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Big Changes at Survive! Knives

Survive! Knives has been hinting toward big changes for a while now and their upcoming SK series of knives hasn’t exactly been a secret though details were sparse. That all changed yesterday when Survive! rolled out new details on the future of the SK and GSO series.

The Survive! GSO series of knives have been in high demand and that is an understatement. The demand has easily outstripped the pace at which the semi-custom line can be produced and the knives are back ordered out more than a year in most cases. Enter the SK series. The SK series of knives will be more of a high end production line produced by Millet Knives, a well established OEM producer with a great track record of quality, and delivered to Survive! for finishing. The hope is that the SK series would be able to be kept in stock to meet the demand of most users and the GSO series can continue to be Survive! Knives’ more premium, hand finished line.

The SK series consists initially of 3 different models: SK 3.5, SK 6, and SK 12. Pre-orders are already open on the SK 6 and SK 12. You can read details on all the SK models on their product page: SK product page at SurviveKnives.com

You can read what Survive! Knives has to say about the transition on their blog and view the video below for more details.

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JRS Knives Tanto

Every knife guy has heard the oft repeated mantras about “tanto” blade tips being made extra durable to penetrate things like armor. I guess that is probably true in some cases but if you look at many tanto blade designs, especially so-called American Tantos, they often have tips that come to an extreme point and are as fragile as any other knife. The legendary tip strength of the tanto seems to be a case of saying something often enough that it becomes true.

JRS Knives grinds their 007 Tanto in a unique way – a way that may actually lead to the kind of fabled tip strength often associated with the Tanto design. The primary bevel is full height flat ground and then a thick cutting edge is applied leading edge of the knife. The 007 Tanto has a straight edge near the grip where the user can exert the maximum leverage and control in the cut and a more robust cutting edge near the tip where knives are often damaged during abuse. The result is knife that looks ready for just about any chore you can throw it.

Check out JRS Knives at their website and on Instagram.

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Victorinox Paring Knife Pocket Sheath – Pocono Pocket Sheath from KSF

I use Victorinox Paring Knives a lot around our little homestead. They are great utility knives but finding a decent sheath for them can be a challenge. I bought a Pocono Pocket Sheath years ago from Knives Ship Free and it is has been sitting in a drawer, mostly unused until I noticed that it fit my favored 3.25″ paring knives perfectly. Now, you’ll be hard pressed to find me without my paring knife and sheath riding in a back pocket while I do my chores.

Eventually, I would like to pick up the Knives Ship Free City Sheath. I suspect that it would fit a Victorinox Paring Knife and a pair of my favorite Knipex Cobra Pliers. That would make the ultimate homestead EDC pouch.

RMJ Tactical Origin Neck Knife

I’m a sucker for small fixed blade knives and RMJ Tactical’s new Origin neck knife certainly fits that bill. It’s just 4.125″ long with a 2″ blade but there is a lot of functionality packed into those few inches of knife.

The Origin features a triangular blade shape with a fine point for delicate tasks and a mostly straight cutting edge for utility tasks. The handle is skeletonized and features a deep finger groove to lock the small knife into your grip. The handle also hides an integral bottle opener. It comes with a kydex neck sheath.

Check out the Origin at RMJ Tactical.

ESEE PR4 – A Modern Kephart

There are a few names and associated blade designs that everyone interested in wilderness survival knows – George W. Sears and his Nessmuk pen name/knife design, Ray Mears and his influential Woodlore Bushcraft Knife, and Horace Kephart with his iconic “Kephart” knife design. In spite of how well these men and their knife designs are known, modern versions of their designs have been mostly only available from custom knife makers. This is especially true of the Kephart design until now.

Photo credit: ESEE Knives – PR4 shown with original Kephart, 1 of 2 in existance, belonging to Ethan Becker of Becker Knife & Tool

ESEE will be releasing a new knife called the PR4, a Kephart inspired design by Patrick Rollins in their Camp-Lore line. The PR4 has a decidedly modern appearance with its textured micarta scales and black wash finish.

However, the soul of a Kephart design still shows through that modern look. The handle is mostly straight with a rounded pommel and small, rounded guard. The edge comes close to the handle and runs straight to provide plenty of useable cutting edge for leverage cuts and fine work. The blade ends up in a well rounded spear point that is unmistakably Kephart.

