Knife makers are releasing new product info ahead of the Atlanta Blade Show. Fremont Knives‘ presser proclaims their new Farson Blade Survival Tool ”revolutionary.” And that’s because “the unique D-shaped configuration, thickness and blade shape allow the user chop, slice, skin and more, all while keeping their hand and fingers safely above the blade. This maximizes control while minimizing space.” Hard to argue the point without some serious T&E time (hint, hint). Anyway, by the Wyoming knife maker’s own admission, the Farson’s design is actually evolutionary . . .
Based on an ancient stone tool found near Farson, WY in the Red Desert, the Farson Blade Survival tool is perfect for cutlery chores around camp, as a survival blade and as a game processing tool.
Now available to anyone who needs to be prepared for outdoor activities or survival, the Farson Blade Survival Tool is light weight, compact, made from durable, weather resistant materials and provides unique versatility in extreme environments. At 3.5” X 5.5” X 5/32” it is compact enough to fit on a belt or in a pack, yet enables the user to chop kindling, skin large game, use as a hatchet or assist with food preparation.
The handle is wrapped with eight feet of 550 lb. paracord, invaluable in many wilderness or survival situations. The patent pending design is truly unique, is made of high carbon stainless steel with a hardness of 56-58Rc and has an attractive glass-bead finish. MSRP for the Farson Blade Survival Tool is $59.99, includes a nylon sheath with a belt loop and has a limited lifetime warranty.
Fremont neglects to mention the [hardened] steel used. Here’s hoping that it’s 440C, which would make it tough enough for the aforementioned chopping whilst still maintaining an edge.
That said, I’m not sure how much leverage you could muster with this configuration. I assume you’d have to tie a branch of some sort to the blade to git ‘er done. How easy/practical is that? Wouldn’t it be better to carry a machete and a sharp pocket knife or maybe just something in between?
As I said, the Farson needs a little field research.
Meanwhile, hats off to fieldandstream.com’s Sourdough Dave for the pic above and suggesting the serrations at the top of the tool. Which earned him an early production piece and TTAK kudos.