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Hawkes Hellion_Tactical Knives_September 2010

Hawkes Hellion_Tactical Knives_September 2010

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SPECIAL FORCES BORN AND BRED!TOPS NEW MONSTER HACKER WILL GET YOU THROUGH GREEN HELL AND BACK AGAIN TO TELL ABOUT IT.
SPECIAL FORCES BORN AND BRED!TOPS NEW MONSTER HACKER WILL GET YOU THROUGH GREEN HELL AND BACK AGAIN TO TELL ABOUT IT.

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ajor Mykel Hawke isa 24-year veteran o the U.S. Army Spe-cial Forces. As an enlistedman he served as a Spe-cial Forces medic in com-munications and in intel-ligence operations. Two o the positions he has heldas an ocer were medicalservices ocer and SpecialForces commander. Mykelhas spent years living andworking in some o theworld’s more interestingand hostile places, or “goodballparks,” as he reers tothem. He spent almost twoyears in the rainorests o Latin America, nearly twoyears in the harsh desertscrub and mountains o theMiddle East, a year and ahal in the tropics o Haiti, ayear in a hot spot in EasternEurope, six months on thecontinent o Arica, and haspulled duty in the Orient.In looking over his servicehistory, it becomes clearthat the man denitely hasa rm grasp on just whatit takes to survive in theworld’s harshest environ-ments. Which brings us tothe new TOPS Hawke Hel-lion survival knie!
Battle Ready
My rst out-o-the-boxobservation was that theKydex-lined nylon sheathwas designed to be verysoldier-riendly. The beltloop was wide enough toslide over a standard-issuepistol belt with no disas-sembly required. The back 
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Special Forces born and bred! TOPS’ new monster hacker will get you through Green Hell and back again to tell about it!
The spine’s two rows o teeth ormed by the opposing angles tear through bark, wood,and bamboo with vicious eciency, and yet the Hellion is still made so that you canhold the blade in a pinch grip when doing more detailed work with the tip.The handle o Hawke’s Hellion does sport TOPS’ excellent t and nish, smoothowing contours, and well rounded edges, but don’t let it ool you becauseit’s denitely not just another pretty handle. This handle is all business.In designing the Hellion,Mykel Hawke drew on lessons learned romhaving spent many years living and workingin the world’s harshest environments.
 
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The Hellion is an enigma in that it is a xed bladed, chopping,cutting, survival multi-tool on a relatively large scale. Havinga combined total o 12 inches o plain edge cutting area, 3.5inches o very unctional saw teeth, a long stout blade, thestrength o a ull tang design, with a bow drill divot, builtin hammer, and pommel spike, it puts a lot o ability at theuser’s disposal in one easily manageable package.
 
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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. Theknie itsel is secured in thesheath via dual Velcro as-tening retention straps. The next thing I noticedbeore drawing the knierom 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 knie was designedrom tip to pommel rom apurely “unctional-in-the-eld” perspective.Overall the knie 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, modied 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 surace on the 9-inch blade,and with all o them being simple straightlines, eld maintenance with a at stone hasbeen greatly simplied. 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 knie denitely lookslike it is made or business rom one end tothe other; time to get it in the eld and getbetter acquainted with this beast.
Field Testing
Looking at the knie, 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. Therst order o business was to break of adead pine limb and nd out. At nearly 15inches overall, it is a rather large knie thatnaturally doesn’t handle like your avorite“bushcrat” knie; 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 denitelybrings 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 knie 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 eort.
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 knie is a terric 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 eciently.

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