It features a high carbon stainless steel half-serrated 5 inch Tanto style blade, at the base of the knife there is a stainless steel pommel for hammering, a diamond knife sharpener that is integrated into the knife sheath and a Ferrocerium fire starter.
I generally found whilst the blade is quite sharp out of the packaging, the Tanto point of the knife made the non-serrated part of the blade a bit limiting in it’s use due to the length of it, but this is a do-all survival knife and the versatility of the blade makes it’s limits a little bit irrelevant as it ticks a lot more boxes than a single purpose knife.
How many knives can you ask the following questions about and get a yes to all of them?
Could I gut an animal with this knife?
Could I cut bone or wood with it?
Can I cut rope or other fibrous materials?
So the knife is strong and versatile especially once you add the pommel at the base of the knife. It worked surprisingly well and I thought it would be the weakest feature of the knife, but I found that it performed well and I was easily able to hammer 4 inch nails into timber, so hammering stakes into the ground would be relatively easy considering you are using a knife and not a hammer.
The sheath of the knife also packs some feature in.
The two piece sheath has a plastic part which houses the knife it clips the knife in and has a diamond sharpener on the back of it and keeps a fire starter in the front.
This plastic sheath clips into the nylon holder via a button and a velcro strap. It features a horizontal loop and a vertical loop for either attaching to a belt or hanging off of something.
The diamond sharpener would definitely brighten up your blade and would definitely be helpful if you had a dull edge and needed to sharpen it.
The stand out feature of the knife is the fire starter and that is what truly makes the knife a great survival tool.
With the right material such as a fluffy dry bark it is really easy to light a fire. Of course I learned this the hard way after trying to light a fire with the fire starter the wrong way by striking it against a rock, then after nearly giving up I read the packaging and noticed the notch in the back of the knife. Once I used the the fire starter properly by sliding the notch on the spine of the knife down the fire starter it was ridiculously easy to make sure you had warmth throughout the night.
I tell this rather embarrassing story as it is a cautionary tale. If I was actually out in the bush with daylight fading and it being my only source of warmth for the night I could have been in big trouble. There is no point in owning equipment that could save your life if you do not know how to use it. I am incredibly lucky that I was just out testing this and not relying on it. Sure, I did figure it out, but I could have wasted valuable daylight if I was really stranded out in the bush.
Overall, this knife is truly performs well in all tasks. It makes it easy to start a fire, cut rope and anything else. It really is 6 tools in one little package. For the price it is well worth the $40 Retail price.
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