I was lately introduced to a robust fixed blade knife identified by the initials HWS (hunter, warrior, scout) created by Kellershop Knives. At the moment my knives of selection have been a Kershaw spring help knife as my EDC and I use a Cold Steel Kukri in the woods since it has 3 cutting zones with adequate weight for chopping.
I was asked to attempt a fixed blade to see how I may like it as an option to my existing knives and what would be the functions that I would like to see. I stated I would like a thick spine with a wide portion of blade for battoning/chopping, a complete tang, a non slip grip , a socket in the manage for bow & spindle firecraft, a 90 degree edge for striking ferro rods, and the blade created of carbon steel for flint & steel fire generating. The HWS fixed blade knife fulfilled my specifications and I started to place it to the test.
I had to get utilised to wearing the HWS as my other knives had been carried differently. The HWS rides higher on my belt but has the benefit of getting simply concealed if necessary. Due to the fact of the higher mount I was capable to be seated in a vehicle seat or chair but I could also really feel the manage against my ribs. The Kydex sheath is incredibly tough but I may discover other possibilities than the leather loops for attachment to my belt. It would also be good if a ferro rod would be integrated. The Mycarta manage has constructive grip even when wet. It also has a 1/2″ hole at the finish of the manage that can be utilised to attach a lanyard but is huge adequate for straightening arrow shafts for primitive archery enthusiasts.
I started to use it for chopping wood but at eight oz. I identified it to be light in weight. Chopping wood applying a four 1/2″ blade with a total length of eight three/8″ is asking a lot but with persistence it can be utilised on moderate to modest branches and sticks. It operates greatest to use a wide angle method when chopping.
The hefty blade worked wonderfully when applying baton sticks. It was restricted only by it is length but it is incredibly sturdy. After the wood had been split down I was capable to make fuzz sticks by generating successively larger cuts along the wood’s edge applying the thumb of my opposing hand across the prime of the blade to handle each and every reduce. I identified that a thicker blade operates a tiny differently but with a tiny adjustment it absolutely operates. I then wanted to use the HWS functions for my firecraft endeavors.
I grabbed a piece of flint and some char cloth. I started to use the back side of the blade to strike the edge of the flint and the initial sparks looked promising but successive sparks had been tougher to accomplish. I was capable to catch sparks on the charcloth and join it to some tinder to make a fire. While committed strikers make superior sparks they weren’t created to do all that the HWS can do.
It appears that any manufactured edge demands to be ruffed up a bit to be helpful. that also goes for a new ferro rod. The flint striking helped to make the prime of the blade extra aggressive for applying with a ferro rod. Immediately after quite a few strikes I could throw some sparks and I identified the sweet spot for striking to be toward the tip on the backside that gave the easiest and greatest sparks.
I grabbed my bow & spindle kit and started to use the socket in the knife manage as a bearing block. When in use by the left hand the blade is positioned facing outward, away from the user. The socket is a tiny shallow compared to a normal bearing block but then the socket in the manage is a bonus function and not a committed aspect of a precise bow & spindle kit.
The HWS is a incredibly reliable fixed blade knife. It feels comfy in the hand and can carry out a multitude of bushcraft tasks. All told I was impressed with this knife and it is craftsmanship by Kellershop Knives.