It must be a guy thing. One knife is never enough and neither are two or three. Most men that I know have a collection of blades, each serving a slightly (with the emphasis on “slightly”) different purpose. That said, when planning for emergencies, you should have a reliable knife in your pocket, in your vehicle, in your pack and in your tool box. In our household, we have pocket knives, multi-tools, tactical knives. machetes and more. And in all fairness to the men out there, I have three knives of my own.
Knowing how useful knives are, when Knife Depot contacted me about a gear review, I jumped an the opportunity to let the Survival Husband get another blade for his collection. Little did I know that he would select something totally different from anything else we own, namely a set of four hunting blades suitable for cutting, butchering, and skinning game as well as for general outdoor use.
We have had an opportunity to use the blade set for a couple of weeks now; mostly while hiking along the trails in the nearby woods. Because hunting is a true SHTF task that will be used only if we have to, we did not test the blades for that purpose.
Below Shelly (the Survival Husband) shares his thoughts on the Trademark “Hawk” 4 Piece Blade Set.
The Hawk 4-Piece Blade Set
As always when Gaye, aka “the Survival Woman” receives an inquiry from a company wanting her to review their product-line I like to see what their selling. When KNIFE DEPOT came to us and gave us a choice of knives, within limits, I went to their website so that I could browse around and select something different from what I already owned.
While doing just that the Hawk 4pc. Blade Set caught my eye. It looked like a great item to add to a Prepper’s pack because it was light weight, compact, easy to carry and useful in a number of different ways. You know: something you can carry when hiking or throw in a car or a boat so you don’t get caught with your pants down (so to speak) in an unexpected situation. Not only that, if I even have to hunt for food (we have lots of deer and rabbits in our area), I could use this knife set for basic cutting and skinning functions.
I asked Gaye to order it for me to test and review, so here it is.
The Hawk 4 piece stainless steel blade set comes with a universal handle plus two different knife blades. One measures 6 inches and the other measures 7 inches. In addition, there is an axe blade which is shaped like a half-moon and a 10” saw blade. Everything is contained in a canvas sheath type holster measuring 9” x 4.75” that can be worn on a belt.
While testing the knife I found that the locking system in the handle is so unique. When holding down the lever on the handle, you insert the blade and flip the lock on the hilt to lock in the blade. I was very impressed with this system. The blade is rigid and locked into place easily; there was no play whatsoever and the blade is as secure as if it were one piece.
Okay. Now it’s time for the field test. As Gaye and I set out for one of our hikes, I strapped the holster on and off we went. Wearing the blade set on my belt (there is a belt loop on the sheath) was very comfortable – I hardly knew it was there. The first thing I tested was the knife blades. They basically functioned well and the stripper hook on the blade allowed me to pull away sticker bushes. The saw blade worked well although it didn’t seem to like the green wood but it still cut through. The axe blade was okay and will work in an emergency but with an overall length of 10 inches, it loses inertia along the way. My opinion is that it will function better after I put a sharper edge on the blade.
My final analysis is that for emergency preparedness and newbie hunting purposes, the Hawk Blade Set from KNIFE-DEPOT is a decent, compact and durable system that can be easily carried on your belt or in your pack. The set is surprisingly well balanced and sharp right out of the box but after some use, I do recommend putting a sharper edge on the knife and axe blades, perhaps with a Smith’s Pocket Pal. For me, the knife set is a keeper and I know I will be glad I have it.
Knife-Depot has a very extensive line of products. There were a number of other items I found interesting but alas you can’t have everything can you? (Well you can but you would need a bigger house to store all of the stuff!)
Shelly aka “Survival Husband”
ABOUT KNIFE DEPOT
Knife Depot has been selling high quality knives and accessories since 2004. They have over 10,000 different products in stock – everything from survival and tactical knives to pocket knives and even kitchen knives and everything in between. They carry all of the top brands such as Smith and Wesson, Gerber, Kershaw, SOG and more. Best of all, their knives come with a 60-day money-back guarantee that includes free returns. Yep, that means that they cover all costs associated with returns. Nice.
I found a lot of interesting knife lore on the site as well as tips and a very nice Guide to Buying a Pocket Knife which you can download for free.
THE FINAL WORD
As I mentioned in the beginning, we own a number of knives, each with a slightly different configuration and purpose. That said, my recommendation has always been – and still is – to first and foremost get yourself a quality pocket knife or a Swiss army knife that is available on your person (or your pack or handbag) at all times. My personal favorites are the Kershaw OSO Sweet or the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife but there are plenty of others out there including a wide variety of these and similar knives sold at Knife Depot.
Whatever blade you choose, exercise caution in its use. Practice using it not only outdoors but also indoors (say in the kitchen) so you that you can become accustomed to its heft and feel. Learn how to open the blade (if it a closed blade model) and close it without cutting yourself. Knives and blades, as with all of the gear in your survival kit, should be used regularly so that you become skilled and proficient is using it before your life depends on it.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: One of the best places to seek out survival gear is the outdoor and camping section of your local sporting goods or hardware store. Here are some basics from Amazon to set you on your way to having the right gear available to do the job without spending a ton of money. Don’t forget a Rothco Pack to carry it all.
Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener: Don’t forget to get this portable knife sharpener to go with your survival knife. A top seller among Backdoor Survival readers.
Emergency Fire Starter: Hugely popular with my readers, this inexpensive magnesium emergency fire starter will do the job for less than $5.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag. It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.
Survival Kit Military Style Can Opener: This is a no frills P-51 military surplus can opener. Less than $3 for two.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: Pick your poison, color-wise, just be aware that some colors are more expensive than others. What to do with Paracord? Read: 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
SE 7-Inch Hunting Knife with Fire Starter: Another inexpensive option for a highly rated knife. It has a full-tang stainless-steel tanto blade and includes a green cord-wrapped handle a belt sheath with a Velcro securing strap, and a magnesium alloy fire starter. Less than $10.
Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs: There are times when your DIY fire starting materials may not be available. These fire tabs will fit the bill nicely.
Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch: This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).”
Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Chemical Light Sticks: You know how I love my light sticks. Keep them in drawers next to the bed, your kitchen junk drawer, your car, your backpack – everywhere. Read: Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.
But not to be left out, there are veggies too. The deluxe supply of Freeze Dried Vegetables includes 18 #10 tins of the following veggies in various quantities: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Potato Dices, Spinach, and White Onions.
Mobile Washer: This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is that it is only $14.95.
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FROM THE ALMOST FREE DEPARTMENT: Survivor Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife with Fire Starter
I have been on a mission to find inexpensive items for five dollars or less (including shipping) that can be used to fill in as extra prepping gear. This cheapie survival knife and fire starter combo is my latest purchase although it is closer to $6.00 in price.
It measures 7 inch long overall, has a full-tang stainless steel blade, is equipped with thick green cord-wrap handle, and has a nylon sheath plus a magnesium-alloy fire starter.
How does it work? This is not a Kershaw, Gerber or other high quality blade. On the other hand, the fire starter works great (better than great) and is worth the price entire set. Six bucks? I think it is worth it and will play with it some more over the weekend to see what it can do.