For the past two years, (Season 2 here and Season 3 here) we have brought you a breakdown of the knives carried by contestants on History’s hit Alone TV-series. I would have loved to do the same thing again this year, but there is just one problem.
History has made it impossible to do so. In years past, they have produced videos, released ahead of the season premiere, that show each contestant going over their ten items for the viewers to see what they have chosen. From those videos, I have been able to see and identify the exact makes and models of the blades being taken into the wilderness. They have elected not to post those videos this year.
Perhaps it is because of the new twist introduced this season. Rather than putting a contestant out by themselves, Season 4 is putting them out in teams of two family members. One is placed in a location where they are responsible for shelter building, and the other is placed some miles away with a compass and a bearing, and they must reunite and survive. They are still limited to ten selected items, but those items must be split between the two people.
For that reason, fixed blade knives are no longer on the list of ten items that the contestants can choose. Instead, each contestant can carry a knife and a ferro rod, without it counting against their ten items. So even if history had released the “10-item Videos,” the knives might not have made it to screen anyway.
Which is disappointing. I’m not going to lie… our “Knives Of Alone” post is typically one of our highest performing posts throughout the season while the show is airing. Even now, our Season 3 post is showing up in our daily top ten, because this is a subject that people are trying to find via search engines. We have even had previous years’ contestants chime in on the comments to provide more info on their blades and to join in the conversation, including Season 2 winner Dave McIntyre, Nicole Apelian (also from season 2), and Callie North from Season 3.
So if anyone from History happens to be reading this… people are obviously curious about the knives your contestants are carrying. If you would like to help get that information out there, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – we would all be very excited and thankful if you did.