Today I am reviewing the Schrade Jethro (model SCHF48), a survival knife/machete hybrid with a 11.625″ kukri-like fixed blade that is more than capable of piercing, batoning, and powering through any heavy chopping jobs you can throw at it. Its official MSRP is just north of of $80.00, but with a little bargain hunting the Schrade Jethro can be found for under $50, making its price a competitive one for the quality offered by this large kukri inspired blade.
This bold, kukri-like survival machete is manufactured by BTI Tools, a company that produces Schrade products as well as Old Timer, Uncle Henry, and Imperial branded products. They are probably best known for their pocket knives, but feature a wide selection of products ranging from fixed and folding knives, collapsible batons, tactical pens to tactical and survival accessories and flashlights that are used by survival/outdoor enthusiasts, law enforcement, and even fire department personnel. Schrade knives were manufactured by Taylor Brands until 2016, but Smith & Wesson acquired Taylor Brands and incorporated it into BTI Tools. Continue reading this post ➜
Posted in: Knife Blog
on November 21, 2016
The Kukri knife, also known as the khukuri knife; is the traditional knife for the Nepalese people. Featuring a distinctively curved blade, the knife doubles up as both a tool and a weapon. It has great significance too in social ceremonies across the Indian subcontinent. The traditional knife has gained popularity across the world for collectors, hunters and also as piece of survival gear. However, very few people take time to learn how best to use the Kukri for the safety, convenience, and maximum value after buying it. This guide is meant to correct this anomaly by offering practical tips and recommendations on how to use the Kukri knife, including: how to carry, proper way of holding during use and how to keep it sharp. Continue reading this post ➜
Your experience outdoors is only as good as the tools you have and knives are without a doubt among the most important resources. If you are a hunter, a camping enthusiast or you simply love being outdoors, you understand better than anyone else the importance of not only carrying a knife but also having the right blade for your required tasks. These days, it’s a little hard to get your hands on a decent knife. The problem is not that there aren’t any good ones but that the market is literally flooded with all sorts of models, brands and designs. The choices can be a little overwhelming to inexperienced knife users. This can make it difficult for newcomers to find the right knife. Continue reading this post ➜
Posted in: Knife Blog
on November 5, 2014
Hopefully by now you know the importance of having the right tool for the job. A drawknife is a woodworking hand tool that facilitates in the debarking and shaping of wood by removing shavings or larger chunks of excess wood. It is essentially a long blade with a handle at each end which is operated by pulling the blade along a section of wood towards your body. These blades allow a woodworker to quickly create complex curves and concaves in addition to straight cuts.
The drawknife is best suited for removing large slices of wood such as when debarking trees, creating billets for a lathe, or shaving like a spokeshave plane where quantity is more important than quality. A spokeshave is better suited for precise work whereas the drawknife is better suited for speed. Ever swung a cricket bat? Chances are good a drawknife was use in creating the curve of the bat. Continue reading this post ➜
Posted in: Knife Blog
on October 7, 2014
The heat treatment process is arguably one of the most key steps in the process of making a tough, reliable knife. Without proper heat treating, the knife would probably fail at some point during its intended use and edge retention will suffer. Possible setbacks in using such a knife would include brittleness and inability to withstand abrasion and physical impacts, resist deformation due to thermal shock, withstand compression forces or even the inability to retain a usable edge.
What is Heat Treating?
Although the phrase heat treatment may suggest that this process involves the simple process of heating the knife’s blade, the cooling aspect is just as important in the process. In fact, this may be the most important aspect in the entire craft. The way you cool the blade after heating it will determine whether you will get the desired properties in the blade, negative properties, or none at all. Obviously, the temperature to which the steel blade is heated will also be an important factor in process. Continue reading this post ➜
Posted in: Knife Blog
on September 10, 2014
The Yellow Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Salt with plain edge and practically rustproof H1 stainless steel has dropped to $41.87 from Amazon. That’s the Dragonfly Salt’s lowest price on record from the online retailer for this particular model and the lowest I have ever personally seen any version of the Dragonfly selling for, aside from used auction prices or forum sales.
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In order to improve your chances of survival in times of crisis, it is very important to wear the proper type of footwear. Poor footwear can restrict your movement to a significant extent. When seconds matter high mobility is everything.
In addition, you will lose a lot of heat through your feet if the shoes you’re wearing are not properly insulated. Not wearing the right kind of footwear during times of disaster can lead to a host of potentially life-threatening problems ranging from cuts, bruises, sores and infection. In extreme conditions the complete absence of footwear could be a death sentence.
Keeping that in mind, here is a summary of important factors to consider when choosing a new pair of survival footwear. Continue reading this post ➜
Today I am reviewing the Lansky Turn Box Crock Stick knife sharpener (model LCD5D with 4 ceramic rods); one of my favorite sharpening systems for its quick touch up ability, ease of use and portability for carrying in the field. Despite my best efforts, I have never been skilled at manual sharpening with a whetstone. Countless hours of practice have mostly lead to inconsistent sharpness, incorrect edge angles, wasted time and much frustration. This simple little $12 sharpening system from Lansky can alleviate all those complications.
The Lansky Turn Box is a very affordable, compact, quick and easy to learn sharpening system. Those of you familiar with the Spyderco Sharpmaker will notice many similarities between these two rod-based sharpening systems. They actually complement each other quite well. Continue reading this post ➜
Lubrication is of prime importance to prevent the failure of folding knives, tools and other mechanical devices that create friction. A good knife lubricant applied to the pivot can even make stiff blades much easier and smoother to open or close. For my money Nano-Oil (Link) has been the best product for this purpose. Nano-Oil is a premium lubrication option with a price tag to match, but the performance and advantages it offers over other oils is worth the added cost. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on folding knives a high quality lubricant is also a must to keep their pivots smooth, free of rust and operating at optimal performance.
To cater to this particular need, a number of industrial and armament grade fluid and dry lubricants are available in the marketplace. Of these, there are many which are preferred as lubricants for application in the pivots of folding knives for smooth blade deployment. Continue reading this post ➜
Posted in: Knife Blog
on August 8, 2014
The Kershaw CQC-6K I ordered last week finally arrived. Now it’s time for an unboxing. The CQC-6K came in a very nice box with the Emerson skull printed on the top of the box. It states “Designed by Emerson” and “Built By Kershaw” on the side, giving a clear indication of what to expect.
Along with the typical paperwork Kershaw has included a packet containing three additional screws. The hardware also happens to be standard Phillips and flat head screws instead of torx. A nice touch. I wish more makers would do this, especially with budget knives as it’s not uncommon for these “economical” blades to include somewhat soft screws and hardware that can be easily stripped. Not fun when this happens, but at least you’ll have replacements on hand. Continue reading this post ➜