EDIT: Watch my updated video review here.
I have talked about Mykel Hawke before here on Bauer vs Wild. In fact, one time Captain Hawke actually commented on one of my posts where I was criticizing one of his rules of thumb for finding edible berries in the wild.
This next knife from Captain Hawke's Hawke Brand that I am reviewing is the Hawke Peregrine 2.0. The model I purchased was the Flat Dark Earth G-10 Knife (MH-003SW). Here are the specs:
- AUS-8 Stainless Steel Blade
- Full Tang Construction
- Blackstone Protective Finish
- Multiple Lanyard Attachment Points
- Micarta Handle
- 5" Tanto Blade
- 10 1/2" Length Overall
- Tactical Sheath with Velcro strap and auxiliary pocket
As you can clearly see, this knife is pretty bad ass looking. The handle is very solid and is very comfortable in your hand. It also has three places on the knife with holes so you can securely lash your knife onto a stick to make a spear out of.
The knife construction is also very solid, and strong. I was able to do some simple batoning to test it out and it handled it without issue. The blade comes out of the package pretty sharp, but with the peculiar shape it's kind of difficult to sharpen, but certainly not impossible if you have the right sharpening tools. I made some pine scrapings with the blade, and it did it easily.
My only gripe with this knife is that because it has the Blackstone finish on it you can pretty much forget using the spine of the knife as a ferro rod striker. I even tried filing off the finish on the spine a bit as you can see below, but it still was pretty lousy as making sparks.
I also tried getting sparks from the half circle area just under the blade and was able to product sparks, but the lashing hole made it difficult for me to get a good scrape using the pin technique, and made it difficult to aim using the pull technique. If you buy this for a survival knife, be sure to bring something else to use as a striker. Or, better yet you can do what Mykel Hawke recommends and just bring a few lighters ;-)
Overall I think this is a pretty cool knife, and would be happy to take it back in the woods with me. My go to for a good survival knife is still (Say what you want) my Bear Grylls knife from Gerber.
What's your favorite knife for use in bush craft or survival? Let us know in the comments!