About $35 virtually anywhere. I have several, Mrs. Matson one, and each kid at least two.
Good steel, keeps an edge, and fantastic geometry for anything from cleaning game to (i suppose) sticking in a fellow human. So ubiquitous here in the deep south that any dot gov minion would not even think twice to see that pouch on your belt that says ‘Buck’.
I have cleaned countless whitetail with this one, gutted many a fish, and carved off shavings for a fire while out on the trail. And, while there are better, more tacticool EDC ones out there, you could do much, much worse.
You should stop reading this post now, and go get a couple. One to keep on your person and one to put away somewhere safe.
It’s a tool, and a damn good one.
Matthew, I am so very grateful you posted once more.
See The Right to a Knife:
The end game is this. There is a difference between “feeling safe” and having viable options to safely defend oneself.
We don’t talk, train, and fight out of a sense of hatred. We do these things out of love. The love to get home, to see our children raised, our families thriving as a whole. I don’t “hate” anyone who is trying to do me harm. But they sure in hell are my enemy and I intend on seeing them dead first if it comes to that.
Rule #1 – ALWAYS have a knife. ALWAYS.
In my house, I don’t go to the head without a blade – in my own house. Neither does Mrs. Matson. Most of the time, I don’t go without a sidearm, but that is not the point here. NEVER (see NEVER) go without a knife. It is a fundamental tool for operating in daily life and means of enhancing defense of yourself and those around you.
Said sharp object need not be an eight inch combat apparatus with the coolest powder coating you have ever seen. It need only be a sharped piece of reliable metal that can inflict damage. Sometimes, it may not even need to be metal.
Be prepared. If you have any questions, see Rule #1.