posted by nk at 1:12 PM
The Buck is the best fighting knife I have. If the Gerber had a 5 1/2" instead of 6" blade I would buy one. 5 1/2" is max to carry here in Texas.The Bowie tip is fragile if scaled down from the large original size. I don't like the Kabar style as the high tip makes the front radius too small and too much of the front edge is almost square. This makes penetration more difficult. The Buck and the Gerber both have the tip on the center so the front radius is larger and the edge has a shearing action that make penetration easier, even if the false edge is not sharpened, yet the tip is well supported and strong. The Gerber has a better handle, the guard keeps the hand from sliding onto the blade and the handle gives good control both pushing and pulling. Back of the shank is metal capped giving a solid base. The Buck's rubber handle is good but just not as secure or protective. It is also 6" unfortunately, though I don't carry a large knife anymore anyway. Those days are passed.
None of these are good utility or camping knives anyway. A shorter blade with a more conventional profile is much more versatile and useful but can still be used for defense. These knives are only good for fighting and BSing with friends.
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