The E.C.S. Series gives the user two different options for size on the spear-point style blades. The smaller E.C.S. 1890 makes a great all-around tackle and water knife, and for those looking for larger knives, a 4” option is available.
Readers can relate to a lost knife, whether it was one of the first knives of their youth or a recent fixed-blade knife with a loose sheath falling out over water or on the trail. Sadly, anything put in the pocket of a pair of jeans or on a belt can get lost if it isn’t completely secure. Enter Brian Fellhoetler, a knifemaker out of Arizona, and the new line he recently designed for Timberline Knives.
Before knifemaking, Brian guided whitewater-rafting expeditions on the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada mountains for five years. During that time, he became sick of losing knives and handling models that were always way to slow to remove from the sheaths. Most knives on the market at the time had complicated locking mechanisms, and in Brian’s words, “I don’t want to be trapped under my boat, drowning and have to remember how to deploy my knife.” Thus, the “ECS” (Emergency Condiment Spreader, no kidding I asked Brian Fellhoetler) series was born of necessity and ingenuity, based on the real-world input of Brian and his fellow guides. The Timberline ECS offers options in different blade sizes, handle configurations, and a stout, bomb-proof sheath that holds the blade at all costs.
After a nasty run on the river, the E.C.S. series can be cleaned easily. Sportsmen can enjoy this feature, and the combination of a good hollow grind with a clip point makes this a good game processor. Note the channel from the spring near the handle’s end, meant for easy cleaning.
No Blunt Tip?
If the reader is familiar with the common run-of-the mill “kayaking knife,” an image of a blunt-tip knife with serrations may pop into the head. Brian (and the author) feels that this feature is a misconception. Out of the many river rescues Brian has observed, two involved cutting through the floorboard of a boat, one from above and one from below. Without a tip, both of these maneuvers would not have been possible. A whitewater boat is normally made out of Hypalon, a hard rubbery material that is tough as a car tire when used on the bottom of inflatable rafts. A whitewater boat can trap a person underneath much easier than the reader may think; sometimes cutting the bottom of the raft is the only option, requiring points such as those on every model of the ECS line.