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Posted: 8/28/2010 12:21:30 PM EDT
Had an "Ozark Trail Camp Knife" utility that I got off ebay that's come up missing. It was red with Imperial of Ireland blade steel.

I like smkw.com deal of the day prices, but I get the impression some of those knives aren't the best quality.

I want something that is actually useful and can take a bit of abuse with a decent blade, but I won't have a conniption when it gets lost forever in the river.

His last knife was engraved with his name and all that sentimental stuff.

Anyway, your cheap but quality suggestions would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 12:32:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2010 12:35:50 PM EDT by Giltweasel]
Ebay knife.

This is what he had. I just ordered 5 of them to keep on the shelf. I was impressed with the quality of such a cheap knife. It's nothing special but the blades were decent, would take enough edge for a Tenderfoot Scout, and the knife was unique enough to be personal.

Sorry for the trouble, but I do have 2 other sons. I'd still like suggestions of a good boy's knife.


TIA

Link Posted: 8/28/2010 1:43:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2010 1:43:51 PM EDT by 87GN]
In the sporting goods section of my local Walmart I often find knockoff Swiss Army knives for $1.50-2.00. Can't say that I'd hack down a tree with them, but they don't seem to break when I put a good amount of stress on the blades.

I bought several $7 Gerbers from Walmart for my dad, he keeps losing his knives and flashlights - got tiring when I was buying him $60 knives and $100 flashlights...
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 3:13:33 PM EDT
Good, solid, knife that is under $20, yet can provide years of service.

Columbia River Knife & Tool
Drifter - Stainless Handle - Plain Edge
Specifications:
* Weight: 3.2 oz. (91 g)
* Blade: Length: 2.875” (7.3 cm)
* Thickness: 0.10” (0.25 cm)
* Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC
* Closed: Handle length: 3.625” (9.2 cm)
* Open: Overall length: 6.50” (16.5 cm)

Link Posted: 8/28/2010 9:19:28 PM EDT
When my boys "Graduated" from Cub to Boy Scouts, I got their knives at WalMart. CRKT, S&W, and Swiss Army for around $20 each. No way am I going to buy them an expensive "Mini Emerson" only to discover they lost it. They lose items in our own house and still can't find them.
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 12:24:16 PM EDT
http://www.worldknives.com/products/mercator-german-k55k-cat-folding-pocket-knife-k55k-1120.html
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 5:39:25 PM EDT
I make my son tie his off to a belt loop from the bail of the knife with a piece of 550 cord so he won't loose it. Works like a champ.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 6:55:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jcoffman55:
I make my son tie his off to a belt loop from the bail of the knife with a piece of 550 cord so he won't loose it. Works like a champ.


Get him a swiss army knife with a shackle and also get him a belt mounted snap clip.
Make him carry the knife on the snap clip.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 6:57:55 PM EDT
Kershaw and Spyderco Byrd knives offer inexpensive knives w/o sacrificing quality. Byrds start around $20 and Kershaw starts around $30.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:27:20 PM EDT
Buy him an good quality, inexpensive knife. Tell him it was uber-expensive and to care for it so as not to lose it.
Link Posted: 9/2/2010 5:17:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jcoffman55:
I make my son tie his off to a belt loop from the bail of the knife with a piece of 550 cord so he won't loose it. Works like a champ.


I have always called that dummy cording did that with all my ta-50
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 9:41:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Milo5:
Originally Posted By jcoffman55:
I make my son tie his off to a belt loop from the bail of the knife with a piece of 550 cord so he won't loose it. Works like a champ.


Get him a swiss army knife with a shackle and also get him a belt mounted snap clip.
Make him carry the knife on the snap clip.


This...
Try a swiss army "Farmer"
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 3:52:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:19:20 PM EDT
The only reason I got him a different knife (not swiss army) was because I insisted on something that locked, and something without a super sharp point for his first one. I looked high and low for one that fit my criteria, and I finally found it in a small FL gunshop on a foraging trip on my way to the SHOT show. It's a small single blade liner lock with a sheep foot blade with a bale on the back. It cost 20 bucks, looks old as hell and says "Chicago" on the blade. It's perfect for now.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 11:15:51 AM EDT
Use Red Para cord so he can find it when he drops it
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:13:57 PM EDT
Does it absolutely have to be a folder? If not take a look at the Mora 860F. Blade is under 4", sheath and handle is blaze orange, and you can find then for under $15. I have one in OD that I love and use all the time. Got one for each of my daughters. Knife is cheap enough to be lost or modified (ie filing the point if that's a concern) without worry.
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