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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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!


To buy or get more information on the ESEE Knives Junglas Machete 10" Blade with Micarta Handles and Kydex Sheath, click the link below.

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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