Getting free knives in the mail is one of the more awesome facets of this job. I won’t lie. Yesterday I was treated to a double-dose of awesome when I received two knives representing both ends of the size-spectrum. The first was a Helle Mândra, the new Les Stroud-designed neck knife. The second isn’t the biggest knife I have ever received for testing. That honor goes to the First Edge 5050, which happens to be the big brother to this new one – the First Edge 5150 Field Knife.
I must say that I was immediately taken by the Helle. It is just a pretty little knife which feels wonderfully light in the hand, yet has a stout enough blade to be in no way a delicate knife. It comes amazingly sharp from the box, which happens to be a very attractive cardboard tube. There is a wiping-cloth included as well. I will have a formal First Impression Review in the near future, but I will state now that this would make an excellent Father’s Day gift.
When Rick Shepherd of First Edge discussed sending us the 5150 Field Knife, I told him I would like to pass it along to David since I am already reviewing the 5050. Rick was fine with that provided I did use the 5150 for a day or two so I could provide a good comparison between the two. I obliged him today, taking the knife to the Smoky Mountains, where I put it through as much of a wringer as I could in one day. I cut lunch rolls and tomatoes, I hacked my way through a couple of 4-5″ diameter limbs, and even gutted a small rainbow trout with it.
I will write more about the day and the experience in the next day or two once I pull together photos. Suffice it to say that the 5150 is a heck of a knife as well, and I am quite certain that David will love testing it.