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Top quality survival/beater knife.
on April 24, 2014
I use as the SP8 as a general purpose camping wood processing tool to prep firewood for campfires, clear trails and fabricate wood seats, tables and tools in the woods of NH. I also wear it while dog walking through woodland trails to clear hanging branches and fallen trees. The SP8 is specifically designed to be carried with you, it's relatively light weight comfortable to wear and has so many effective uses you only need to bring one tool reducing your packs weight. Works incredibly well splitting logs and raking small limbs off trees and does most any cutting tasks very well, Chop through 2+ inch hardwood in one swing. The rounded corner/tip on the SP8 is absolutely perfect for fire by friction using a bow drill, specifically by quickly drilling a hole in your fire board for your spindle. It's compact size compared to other machetes makes it ideal to cut dense brush where you don't have a lot of room to swing. It's also comfortable and effortless to wear on your belt, I have walked over 100 miles wearing the SP8 and just love it.
I Prefer the SP8 instead of a hatchet or large knife or other similar choppers for a few reasons. It chops as well as a small hatchet but has a safer wider striking surface and is easier to wear or pack than a hatchet. Most large survival knives can chop and baton ok but such use voids the warranty and they just aren't meant for that type of abuse. The SP8 however has proper blade geometry for chopping and battening, and no tip to snap off! The SP8 is also not threatening like a large knife can be or many modern hawks/hatchets, the SP8 looks more like a tool making it more usable/carry able around people. It's also relatively cheap, indestructible, and made in the USA!
Sheath: The sheath is just as BA, functional and durable as the SP8. The sheath is a dangler which make it very comfortable to wear as it moves with you. You can run, hike, ride ATV's or sit and it stays right where it should. Other reviewers have complained you have to unfasten several buttons to remove the SP8 from the sheath, this is not the true anymore at least. You only have to unfasten the top button on the sheath to remove the blade(SEE CUSTOMER PIC). The other three buttons seem to be there to allow you to clean the inside of the sheath. I am not sure if this is a change in design from previous reviews or if they were mistaken about the sheath.
Rasp/Saw: Works well for notching, bark removal and as a notch for removing hanging cook pots from the fire. You will not be sawing down trees with this as it is more of a rasp not a saw that being said it is possible but chopping would be much easier.
Edge: I have seen several reviewers mention removing the factory compound bevel in favor of a flat or convex grind on the blade. The factory edge on the SP8 is a compound bevel designed to be durable and easy to maintain type blade edge, it is designed to split while it cuts, do area damage and send up big wood chips.
EDIT: After owning this this machete for years I purchased a belt grinder and convexed the edge. I really can't understate how much this improved the performance in lopping, chopping and cutting. Especially for thin branches like pricker bushes or reeds the convex edge is king!
Unique Destgn: The unique non threading tool like design is what drew me to it initially and give me a satisfied feeling every time I use it. The choil is uniquely large, giving you more inches when splitting logs and allowing you to choke up on the blade comfortably and do more precise work. Over time I am using it more and more for fine work and find it works great for regular knife tasks especially after convexing the edge. NO tip to break off! Designed for chopping, digging, and prying all thing you should avoid with almost any other knife but the SP8 is designed specifically for this hard use. The wide flat tip has a flat point and round point along with the flat edge, all three have different uses when processing wood overall more useful than standard tip of large knife.
Modifications: (SEE CUSTOMER PICS) The SP8's sheath lends itself well to lashing other knives to it, first I had lashed a cold steel bird and trout knife to the sheath for fine work like filleting fish but that knife rusted so then I used a Kabar BK14 but that came with uneven edges so I now have a ESEE Izula 2 lashed to the sheath and The Izula 2 is perfect for the job and will not be replaced any time soon. Between these two blades I can handle any cutting job. I have also used O rings on the handle to help keep my grip from slipping down the handle while swinging(SEE CUSTOMER PIC).I also included pics of the box it came in, it seems like a new box compared to older reviews I have seen.
Overall I would recommend the SP8 to anyone looking for large indestructible blade for camping, bushcraft, utility and survival, IMO it is the most useful wood processing tool available in this price range.