Spyderco Survival Knives

Spyderco Survival Knives
4.5
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So far the night has been pretty good I have not had time to take it out and test it the way I would like to because we have a lot of snow here Indianapolis Indiana soon as the spring hits in summer and fall believe me I will be using it and I should be able to leave another better view of this knife.

I must say that Schrade knives have vastly improved recently. Heard some good reviews and decided to take the plunge and purchase it. Upon receiving this knife all my fears disappeared. This is one heck of a beefy knife. Very much more ergonomic than my Schrade predecessor, SCHF9. I find with this knife I can do all the big jobs (Batoning) as well as the little ones as well (making feather sticks). Very impressed with the service from Knife Depot and also the price of the knife itself.

Good blade sturdy build from a 1/4 inch 1095 slak of steel somehow they did manage to bend the blade slightly at the tip of the handle probably from before the heat treatment anyway is a great value this thing comes with a diamond sharpener and ferro rod sheath is somewhat okay and otherwise easy to modify it comes sharp and is very useful for anything from small feathering to chopping or buttoning wood, would recommend this as a one tool otherwise go with a smaller blade and an axe depending on where you live. Don't get me wrong I love this blade and will be keeping it (I did strip the coating but it came of very very easily so no worries there)

Knife is a great buy. Its a good, solid and sturdy made knife and sheath. The sharpener and fire starter are just a bonus. I bought this as a Christmas gift but, I'm seriously thinking of buying one for myself. All around great buy.

Very well made. I love the proportion between blade thickness and width. It came with a great edge on it but a good sharpening session is in order. The craftsmanship is excellent. Unlike so many things that you buy there were no flaws in this piece.

The 4 is because the factory grind is very bad. That with the coating made it a very poor cutting knife. But that can be improved dramatically. I've had one for years and I never used it much because it was so hard to get even a moderately sharp edge on it. I reground it flat then polished it and it cuts much better now. I also didn't like the round handle so I reshaped that too. Flattened the sides a little and made it thicker in the middle than on ether end. Much better control of the blade than with the original shape. A dual sided finger guard is good for a knife used to stab animals (keeps your hand from sliding on to the blade if you hit something solid like a hip or sternum) but not so good for processing them after they are dead. The guard on the edge side is good when working with wet or bloody hands doing normal cutting. However, the guard on the spine side gets in the way when choking up on the blade and I like to be able to put my thumb on the spine for control sometimes. I removed the finger guard on the spine side of the knife and rounded it flush with the handle and also rounded the edge side. I then filed the 6 sided pommel to a round pommel with one small "bump" on the same side as the edge. Sort of looks like a bird's head/beak. This makes it slightly less handle heavy and the smaller round shape feels better in the hand than the original. I know these are a lot of mods but I wanted to share as this knife has potential. I also modified the sheath. My dog chewed on it some but basically I cut along the two slots for the belt to pass thru and removed a strip on both sides of the knife. Then I riveted a strip of leather on the center remaining strip that runs directly behind the knife folding it over to make a belt loop. I cursed the dog at first but now like it better the way it hangs on the belt.

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