The folks at Columbia River Knife and Tool sent us their ParaSaw bracelet and Russ Kommer Free Variety Hunter knife for evaluation. The great news is that regardless of cold weather condition, rain and wind the kids made it out in one piece with no mishaps. Did they find usages for the Kommer and ParaSaw?
Prior to their journey, Mary took the ParaSaw bracelet apart to inspect the stainless steel wire tungsten carbide coated wire saw. Bit by bit, as Mary unbraided the cord, the saw was exposed, nicely sealed in a water resistant plastic casing. The finger hold handles are made by looping the saw at each end and covering the loops with a difficult flexible plastic to secure your fingers.
When they returned, the kids coudn’t stop talking about how wonderful the saw worked. It was much too heavy, so they utilized the parasaw to cut half way through, jumped on the area they had simply cut, breaking the limb in half and dragged the 2 pieces off the path. We want to take a closer look to see if this qualifies as the best edc folding knife or at least one of them.
They took turns utilizing the saw at nights to gather wood for their fire, as it fasted and even fun. They did have one recommendation for future users. The finger handles are not ideal for all hands, however if you put a stick through each deal with, it works completely. It offers you more utilize with no pressure on the fingers.
Mary and I are keeping the sample from CRKT. After the kids returned, I neatly folded the saw into its initial shape and inserted it into a plastic straw and sealed both ends. Mary then rebraided the bracelet. We do not advise this as a method of getting around purchasing a new ParaSaw, due to the fact that if the saw is not sealed correctly and gets wet, it can rust and become useless. We will keep this Parasaw bracelet in our camping trailer as a backup to our regular equipment. We suggest that if you are going camping into rough country and even on a day journey hike into the mountains, take a new ParaSaw and wear it. With an MSRP of $24.99 it is cheap insurance. Better to have it and not require it, than to need it and not have it!
As for the 9 foot nylon cord, they discovered a range of usages around their camp. Being kids, they had to have some fun, so they used the cable to tie the skull to the grill of their GMC and owned home.
Then we inquired about Russ Kommer’s knife. For readers who may not be familiar with Russ Kommer, he was an Alaskan hunting and fishing guide for years and is now a well known custom-made knife maker from North Dakota. He has actually probably seen and utilized more knives over the years than the majority of us carry out in a lifetime. He created the Free Variety Hunter Drop Point to be the supreme folding hunting/camp knife.
Type: Lock back folding hunting knife
Open Length: 8.875 inches
Closed Length: 5.125 inches
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Blade Length: 3.75 inches
Blade Thickness: 0.12 inches
Blade Product: 8Cr13MoV
Blade Finish: Satin
Design: Clip point
Manage Material: Double injection (tough & soft) polymer
Sheath Weight 1.1 ounces
2016 MSRP: $49.99.
The manage is ergonomically created to fit both large and small hands, which is no little accomplishment. The manage product is a combination of soft and hard polymers created with an injection molding procedure. The result is an all-weather surface that offers a strong grip. The hollow ground steel blade is made from 8Cr13MoV steel, which means a combination of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium. I do not understand the specifics or details of the steel in the Komer knife, but whatever it is, it is great! The Rockwell solidity is 58-59, perfect for holding an edge, yet easy adequate to sharpen when required. As a side note of significance, the blade on this knife is still hollow ground by hand; no mass production machine here. Each Free Range is special, a quality that is lost on the majority of knives today, even the high priced ones.
Kommer Free Range Hunter Knife
Illustration thanks to Columbia River Knife & Tool Inc
. If the ParaSaw was a homerun for CRKT, the Kommer Free Range Hunter Clip Point knife was a bases packed crowning achievement. We could not get the kids to stop discussing the Free Variety knife. That is actually saying a lot, because, prior to this journey, Carl constantly brought his Kershaw.
They used the Kommer for cutting wood shavings for the fire every night, cutting their veggies for the pot and then cutting the steaks that they took along for the journey. Susannah complained that everytime she required the knife, Carl was utilizing it. After five days of truly heavy usage, the knife still looks as good as when we took it out of the box.
There was one issue: They will not offer it back to us! However, we will get some fulfillment from watching the kids as they argue over who gets to keep it.
Among the other chaps that ventured into the Gila with the kids was from the UK. His hobby is wood carving. Each night, after dinner, he would discover a suitable piece of wood and carve spoons and knives. He was so impressed with this knife that he notified us that he plans to order one, not for hunting, but for general usage around his home in England and, obviously, wood carving.