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The PLSK2 meets all ten of my requirements for a one tool option with ease (see my post explaining the 10 requirements here- LINK) and boasts a great set of specifications to live up to all the hype you have heard about the knife.
Here are the technical specifications on the PLSK2:
- Steel: 3/16" 01 Tool Steel
- Overall Length: 8 3/8"
- Blade Width: 1 1/5"
- Handle Length: 4 1/4"
- Grind: Scandi
- Sheath: Leather
- Handle Material: Green Micarta Scales (w/ large Fish Eye Hole)
- Price: $199.00
Now Lets Dig Into My Ten Requirements For A Self-Reliance Knife:
Manageable Blade Length: This knife has a 4 1/4" blade length which is about perfect for an EDC one tool self-reliance option if it comes down to that type of scenario. The knife works well for anything from fine carving to heavy-duty usage; while the scandinavian grind isn't as durable as a convex grind for heavy use it is ideal for fine carving so this knife excels at field dressing game, making try sticks and shaving fine tinder material but will lose its edge a little faster than say the Indy Hammered Knives Bush Cleaver (Review Here- LINK).
Solid/Flat Pommel: While this knife doesn't have a flat pommel it does have a very usable pommel. As an EDC knife I have used this knife to pound in tent stakes, door hinges, beat a metal container back into shape and much more. While it's not an ideal hammer it can easily be used out of convenience until you can make one out of a larger stick.
One Cutting Edge With No Serrations: This knife obviously has one cutting edge which is ideal for long-term self reliance and also for ease of sharpening in the field through improvised means. This knife sharpens extremely easily on a river stone followed by stropping on a leather belt.
90 Degree Edge On Spine: While the spine isn't as aggressive as my Blind Horse Knives Short Trail (Review Here-LINK) it is still quite capable of removing a ton of material from a ferro rod and can easily scrape tinder material to process it further. I have used this knife to gather and process a ton of tulip poplar inner bark and it easily gets that fluff inner material processed from stick to fire in a few minutes. This 90 degree spine also enables the use of the knife as a flint/steel striker. I wouldn't recommend doing this on a regular basis on a $200.00 knife as it can decrease the effectiveness of the spine for scraping, but it can easily be used for this fire making method if needed.
High Carbon Steel: As I stated above the knife is high carbon 01 tool steel so it works quite well for flint/steel fire starting. While I don't use this knife on a regular basis for this task I have started a few flint/steel fires with this knife and it produces a good bit of sparks to catch in char cloth.
Sharp/Spear Point: This knife has a sharp point which can me fashioned into a spear quite easily. I haven't found the need for use in this application but have used it to drill a starter hole into a bow drill set, process small/large game and fish. This tip isn't going to be breaking off with normal use or by merely dropping it. I have dropped the knife a few times onto hard surfaces without any issues and used the knife many times a day for two months straight.
1/8" to 3/16" Blade Thickness: At 3/16th thick this knife is built with long-term durability in mind. With the combination of the thick blade and scandinavian grind it is a great knife for all around use. This knife has withheld sustained use for well over two years and has showed no signs of slowing down.
Full Tang or Nearly Full Tang With 1+ Year Of Abuse Testing: This knife is full tang and has held up well over the two years of continued abuse as well as nearly two months in a hunting/trapping camp where the knife was used everyday for any camp activity I required.
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