A while back I reviewed a Remington Sportsman Series F.A.S.T. knife and….well….received some criticism for it.
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 –
I strapped the knife to a pole to facilitate the testing as well as generate some decent forces on the blade:
I stabbed the knife into the dirt 10 times in different spots. Honestly – I was praying I didn’t hit a large rock. I was lucky. Afterwards – mud covered the blade but it appeared undamaged – including the finish:
To test the knife’s overall strength and edge retainment – I decided to cut down a decent sized tree limb with it:
At approx 2 1/2″ – 3″ – it took a little while to hack it down:
My arm was sore but I finally cut all the way through the limb. Being attached to the short pole, I was swinging the Remington Sportsman F.A.S.T. Knife with substantial force:
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 Obsession
- Mossy Oak Blaze Orange – best deal as of this writing
- Realtree Advantage MAX-4 HD
- Stainless Steel
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.