Thursday, December 13, 2012

CRKT Foresight Folding Knife Review

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles




Columbia River Knife and Tool bases its success on innovation, technical quality and functional design. If you think everything’s already been done, you won’t land a job at CRKT. That doesn’t mean they make complicated knives, but there’s always something unusual in the build. CRKT’s first success, the K.I.S.S. folder, caught the eye of dealers and buyers because there’s nothing there but two pieces of high carbon stainless, arranged to be knife blade, handle, pocket clip, frame lock and sheath. Ed Halligan’s design “Keeps It Super Simple” in ways no one considered before, and laid the groundwork for many more fine CRKT ideas.

Today's knife review is on the CRKT Foresight. The CRKT Foresight is a well-balanced, award-winning design by award-winning custom knifemaker Ken Onion that is very well constructed and brought to market at a relatively reasonable price point.

First off, I want to mention that the CRKT Foresight won the 2012 Blade Show, Import Knife Design of the year. This is an award given to a knife by fellow industry peers. What you see in the Onion design is "form follows function". The profile of the "Foresight" looks like a chiseled physique just waiting to pounce on your next cutting task.


Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The CRKT Foresight Knife features a 3.5" modified drop-point blade, with a generous belly and recurve cutting edge for maximizing the full utility of the blade. I really like the recurve blade design, as you actually get more cutting surface than the measured length of the blade. The Foresight is available with a plain razor-sharp cutting edge or a combined razor sharp edge with triple-point serrations. The blade is made of AUS 8 stainless steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 58-59HRC and a black titanium nitride finish on the blade for that super-cool tactical look. The blade holds an edge for a good long time, and is fairly easy to re-sharpen. Through three days of daily wear and random cutting tasks, the Foresight has held its edge well and I have not needed to hone the blade. The overall length of the knife in the open position is 8.69" with a closed length of 5.17" and it weighs in at 6.3 oz - not too heavy and not too light.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The cold-forged black aluminum handle on the CRKT Foresight is purposefully styled and shaped with swept finger grooves and a proper palm swell to provide a secure and comfortable grip. When opening the blade, there is the super smooth Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS) ball bearing pivot system coupled with Interframe style mechanism which makes this one of the smoothest opening folders available anywhere. This knife does not have thumb studs - instead, there is a flipper on the blade - you simply apply a small amount of pressure to the flipper, and the blade effortlessly swings out of the handle scales and securely locks in place leaving the holder with a confident handful of knife. The knife almost feels like it's an auto-opening folder because of the little amount of effort required to get the blade deployed. The knife's super smooth opening is very impressive, and I can understand why industry peers voted the Foresight as the 2012 Blade Show Import Knife of the year.


Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles 

The CRKT Ken Onion Foresight comes with a small pocket clip that is fixed in position. The pocket clip is located near the top of the knife that allows you to hold the knife on a belt or on clothing. The small clip  limits your carry options and makes the knife difficult to extract from a pocket quickly. I would prefer to have more options for clip placement and a larger clip. This is one of my favorite CRKT Folding Knives! Overall, I rate the CRKT Foresight a 9 out of 10. I recommend it!



To buy or get more information on the Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight with Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade and Aluminum Handles, click the link below.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Plain Black Blade, Aluminum Handles

To buy or get more information on the Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight with Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade and Aluminum Handles, click the link below.

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade, Aluminum Handles

Columbia River Ken Onion Foresight Folding 3.5" AUS 8 Black Combo Blade, Aluminum Handles



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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gerber Prodigy Fixed Blade Survival Knife Review



The Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife was engineered by Gerber’s Jeff Freeman. The Prodigy is 9.75" in overall length, with a blade length of 4.75". It has a full tang and the 440 Stainless Steel blade is big. The combo edge serves well for quick cutting of straps and rope, with enough plain edge up front for ordinary work. The Gerber Prodigy has a black oxide coating for corrosion protection and also dampens any shine that could give a person away in a combat situation. The black oxide coating has the non-reflective finish that real tactical knives need and other types often copy. The grip is ergonomic. The over-molded rubber handle ensures a soft, comfortable, but secure grip in any situation.

