Camillus Carnivore X

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  1. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Hey brush braws!
    I was recently suggested a tool to give a try. This one hit the pocket for $13. I have seen alot of reviews here and there on this blade so this one will be a Review in progress.. as with alot of my other reviews. IMG_20180602_152027.jpg
    Camillus Carnivore X with Trimming knife
    Both have nylon sheaths and the connect to make a single kit.
    Specs. as on box
    Titanium bonded 440 stainless
    1/8" thick
    28" OAL
    12" blade
    Full tang
    Zytel handle
    Saw tooth spine
    Chisel point
    Gut gook/ wire cutter
    Lanyard hole
    Trimming knife specs.
    5" oal
    2" blade
    Spear notches
    Barbed spine
    7 & 9mm wrenches
    Both have sheaths IMG_20180602_150506.jpg
    First impressions..
    Sharp out of the box
    Has good weight, nice feel
    Handle is frigging slick!! As hard to hold slick. Little knife looks like it would make a good spear point. I really have no need for the wrenches.
    Both have decent sheaths.
    I have read alot of reviews on this blade breaking during use. That spooks me a little but I wanna give it a shot. I'll do this review in steps. I'll go through the motions in each step chopping, splitting/batoning, carving, digging, sawing all the things it says it will do. IMG_20180602_120934.jpg first things first.. the handle.. simple fix. Took the 100 grit to it just to put a little texture on the texture.. worked great.
    In the recent storms I had a pecan limb fall in the yard so it was the first taste of wood this dude got. IMG_20180602_121241.jpg it chops well, I have some privet hedge that will get it soon. Privet hedge will give this a good test that stuff is hard as frig. Its fence clearing time of the year. The pine limbs are cut back every year.
     
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    I think the breaking issue was with the 1st series of the carnivore that had a rat tail tag. The one you have is full tag so I'm guessing would take more abuse. JMHO
     
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    Anyone have a pic of a older Carnivore X ?
     
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    I have one somewhere, it developed a pivot in the handle, kinda annoying. I will look and report soon!
     
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    Humm how did this post twice...
     
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    This is the model I think had a breaking issue. Notice that the heal has no metal showing. Not a full Tang. CM19115b.jpg
     
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    Got ya, I plan on beating the knife feces out of this dude!
     
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    Cleared off a fence line with this today, mainly pine but worked well. IMG_20180602_122815.jpg before.. IMG_20180602_123913.jpg after.. IMG_20180602_122154.jpg not all was green, and alot was a good chopping size.
     
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    My 2nd gen broke in the middle of the blade, not the tang. Snapped right in half. It worked moderately well up to that point.
     
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    I like the design, and for 13 dollars I guess if it last one trip it was worth it. I have on occasion spilled more that that. joe
     
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    Well it had to be done.. IMG_20180602_200853.jpg maple, cherry, poplar.. and my left over green pecan branches from earlier.. IMG_20180602_201141.jpg cherry first!! Knots and all IMG_20180602_201330.jpg like a boss! The spine is friggin ruthless on a batoning stick lol
    It also absorbs some of the force on impact cutting into the baton. If you stay out on the end it's not as bad but the handle makes it hard on the hand. IMG_20180602_202021.jpg had to pour the coal to it to get through the knots, but batoning sticks are replaceable!! IMG_20180602_202149.jpg this dude.. made me wonder.. IMG_20180602_202430.jpg I beat the wood doodoo out of this thing. I didn't think it was gonna make it, not because the blade but my hand was taking a beating. So I just held the handle and beat the log as if it was a hammer. IMG_20180602_202650.jpg winner winner chicken dinner!! That maple was seasoned and a good 4" OD took it better than I thought. Well I have more in store for this Carnivore!! @Primordial
     
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    For $13, I deem it the best value for a chopping tool out there.
     
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    Haven't found mine yet, I put in a "need to modify spot" and have no idea where lol mine was camo handle and serations, would like it with full tang and no serations.
     
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    I've spent more than that for shipping for knives that were less useful.
     
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    I've seen that knife around Wally World and for some reason I can't quite define, I've just been too leary of it. Nice to see it in action and performing well. But there's just something about it that I don't trust, haha. Call me crazy...I don't have a rational reason that I've pondered to identify, just a gut feeling. And I'm not a knife snob at all--I have many cheap beater knives that get the job done excellently. I really don't know exactly what it is that puts me off of giving the Camillus Carnivore a shot.
     
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