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Gimmick
by: Anonymous

I received the knife as a gift. It took a while to get it somewhat sharp. I suppose it is sharp, but the cutting performance is lacking due to the thickness of the blade. (I use sand paper and a mouse pad.) The blade is too thick and the knife is too short & heavy to be useful. As a chopper, the knife to too short. A small axe would be better. It's not a slicer, and is worthless for processing fish or game. A Mora would be better. The saw on the back of the blade prevents using a fire steel. Basically, if you are working with this knife for extended periods of time, you'll soon put it down, and fetch a proper blade. The knife reminds me of one of those multi-tools designed to do several tasks, but as a result it doesn't do anything very well.

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TB Scout
by: Anonymous

Thats why the TB Tracker has a companion called the TB Scout for delicate chores such as skinning...I have both for at least 7 years now..Brought back bevel on Tracker almost 1/4 inch..can shave with it now...TB Scouts tip broke when trying to pry open an indoor entry room with not much force..Didnt have a prybar or a Klein 1/4 shank screwdriver at the time

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Real World Use
by: Mark J.

Excellent tool, gets the job done in less time & with less effort then the magazine approved 4 inch bladed "bushcraft" knives. IMHO a heavier, thicker blade will out perform the smaller one almost every time. When you need a shelter, lights fading, starting to rain, time is precious. Thats why I carry a TBT on me whenever I head out to the woods. Any knife will do the job in the hands of a competant woodsman, this just does it faster & easier. Why work harder then neccesary?

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Sharpening
by: Anonymous

How do you sharpen the Tracker knife? It's such an awkward blade to sharpen. any suggestions?

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making
by: david

im going to make me one of the tracker knife t2

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winning!
by: Anonymous

I've never owned a tbt but my friend has one and it is a knife that means bizzness, so I decide to look into getting one and lo and behold!, I find one ond ebay, a real genuine barely scratched, logo & all tom brown tracker t1 with a richard holloman mag sheath all for $135.00! Well, I won the bid and its on its way now in the mail. If I were anybody else, id hate me too.

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Sheath
by: Anonymous

I must say that the Tracker Knife is a unique design. I love mine. As far as knife sheaths go I agree that hedgehog produced a beautiful sheath. However I found mine with a very unique magnetic quick draw by Richard Holloman at Rawhide Leather.

http://www.customknifesheath.com/index.html

His quality is on par with Hedgehog bar none and the magnetic hold is excellent. Oh and his prices are less than Hedgehog.

A knife sheath for a high end knife will be an investment.

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One of the best survival tools
by: wilbur

I am a Native American survivalist, and I bought a Tom Brown Tracker Knife five years ago, and I still use it, whenever I go out into the wilderness. I have split wood, carved sticks, dressed out deer, and elk. I have to admit it was hard to sharpen to a razor edge, but once I got the edge to where I wanted it.

The Tom Brown Tracker knife is my first choice. I own several other survival knives. It would be a matter of choice if one was to take a knife AND a hatchet. However, personally I would rather have both in one tool because this knife also is the best tool for preparing, and tanning Deer hides into leather. This is a lost skill that most modern survivalist don't have.

The bottom line? The Tom Brown Tracker knife is one of the best survival tools on the market.

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so, so, knife
by: Anonymous

I spent 24 years in the army now I'm a cop. I have owned the tracker for mant years. you can chop with it for sure.
but you can't clean a fish, cut vegitables, or even clean a deer that well with this knife.
the bevales are to steep on it.
what I had to do was bring the bevales down a little thiner for it to work.
the sheath is well just plain crap.
BTW i still carry it.
but not my first choice.

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Facts for the Feckless
by: Anonymous

To correct some misconceptions about this knife...The Tracker WAS designed by Tom Brown and Tops was NOT the first company involved in it's production. Ed Lombi was the first person to make the Tracker for Tom, and continued to do so for several years before deciding to move onto other things. The knife was then produced by Dave Beck for about a decade until he too decided to work on other projects. The knife was unavailable for a couple of years until Tom worked as a consultant on the set of the Tommy Lee Jones/Benicio Del Toro film The Hunted. It was only then that Mike Fuller and TOPS knives were chosen to produce the knife. In my military career and later as a survival instructor and search and rescue team member, I have used many knives, and the Tom Brown Tracker has been the best of the bunch.

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Not sure what to think about this knife
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure how I feel about a fixed blade that costs as much as the Tracker and comes with a user's guide. I don't own a Tracker but I have read the manual and I can't help but wonder what the Tracker can do that a regular large-ish fixed blade can't. As for the saw, many SAKs come with a decent saw, though they probably won't saw through a car door.

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i have one
by: Anonymous

i have a tom brown tracker T1. tom brown jr did not design the knife, tom brown took a crude unfinished drawing and idea to Tops and THEY are the one who actually and literally designed the knife. firstly, the knife is fair, but i have used and carried much better. knives of alaska as a quick example makes knives that kick the tom brown trackers rear end. close to the same blade thickness, full tang, but MUCH better steel, hold an edge MUCH longer, and you can buy their 3 knife trio set with small boning knife, large skinner and cleaver in a high quality leather sheath (comparible to hedgehog leather works) and they INCLUDE a 2 sided diamond sharpening steel that stows in its own pocket in the sheath, all for PRETTY MUCH THE SAME PRICE as the tom brown tracker. i also think that the TBT would be more widely accepted if they made it with a regular non-black coated blade and maybe a selection of handle scales rather than just the micarta. point to all this is that for what you pay for a TBT with kydex (cheap ass) sheat, you can buy a multitude of super quality name brand and custom made knives with leather sheath for the same price or in some cases even LESS than youd pay for a TBT.

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tracker knife is a great knife
by: Anonymous

I have been to hedgehog leather works web site. I really like the looks of the sheaths he has posted. Yeah a bit pricey but i am sure i would only have to buy one.
Knives are certainly a personal preference. I went through hundreds before deciding on the tracker was for me. I fully agree, it is not for everyone.

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The Tracker knife is a great knife
by: Dustin

It's not for everyone - it's a very polarizing design. I do not know anyone who is lukewarm on it.

If you want the best sheath you can buy for the Tracker line of knives (T1, T2, Scout) go to Hedgehog Leatherworks. Paul Schieter over there will take great care of you. His sheaths are not cheap, but they are emblems of craftsmanship and guaranteed for 25 years.

http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com/

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