Still life, fighting knife, pistol with creamy ivory-polymer grips, receptacles and 2 coins.
I freely admit that I enjoy the finer things, when I can afford them. But I find that almost every purchase I make has to be justified down to the Nth degree if it is over $20. As such my “vacations” if you can call them that usually consist of spending time off in various wilderness areas. I hike and spend as much time in the wild as possible, which isn’t as much time as I would like. I don’t hunt, but that’s only because the opportunity has never come up, with the exception of some skunk hunting.
Over the years I have regularly carried several large knives and they have all either let me down or proven unsuitable for certain tasks. I tend to use all of my property hard, I don’t have much room in my life for delicate objects. So I decided to invest in a higher end knife. The first one I looked into was the one recommended by Boston T Party, the Mad Dog ATAK knife. But after looking into those I found that they were extremely rare and I could not find one that cost less than $1,000. As far as I am concerned that is not knife money, that’s not even gun money, that’s car or motorcycle money. It may be a very high quality blade, but if I am spending that kind of cash on a blade it had better be a lightsaber! And I am certainly not going to buy one over the Internet sight unseen.
Considering other options I eventually settled on having something custom made by a local smith to my specifications. While I was percolating on what I wanted in a knife I stumbled upon a collection of knives by Entrek USA. There were several styles and sizes available, the quality looked good and the prices were reasonable. Eventually I settled on what turned out to be their most popular type of blade. The force recon, a double edged, “Persian” style fighting knife named after marine force recon. If you have never heard of these guys they are the US marines special forces, which I suppose makes them doubleplus hardasses!
The blade comes with a Kydex sheath, note the divot in the guard, it interlocks with a bump in the sheath securing the knife. A feature I have never seen on any other knife. I must admit I am not a fan of this piece of plastic, it rattles around quite a bit. I might have a leather sheath made for it, I have a couple of other minor criticisms of the blade, but these are theoretical, not practical.
I have used this blade extensively for all sorts of tasks, cutting branches, prying things, I have even used it to remove a flash hider from a rifle and it has never let me down. I love the quality and it balances perfectly in my hand, what I have used it for the most is cooking.
At first I regarded this knife as a single purpose device. Something that was only to be brought out on one of my often ill thought out trips into the woods. Then I received an newsletter article from Suarez international, which I would no longer generally recommend subscribing to due to the surreality of some of their advice and the baffling arrogance of most of their instructors and acolytes. However they advised that a combat knife should be used for all kinds of everyday tasks to build familiarity. So I started using it for chopping garlic, slicing cheese, segmenting fruits and I am glad I did.
Using such an implement makes these tasks easier, a proper sharp knife beats a dull knife for any purpose except spreading peanut butter and the like. I have also gotten into the habit of sending my other kitchen knives out for sharpening and if you cook I strongly recommend that you do the same.
About eight months after purchase I can honestly say that I am very happy with this knife. I would rate it a solid 5/5 and recommend it to anyone interested in purchasing something similar.