After our horrific outing to Mt.Greylock on Veterans Day, I decided that I was going to begin carrying a fixed bladed survival knife. In the past I've been content with the small blades contained within multi-tools or flippers that I would wear inside my pockets. However the sense of unease I was served by our night time walk down a supposedly haunted trail assisted in facilitating my purchase of this fine blade.
Among my friends there in no secret I like Triple Aught Design gear (TAD Gear). They are a ‘Made in USA’ Company out of San Francisco which makes some of the highest quality outdoorsy equipment on the market, and if they wanna sell something they don’t make, they find some one who does make it and stick their logo on it. The issue with this is they always produce their equipment in such small numbers and with as large of a fan base as they have getting good stuff from them can be hard.
This being said my decision to own this knife was actually made back in 2010 (3 years before I bought it) as I readied myself for my first deployment. I was searching for a decent knife to take with me and this one came up in my searches. However at the time I wasn't sure of the reputation of TAD or Martin Knives, a decision I would later regret.
I spent the next year of my life obsessing about the knife, looking on eBay for it to no avail. Eventually, about 2 months ago one surfaced…and I snagged it up. So this being said you’re probably reading this thinking “Well great, if this knife is so damn good…and this reviews gonna make me want one…I’ll have to go questing through Mordor to find one.” Fortunately not so.
Here are some links which might help you snag up something similar to this knife.
Fortunately I wasn’t the only person who found the Martin Hollow Handle’s appealing because BOKER purchased the rights to be able to mass produce the Boker Apparo. Contained in the links above is a place to order the knife and a sheath. Take a look. I looked at this option however I decided that the blade was too long for me and liked the stubbier TAD version. It is also worth noting the TAD version comes in 2 options. The general version and the Sawback version. I ordered the general slick-back version.
It is not often that I will go out of my way to recover a box if some one else needs to pick it up from the post office, however when this knife arrived, I made an exception. I was shocked to see that the seller had included an original TAD box, Stamped with the logo. The depth to which TAD fanatics devotion runs often impresses and scares me. I remove all of the packing garbage and lay my eyes on it for the first time and it is gorgeous.
The first observation I made was the cord wrapped handle. Despite this being a survival knife I didn’t expect this cord to be actually usable, so that was a nice feature. I next quickly unscrewed the o-ringed brass cap which contains a small compass. The survival capsule portion of the knife is about 3 inches deep and half an inch wide. My plan is to carry matches, fish hooks, and ‘Quitter’s Cash’ in there. After screwing the cap back down tight I unbuttoned the retention strap on the Steve Shepard sheath. (He is a leather worker who frequently makes sheaths for Martin Knives).
The matte grey blade is emblazoned with the TAD logo as seen in the picture above and measures just about 5 inches. I then brushed my finger against the blade, and holy hell is it sharp. It is sharp enough I could probably shave my face with it. To add to the survival features of the blade I added a lanyard to give me some 550 lengths. On the lanyard is a Tiki bead which is the representation of the Hawaiian God of Sarcasm and trickery….and yes that was a knowing choice.