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What knife would you buy if you were getting deployed? This was the question I asked myself, the Swamp Rat Rodent Solution was the answer. I ordered this knife in November, then waited 11 weeks, 4 days for it to show up. I have not used it yet, this is more of an overview.

The drop point blade is 3/16th of an inch thick and 3 ½ inches long. It's on the shorter side for a survival knife, but it wouldn't be the only thing I'd be carrying. Minimizing weight and bulk is important! The blade has an epoxy-type coating, that protects it, but makes slicing harder. I wish it was smoother. The spine is rounded off, which means using it for scraping or with a firesteel is out, but it's comfortable to choke up on. I like the small choil and finger guard. A big surprise on this knife was the convex edge. It's butter knife dull, and ground unevenly. For the price range this is in, that's an epic fail. No, I'm not going to call them so they can “make it right.” It should have been right.

The handle is 4 5/8ths of an inch long, and 5/8ths thick. Could probably be a little shorter, to move the balance point forward and reduce weight. Holding the handle, it balances around the middle finger, I'd prefer the index finger. The black canvas micarta is rounded off VERY nicely, no rough edges. It is non-removable. Absorbs water? Through-handle attachment looks good, could possibly be used to make a spear, but I'd never do that. I appreicate that the lanyard hole is inset, makes for a lower profile.

This knife does not come with a sheath. I think I prefer this. They don't ship a garbage sheath I'll have to replace anyway, and I can get exactly what I want. Unfortunately, this pushes the REAL price closer to $200. Azwelke, Godspeed Tactical, Mashed Cat, Hedgehog leatherworks, Skystorm leather, and others make sheaths.

Overall 8 1/8th”, weighs 6.65oz and is a solid, overbuilt knife. However, it's not for me. After waiting for 82 days to get it, I'm selling it after two days of owning it. (For what I paid) If I'm taking one knife into a dangerous situation, it's going to be a knife I really, really, really like, and the Swamp Rat isn't it. The details aren't there, so the search continues... What do you guys recommend?

Edited by Kilroy, 15 February 2015 - 02:54 PM.


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I've got a very old Gerber that's totally waterproof and has a handle that strongly resembles and feels like sharkhide, but it's not. A 5-1/2" 3/16" blade that I keep shaving sharp and an excellent sheath. I recommend it highly, but you'll never find one as they've been out of production forever.

How about an A.G. Russell Sandbox Bowie?

http://www.agrussell...straight/c/2585

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How about an A.G. Russell Sandbox Bowie?

http://www.agrussell...straight/c/2585

Looks really nice, but way too big for what I need. I'm going to be operating equipment in a confined space, not doing combat ops.

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Okay, how about a Dozier drop point? I've got one of these also and they're great little knives.

http://www.agrussell...op-point/c/2353

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That looks really nice. Going to have to do a little more research into that blade.

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Looks like a nice little knife. Most of my knives are based on utility, not stabbing people in the chest, so I prefer small and compact - but they have to be very durable and keep a strong edge. MORA and ESEE knives are my go-to blades these days.





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