Awesome review, thank you! Mine should be in my mailbox tomorrow... I CANT WAIT
My first thought after opening the box was "wow" this knife is a TANK!
Stats are as follows:
Blade Size: 5.5" x 1.68" x .25"
Overall Length: 11"
Hardness: 57-59 Rc
Handle: Linen Micarta, Cushioned
The first victim of the Fehrman was this frozen Ozarka bottle which I chopped in half with one hard swing. Needless to say... no edge damage.
Ranger (knife testing partner) loves ice.
I determined that this knife was far too pretty and shiny so i decided to give it a good work-out this weekend. With that in mind I had a lot of mesquite bbq wood that needed to be split and wanted to see how the CPM-3V steel with the Fehrman heat treatment would hold up to batoning a very hard wood with knots and forks. My experience has been that most knife steels will dull quickly in this process, and I find it to be a good test of overall toughness and wear-resistance.
Those of you whom believe that batoning is abuse... stop reading now. If batoning was truly abuse, I'd be in prison.
Generally, I split each log twice (into four pieces) using a chunk of cedar (juniper) that I chopped down with the Fehrman as my 'baton'. The 5.5" blade isn't very long for chopping, but by choking back on the handle it is capable.
I chopped for hours this weekend off and on, splitting all my wood shown is a small pile below (for the purpose of dramatic reenactment). I'd estimate I split about half a cord of mesquite in total. The edge showed only one very small roll toward the rear of the blade. It is the kind of roll that would take about 10 seconds and a crock stick to fix (if that). Other than that minor roll on the very edge of the edge, the geometry was flawless.
I tried to get a picture of the very small roll or misalignment of the edge... it is just after the choil reflecting light just a bit. Yes, I know that is a tiny problem and hardly worth mentioning, but I'm trying to be complete.
As you see, the edge is still capable of slicing the print off of a letter or Mr. Russell's fine catalog. Needless to say, it also has no problem shaving arm hair.
Today, I decided to use the knife a bit more by digging up weeds in my back yard. The edge was dulled slightly, but the 3V still shaves arm hair just fine.
The ergo's are excellent on the Last Chance and the handle is very comfortable. The knife has excellent fit and finish, and is very well made with thumb notches along the rear of the spine. The spine is beveled as is the choil to prevent the hand from contacting sharp areas. It makes the knife very comfortable to use. I have medium/small hands. (Note I am only showing the palm side of my arm because the other side has lost all it's hair this weekend)
In reading about 3V, there seems to be some discussion about the rust resistance of the steel. To determine for myself, I left the knife uncleaned throughout the weekend and allowed it to spend the night (accidentally) in the damp grass of my backyard for over 12 hours (it was the beer's fault... really). There was no corrosion or staining of the blade when I cleaned it today with soap and water.
In short, I'd highly recommend this product, and I have ordered two more of Mr. Fehrman's knives. I find them to be a bargain at their price point. I wish I had video capability so you guys could see how hard I beat this knife through tough dried mesquite knots and forks. At times i was striking the spine and the thinner tip of the blade with tremendous force. Enough force to where I began to worry that I may damage the knife. I recall reminding myself that Mr. Fehrman's knives are Guaranteed not to fail… for life (his words). Trust me when I say I beat it like a rented mule... and it laughed.
EDIT TO ADD: After whacking on some old dry oak wood (very hard wood) to see just how much the edge would take and if I the oak would damage it. It didn't, although it did dull it a bit more. I decided to see what it would take to bring the edge back to factory sharpness.
First, I used a ceramic crock stick to straiten the minor edge deformation... it took a couple of strokes to fully repair. Next, I stropped it on a veritas loaded strip of leather. After 20-30 strokes the edge is an absolute hair splitter. I am not sure if the blade is cutting the hair (whats left of it) on my arm or if the hairs are retreating in fear of the edge... I wouldn't blame 'em.
Again... I'm impressed.
Disclaimer: Although no animals were harmed in the chronicling of this review, several beers were killed.
Last edited by kdstrick; 03-21-2010 at 07:37 PM.
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Awesome review, thank you! Mine should be in my mailbox tomorrow... I CANT WAIT
great test report with great pics. you know how to wring a knife out. humor was nice also---did you make the sheath?thanks dennis.
i just got a peacemaker the other day. AWESOME KNIVES
great review. I liked all the pics. Just on a side note I have never been able to enjoy a pale ale since watching the movie (american pie) Just squeamish i guess.
Good review, thanks.
I became really impressed with Fehrmans 3V when I was testing my LC against two other major hard use brands. (Busse and Strider)
I was stabbing the tip of the Fehrman as hard as I could into some wood and twisting it out. I missed and hit the concrete floor. I about sh*t my pants. This concrete is over 20 years old and very hard. The concrete only showed a slight ding. When I examined the tip, which to my surprise was still there, I found that there was very minor plastic deforamation. The top coating hadn’t even come off. It was easily fixed.
Although I hated to, I repeated the mistake, on purpose, with the other two brands. Although they both had thicker tips than the Fehrman, they both sustained about the same damage, very minor.
Fehrmans manufacture and HT of this steel is really impressive.
They are better slicers, and choppers, than the thicker geometries of some knives I’ve had, yet hold their edge as good, or better.
I am expecting a Thru-Hiker and Final Judgement in the mail sometime this month.
Great review! I love my Last Chance. Fehrmans are great blades!
Great review I definitely need to try one out soon
Good review. I like the rubber gaskets Fehrman uses for spacers between the scales.
Thanks for the review. I've been thinking about this knife for hiking.
Great review thanks. I also have a Last Chance and absolutely love it. It hasn't seen quite as much action as yours though. Good to know what I can expect from it.
Last Chance got its share of abuse on the other side of the Atlantic too. But after half a dozen survival trips with lots of cutting, slicing and occassional batonning, it is still holding its edge surprisingly well! I find it a bit heavy/bulky for long survival trips - I prefer the much lighter Fällkniven F1 or S1, although the VG-10 steel is inferior to CPM3V. Perhaps the Peace Maker is a better choice.
I have been using a Bailey Brashaw pocket knife with a mid lock and a 3" blade for about 5 years now. It is .90 in front of the bolster , tapered distally. It sharpens easy and is a pleasure to use. It is set up for single hand opening but looks like a slip joint. I own a lot of pocket knives from a lot of good makers and nothing works every day like this piece.
Ferman peace makers 4" & 6" fill the bill for a general utility knife with a 3/16" blade.
Whats the difference between Satin and black finish? black looks more raw..
A good read and nice pictures. A video would certainly put it over the top. Good to know that it held up okay (rust wise) after spending the night out. Please clarify, was the Last Chance blade in the sheath or exposed during that time?
Great review, thanks! You've got a "tweener" compared to mine - I've got the Peacemaker and the First Strike. Love them both, Fehrman doesn't get much publicity, which is too bad. Great knives with great ergos!
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