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Havalon vs. DiamondBlade

Probably the oddest comparison ever, but I'm trying to choose between a $59 knife and a $345 knife and I need some help. I'm thinking of making a bit of a change this year and instead of going with the traditional whitetail style of field dressing and dragging the deer to the truck, I'd like to use a gutless method and pack out quarters. To do this I need a knife that's easy to manipulate, razor sharp, and can hold an edge. I don't however like to carry a lot of gear with me so I'd prefer not have to carry multiple knives if possible. That leads me to my question... if you had 1 knife, would it be a Havalon Torch with replaceable blades, or a fixed blade DiamondBlade Pro Series Pinnacle II? Both are razor sharp, and both either stay sharp or can swap blades cheaply and easily in the field once dull. The thing that has me stumped, from a basic survival/emergency standpoint, does the fixed blade have such a durability and reliability benefit that it out ways the fact that it costs 6 times more.

Thanks for the advise, I'd like to keep on topic of these 2 knives. I know everyone has their favorite brands and all, these are the 2 I'm looking at however.

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I have tried the Havolon but

I have tried the Havolon but don't like the weakness of the blade, that along with the fact that you really should have a pair of needle nose pliers to change the blades out for safty.  I even lost a blade once on a animal when it came off, just how I have no idea but it came off.  Since then I found the Outdoor Edge Razor.  This knife is a lot stirderer than the Havolon and the blade can be changed just using your fingers with no poblems, and at less than $50 or less it won't break the bank.  

I am kind of funny when it comes to knifes.  I like plain and simple but I usually have at least 4-5 with me at all times when hunting.  One is just a plain old single blade pocket knife.  Then I have a Leatherman, those two I carry all the times unless I have to go through some kind of security.  Then for hunting I will strap on a Gerber Gator or a Buck Woodsman, both honed to a razor edge by myself.  I have also found that the Havolon is nice when caping out a animal or working on smaller features of a skin where you want something small and sharp.  The DiamondBlade is really out of the market with it's higher price tag. 

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Havalon's garbage

I really appreciate this info! People seem to either love or hate the havalon knives. You sure carry a lot of knives. Can I ask, is it for redundancy, or do they each serve a specific purpose? I guess I can see a larger sturdy knife for survival and a more delicate one for capeing or something like that, but 5... that's a lot!

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That is just me.  I always

That is just me.  I always have a pocket knife with me and I usually have my Leatherman all the time also.  I just find the Leatherman handy and it has two knife blades on it along with the rest of the tools but I use the pliers mostly.  Then when I am hunting is where the Gator or Buck Woodsman come in, I'll pack one or the other.  But I also pack a extra knife or two in my backpack.  That is where the Outdoor Edge Razor stays until I need it. 

I couldn't tell you the number of times that I have used all of them on one animal.  For a deer one is fine but two would do if you plan on caping the head out but if you come out west and start to hunt elk you will see what I mean for the need of a couple of extra knifes.  You will also find that if you plan on caping out a head that a straight blade screwdriver comes in handy also. 

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