Gerber Prodigy Combat 4.8" Black Combo Edge Fixed Blade with Sheath 

The Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife would be a great knife even without serrated edges. In my opinion, serrated edges are a must on Survival Knives. A serrated edge just increases the effectiveness of a good knife. The options for what you can cut and hack with such a knife in a survival situation just jumps tremendously when your survival knife has a serrated edge.

Military considerations influenced the design of the sheath, which is built for silent work. A soft-grip coating on the textured handle and the sheath dampens noise as the Prodigy leaves the scabbard. Another feature of the ballistic nylon sheath is a friction release thumb catch, which locks the Prodigy in the scabbard until pressed. For anyone who crawls through heavy brush on occasion, that's a real plus. Adding a thigh strap to the sheath makes it even more secure.


Gerber Prodigy Combat 4.8" Black Combo Edge Fixed Blade with Sheath 
Gerber Prodigy Combat 4.8" Black Combo Edge Fixed Blade with Sheath
 

Though it was designed with the military in mind, the Prodigy is a good knife for anyone needing a dependable but light survival knife or emergency blade. 7.3 ounces is a very reasonable weight for a good belt knife, so the Gerber Prodigy will be welcome on the trail as well as on the road. The butt of the handle is stout enough to be used as a window breaker, so the Prodigy can double as the emergency escape tool everyone should have in the car.

The Gerber Prodigy comes with a great Limited Lifetime Warranty and If the product fails while being used as it was intended to be used, they will service the Survival Knife under the warranty. At Gerber’s option, defective product will be repaired, replaced, or substituted with a product of equal value. 


Overall, I rate the Gerber Prodigy a solid 9 out of 10. Whatever outdoor experience you deal with next, this Gerber prodigy Survival Knife will be there to get you through. I recommend it!


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Gerber Prodigy Combat 4.8" Black Combo Edge Fixed Blade with Sheath
Gerber Prodigy Combat 4.8" Black Combo Edge Fixed Blade with Sheath



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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Buck Hoodlum Survival Knife Review

Buck 060 Buck/Hood Hoodlum Survival Knife Fixed 10" Carbon Steel Blade, Micarta Handles

The Buck Hoodlum was designed by the famous late survival expert and knife designer Ron Hood. The design on this knife is excellent, the lightweight large blade design makes this knife the best of both worlds. At 14.6 oz it is one of the lightest blades for its size and durability on the market. this knife is an excellent batoning knife and makes chopping a breeze. The great thing about the Buck Hoodlum is that not only is it great for all of the big camp tasks but it is also really good at the small tasks like making notches for traps and friction fire parts.

Buck 060 Buck/Hood Hoodlum Survival Knife Fixed 10" Carbon Steel Blade, Micarta Handles 

The Buck Hoodlum Knife features a 10" blade made out of 5160 spring steel with an overall length of 15.5". The blade thickness is 0.220" - thick enough for tough chores, and thin enough to make the knife balance nicely in the hand. The Hoodlum is large enough and tough enough for chopping wood and has a large choil for control in detailed uses. This versatile tool also has a small "cut out" in the blade spine for everything from scoring bone and bending wire to removing pots from the campfire. Also this knife is plenty big enough for defensive and/or offensive purposes.

One of the primary concerns I have heard regarding the Buck Hoodlum Knife is that due to it's light weight of 14.6 ounces it would lack major chopping ability. That is simply not the case. The Buck Hoodlum is an excellent chopper. I attribute this to the balance. Since the handle is light, when the knife is held in the standard position, it has a good forward balance. However, the pivot point is at the center of the choil, therefore, when you choke up on the blade, it becomes very easy to control.

The Buck Hood Hoodlum comes equipped with Micarta handles and are built with a Shock Mitigation System (SMS). This feature alleviates shock and wasted energy even in the most demanding uses. Many outdoorsmen note it for its extraordinary functionality and usability, saying it functions pretty much as a smaller-sized machete. This is despite the fact that it weighs just 14.6 ounces. I would like to see G-10 handles scales, as it is stronger than Micarta - and who knows, maybe Buck will come out with a G-10 handle version. There is also a lanyard hole in the butt of the knife.

