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OK then, how about a list of the best knife makers for those of us who are uninformed. Not individual models, but knife makers with web sites, so we can take a look at them.
TOPS Knives:the ATAX has an arrow slingshot built into it's design for shooting arrows. Not the best arrow launcher, but adequate for fishing. An excellent survival bag axe, but not for everyone. Particularly good chopper for travellers, a less threatening design than a 24" machete would that more likely get confiscated. Personally I love mine. Many other models as well in high carbon as well as high end stainless steels.

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Chris Reeve Knives:the sebenza is my favorite folder, very expensive but top shelf. Can be found on many sites
 

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The trouble is that a lot of the new knives with the same names and model numbers as the old one are made in different factories and are not near as good. Some of the good knives like Queen Steel, Boker, Eye Brand, Bull Dog, Case, Opinel and Bear MGC, are a few still produced in there original countries (although not all of models). The Swedes and the Danish also produce some very good knives. There are very good newer manufactures, but I am not up on them very well, so I will let someone else talk about them. I have a few of the Stanley trappers and lock backs that were made in the old Camillus factory that are good knives, but the new ones are not. - Tex - PS, Here is my two old hunters listed above. They have seen a lot of use.
I am definately with Tex on all of these brands, though for anything used for carving wood, I would recommend a carbon steel. It produces a better edge with less effort. Others have argued this point, but my experience leads me to believe this to be true. Even though my Chris Reeve is stainless, it is a bear to sharpen, but due to it's S30V steel it does produce a hair popping edge. It is rare(and expensive) to find a stainless knife of this blade thickness capable of this. The Mora knives made with "laminated" steel are especially great knives for their very reasonable price. If anyone knows of a better knife for the money (around 13 bucks), please tell me.
 
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