Is there a good pic thread somewhere for me to take a look at some different kind of blades?
Great collection, I am looking for a blade similar to the one you have at the top of the page. Do you know of any pic threads, where show their blade and talk about the makers?
No problem...line up from left to right:
Mission MPK (A2 Steel not Titanium): Mission Forum
Ranger Knives' RD7: Ranger Knives Forum
Chris Reeve Project 1: Chris Reeve Forum
Fehrman Knives Fire Strike: Ferhman Website, there's some good discussions on Blade Forums about Ferhman knives
Busse Steel Heart II (Older A2 steel): Busse Forums
TOPS Knives, 107E Steel Eagle: No forums I know of, but again, Blade Forums has discussion if you search...here's their website: TOPS Knives
Swamp Rat Knife Works, Desert Camp Tramp: Swamp Rat Forums
They're all good blades, some have different features, adavantages/disadvantages...mostly user dependent. Of my collection, I don't do much hard work on my Busse anymore (they make the newer ones with their own INFI steel...supposedly pretty good stuff; nor do I use my CR Project 1 much (had it refinished recently)...both are too costly to replace if lost/confiscated. The TOPS is a good knife, but too pricy for just 1095 (although it has decent heat treatment). The Mission MPK is the lightest of the bunch, more balanced as a fighter than strickly utility...great knife, and you can get a good deal if you look around. My Desert Camp Tramp is another great knife...comfortable handle, good steel (cousin production of Busse)...great price. The Ranger RD7 is one of the best deals though...a custom made knife for just under or around $100.00...comfortable design, stout blade. Lastly the Ferhman Fire Strike...seems really light for the size, good design...I haven't had it long enough to really put it through its paces, but it's a great blade, the only downside is wait-time and cost. Not pictured is my Randall #14 who is on vacation...again, pretty costly and extremely long wait times.
Don't forget the sheaths...the Busse, Camp Tramp, RD7 and TOPS all have custom after market sheaths (Kydex/Concealex). The Ferhman, Randall and Project 1 have really good leather sheaths that they came with...one of the best standard sheaths for a knife was the MPK (Kydex, but a great ambi design).
The picture looks really good, but the Camp Tramp, MPK, RD7 and TOPS have all be used pretty hard, but the finishes have held up well (mostly chopping, battoning, trimming branches, choking up for small work, etc.)...I don't like to dig with knives even though many say they'll do fine...that's what a shovel is for
Hope this helps,
Forgot to add...there's a lot of other good knives out there that fit the 7-7.5" 'combat blade' category.
Cold Steel Recon Scout
Becker Knife and Tool BK7
Standard KA-BAR or the one in D2
I'm sure I'm missing a couple others, but all those knives listed would serve you well, some could be a little more abused than others, but for a combat blade...I wouldn't feel under-knifed with any of them.