 

Specs:

  • Overall Length: 8.90”
  • Blade Overall Length: 4.19”
  • Cutting Edge Length: 4.0”
  • Thickness: .125”
  • Weight (without sheath): 6.3 oz.
  • Steel: 1095 Carbon, 55-57 Rc.
  • Blade Finish: Tumbled Black Oxide
  • Handles: Sculptured Micarta
  • Sheath: Leather Pouch

Check out the ESEE PR4 product page at ESEEKnives.com.

Casstrom No. 3 Dangler Adapter for Knife Sheaths

I live on acreage and it is rare to find me working without a fixed blade knife on my belt. I’ve found that this can be done much more comfortably with dangler style sheaths. Recently, while talking to a friend who makes sheaths about having a custom dangler sheath made for a favorite knife, he recommended that I just take a look at a dangler adapter instead. He mentioned the adapters from Casstrom specifically.

The Casstrom No. 3 Dangler consists of a leather loop with an aluminum gate clip that makes it easy to install it on the belt loop of your sheath. The leather loop is riveted closed so there are no worry about snaps coming undone and loosing your knife at an inopportune time. The leather and gate clip are available with a number of color options.

I need to use mine longer before I try to complete a full review but initially, this seems to be the most convenient type of dangler adapter I’ve tried. They are available from a number of sources but I purchased mine on Amazon.

Casstrom No. 3 Dangler on Amazon

Shannon Carter Knives – Urge

Shannon Carter should be on your knife radar. He is a relatively new maker with a strong visual style, great feel for ergonomics, sharp attention to detail, and a great portfolio of available models. All of those traits are obvious in his Urge model which has the type of refined look and feel that even seasoned knife makers struggle to achieve.

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The Urge is one of those knives that you can envision being used for anything. It’s size, proportions, and blade shape lend themselves well to every day carry, hunting, general utility tasks, and everything in between. It’s muscular lines look simultaneously graceful and brutish but also serve the functional purpose of locking it into the hand. It is form and function.

Check out Shannon Carter Knives on Instagram and at Fall Creek Hand Crafted Knives.

Specs:

Blade Length: 3″

OAL: 6 1/2″

Steel: 3/16″ CPM S35VN, stonewashed finish, cryo treated

Handle Treatment: G-10 over contrasting liners

Sheath: Kydex IWB (small Tek-Lok compatible)

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TOPS Knives Releases the SXB Knife

Knife people seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Wilderness Survival Knife (WSK) design. Some love it for its ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and potentially replace multiple tools. Some hate it for its large size and brute force approach. All I know is that I have seen some very capable people doing a multitude of survival related tasks with them and doing them very effectively. I also know that the new SXB from TOPS Knives is one of the most radical WSKs I have seen yet.

SXB

Take TOPS Knives’ well known Tom Brown Tracker, stretch it out by nearly 5″, add TOPS Knives’ Rocky Mountain Tread handle treatment, add an extended pommel and guard, and you have something close to the SXB EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. Interestingly, because the SXB is not quite as tall as the Tracker, it manages to weigh 2 ounces less in spite of all the extra blade length.

SXB Flyer

Overall Length 16.75″
Blade Length 10.38″
Cutting Edge 9.75″
Blade Thickness 0.250″
Blade Steel 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish Black Traction Coating
Handle Material Black Linen Micarta
Handle Style Rocky Mountain Tread
Knife Weight 26 oz
Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Material Black Ballistic Nylon
Sheath Clip Molle Backing
Designer EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder

Tahoma Field Knife Kydex from InnerBark Outdoors

The Tahoma Field Knife, a large fixed blade designed by Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors and produced by TOPS Knives, is one of the finest large survival knives on the market. It comes from TOPS with functional sheath but there is always room for improvement.

innerbark sheath

InnerBark Outdoors worked with Red Feather Gear to develop is a kydex dangler sheath for the Tahoma Field Knife. The sheath has a welt to add rigidity which is nice for such a heavy knife. It also features a closed dangler loop that can not be accidentally opened and a well formed thumb ramp to aid in removing the knife from the sheath.

Check out the Tahoma Field Knife Kydex Sheath at InnerBark Outdoors. The price is quite reasonable considering the size of the sheath.

TOPS Knives Baja 4.5 – Now Available

The Baja 4.5 that we previewed a couple of days ago is now available for purchases at TOPS Knives. This is one of the most hotly anticipated TOPS Knives releases since the BOB Field Knife.

Baja 4.5 Flyer

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