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Old 01-03-2011, 04:08 PM   #556
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The question about actually using your outdoor/camping/survival knife on a daily basis was thought provoking, in terms of how many people do use their blades regularly, and how those blades perform.

I chose the Tracker because it seemed to one of the most robust knives around, in the last month I've used it thus:

De-barked four tree stumps. Chopped and scraped the bark off. Trimmed and shaped three of the smaller stumps into rough stools and the larger one for a table.
Used the back and side of the blade to hammer out a stiff rear bike axle.
Chopped through some Privett saplings, scraped and shaped them into walking sticks or hiking staffs. (Making walking sticks and staffs is a hobby of mine. Privett makes an excellent wood for Escrima style fighting sticks also.)
Used the point of the tracker to lever up a steel sink from it's mounting foundations. (Who builds steel sink drain trays that don't drain?)
Tapped some nails flat against a wooden plank, or levered them out completly.
Trimmed some scrub bushes and vines in our back garden. We've just moved into a house next to a National park...the Park dosen't know it's supposed to stay on its own side of the fence line.
All of the above was really me testing what the Tracker would do.
I figure that if it survives me hacking and chopping and hammering and scraping in the back garden and garage shed, then it will perform as intended when we go camping.
Most people probably wouldn't subject their knife to the rigours described above, but I'd rather find any flaw or weakness in the knife now, when I'm safe and sound at home, than when I'm in the middle of the Aussie bush.
I don't really envison I'll ever need to use the Tracker as a 'survival' knife, as in a 'my life depends on it' kind of situation. At least I sincerly hope not. But it's nice to know that you've chosen a blade that will perform as expected when you really need it.
If tapping in tent pegs and chopping up kindling is all I ever use a knife for when I'm camping, then that's okay with me.

Cheers: Jaq.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #557
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best survial knife my thought

I have always thought the best surviail knife is a pistol or revolver starting at about 30 cal. My favorite 5 shot revolver a 357 mag 2 inch barrel with hollow points.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:59 PM   #558
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I have always thought the best surviail knife is a pistol or revolver starting at about 30 cal. My favorite 5 shot revolver a 357 mag 2 inch barrel with hollow points.
Kinda hard to build a shelter, make a fire, or dress game with one of those. Although it would be easier to drive tent pegs.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:43 PM   #559
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Not the Fallkniven F1

I bought a Fallkniven F1 last year, and used it on a few camping trips. it's a great knife, but just a bit too small for splitting wood. I kept finding myself trying to split something and wishing it was an inch longer. Bummer, because it's a great knife otherwise.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:29 AM   #560
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I bought a Fallkniven F1 last year, and used it on a few camping trips. it's a great knife, but just a bit too small for splitting wood. I kept finding myself trying to split something and wishing it was an inch longer. Bummer, because it's a great knife otherwise.
Ebay it and pick up an S1 instead, it's about an inch and quarter longer, and a bit thicker.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:42 PM   #561
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I have always thought the best surviail knife is a pistol or revolver starting at about 30 cal. My favorite 5 shot revolver a 357 mag 2 inch barrel with hollow points.
Knives don't run out of bullets.
And in many countries of the world very few people are able to legally run around with pistols.
A walking stick is about the only implement that isn't considered a weapon in most places.
And a walking stick can be as stout as an individual feeds the need for.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:12 PM   #562
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Knives don't run out of bullets.
And in many countries of the world very few people are able to legally run around with pistols.
A walking stick is about the only implement that isn't considered a weapon in most places.
And a walking stick can be as stout as an individual feeds the need for.
Knives are far far more deadly than most people think, pistols are also a lot less effective than most people think too.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:36 AM   #563
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Knives don't run out of bullets.
And in many countries of the world very few people are able to legally run around with pistols.
A walking stick is about the only implement that isn't considered a weapon in most places.
And a walking stick can be as stout as an individual feeds the need for.
walking sticks?

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Old 01-05-2011, 08:59 AM   #564
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i can only hope that it comes with a matching cape
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:46 AM   #565
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Kinda hard to build a shelter, make a fire, or dress game with one of those. Although it would be easier to drive tent pegs.
You can point it at someone nearby and make them do all that stuff.

Jeesh.

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:33 PM   #566
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The best survival knife is the one you have on you when the shit hits the fan. You ain't gonna have the Kabar when you really need it . . . or any big sheath knife for that matter. A good pocket knife is the answer. I carry a Victorinox made for the German army, a little bigger than an ordinary Swiss Army knife (longer blade) with only sawblade/can opener, corkscrew (essential) and awl. It has a lanyard hole (essential). I have it attached to my body unless I am nekked.
I carry the same knife, very useful.

I think I picked it up off a army surplus site a few years back for $5ish. Shoot now that I think about it 10ish years back. Man I'm getting old.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:55 AM   #567
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In pocket knives, for me, if the blade doesn't lock you can stick it.

I got tired of cutting myself
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:03 AM   #568
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in pocket knives, for me, if the blade doesn't lock you can stick it.

I got tired of cutting myself
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:17 AM   #569
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You can point it at someone nearby and make them do all that stuff.

Jeesh.

If I had someone around to point I wouldn't need a survival knife.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:09 AM   #570
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Does someone already tested the BR Survivor knife by Gerber?
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