Probably no work brings out the nimbleness—or lack of it—in a knife, or tests an edge, like kitchen use, and the Survivor worked well enough to earn a place in the knife drawer.
I’ve always maintained that the best knife for any situation is one that is with you when you need it. Comfort and carry convenience are two important aspects of survival knife design that don’t get a lot of press, but if a knife is clumsy, too heavy, or uncomfortable to wear, it’s more likely that it will be left behind. No knife can be a good survival knife if it’s at home when you need it.
Now add to that the fact that virtually no one who ever found himself in a real-life survival situation had any idea of what was about to happen, and it becomes easy to see the inspiration that created the new Survivor survival knife system from Dajo Adventure Gear.
The Survivor is based on a full-tang skeletonized blade of 7Cr17MoWV stainless steel, 3.75 inches long, 1.25 inches wide, .125-inch thick, and hardened to a nice Hrc 57. The plain (unserrated) hollow-ground cutting edge is .75-inch wide, for a blade that’s sharp out of the box that holds an edge better than well, and re-sharpens easily. The tip of the Survivor is unconventional; 2.5 inches from the blade’s almost nonexistent choil, the edge sweeps upward 34 degrees from a sharp radius, almost like a tanto, to form a second flat cutting edge that extends 1.25 inches to the tip. A false edge, 1.75 inches long, brings the blade to a point that’s slightly offset on the high side, but Dajo’s Survivor has more than enough penetrating power for opening food cans, drilling holes, and other chores that use a knife’s tip.
Probably no work brings out the nimbleness—or lack of it—in a knife, or tests an…
by Donald J. Mihalek / May 1, 2011