Schrade is the latest contender for the title of ultimate survival tool with their new, re-engineered “NaviTool.” Schrade fans might recognize the NaviTool’s basic configuration from an original version that didn’t exactly take the outdoor survival market by storm. Morgan Taylor, President of Schrade’s parent company, Taylor Brands, LLC, understated his resurrection of this good idea as “just reproducing something originally conceived by Schrade before we took over.”
The NaviTool that I took into the field is compact, measuring 6.9 inches x 2.4 inches x 2.5 inches, and weighs 8.1 ounces. The housing is a black molded-plastic body, with a crenellated rubberized grip strip on the palm side of the tool. The unit may be carried on a belt in the included black ballistic nylon case, or it can be clipped securely to almost any belt or strap using the integral (but removable) spring-loaded clip.
On the blade side are six fold-out tools, all of which lock in the open position, except for the traditional, largely archaic, corkscrew. There’s a classic thumbnail-notch, 2.7-inch long, drop-point work blade; a clever combination Philips screwdriver/bottle opener/wire-bending notch; a very sharp scissors with spring-loaded handle; a 2.7-inch saw blade with aggressive multi-bevel teeth; finally, a working can opener tipped by a flat screwdriver. All are made from 3Cr13 stainless steel, hardened to a useful, easily-resharpened Rc 54-56.
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On the battlefield or on the hunt, this fixed blade knife is ready for...
by Brian Griffin / May 1, 2012