Tier Two/Mid-Range Knives:
These are those knives that very well could last a lifetime or beyond but lack one or more elements listed within the Tier One/High End Knife Category. Each one of the knives in this category is fully functional and well worth their relative investment but may lack a little fit or finish or may not offer a warrenty. Some of the knife makers I would put in this category are: ESEE, Kbar, Wilder Forge, Jeff White, Wild Bear Forge, Halibis, Steve Van Dyke, Christopher Apodaca, Some Condor and many other smaller scale knife makers.
Tier Three/Beginner Knives:
This tier generally lacks the ability to be a long-term one-tool option for a given reason (i.e. doesn't meet one of the key 10 knife requirements). While Condor and Jeff White are borderline between these two categories depending on the model (Jeff White's at 1/8" seem to be succeptable to breaking at the tip and Condor's lower end knives have broke on me but I generally like their designs and utility). Most Mora's fit into this category as well simply because they are not full tang, I do have to defend my beloved Mora Bushcraft Black- I have beat the crap out of that knife and would reccomend it to anyone; however, I know at some point if I were using it daily to keep me alive it would eventually fail and failure isn't an option in survival. Many will disagree with the Old hickory being placed in this category, all I have to say is watch the video and look at the scales on the knife. I have beat the crap out of the knife and they came loose during the batoning process. Is that $15 knife worth buying.... heck yes if its all you can afford.
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