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.

To buy or get more information on the Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Search & Rescue, 6. in. Black Blade with Blood Line and Nylon Sheath, click the link below.

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

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