About a month or so ago I started reading the Tracker Action Pics Thread - somewhere between post #2401 and #2500 (out of 10,000+) I decided to buy a Tracker. I finally brought home a T-2 Tracker about a week ago. I picked the T-2 over the T-1 because I thought that the T-2 offered a gentler entry point for me than the T-1. It seemed like it might be simpler to start using without having to rethink how I handled my tool selections. At a blade length of roughly 5 inches, I planned to simply replace my current 5 inch belt knife without trying to adjust the rest of of my 3 (or 4 or 5 tool - whatever) tool system. I knew I was giving up the chopping ability of the T-1 to go with the T-2. While there isn't an especially large difference in blade length, there is a huge difference in weight between the T-1 and the T-2. The T-1 is listed online around 21 oz which is roughly the same weight as my small Estwing hatchet. The T-2 weighs about 9 oz on my scale, so that is close to a pound less than the T-1. In my mind this weight essentially changes the character of the tool. To me the the T-1 Tracker seems like a small hatchet or hand axe that can also do knife like jobs. On the other hand, to me the T-2 is a Tracker shaped knife. That is - to me the T-2 fits in my system roughly where a belt knife would go, with some extra capabilities due to the quarter round and the saw back. The T-1 on the other hand seems to compete more directly with a hatchet or a kukri as a "one tool option". I wasn't ready to go to a "one tool option" yet, so for me the T-2 seemed like a better place to start. First Impressions I love the feel of the T-2 in my hand. Ergonomically, it feels exactly right. For me 5 inches is kind of a sweet spot - just short enough to feel agile in my hand, just long enough to handle the kind of batoning I want to do with a knife. I went out to my porch and did some batoning and pencil stick making. I tried to do some "Tracker curls", but I was using some nasty, twisty, half-rotted and then dried wood that just wouldn't give me anything. I thought I was doing something wrong, but then I tried a section of 2x2 and my heart swelled as I got my first newbie curls. The next day I went to a local park and practiced peeling curls off a downed branch, so it works on other local wood. I also used the saw back, and was pleasantly surprised at how well (and smooth) it worked. I tried it in the kitchen slicing apples. It definitely wants to crush rather than slice by default, but I think I'm starting to be able to work with it as I get more familiar with it. My two boys were interested in it, but the older one said it was a "little too heavy" so visions of T-4 have started dancing in my head for them at some point. Over the past few days, I have come to love the multiple hand positions possible with the Tracker, I often find myself holding it by the blade as I'm doing pull cuts, or even reversed in my palm as I'm using the "chopping" edge for fine work. I took it up with me on a bike ride to our local glacier lake. It rode well on my bag strap. This knife *wants* to strip bark and carve walking sticks. Questions ========= 1. The spring clips on the kydex sheath. I'm finding them ridiculously hard to put on or take off of my belt for scout carry. The inner lip of the spring clips catch onto the belt especially when I'm trying to take the sheath off. I don't know if there is some trick or way of twisting it that makes it easier to get on or off but when I can't see what I'm doing it's almost impossible for me to manage by myself. For the moment I've just taken to putting it on an outside strap on my pack or bag. 2. The linen micarta scales. I like the way the scales feel, but when I was washing the knife recently, I noticed that they seem to absorb water. I feel uncomfortable with the idea of that happening with other (especially organic) liquids. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to handle that? Does anyone seal them and if so how, or are there other ways to deal with that? General Impression ================== I think it's the perfect size for me to use as a knife. I enjoy all the different grip positions that I've found so far. For cutting and scraping I find it ergonomically nearly perfect. It's not really a chopper, but it works great as a hacking knife to take off chunks of wood for rough shaping. Overall I really like it.