Tom Brown Tracker Knife
I'll start by saying I agree fully that the knife is the most important wilderness tool. I have purchased many knives and put them to test. There are many good brands and styles out there.
If price is a concern think of one thing, will this knife save my life?
I read a lot of publications about the "Tom Brown Tracker Knife". It became very popular due to it's introduction on the Big Screen.
I read review after review and there was a lot of good and bad about it as with many knives. One of the biggest comments is that it was well balanced for use as a throwing knife. Do yourself a favor, don't purchase a knife that you think you can throw. You only have one knife, why in the world would you throw it.
However, when I decided to purchase the knife, I found it does have a good balance to it that can help long term use during field dressing and / or skinning game, which is accomplished easily. I have taken this knife in the field for years now, and I have to say I would not want any other.
Knives are as much a need as it is a preference. Everyone will have good tings and bad things to say about anything and knives are no different. the guidelines given in this web page as far as construction and material are dead on.
The tracker knife is a great knife, a bit pricey but well worth the money in my eyes. However, there has been an influx of knock offs that look very similar but are not constructed as well.
Just my opinion.
The knife I use most
by Dann Jones
The knife I use most in a survival situation is the Tom Brown Tracker knife. It is more than just a knife, it is in fact a knife, a hachet, a saw, a draw knife, a spear, and the tip is hardened to enable it to chip stone in to arrow points. I can also use it to size and straighten my arrow shafts by using a hole set into the blade for that purpose.
This is not the model made by Tops, this is the Beck made knife which came out before Tops took over to manufacturing of them. I own both. In my view, I believe the Beck is far superior.
Remember I said this is the one I use the most. This only means that if I had a choice to grab one of my knives and run to the woods, that's the one I would grab. However, I would make do with just about anything at hand, even a piece of broken or chipped stone.
I usually carry with me at all times a small pocket knife. If need be I would use that. There is no ONE knife that is the best, it's all up to the individual to choose what they are the most comfortable with. Mine is the TRACKER.