Rated5out of5byBill HamiltonfromFerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout KnifeSafe and practical.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated4out of5byTomESDfromsmall, sharp, inexpensive backup cutterLet's be honest, this is not even close to a primary outdoor knife; and not even a best choice as a backup.
What drew my attention was its size (length, width, thickness) and the blade (1/3 serrated at base, 7Cr17MoV steel - a very reasonable Chinese stainless for the price) and even a lanyard hole (if you're using this last resort, better be hanging onto it). The knife IS sharp out of the package, and the edge will stand up to intended light duty use.
The Compact Scout fits in an Altoid's tin or similarly small plastic box as part of a reasonable, lightweight backup kit: The compact scout on a reflective paracord lanyard loop, a small ferrocerium spark rod, a button compass, a microlight, a few Vaseline impregnated cotton swabs in tin foil, a couple wax impregnated and plain cotton balls, a 3" piece of 1/4" plastic tubing stuffed with 20' of braid fishing line plus a snell or two and a large sail needle, a few good tribiotic pad bandaids, a Swiss Army Classic, and a few small 3" pieces of fatwood. Keep it closed with a few wraps of outdoor duct tape and a ranger band or two. So we have Cutting Tool, Combustion Tool, Cordage, "Candle", Cotton, Compass, Cargo Tape, and Canvas Needle... a pocket-sized effort for the "10 C's of Survival - Lite".
The SAK Classic is for fine work, hygiene, first aid; the Compact Scout for cutting rope, cord, shaving wood, feather sticks - it works.
Would I prefer a Spyderco Ladybug3 or Dragonfly2 SE in H1 or VG10?
Sure, but at 3x to 4x the price? The idea is low cost, likely never used, not "missed" kit contents - I'd probably have that Spyderco in my jeans 5th pocket, not stuffed away in an emergency backup box... but I'd be happy to have that box if I needed it.
I've given kits like these to my family members for their glove-boxes.
Date published: 2013-06-19
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