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Knife Review – Tom Brown Tracker

Tom Brown Tracker Knife Review 

This is my personal review of the Tom Brown Tracker, with the 6 1/4″ blade and Gray Micarta Handle, Kydex Model TBT010

 

Manufactures Specifications

  • Made from 1/4″ 1095 High Carbon Alloy
  • Coated in traction epoxy to help prevent rusting
  • 11.5″ long overall length
  • 2.5″ carving blade
  • 3.5″ chopping blade
  • Handle is Micarta
  • Includes kydex sheath
  • The Tom Brown Tracker is made for chopping, splitting, carving and, hammering. You can also use the tracker to scrape, saw and even break metal wire by twisting and stressing the wire using the serrations on the backside.

 

tom brown tracker knifeI first received the Tom Brown Tracker as a gift, from a family friend – my first thought was that it would be heavy, clumsy and the knife would end up gathering dust somewhere in the house.

I actually thought why not just carry a small camp axe with me instead, but I was wrong.

This knife is now one of my favorite knives and I always keep it in my survival/hunting pack.

This is not an everyday carry knife –  it is quite a large knife and can be very intimidating and also a bit awkward to carry for everyday chores.  

I now find that I use this knife as an axe, and I routinely reach for it instead of my camp axe. It is an ideal for any survival pack. However, I would not consider it an everyday carry knife.

 

tom brownt tracker carving some wood

tom brown tracker splitting woodBecause of the way the blade is designed on the Tom Brown Tracker you can easily do the smaller bushcraft tasks, like carving wooden fishhooks or putting a point on a spear or ground stake.

The chopping blade itself is definitely solid and heavy enough to split large pieces of timber branch for firewood, or even chop down small trees and shear limbs.

 

I have used this knife through multiple camp holidays, on hunting trips and just plain living in the woods for a few weeks at a time – it holds up to all the survival tasks I do and is ready to go every time

However, I don’t really like the standard sheath. It is very stiff and just does not feel right – I am concerned that the knife will slide out, and it’s quite noisy when inserting or removing.

In a tactical situation where noise could be an issue, I would definitely not use the sheath.

I am currently looking to make a new sheath myself or even find a suitable replacement if there’s one about.. I have always prefered leather or good heavy nylon sheaths.

 

tom brown tracker blade edgeThe blade itself has the notched saw blade top edge and works really well for notching if you are making dead-fall traps or even weakening larger tom brown tracker notching wood branchpieces of wood so they can be broken.

It would be difficult and hard work to try and saw completely through a large limb but the saw blade will remove enough wood so the limb can be broken or then use the chopping blade to finish it off.

The saw blade will not do precision cuts – it will, however,  remove chucks of wood in a hurry.

So, If you need to be measuring closely for shelter poles and so on, you have to make sure, you have accounted for the roughness of the cut.

I use the Tom Brown Tracker when I field dress game so it can be transported.

The saw blade itself is more than good enough to separate any bones from the joints – It actually acts just like a meat cleaver, but don’t try using this knife as a skinning knife – it is not a good Skinner,  but then again it’s not really designed to be one.

It does feel really comfortable in the hand, mainly due to the good balance and also because of the Micarta handle. Micarta is a composite material usually made from linen or canvas – the materials are layered together and then treated with a resin and heated up while under pressure – this makes an extremely strong handle with very little weight.

The Tracker is definately classed as a  multi-tool survival knife – something any wilderness survival expert looks for in a knife.

If this survival knife was the only tool you had, you could build shelter, chop down wood for a camp fire, create new tools out of wood and also use the metal for striking against flint to create a fire. It’s a very versatile and stout knife and once I felt the knife in my hand and chopped my first timber branch I was hooked..!

Tom Brown Tracker, Gray Micarta Handle, Black Blade, Kydex Model TBT-010

Pros:

  • Very good quality carbon steel this knife is designed by an expert in the field
  • Multiple uses
  • Blade stays sharp and can stand up to the rigors of camp life
  • Looks great and feels good in the hand, you want to use this knife and once you receive one you will look for things to do with it
  • Big but not bulky and is designed for practically any sized hand
  • Reduced hand fatigue when chopping or sawing.

 

Cons:

  • Even though the blade is treated to help prevent rusting it wears off quickly and rust will appear just like on any carbon steel. This is not a problem for anyone accustomed to carbon steel but really, there is no point in using the “traction epoxy” to help prevent rusting as a selling point. Anyone familiar with carbon steel knows to treat it to prevent corrosion, but some may assume because of the rust inhibitor that they do not have to pay as close of attention
  • Sheath is not as good as I would have liked or expected

 

I hope you have enjoyed my personal review and it has helped you when choosing the best survival knife for your wilderness and survival needs.

Without doubt, the Tom Brown Tracker is one of the better knives I have used in  along while, and it gets plenty of use.

 


 


 

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