The one thing about this knife that didn't thrill me was the blade's finish. Now, any finish will wear down over time, and it's something easily fixed, so that is not a deal breaker. The Hoodlum's finish just seemed to wear down all the way to bare steel faster than I'd ever seen. It is definitely not a miss for me, but there is always room for improvement.


Buck 060 Buck/Hood Hoodlum Survival Knife Fixed 10" Carbon Steel Blade, Micarta Handles 

The sheath is built of heavy-duty nylon, M.O.L.L.E. compatible with leg strap cord and a roomy front storage carry pouch that will fit a sharpening stone, and/or other items. There are many ways this knife can be worn or attached to other gear, and the sheath is feather-light, coming in at just over 7 ounces.

Overall I rate this knife a 9 out of 10. The Buck Hoodlum is a great knife if you are looking for one this large, this is one of my favorite survival knives. I recommend it!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife Review

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles


The Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife has a compact blade made of High Carbon Stainless Steel that can fit in a sheath or on your belt, and out of the way. But don’t be fooled by its compact size. This is a serious blade. Half the blade is serrated, which can be used for cutting rope. The overall length of this knife is 8.5 inches with a blade length of 3.6 inches. That makes it comparable to many of the medium-sized survival knives on the market. The blade has a lock back feature which keeps the blade in place while it is open for extra safety. The closed length is 4.9 inches. The blade has a thumb stud which can be used to open the knife with one hand. This can come in handy when you’re out in the field with a handful of anything. This knife weighs 5.3 ounces with the sheath and 4.3 ounces without the sheath so it is relatively light for its full size.

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles 


The grip is excellent on the Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Knife. This is one of the more comfortable grips I handled lately and feels good in all handling positions. Rubberized and textured ensures that you will have a strong grip, no matter the conditions you are working in. The ergonomic shape makes this handle very comfortable. The dark grey rubber overlay material works nicely in conjunction with the much harder orange base material. I am a huge fan of rubberized grips when it comes to using a knife in the field when weather conditions may not be optimal.

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles 

The Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife comes with a durable nylon sheath which is mildew resistant and accommodates horizontal as well as vertical carry. I am not a huge fan of nylon sheaths but it does the job. I prefer hard plastic type sheaths because more care has to be taken with nylon sheaths, so as not to have the knife sitting in a moisture pit, causing corrosion. Good sheaths are inexpensive so this is not a deal breaker and at least it’s not leather.

This knife comes with Bear Grylls Survival pocket guide. It has survival basics which you can follow to help keep you alive in a survival situation. I personally think this is a gimmick to appeal to a specific demographic and see no real use for it, at least not for most people interested in survival knives.

Overall I rate this knife a 7.5. The Gerber Folding Sheath Knife is a good option survival knife, priced affordably and worth it for the abilities of this blade.


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Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles

Gerber 31-000752 Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife 3.6" Combo Blade, Rubber Grip Handles

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gerber LHR Fixed Blade Combat Knife Review

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath


Knife makers William W. Harsey Jr. and Chris Reeve collaborated on the technical details of the Gerber LHR Combat Knife, but Matt Larsen, an expert in close quarters combat also contributed some unusual ideas. Larsen studied hundreds of actual combat encounters before finalizing the LHR concept. Designed for the urban soldier, the Gerber LHR concept is as much about knife retention as it is about the fighting blade.

The Gerber LHR features a 6.87 inch part serrated blade of low luster high carbon stainless steel. It has an overall length of 12.5 inches and weighs 11.2 ounces. The hefty full tang handle includes a deep finger choil and generous dropped bolster. The black Tachide  handle is textured for a secure grip even in wet situations. The slightly dropped heel contributes to retention when pulling the knife back from the target, and the V-shaped pommel with lanyard hole also serves as a glass breaker pommel. The knife's false upper edge adds to its piercing power, and there's a short section of serrated edge to take care of rope and straps quickly.


Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

I am quite impressed with the sheath of the Gerber LHR. The sheath features an unusual locking mechanism which has a built in safety release that can  only release the knife by the wearer. Grip the hilt, push the release plate down, and pull the knife free. If anyone else tries it, they won't have the proper leverage to make it happen. That's certainly a handy feature, but it will take some practice before it's fast and instinctive. Getting the knife back in the sheath and past the lock is also a little tricky, but you won't need to worry about the LHR coming loose whether you're fighting or just fighting your way through heavy brush.

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

Overall, I rate the Gerber LHR Knife an 8 out of 10. Here's why --  As a primary fixed blade knife, for the purpose of tactical / combat deployment, I think it's a very innovative development, and I commend Gerber for it. When you pick this knife up, you know it means business. There is no doubt that this knife was built for combat, but with a survival edge to it as well. In my opinion, when comparing the Gerber LHR to the full combat-oriented Silver Trident and the Survival/Egress-oriented LMF II, you realize that Gerber implemented both qualities into one platform. This happened in both function and price as the LHR is somewhat between the Silver Trident and LMF II in pricing. The LHR Knife has a thick and somewhat "tapering" spine as you get to the point but it's still good enough to baton with, and the serrations are small enough to not matter to plain blade enthusiasts, but be there when you have that thick rope you need to cut through immediately. 


To buy or get more information on the Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design with Strap On Sheath, click the link below. 

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath

Gerber LHR Combat Knife 6.87" Fixed Blade, Reeve and Harsey Design, Strap On Sheath




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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CRKT Folts Minimalist Knife Review

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 

Designed by acclaimed custom Knife maker, Alan Folts of Greenville, N.C., the Folts Minimalist neck knife produced by Columbia River Knife and Tool friction-fits in an inverted Zytel sheath worn around the neck. Grasp the deep finger grooves of the handle or the braided nylon fob hanging from it and pull the knife free for quick one-handed deployment.

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 

The CRKT Minimalist features a full-tang Wharncliffe blade with micarta scales. The Wharncliffe blade, only 2 inches of straight-edged, talon-shaped 5Cr15MoV stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 55-57, provides considerable strength in spite of the knife's light weight of 1.1 ounces. This knife came with an exceptionally sharp edge and has a very pleasing bead blasted finish. Also, the back side of the blade has grip serrations milled for your thumb for maximal force if needed. Ground with a rugged flat taper and built with a full tang micarta-slab handle, this knife doesn't have the cheap feel of other neck knives made from thinner stock. Used for slicing cuts as intended, it's a sensible blade. 

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 


 The handle allows for a secure grip due to the deep finger grooves with no chance of slipping. Another huge plus is the scales are removable with a standard torx bit. The scales fit perfectly with zero gaps and have a very cool green/black coloration. The lanyard on the knife is also very functional and allows your pinky finger to get a firm grip and adds to the excellent fit in the hand as well as something to grip when removing it from its sheath. The sheath holds the knife very firmly yet allows you easy access and release when removing. The weight is less than two ounces (1.6oz) with the knife and sheath, meaning you don't really notice that you have the knife on your person. The paracord necklace is also great and easily adjustable to the length that you prefer.

As an emergency blade or a backup knife, the CRKT Minimalist Knife makes better sense strapped to gear or sewn to the inside of a hunting vest. At 1.6 ounces including the Zytel sheath and nylon neck cord, it's a dependable but light-duty knife that outdoorsmen won't notice until it's needed. Overall I rate this knife an 8 out of 10. If you have either ever considered a neck knife, have a different model, or even if you haven't, I recommend you check this knife out. It might just become your favorite and could potentially help you out of a sticky situation.


