What was this criticism? Primarily its manufacturing origin of China as well as the belief that you get what you pay for. This knife is less than $20.00 and some readers posted their opinion that it will not hold up in a survival situation. They may be right. They might be wrong.
My review of the knife was based on initial contact and experience with it. I shaved some wood with it. I threw it at a tree a few times and also inspected its construction. I then reported initial experiences and observations on to you.
In an attempt to better judge the ruggedness and abilities of this knife – I have decided to…….and I don’t know how else to say this – “Beat the crap out of it“. I am going to perform a series of tests to determine the limits of this knife. I will not purposely try to break it – I will perform what I would term an “Accelerated Durability Test” to see how it stands up.
Here is what I did –
Below: I strapped the knife to a pole to facilitate the testing as well as generate some decent forces on the blade.
At this point I picked up a short stick and carved the end of it into a sharp point. Reason for doing this test was to check the ability of the edge to perform this basic function. was able to do so with know problem.
I have thoroughly inspected the knife and it has remained intact with no problems. The tip suffered no damage – although I have no doubt it would have should it had struck a rock. The blade is not bent in any way. The edge is what suffered the most – it is not damaged at all however it is not nearly as sharp as it came when it was brand new. Some work on a stone or ceramic sticks will bring the edge back. Although the edge after this test is not what it once was – it is still very functional.
End of test: In my opinion – this knife is well worth the price. It is NOT a Ka-Bar…..I know. It is what it is – an inexpensive Chinese-made “survival” knife that appears to be a great value. For someone on a budget – it would make a decent addition to their survival supplies. I would never recommend this knife over a Ka-Bar or similar high-quality and more expensive manufacturer.
The Remington Sportsman F.A.S.T. Fixed Blade Knife is available in numerous colors other than the black-version seen in this post. It is also available as follows:
Mossy Oak Blaze Orange – best deal as of this writing
One final observation from my test was that the serrations on the bottom-side of the blade work very well when it is attached to a pole.
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