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Prepperboards: Gear of the year (GOTY)

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  1. hypnos

    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Just curious how many people would be interested or willing to contribute to a gear of the year thread.

    Currently, I'm thinking folding knives would be a great starter. If you have a better idea that might be more popular I am certainly all ears.

    First off, would be standardized testing for anyone who has a design they personally own.

    Today I used this method to test my newly purchased Ontario, RAT model 1:

    From the factory box (without sharpening, although one sharpening before the test I think would be permissable)

    1-Make a feather stick.
    2-Shave hair from your arm
    3-(I batoned a piece of firewood but would not expect anyone else to, suggest a substitute)
    4-Shave again.

    I am not out for destructive testing. My main goal is to get a real idea for what the best folders on the market actually are. And have willing participants on this forum submit knives tested with a standard at home that they think should/could be prepper boards GOTY.

    Another problem I have with allot of YouTube reviews and testing is class type comparisons. Some highly expensive knives are not necessarily better performers. How much do you need to spend on a knife you can bet your life on? I think that is the question that consumers really want answered, and it won't be by a professional reviewer.

    Let me know what ideas you have for testing that will show a knife will last "out of the box".

    Other factors for achieving GOTY.
    1. Amazon, Walmart, (reputable high volume store reviews) will give us a massive sample of quality indicators or potential problems and defects.
    2. Price as purchased including tax and shipping, "out the door" is the main thing we all really want to know for prices.
    3. Accurate weights, not shipping weights for those who have access to a scale.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Interested and willing to contribute. I'd like to see what your little knife can do. Should we focus on one item at a time?
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I'd say we could post a poll, but also, whatever knives people have that they wish to test that would be good contenders should go for it. What's ypur idea @Atlas ?
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Maybe folding knives to start, then other items???
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Let's start with folding knives. Should we ask what everyone else has for a favorite?
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Yeah, definitely! Anyone that can complete the test parameters. But...how do we know what knife wins? Maybe we should make price a factor but not the main factor for what knife wins...I'd like to remove the class as much as possible like, $30 $60 $100 knives and focus on performance. Other things like style are too subjective. Maybe we could go through one cutting challenge after another without sharpening and see what holds up the best. Abuse testing is important, but I dont think anyone wants to throw away money like that, of course some folders are built to withstand allot of it, so that could put them into the top tier if they can be used for batoning, etc.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Let me think on how best to do this for a little bit and get back to you. I am definitely cool with beating on knives... no issues here with that.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Monday I'll head over to Wally world and pick one of these up, maybe I'll see what else they have for comparison.
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I dont think you'll be dissapointed!
    And cool, I'm excited to see what you come up with.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Sorry it's taking so long, the nearest Walmart is 45 miles or so away and I don't usually go that direction.
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Sorry for what??? Hahaha. Good reviews take time. I'm still loving mine, i have been using it for all kinds of tasks, I even did some prying with it... I know I definitely shouldn't do that...but, no problems. Maybe mine is a fluke, but it is bomb proof for a folder. I absolutely love it still. I'm buying at least two more.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Awesome. I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Ok @hypnos, knife is in hand.

    Before I open it let's determine what tests we are going to do.

    I think this is what you had in mind....

     
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    Initial impressions, awesome knife for the money!
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    After a couple days of use, this knife is holding up quite well. I'll try it out in the woods this weekend on my camp trip and then give another update.
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I didn't know until recently they make a D2 version. I wish it had the emerson feature, im working on a mod for the aus8 version....
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I can't wait to hear about it!
     
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    hypnos Well-Known Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I'm trying to find a non destructive way to remove the original thumb stud and make a emerson styled addition so it opens out of the pocket.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    That would be cool. Please let me know how it turns out.
     
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