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    Hello, I'm looking into geting a new fixed blade for EDC. I know some people like folders, but for defense, I prefer a fixed blade. They just are quicker to be put into action at least for me, and yes, I have had to draw one. I have a Gerber folder that I carry for when I need a cutting tool.

    Anyway, I used to carry a CRKT fixed blade that's just a little over 4 inches. I had it for several years now and while it's still a good blade that I trust, I am looking for something new. I would prefer something that is about 5" that is Texas legal i.e. not double edged. I would also like one that can be carried horizontal as well as vertical, depending on type of dress and such.

    I really like the look of some Wilson knives, the Tactical Fighter, model 2 I believe it was, looked really nice, but I am not to keen to drop 280 bucks on a blade. I would like to stay under $150.00 if I can. However, if I have to go higher, so be it. I've done some research, but it's been so long since I went knife shopping. I checked Spyderco, Cold Steel and such, but I'm not a big fan of some of the "modern" looks. I also looked at Columbia River's website, but nothing struck my fancy. So, I turn to you gentlemen here. I hope you can help. Thanks!

    I posted this on the M1911 forums as well but figured a lot of you gentlemen (I use the term loosely for some ) and ladies might be able to help as well.

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    TehGruu wrote:
    ...SNIP

    I posted this on the M1911 forums as well but figured a lot of you gentlemen (I use the term loosely for some ) and ladies might be able to help as well.

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    You might have better luck posting to a KNIFE forum. But have you looked at the Ka-Bar BK&T Campanion. IT is not pretty but BK&T knives moto "knives that work for a living" is VERY accurate. This blade is one DURABLE puppy and should be Texas Legal to carry.

    Regards

    PS - Yes it is spelled CAMPanion not COmpanion.
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    Well, if you know of any good knife forums, I would appreciate a link. As I'm more of a gun than a knife guy, I posted where I frequent. And I feel that I should mention, I'm not trying to be snarky, text fails to convey inflection.

    I appreciate the link to Ka-bar.



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    TehGruu wrote:
    Well, if you know of any good knife forums, I would appreciate a link.┬* As I'm more of a gun than a knife guy, I posted where I frequent.┬* And I feel that I should mention, I'm not trying to be snarky, text fails to convey inflection.┬* ┬*

    I appreciate the link to Ka-bar.┬*

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    Well here are the top two that Google found in a search for "knife forum" on my computer you may get different results-

    Knifeforums.com
    BladeForums.com

    There are WAY too many to list, but these two have been around for a long time.
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

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    Find a bowie knife you like that has a good sheath. You can also modify your sheath, make a new one, or have one custom made if you really want to spend the extra money.

    The basic Bowie knife design is as close to an all purpose knife as I've ever found. Well suited to fighting, kitchen use, cutting packaging, whatever you need. Got a strong but pointy tip, a good cutting edge in most cases, and a very comfortable grip.


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    Check around at Military surplus stores/sites and pick up a M-7 bayonet. I carried one whenI was in the Guard and they're excellent all around knives as well as bayonets. The only difficulty you would have would modifying the scabbard to fit a regular belt.

    http://www.militarytrader.com/article/M7_Bayonet/
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    Bowies and 7" blades are illegal in Texas. In fact Bowies are not just illegal to carry down there, in some cases they are illegal to possess. Yea I know, I too think it is stupid, but that is the law in Texas.

    Texas
    Summary: Folders under 5.5" OK.
    Max length: 5.5"
    Specifically illegal: Switchblade, throwing knives, daggers (in general), bowie knives, swords and spears.
    Relevant laws:Penal Code 46
    Quirks: The one state people associate with Bowie knives explicitly forbids them.
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
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    So Jim gave his life for Texas, and then Texas goes on to ban the use of his best legacy? Absurd.
    Answer every question about open carry in Michigan you ever had with one convenient and free book- http://libertyisforeveryone.com/open-carry-resources/

    The complete and utter truth can be challenged from every direction and it will always hold up. Accordingly there are few greater displays of illegitimacy than to attempt to impede free thought and communication.

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    Michigander wrote:
    So Jim gave his life for Texas, and then Texas goes on to ban the use of his best legacy? Absurd.
    Like I said.... Stupid
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

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    If you dig Gerber knives, you might want to look into their LMF-II:

    http://www.rockynational.com/1858_22...th_Sheath.html


    If you prefer a more traditional look with a stag horn handle, look at the Freeman:

    http://www.rockynational.com/5903_22...rop_Point.html


    Cold Steel makes some nice larger knives with a unique look, and VERY thick, strong blades. The "Military Classsic" is a fine looking piece of cutlery:

    http://www.coldsteel.com/micl.html


    But I'll admit, if I were going to buy a Cold Steel knife right now, it woul dbe their "OSS" model. This knife is just a beautiful piece of industrial design, and the price is VERY reasonable:

    http://www.coldsteel.com/oss.html

    Good luck finding a blade that fits your needs. There is a mind-numbing selection of quality knives out there, and even in your price range, you can get a REALLY nice knife that will perform for years!
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    Dreamer wrote:
    Good luck finding a blade that fits your needs. There is a mind-numbing selection of quality knives out there, and even in your price range, you can get a REALLY nice knife that will perform for years!
    Hey, thanks. You aren't kidding about the crazy selection. The last fixed blade I bought, I selected in person. This was back when dial-up internet was state of the art. I've been looking online for something that might work so much the past couple of days that my eyes may start bleeding soon.

    Yeah, Hawk, Michigander,I totally agree with you about the banning of Bowies as a carry option is a disgrace.

    Everyone else, thank you so much for your input. I've been checking out the knife forums as well. I was looking for input from those here that view their firearm as their primary defense with the knife being a last ditch weapon like I do.



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    Check out the latest Guns and Ammo. There is an ad there for a pistol bayonet

    The thing clamps onto a Picatinny rail. Dumbest thing I have seen on a pistol, ever.

    I am reminded of a story about a recruit undergoing bayonet training wherin the Sergeant said that if the bayonet became stuck in bone, to fire a round and let the recoil jerk the bayonet free. The soldier replied: "Beggin' the Sergeant's pardon, but if'n I got a round in my rifle, there ain't gonna be no bayonet fightin'.

    Honestly, a "pistol bayonet"?

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