the finish,no pitting

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    1. Just when you think SS was SS and couldn't be screwed up, along come the Chinese and "invent" crap SS. I'm ordering $100 worth of carbon steel knives this week from BUDK. Keep all those other ones for barter.

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  5. Check the promos or coupon section before you order James. They always have some kind of deal going.

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    1. Thanks, I just made a big note on the catalog to remind me. You'll get credit for whatever I save. You may apply it to next years subscription cost :) Sadly, yes, I think I'm funny while I keep using the same material.

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    2. You might only find the specials online James? That's how they usually set it up? So go to budk.com, go to the bottom of the page, and click on budk promo codes under departments.

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  6. The Old Hickory kitchen knives are great camp knives. Yeah, carbon steel so they rust, but it isn't hard to keep them clean from rust, a thin coat of mud and rubbing off the rust is easily done. Very easy to sharpen - they are fine tools.

    Machetes vs. tomahawks. My opinion - machetes are for thicker covered thin stuff like vines. Axes - hatchets - tomahawks more for high canopy trees where lumber is thicker, so to speak. In my area, machete is more useful.

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    1. In my area, sage brush laughs like a girl on meth at machetes.

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  7. Some of those weight forward knives, such as the Kukri's, kick butt Jim. They are not a machete, as the steel is far thicker. I have one from cheaper than dirt, that chopped through 4" Eucalyptus branches like they were butter. I'd definitely rather have one of these knives over a small hand axe.

    Wayne

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