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Technology pushes the tactical envelope. Shown at top is the Reeve/Hawk designed Ti-lock, at bottom the CRKT Ikoma Sampa.


steel, this 6.25" knife sports a 2.75" deep-bellied, clip-point blade. Tan Micarta scales, notched thumb ramp, and angle-adjustable Kydex belt sheath with an emergency whistle attached round out the equation for this versatile little bulldog.


Survival Revival The recent upsurge in extreme


outdoors shows and the popular- ity of the Bushcraft movement have spawned an immense interest in survival knives. Survival specialists


Gerber has been busy with collaborations. At top is the Bear Grylls Ultimate knife, at bot- tom the Rick Hinderer designed Rescue folder.


Bear Grylls and Ron Hood have re- cently signed licensing agreements with Gerber and Buck Knives re- spectively, while Spyderco worked closely with UK Bushcrafter Chris Claycombe for a special design for this niche. To top it off, TOPS Knives has joined up with survival pro Dave Canterbury to produce a knife for his Pathfinder School. Face it; these are fat times for survivalists! As a group, these knives exhibit


great diversity. The Gerber Grylls Ul- timate Knife is traditional in design


but with ultra-modern handle trap- pings and a partially serrated 4.75" blade. The handle is comfortable from an ergonomic standpoint and there is an emergency whistle attached to a lanyard at the base. At 10" overall and 14.7 ounces (with sheath) this is a knife that can be easily carried belted or packed with gear. A magnesium fire starter is included with the kit. In essence, the Grylls Ultimate knife covers a lot of bases. Buck’s Woods Hoodlum is a large,


full-tang wood whacker with a 10" blade capable of felling small trees. At 15.5" overall, the Hoodlum is meant for serious duty, yet its weight is a manageable 14.6 ounces (without sheath). The blade is made of high- carbon, 5160-spring steel so it’s easy to sharpen in wilderness conditions. (Note: some of the new exotics re- quire diamond sharpeners while car- bon steel can be re-edged on a rock in a pinch). The gently sloped, deep ground blade features a notch on the backside for such tasks as bend- ing wire and removing pots from the campfire. The Hoodlum comes with its own Molle compatible sheath and will no doubt please the hard user. Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder


School is well known among sur- vivalists. There’s now a TOPS knife with their name on it. At 9.25" over- all, the Pathfinder School knife is an easy to manage knife. The 4" blade contains a deep clip and back grind; for excellent penetration the tactical


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