I am looking for a new hunting knife. I currently have a crappy generic folder, and decided I really want to go for a fixed blade, and get something I will enjoy using for the rest of my life. I'm here looking for advice from those who might have had experience with this type of blade
I've narrowed my choices down, but am having trouble deciding if I want to go with a full production, or something more hand-crafted. On the production end I'm looking at Cold Steels Master Hunter Plus (http://www.coldsteel.com/masterhunter.html
). Out of all the less expensive knives these guys seem to have a good reputation, consistently have great reviews, and make impressive promo videos.
On the other end I've been looking at Grohmann Knives (http://www.grohmannknives.com
), looking at the deepwoods hunter and the large skinner. My budget maxes out around $250, but I don't mind saving a bit if I don't need to spend more, but I really would like to get a reliable knife I can trust forever. I'd like it to look nice, but I am more interested in functionality and price than exotic materials.
If you have any other suggestions I should look at, by all means, lay them on me!
Also, I'm having a little bit of trouble understanding how the different grinds (like flat grind) might play out in the field... If I end up going with a handmade, there is usually an option to specify the grind type (I hope I have the terminology right here
). So any info that might help me understand the differences would be appreciated as well!