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Down Under Knives?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Tired_and_hungry, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Tired_and_hungry

    Tired_and_hungry Well-Known Member

  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Their choice of steel for the larger knives (440C) would be enough to make me pause. 440C is not what I would use on a big chopper if I meant to actually use it.
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Msgt. Breed's review of it in 2010 was a nice piece of polite criticism. It was apparent that he was a bit skeptical of the big shiny 440C knife getting through the chopping tests and the note of surprise that it survived chopping and even batonning is evident. The handle was too short and too round. The knife was fatiguing to use and was "dead" in the hand in use. The grind wasn't appropriate for a knife used for chopping and the blade got stuck in the materials. All politely said with an optimistic tone that still clearly communicated that the knife is a poorly designed shiny sharp object.
  4. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    The thing that made me skeptical was their claim to have designed one blade that does everything well. "It's a sports car AND a truck!" Nnnnn . . .
  5. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    From their website:

    "Q: Where are your knives made?
    A: We have a carefully selected production partner in Asia. The knife is almost 70% handcrafted by top professional bladesmiths."

    Made in Asia! Now that's an authentic Ausie blade. Asia is a....large place, where exactly are we talking? Oh, and almost 70 percent, wow.

    I'll pass.
  6. Pawcatch

    Pawcatch Well-Known Member

    I bought one in Febuary of 2011 from Knifecenter.
    I haven't done any chopping of wood with it,but I have used it to dispatch several snapping turtles,as well as cutting of the bottom part of their shell.

    It's held up fine using it for that task.Only touched up the edge once and it feels very good for a large knife.

    Edited to add that I don't own any of their other knives.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  7. Il Duca

    Il Duca Well-Known Member

    They are Taiwan made, no biggie. 440 can make a decent blade if properly heat treated. I was looking at the Death Adder as I am on the hunt for a double edged type fighter and like the look. However the name (Death Adder) and the company's description of the knife killed it for me. I can't say if their knives are any good, but their marketing sucks.
  8. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Well, in addition to my being dubious about 440C on a large knife meant for hard use, I'll echo what hso said, that their handles look poorly designed.

  9. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member


    Good to hear from someone that has the make/model.

    How is it as a slicer?
  10. Cal-gun Fan

    Cal-gun Fan Well-Known Member

    Good looking knives. What do you want to use them for? Bushcraft/survival blade? If so, I'd recommend a Buck Hoodlum or ESEE Junglas instead (both great and STRONG blades with appropriate steel).
  11. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    I've been beating up an Ontario RTAK-II lately. I'll post a review in a couple days.
  12. Cal-gun Fan

    Cal-gun Fan Well-Known Member

    Looking forward to it! Has it chipped at all? Heard that about the RTAKs, but then 95% of what the internet has to offer is falsehood :)
  13. jack404

    jack404 Active Member

    Save your money this guy is a brit hiding in Australia using the Patriot act to stop him being arrested ( he is married to a US gal , she's nice , she also left the crook .. )

    nothing to do with down under except he hides here

    want him ?? take him , mutt it is ..

    so9rry but these folks have lied cheated and dodged the hassles by hiding behind rules of other nations that we respect but seemingly this guy respects nothing but money

    try sending him a email if they respond trace the IP

    and frankly the knives are way over priced and mass produced here

  14. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member


    Got a specific link to the knife itself?
  15. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member


    This is the 5160 version. Not as good as a Camp Defender, but no chips, so far. :)

  16. Pawcatch

    Pawcatch Well-Known Member

    Hso,sorry for the late response.
    The Outback Bowie is actually a decent slicer for as thick as it is.I'd say it's a better slicer than my CS trailmaster.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

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