TACTICAL KNIVES/September 2010
o the sheath was set up oruse with the MOLLE systemand had two sets o eyelets,one set at each end, orother attachment options. The pouch on the ront o the sheath has an expand-able opening and is plentylarge enough to pack alongsome extra gear. The pouchcover was secured with aside-squeeze quick releasebuckle, and a Velcro asten-ing nylon cinch strap. Theknie itsel is secured in thesheath via dual Velcro as-tening retention straps. The next thing I noticedbeore drawing the knierom the sheath was thatit has a very positive grip. The depth o the rst n-ger groove unctions muchlike a sub-hilt, but withoutbeing so long as to get inthe way. Upon drawing theblade, I nally got to see inperson the unique bladeshape that I had been wait-ing on ever since it rst ap-peared on the TOPS web-site some weeks back. Justlooking at this blade, it isimmediately obvious thatnormal aesthetics werecast aside, or more likelynever even considered,as the knie was designedrom tip to pommel rom apurely “unctional-in-the-eld” perspective.Overall the knie is 14.75 inches long andmade o 3/16-inch 5160 hi-carbon steelthat’s hardened to an edge-retaining RC56-58, and protected by a black tractionepoxy hybrid powder coat. The handle ismade o black canvas Micarta over red lin-ers, has dual holes at the pommel end ormultiple lanyard options, and it has a divoton one side or use with a re bow. The
blade itsel is 9 inches in length and has avery distinctive, modied clip-point, tantoshape on which the primary edge runs intoa secondary, creating a re-angle rather thana re-curve. There are ve separate edges inall or a combined total o one oot o plain-edge cutting surace on the 9-inch blade,and with all o them being simple straightlines, eld maintenance with a at stone hasbeen greatly simplied. Behind the 3 incheso sharpened upper edge, the spine alsoboasts 3.5 inches o heavy-duty saw, andbetween the saw and the upper guard thereis a 2.25-inch section o at spine or thumbplacement or better control in detailed cut-ting and whittling. The knie denitely lookslike it is made or business rom one end tothe other; time to get it in the eld and getbetter acquainted with this beast.
Looking at the knie, I had no doubts therewas chopping power at the ready, so I wasat rst more curious as to how “the whit-tling-edge” would handle ner cutting. Therst order o business was to break of adead pine limb and nd out. At nearly 15inches overall, it is a rather large knie thatnaturally doesn’t handle like your avorite“bushcrat” knie; even so, whittling was noproblem at all. I made uzz sticks o deadwhite pine, some red cedar, and even some
When it comes to surviving in the wilderness, the Hellion denitelybrings a lot o capability to the eld. From building shelter, to makingtraps, tools, and weapons or harvesting game, to starting a re to cookit on and boiling your water, to making pots and skewers to cook with, tobowls and utensils to eat with, to making water ltration and collectionsystems so you can stay hydrated, the Hellion has all the bases covered.The irst thing I wanted to see when I got this knie in hand was justhow well it could handle some iner cutting. With the total control o-ered by the positive grip and the razor-sharp whittling edge, the ine,tight little curls just rolled down the stick with little eort.
The obtuse “V” notch ormed by the re-angle o the blade makes asweet spot or heavier whittling. Using this notch, I was able to quicklysharpen some heavy stakes to construct a windbreak or my shelter.
The saw spine on this knie is a terric and very well thought out eature. The teeth are alter-nately angled in the opposite direction, which creates two rows o cutting points that tearthrough bark, wood and bamboo very eciently.