CRKT Persevere

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  1. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Howdy bush braws!
    A while back I picked up a CRKT Persevere. I had seen these online and looked like they would work well.. in theory.. well.. I ordered one thinking it would be a fun item to review..
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    OAL 5.4"
    Steel is 65Mn high carbon
    Thickness of 0.160" IMG_20180623_154532.jpg
    kit is pritty simple. $21 gets you the case, blade, a hank of paracord, a pin, and 2 wedges.
    In perfect condition one should be able to take these items combine them with a 1 1/2" green limb/sappling and have a sweet way to process wood... Here we go IMG_20180623_154445.jpg it suggested a 18" piece.. well I'm sure this would make a nifty little tomahawk.. I wanna see how it chops.. so we gonna make an axe.. 40" piece of Privet will work well. IMG_20180623_154619.jpg I followed the instructions that are included. I used a rock for all my beating needs. Split, carve a notch and incert dowel, drive in wedges. Several half hitches, and a good wrap around the wedge notches and it's ready to chop. IMG_20180623_155749.jpg The blade is pritty sharp right out of the box so I didn't waste much time trying it out. It cut small green limbs cleanly. IMG_20180623_161259.jpg
    worked well for this.. how about a tree.. IMG_20180623_160312.jpg This tree.. ( I'm taking all the pines out of this pasture so this was a good victim ) IMG_20180623_160556.jpg so I got to it... Short while later.. IMG_20180623_160905.jpg I had to hit the bottom wedge afew times to keep the blade from kicking up but no big deal, this is probably a slightly larger tree than most would try and fell with something like this.. IMG_20180623_161057.jpg well.. I'm impressed! It took less than 5 minutes to lay this sucker down. And i wasn't in a hurry but I was chopping it. As with most axes chopping at an angle it bit deep. Being flat it didn't throw out the chip like a normal axe but it totally functional. Couldn't believe how well it worked. Smaller trees are no problem at all for this dude. IMG_20180623_161716.jpg The "kit" claims to be 5 pieces. Axe, splitting wedge, knife, chisel, adze. Well it passed the axe test as far as I'm concerned. Done a heck of alot better than I thought it would. I'll keep y'all posted as I take this guy through the paces performing the other tool functions. CRKT Persevere a good axe option for the minimal?? I think so, if that's all you have it can fell trees alot larger than one would realistically try to in a survival/Outting situation. In my opinion it does the axe part of the kit, fairly well.
     
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  2. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Had a little more time so I tried afew more things with this kit. I have never made an adze before but I got the general idea. IMG_20180623_173409.jpg found a piece of Privet hedge that looked like the shape was right. This time I brought only the Persevere no saw. I used it like a chisel to process my materials. IMG_20180623_173826.jpg This limb is the size of my knee and I could have chiseled this in half without a problem. Really it's what it is a huge chisel. So the chisel tool this would perform best. IMG_20180623_175446.jpg My adze had too much handle but it done pritty well to be made from the items in a ready made kit. IMG_20180623_175816.jpg carving it's kinda awkward in hand trying to carve some things. Like smoothing out the top of my adze handle. But it does function as a knife. IMG_20180623_180211.jpg this was a piece of oak, made nice curls with the blade held static and pulling my material down the blade. As with any tool being able to best utilize it is key. Being said this kit could be simplified even more. If one used just the blade and a piece of 550 from their kit and made wedges from green materials I believe it would lighten the kit some. The kit is also slightly bulky but in my opinion that's no problem given how it performed. Will this replace my OT camp axe in my kit.. no.. but it sure is lighter than, a chisel, adze, knife, axe, and a splitting wedge..
     
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    Cool tool! Probably a good addition to a light 'uh oh' hiking kit. It's impressive it chopped as well as it did.
     
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    I thought so, all I had to do was tap the lower wedge afew times to keep the blade from kicking up. I just used a rock for that. I was thinking being "high carbon steel" wonder if I can carve a spark off with some flint.
     
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    That looks kinda cool. Not quite as gimmicky as I thought it’d be.
     
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    I'll do a small hardwood next, just to give it a good try!!
     
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    Huh.
    Ever see something and think. I could make that in my garage out of junk I have on hand?
    I guess I have a project for tomorrow...
     
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    I think tomorrow I'll try this dude out a little more, maybe try it without the plastic pin and wedges
     
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    It’s a deal but you need to do something for me. Take a photo of the steel perpendicular and laying on a piece of graph paper, a framing square or tape measures. Just so I can dimension it out and I will work something up. I think I have some 1/4” thick by 3.5” wide carbon steel bar stock in the garage that is just rusting away.

    Should make a nice pass around.
     
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    I’m in! :D
     
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    @Bushcraft-kelso - nice review. Did you have to use the accoutrements in adze form, or was the head locked in against a wooden bumper and just wrapped with the 550?
     
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    Nice review.
    Any experience with the Tops version?
     
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    Nice write up!
     
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    Thanks braw! I only used the blade and 550, the first half hitch was tied through the wedge slots then afew more around the whole blade. Seemed to hold up good against that cedar log. I'm pritty sure the angle wasn't right on my handle or I had too much the motion I had to use to get a good bite felt strange.
     
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    Thanks! I wasn't aware of a tops version.. but I'll be looking now!!
     
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    I found the tops one, it's like a tomahawk. But it says "Honorably discharged"
    In the availability option. Wonder how hard they are to find.. And the price tag was pritty gross $120
     
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    Good review and write up. Ya done well young fellar. joe
     
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    Wow thats pretty impressive, especially for the money!
     
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    Thanks for this review. This looks like a much less expensive version of a Tops Eco-Hawk. Might have to try it out.
     
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    @blind & lost Thanks braw! Really I'm just out having fun, and trying to bring y'all along with me!
     
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    Looks like it might be right useful to have!
     
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    It kinda looks like it could be used as an ulu. I don't know if that's one of the 5 tools, but I remember those got real popular a few years ago. Any skinning you got just waiting around?
     
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    All I have is tanned hides, nice ones. I have some scrap stuff I wrap my Awls in cow and deer I think. It won't be long and I'll be knocking down coyotes again, soon as the pears start to drop I'll start killing those dudes again. I can try it out on one of their skins
     
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    Good write up, couldn't have said it better myself. There is also a youtube video of it being put together.
     
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