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Columbia River Folts Minimalist Neck Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade 





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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting/Utility Knife Review


The Ka-Bar Full Size Black Survival Knife features a Clip Point blade with a 20 degree angle . It is made from 1095 Cro-Van Steel with a Rockwell hardness of 56-58 and is very easy to sharpen. Since it is not a stainless steel you will have a little more maintenance on your hands, but nothing major, just keep the blade oiled between uses and when storing your survival knife. The length of the blade is 7 inches and the overall length of the Ka-Bar 1213 Knife is 11.75 inches. The blade shape and design has a proven design and has been used not only on the battlefield, but also by woodsmen. This knife is ideal for self defense, hunting, dicing, cutting, carving, hacking, whittling, slicing rope, cords or bandages and a variety of other utilitarian purposes. Also, this blade is thick enough to use as a pry bar if you really needed to, although I don’t recommend that you use your survival knife for prying unless you absolutely, positively had no other choice.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The handle is Ka-Bar’s Kraton-G which gives a secure grip even in wet or muddy conditions, which is something I look for in a survival knife, unless you are going to be using it in perfect weather, this is an important consideration for proper functionality and safety. One point to note is that the Ka-Bar 1213 survival knife is still manufactured in the U.S.A. and most survival knives are no longer made in the U.S.A.

KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath
KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath

The Ka-Bar Full Size Survival Knife comes with sheath that is not made in the U.S.A. but it does the job as well as a sheath can. The sheath is made of Kydex, a tough, durable reinforced plastic which provides a hard surface which protects your knife during rough use. The Kydex sheath gives you a variety of mounting options which is helpful for a knife this large. And most importantly the Kydex sheath won’t retain moisture like a leather or nylon sheath will. Overall I rate this knife a 9 out of 10. The Ka Bar 1213 is an great knife if you are looking for one this large, this is one of the best survival knives at this length at this price point.


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KA-BAR 1213 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Kydex Sheath



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Smith & Wesson Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife Review


Smith & Wesson is mostly known for its handguns and ammunition than for its knives. Although many Smith & Wesson models carry tactical names like Swat, Homeland Security and Extreme Ops, blade styles and opening systems frequently qualify them as sporting knives. Many are suitable for civilian use, even though still popular with military and law enforcement personnel. Smith & Wesson no longer manufactures Smith & Wesson knives, which are now made in China and marketed by Taylor Brands, LLC.


The Smith and Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Survival Knife features a 5.88" modified clip point blade made of 440 stainless steel. Stainless steel blades are virtually indestructible, can take a beating and last a long time without rusting. The blade has a blood groove, and is powder coated in a black coat that minimizes glare and reflection. The Smith & Wesson Search and Rescue logo is stamped on the blade. This blade arrived hair-shaving sharp out of the box. The Smith & Wesson Search and Rescue Knife is 10.5" in overall length.

The blade on the Smith and Wesson Search and Rescue is not serrated. So the knife will work better for chopping wood and is much easier to sharpen. A good smooth stone can even be used to sharpen a straight blade if you are without a whetstone.

The handle is made from rubberized aluminum and has grooves for a very comfortable and secure grip. The handle has a forward bending metal cross guard and a butt cap which can be used for light duty hammering.


The nylon sheath is actually decent and is constructed with a hard synthetic liner and metal reinforcements. The sheath also includes a D ring, lashing slots, and a front mounted nylon storage pouch with Velcro closure. The knife securing loop is also Velcro which is a bummer when it comes to drawing the knife quietly when needed. This knife comes with a sharpener but I recommend you do yourself a favor and buy something better. The sharpener is of inferior quality. Many people will tell you that the quality of this Survival Knife is very good for the price. It stands up to heavy usage pretty well, as well as survival knives that cost 3 times as much. This is a solid knife, with a decent nylon sheath, especially when considering the cost. Overall, I rate the Smith and Wesson CKSUR1 an 8 out of 10.


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Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Search & Rescue, 6. in. Blk Blade w/Blood Line, Nylon Sheath



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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ESEE Junglas Fixed Blade Knife Review


Randall's Adventure and Training manufactures several excellent survival knives. This company has only been around since 1997 but they are making a huge impact in the knife world. They recently changed their name from RAT to ESEE due to ongoing confusion with Ontario Knives using their RAT name. Using superior materials and keeping a close eye on function has made these knives a favorite to many outdoorsmen. Plus their knives are made here in the U.S.A.

Although their current knife catalog is relatively small (but growing) compared to the larger knife companies, they more than make up for it in quality, function, and customer service on their knives.


