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Camillus Survivorman Les Stroud SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife, Grey
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- Knurled steel pommel
- The ultimate survival knife and sheath
- Blade length 4.75-Inch, overall length 10-Inch
- Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel, non-stick drop point blade with partial serrations
- Includes integrated ceramic sharpener, para-cord wrap, integrated LED flashlight and whistle, fire starter, S.O.S. signal mirror, storage compartment, trail map mesh pocket
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Les Stroud has survived the harshest and most remote climates on Earth without food, water or a support team. His innovative survival knowledge and unparalleled skills have proven Les to be the true Survivorman. The Less Stroud Signature Series combines the essence of survival and innovative thinking with Camillus's best materials and craftsmanship. The result is a true survival knife line. Les Stroud Signature Knives are incomparably tough and built to withstand the impossible task of your next challenge. This Camillus Les Stroud SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife is 10-Inch overall. 4 3/4-Inch carbonitride titanium bonded 440 stainless non-stick partially serrated drop point blade. Full tang. Black and grey textured TPR handles with yellow finger notch. Knurled steel pommel with lanyard hole. Hard ballistic nylon sheath with integrated ceramic v sharpener, paracord wrap, integrated LED flashlight and whistle, fire starter, S.O.S. signal mirror, trail map mesh pocket and storage compartment.
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1. The whistle doesn't work to well, at least on mine anyway.
2. The paracord wrap seems more like just regular cordage than 550 paracord. It's alot smaller in diameter. Better some cordage than none at all though.
3. The sheath is well made and functions really well in holding everything it needs to. I only wish it had more lashing loops on the back to have the option to secure it both horizontily or verticaly.
4. I would like to have had a couple holes in the crossguard area to be able to secure the knife to something for a spear or other tool.
These are only my observations and opinions. I do like this knife over others and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again and definately recommend it as a good, worthwhile purchase.
Good size for a survival knife (4.75" blade)
rust resistant stainless steel blade 440A steel, this is not the best steel around but it is easy to sharpen
Full tang construction, fixed blade and drop point tip is very tough
Handel is very conformable and easy to hang onto
Notch in the top of the blade for striking a fire rod
Pommel on the back of the knife can be used as hammer
The 440A steel is OK, but a little soft (it is similer to the AUS 6 steel used in the older SOG knifes). This con is mitigated by the field sharpener in the sheath that is easy to use. There are better steels out there in most cases it will add quite a bit to the price of the knife. A similar knife with D-2 Steel would go for almost $200, AUS 8 steel would be at least $60-$70 for a comparable quality knife.
The sheath I rate at 4 out of 5 stars because even though it has some useful gear on it like a built in sharpener, small light, whistle and fire striker and it holds the knife very good and tight. The sheath looks cheap due to the abundance of grey plastic on it. On mine I masked up the mirror nylon baking and the sharpener and spray painted it black to make it look better. That helped quite a bit. The overall weight of the knife and sheath is not too bad considering all of the gear that it comes with.
It holds the knife very tight it will not come out.
The belt loop is plenty large enough
Built in sharpener is easy to use works well on the straight part of the blade
The built in fire starter works. The protective coating needs to be scraped off on both the notch on the top of knife and the fire starter rod for it to create sparks. The rod is slightly small and awkwardly shaped, which makes it a little bit harder to use that for other fire strikers, but the notch in to top of the knife helps. I found it easier to use than the small circular lighter style fire starters, but a little bit harder than the Bear Grills fire starter, which is quite a bit larger. You will need high quality tinder like cotton balls for it to ignite a fire consistently.
The built in flashlight works can be used as a back up light source.
There is a small storage conpartment behind the mirror and mesh pocket one on the back of the sheath for storage.
The knife comes with about 10 feet of nylon cord that wraps around the built in sharpener and signaling mirror, this can easily be substituted with the stronger and more versatile parra-cord.
The knife comes with Les Stroud's survival instructions it has some useful information and is water resistant.
Cons on the sheath
Looks cheap due to all of the grey plastic
Signaling mirror is useful but can be damaged and it will get dirty easilly since it is on the outside of the sheath unprotected.
It would be nice to have a button strap instead of velcro on the top of the sheath.
Overall this is the easily the best survival knife I have seen for under $40. It is a great value. I would rather be in the woods with this knife than some others that cost over twice as much.
There is a lot of competition in survival knifes and there are a lot of other good survival knifes on the market. Examples include the K-Bar BK-2, SOG Northwest Ranger, Gerber LMF-2, Cold Steel SRK, these are all good knifes that cost more than the Les Straud SK Mountain. The closest in price is the SOG Northwest Ranger for a little over $50.
The Mora 840 Camp Knife goes for about $15, but you are getting significantly less knife with the Mora. For only $15 that is not a bad deal though.
I like the Camillus SK Mountain more than the Bear Grills Ultimate Survival knife for these reasons.
The 440 A steel is similar at holding and edge and the Steel used on the Bear Grills knifes, but the Camillus knifes are more rust resistant.
I like the sharpener better on the Camillus SK mountain, it is easier to use.
On the Bear Grills fist ultimate knife with the serration's some people have had issues with the serrations getting damaged when buttoning wood.
There is more gear on the Les Straud SK Mountain Knife (Flashlight, Signaling Mirror, Nylon Cord, Ect
The Bear Grills Ultimate Survival Knife is thicker and a little better at chopping and the fire starter is slightly better.
The Bear Grills Ultimate Survival knifes cost more and I like the Les Straud SK Mountain knife better
Overall the Les Straud SK Mountain is the only full tang knife with a built in pull through sharpener on the market (The Gerber LMF-2 has a similar sharpener but is only 3/4 tang). This knife is also very reasonably priced at around $37 that is why I am giving this a knife 5 out of 5 stars.
the knife: the knife came very sharp and preformed well under the tests I did. the handle seems sturdy but isn't as comfortable as some competitors products. it can feel awkward at times. I believe it will last a very long time.
the sheath: the sheath looks very appealing.the knife fits in place very snug and won't fall out, and has a bright green Velcro strap to add. its grey with green fixings on areas so it makes it slightly easier to find if lost however the green gets dirty very easy and takes a bit to get clean again. there's a signaling mirror on the front which is attached the a small storage compartment witch can hold many different things. the mirror popped off the sheath the first time I opened it!. it also has some para cord wrapped around however it is NOT 550 ii para cord but is very useful to have( icing on the cake). there is an integrated sharpener that works great for the knife. there is a mesh pocket on the back that holds les's survival guide.
flashlight/whistle: lots of people say the flashlight doesn't work but mine works great! the whistle is very loud.
fire steel: works OK but other competitors is easier to use.
the verdict. I am very happy with this product. I would give 5 stars but the mirror fell off on the first use. I recommend this product to anyone building a B.O.B or who wants a survival knife
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