Tac Force neck knife

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  1. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Hello brothers and sisters of the bush! It's that time again. A while back I got another neck knife in the mail to give a good once over!
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    This little guy hits the pocket for $12. From Amazon ( 550 cord lanyards and ranger band not included )
    Specs are...
    5" OAL
    2" Tanto blade
    G10 scales
    3CR13 steel
    Full tang with lanyard hole, scales are held in place with 2 torx screws. Comes with Kydex sheath and a beaded necklace.
    First impressions..
    Has good feel to it, feels solid.
    The short blade with a longer handle gives it good control. Handles are tight. Edge was fairly sharp ( I'll fix that ) but grind was even.
    Took it into the bush to give it a go this afternoon. Went through the normal run. IMG_20180530_175144.jpg green maple wasn't a problem. Once sharpened, it should make fast work of sapplings. IMG_20180530_175408.jpg I also chose one I couldn't baton all the way around so it made it a little harder than it had to be. IMG_20180530_180142.jpg Privet hedge was a used for the notches. Done a good job even mildly sharp. Once the edge is right it should be even better! IMG_20180530_180351.jpg
    How about some oak for the batoning test. I know these pieces are not huge, but would be a reasonable sized choice in a situation where one might rely on this blade as their only cutting tool. Common sense says this shouldn't be used to bust a 3" hickory log. ( Tho I might try anyway ) IMG_20180530_180812.jpg Not a problem! This guy done well right out of the box, I plan on putting a edge on it and taking it out again and complete a basic bushclass lesson with it. Just for fun and function of it. I would say in my opinion, not a bad blade for the price! IMG_20180530_181146.jpg I'll keep y'all posted as I break it in!
     
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    With it using 3Cr13MV ... I want to hear about edge retention after some use. 3Cr is pretty darn low end steel.

    Good overview of this knife kelso! Any pics of it in hand or around neck to get an idea of relative size?
     
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    I like it young fellar, especially for the price. joe
     
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    Ya 3cr is pritty friggin soft!
    I'll get more pics this afternoon after I work on the edge some
     
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    Given performance so far, it would still be a good budget blade for a PSK or just a neck knife on excursions in my opinion. I plan on taking it out again this afternoon, before I put a good edge on it. I would like to try and do a bushclass lesson with it.
    Then I'll put it to the stone and take it out for more tests. I'm thinking about the 3" hickory. I could use this knife to make afew wedges and use only items manufactured with this blade to do it. Maybe do a 1 stick fire with the hickory... Humm
     
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    Here is a picture of this dude in my hand for sale it's pritty small too. IMG_20180531_174225.jpg im still going to try to do the 1 stick fire with the biggest I can get away with. I think if I try a 3" I would have to rely mainly on wedges and a good beating rock after I initially got the wedge a place to start with the knife and then use the knife to process it down further.
     
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    Wow that's tiny.. but still looks to be big enough to be usable for a lot of tasks. Good work kelso.
     
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    Who's the manufacturer on this one?
     
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    Box says TacForce @Gman1051 not sure if that's part of a larger manufacturing company or not
     
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    Tried something today with this neck knife and afew more items. IMG_20180603_102315.jpg I wanted to do the buck saw lesson with this little knife and throw a twist in it. I wanted to construct the bowsaw using the blade,knife and 550 cord. I wanted to use the bucksaw to cut a lot larger than could be processed by batoning the knife. IMG_20180603_110527.jpg constructed the buck saw using the blade and the neck knife. I'm trying to process wood larger than really possible with a knife with a 2" blade. IMG_20180603_111153.jpg I wanted to use poplar to try this out. Giving a situation where one might have do the for real. Common sense would say you wouldn't use oak if poplar was available.. so I took the same route. Tho I did use a piece of oak for my wedge that I will pair with a rock to bust my poplar into batonable pieces.
    I used the knife to start a split all the way across my poplar log. Then took my wedge and my rock and drove it home. IMG_20180603_111350.jpg yes sir! Had never done this before so I was testing 2 things, how to process large diameter logs with a short blade and how to use a wooden wedge and a rock to process it to the point one can process it with the blade. IMG_20180603_111518.jpg from this point I was able to use the knife and a baton stick to process it down further. IMG_20180603_112224.jpg (sorry it's upside-down)
    The finish product wasn't pritty but it was functional for sure. It's work for sure, but if one might have to do this I don't think a little work would matter. This did teach me two things I can use this small blade to make tools to process large logs into more combustion friendly pieces. This little knife is proving to be a very useful tool!! More to come!!
     

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    Looks like a sweet neck knife.
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    Forum is making images act crazy..
     
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    I may have changed the grind a little... 1528158663804570443349.jpg I couldn't deal with original, so while I was putting it to the stone I changed the entire grind. I'm not sure how long it will hold this edge but it's took a nasty hair popping one! But it's sharp now!
     
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    Good show, ya done well young fellar. I'm proud of ya. joe
     
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    nice job !
     
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    Thanks braw! I haven't forgotten about this dude the word busy has been stalking me of late!
     
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    proof that skills make the tool work.

    have fun.
    -p
     
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