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    Hey Guys,

    I bought my own Christmas present a bit early. It's the Harbor Freight Survival Knife, 8" blade, survival kit in the handle. I've been eyeing it for 6 months & finally bout it today when the price dropped from $9.99 to $7.99. (Gotta have the coupon code)

    It has pretty good reviews, don't know why.

    Main complaint was no tang. I thought the handle was one piece, but found out it was screwed on.

    The survival kit is a gimmick really, junk, but the compass actually works O.K.

    It came with a horrible V-Cut bevel,,, took 1 hour, a vintage Norton and a DMT 1200 to change that V bevel to a convex bevel that cuts arm hair, around 1K, maybe.

    I unscrewed the handle from the blade & used 3M 5200 as a thread lock & reattached.

    I won't be tossing out the RAT 7 or the Ka-Bar,,, not quite sure what I will use it for.

    Thanks for looking,,,


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    What is that in the next to the last picture? Flint? Does it come out?

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    No,,, that the end of the tang, screwed in place.

    Back in a couple of hours,,,,

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    I think you should wrap the handle in paracord.
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    I hear you, Rambo! I used to have an 80's vintage Buckmaster survival knife. Hardest steel I've ever seen and that sucker must have weighed a few pounds! I sold it on ebay when funds were tight. Enjoy that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32t View Post
    I think you should wrap the handle in paracord.
    My son said the same thing last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutHikerDad View Post
    I hear you, Rambo! I used to have an 80's vintage Buckmaster survival knife. Hardest steel I've ever seen and that sucker must have weighed a few pounds! I sold it on ebay when funds were tight. Enjoy that one.
    Yes, that Buck was a great knife.

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    Pretty cool knife, I remember the 80's one as well.
    I don't mind harbor freight, but when it comes to knives I'm very particular.
    Kind of like I am learning to become about razors now
    Look sharp and smell nice for the ladies.~~~Benz
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    I'm particular too about my knives; the knives I rely on are good quality. This Harbor Freight knife was just a curiosity/project buy.
    I won't be getting another one, even if I get a free coupon for it.
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    I kinda figured that. The folks here seem to go for the more top notch quality in things
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