I purchased the Timber Rattler Fury Bowie knife after the purchase of such a knife was suggested to me by a reliable source. Purchased through Kennesaw Cutlery located in Georgia – it was only $9.99.
With that said – let me go ahead and say it – I know, I know – it is a cheap knife made in a foreign country. It is not a Buck, a Gerber, a Cold Steel nor a Reeves. I knew this going in and I also knew I would get some flak for even holding such a knife.
So – why take a gander at such a piece of steel? It is called budget survival. If someone can purchase a knife for $20.00 that will work for them rather than $100 – that is $80 that can be spent on other beans, bullets and band-aides. I am not at all suggesting that a $10 or $20 knife will last through a lifetime of daily hard use.
Above – you can see the Timber Rattler bowie ready to be put to work. This is not a small knife. The blade alone is 10.5″ and came to be very sharp. Initial impressions with the knife was positive. Handle is hardwood and felt comfortable.
The pommel and guard are both brass. Everything was secure and nothing wobbled. The knife is big and heavy- felt rather sturdy. The sheath not so much. It is pretty thin and flimsy.
To conduct some testing I figured I would try to accelerate usage of the knife.
Above is a tree which sits at approx 5 inches in diameter. Chopping my way through this tree should expose the Rattler Jungle Fury to some decent amount of stress.
Once I started chopping away – the sharp edge took some decent chunks out of the tree.
No easy task – at this point I am most of the way through and worked my way around the perimeter. About 5 minutes worth of sweat.
Checking the knife – the edge is decent – certainly not as sharp as it came out of the box.
Above – finally all the way through. Was not as difficult as I expected – took about 7-8 minutes.
Next up for the Timber is to split the log pictured below.
I placed the Timber Rattler across the top of the log and pounded the back side of the knife across the entire length to drive it into the log. I used a large stick like a club. Within no time the log split. Initially – I really “walloped” on the knife with some decent force.
As can be seen above – success!! I went ahead and split the pieces again – great for the fire pit.
Final Report: I am pretty impressed. I really expected this knife to fall apart while I was chopping on the tree. Is it a good survival knife? It is a cheap knife that seems to be pretty sturdy. For those looking for what appears to be decent reliability and utility for a cheap price – go for it.
More tests to come……