Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee would approve of CRKT’s big ‘Redemption’ survival knife, although it might be a little too tacticool for his decidedly (out)backcountry tastes. It’s got all the survival/tactical features you could shake a Modern Sporting Rifle at: G10 scales, a Molle-compatible nylon/kydex sheath, and a 9.5 inch blade of extra-hard O1 tool steel. It tips the scales at a manly 20 ounces.
Forward-curved blades like Kukris and this Redemption don’t do anything for me aesthetically. They look too Orcish for my tastes, but I have to admit that they’re extremely functional. Large straight blades may look more elegant (to me) but they don’t have enough belly to do much normal-sized work, and they don’t have the chopping power of weighted, curved blades.
I still don’t get the purpose of all that false reverse edge, because I don’t want to be close enough to stab anything big enough to shrug off a stab from a smaller blade. Texas feral hog hunting with only a knife? Not this suburb-slicker, thanks. I don’t care how big the knife is.
The Chinese-made Redemption has an MSRP of $300, but can be found on Amazon.com for half of that. If that price sounds too good to be true (and some of my friends have been burned lately,) trusted sources like Knife Center also list them for $225 and thereabouts.