By a general vote, among the exhibited works for the Knife for Extreme Tourism competition, the winner was chosen as a competitive knife. By agreement with its manufacturer, this competition knife was handed over to us for practical field tests and tests..
Competitive knife for extreme tourism, features, requirements, opinions, use and test in the field.
Since carrying out tests and trials somewhat hindered one of the conditions of the competition, the Sheath is welcome, but not required, the report will be written in the form of opinions. And as you know, there are many, and each has its own. We will be glad if the opinions, views and arguments given on the general concept of the knife for extreme tourism are useful to someone in their future activities. All judgments will be made based on the following conditions of the competition and in some cases a little distracted from this particular knife.
The plot is this: there is a long hike along the mountainous-wooded area far from civilization. The equipment is minimal, from the knives you can take one knife for all occasions. It is necessary to make a knife, which, according to your concepts, is most suitable for this trip.
diamond sharpener and then the sharpening process will be short-lived. The second ones were inclined to believe that such a knife needed mild steel, which, albeit less in time, would be sharp, but there would be no problems with sharpening it. In order to more accurately determine preferences and collect more statistical material, we turned to the Expert tourist shop with a request to ask customers two questions:
1. What should be steel, hard or soft (transcript above).
2. Do you carry a sharpener with you on a camping trip.
Within two days, 48 people were interviewed, the results.
1. More than 70% soft, so that you can sharpen on a stone (s).
2. More than 80% do not wear at all.
After disputes, we decided on each according to our needs and preferences, there can be no consensus on this issue. Steel X12MF, 56-58 HRC behaved very worthily at the winner’s competitive knife. It practically doesn’t crumble, it holds shock and lateral loads excellently, the main thing is to prevent its dulling and often correct during work. Otherwise, then in the field it will be quite problematic to sharpen it. After all, there may not be a diamond sharpener with you. On other features of steel it was on this knife that we will stop below.
The lanyard on this knife is made reliably and thoughtfully. The lanyard restraint walks quite tight, which allows it to achieve reliable fixation. I really liked the way to braid the ends of the lanyard, simply and with taste, in addition, this makes this lanyard quick-detachable, when it is not necessary, you can especially remove and remove it without straining.
flint will not occur, but such an opportunity cannot be ruled out. It is good if the flint is equipped with its own armchair, and if it is not there or it is lost?
Then you have to carve a spark with a knife. Basically, this has to be done with the cutting edge of the knife, since the eyes of most knives, including this one, are smoothed out and not suitable for such an operation. Striking a cutting edge along a flint threatens not only its dullness, but also the probability that you simply burn a piece of it, and it is almost impossible to fix such damage in the field. Although there is a way out and it is quite simple, the butt section near the handle must be made with sharp edges. And that’s all. Unfortunately, this is a common drawback of all knives of this kind..
By the way, the cutting edge of the competitive knife passed this test with honor, became dull, but remained intact, small tan marks on the side surface of the blade do not count. Again, for the purpose of preserving the cutting edge, it will not be out of place to provide on the knife’s butt near the tip (see the place in the photo) something like a false blade, even if it is not complete, even if the bevel is only on one side, but this will allow something to be cut , carries out scraping and cleaning work, open canned food, etc., without prejudice to the main RK.
birch, pine, oak.
If to summarize all the impressions of working with a knife, in relation to the conditions of the competition.
From knives, you can take one knife for all occasions. It is necessary to make a knife, which, according to your concepts, is most suitable for this trip.
We can say the following this competitive knife, not the knife that we would take on any, not even an extreme trip. A short trip to nature, in our opinion, the most appropriate niche for using this knife.