The blade of the ESEE Junglas is 1095 carbon steel with a thickness of .188" and an overall length of 16.5". When properly heat treated, it is a reasonably tough steel, is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. It does, however, rust easily. You will find that most 1095 blades have a protective coating to help minimize the rusting. Nonetheless, it is important that you keep the blade lightly oiled after use. The ESEE Junglas' overall length is 16.5" and the blade is 10.5". Without the sheath, the Junglas weighs 22.5 ounces and with the sheath is 33 ounces.


The ESEE Junglas Knife is equipped with removable canvas micarta handles. When I first picked up this knife, it felt like ESEE Knives made this knife especially for me. The handles literally melted into my hands... simply put, the ergononics are quite exceptional. I don't think ESEE Knives could have chosen a better handle material. The canvas micarta scales are very robust and sturdy, sure to provide a solid, secure grip. The canvas micarta scales are held in place with 3 allen bolts which can be removed whenever you need to clean and / or oil your Junglas Knife.

The sheath of the ESEE Junglas is made of kydex and comes with a cordura MOLLE back. It is ambidextrous and has very good retention, but not so much that you must fight to remove it. A thumb on the corner of the sheath allows it to be removed easily. The knife is secured to the sheath by an adjustable snap that holds the handle in place and keeps if from rattling around. Simply put, the sheath that comes with the Junglas Knife is very well made and of excellent quality.

I rate the ESEE Junglas Knife a 9 out of 10. With the Junglas, not only do you get an awesome knife and sheath ... but you also get one of the best no nonsense lifetime warranties in the business! The ESEE Junglas is a great knife for the wilderness, survival, and all around machete for the field. I recommend it!


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ESEE Knives Junglas Machete 10" Blade, Micarta Handles, Kydex Sheath

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boker Plus Elegance BOB Fixed Blade Knife Review


Today's review is on the Boker Plus Elegance BOB fixed blade knife. BOB is an acronym for "bug out bag" or "bail out bag". The Boker Plus Elegance BOB fixed blade is designed by Danish knifemaker Jesper Voxnaes.

A Boker / Jesper Voxnaes collaboration, the Boker BOB is made with a 7mm thick slab of AUS-8 stainless steel. When I first ran across this knife I knew I had to get one. When you have an appreciation of knives, or edged tools, you have very likely felt the same as many times as I have.


The Boker Plus BOB has a 3-3/4" clip point blade with a full flat grind, and is 7-3/4" overall. It weighs a hefty 9.5 ounces. This knife features a beastly skull crusher / glass breaking pommel and a very appealing contoured, three dimensional green canvas micarta handle with red liners and a couple of stainless steel tubular pins. The excellent design of the ergonomic handle are sure to provide you with a solid, secure grip in any condition.


The blade steel used for the Boker Plus Elegance BOB is AUS-8 stainless steel with a thickness of 7mm and comes out of the box razor sharp. AUS-8 is a low to medium carbon, high chromium stainless steel, which offers a superb balance of edge sharpness, toughness, strength and corrosion resistance. Despite the thick 7mm blade stock the Boker Vox BOB has proven to be very effective in a variety of cutting tasks, such as food preparation, opening carboard boxes. The pronounced belly of the blade will make this knife ideal for field dressing small game. The blade grind allows for maximum cutting performance without reducing the heft. The Boker BOB is also heavy enough for chopping and thick enough for splitting wood.


This knife is shipped with a black kydex sheath by none other than Tom Krein. Tom Krein is a highly respected US knifemaker also known for his own collaborations with Boker. When I first received my Vox BOB, I found it difficult to remove the knife from the sheath. I quickly resolved this issue by inserting and taking the knife out of the sheath a few times. I can see how this knife and sheath are perfect for each other. Overall, I rate the Boker Plus Elegance BOB a solid 9 out of 10. I am very pleased! Thank you Boker!


To buy or get more information on the Boker Plus Elegance Vox Bob Fixed 3-3/4" Blade with Micarta Handles, click the link below.

Boker Plus Elegance Vox Bob Fixed 3-3/4" Blade, Micarta Handles


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