A good survival blade is a staple to any kit, not just a "survival" kit, hunting pack, or any S-H-T-F bug out/bug in bag. Some may choose a folding knife for ease of portability and concealment. For others, a fixed blade is more utilitarian and I couldn't agree more. More than just cutting, stabbing, or prying can be done with a good, solid, one piece construction knife. It can be affixed to a straight branch for a classic Lord of the Flies style pig sticker! Most fixed blade knives are also serrated on the spine for the ability to saw as well, and thats exactly what I have in this Mtech USA Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife.
Although the packaging only indicates this knife as model HK-106280, this blade is known online as the MTech USA Fixed Blade Survival Knife. MTech USA is a brand under Master Cutlery. This 11" Tanto style full tang knife is made from 440 stainless steel with a 90 degree crossguard (also known as a quillion) and has a cord-wrapped handle. First, my evaluation of the blade: It comes fairly dull out of the box as most blades do. It took a sharpening well after a few minutes on a diamond sharpener, but not too easily like other "cheap" knives. 440 Stainless steel will lose it's edge sharpness with use more than Carbon Steel, so a diamond sharpener or wet stone would be a must to pack with this knife. The price point did worry me, as most steel knifes around the $20 mark would be rubbish. This isn't Kabar or Gerber quality, but its not poor either. I personally like knives with crossguards to this degree, as it assists with lashing it to a stick, or otherwise protecting your gripping hand when sharpening and cutting.
The cordage is not 550 paracord and seems to be a weaker variant. I wouldn't rely on it as shoe string, let along as a snare or any type of binding material that I depended on. I plan on replacing with the 550 which is an easy and cheap remedy.
The knife comes in a nylon sheath and it is actually well constructed. The edges of the sheath are reinforced with the stitches seem pretty solid. There is a little pocket sewn onto the front for the fire starter, a Ferrocerium Rod. It also comes with the same cordage as a lanyard but in black. It doesn't produce a big spark, so remember Spanish Moss is your best friend. I still plan on packing a lighter.
This is a decent knife for the low price, which I believe comes from it being made in China. But for a coming of age teen or a cheapskate looking for a beater of a knife, this would fit the bill.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Solid construction and functionality at an affordable price.
Target Market: Hunters, Campers, Survivalists, Outdoor Recreationalists, GI Joe types
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- 11" Overal Length
- 6" Matte Finish
- 440 Stainless Steel
- Full Tang handle
- Tanto with saw serrations on spine
- 5" Green Cord Wrapped Handle
- Magnesium Alloy Fire Starter
- Nylon Sheath
What others are saying?: “My wife bought this knife for me a week ago after I told her my buddy had invited us to his cabin for a weekend. When I tell you I used this knife for EVERYTHING, I kid you not. The blade on this is solid and the parallel “saw” like blade made this knife so much better. The fire starter works better than matches and is much more accessible. (At least for me, I tied mine to the knife when I got it) The nylon sheath for storing is a nice touch, especially when you want to keep this knife on your pocket, which you definitely will. I would definitely recommend this item." - avila user, Amazon.com Review
I need it now! Availability: Readily available at Amazon.com
+-Price is good!ri +-Sheath is adequate and stores firestarter rod - -Cordage is not 550 paracord quality-Cord --440 Stainless Steel will lose it edge quicker than other higher grades, so bring a sharpener!
Score: 7.0 Good