hobbit fang or utility which design is better?


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Dec 25, 1998
I am wanting to purchase a REKAT neck knife. The question for all of you that have handled them is, which is the better design and why?

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What do you plan to use it for? a daily utility knife or a back-up knife for emergencies??
probably a backup for emergencies although versatility is a plus.
I can only comment on the Fang since I haven't handled the utility knife but the Fang's black Ti seems to hold up well, was easy to resharpen but the thing I like most about it is that it conceals very nicely. You can't even tell it's under a T-shirt as long as the shirt is reasonably loosely fitting.


I prefer the ATS34 Hobbit Fang. I like the curves and the steel is a dream in both maintenance and sharpening.
Since both the Fang and the Utility have good reputations, I bought the Utility because I prefer the simpler lines. It arrived yesterday. Have not cut anything except a dogfood paper bag yet, but I like it.
I like the Fang for defense, and the Utility for utility. What I don't like is the teflon coating on the handles. Really slippery, even dry.

The major deciding factor between the two is their respective handle shape: the Utility's handle would fit more hands but offers less hand protection than the Fang's. The Fang's handle, although it is very idiosyncratic, is well-designed to give it a quick blade orientation upon grasping and drawing -- Whoever designed this thing must have some martial arts background. The Utility, however, is more conducive for throwing (if you have to, I guess). You will like the Utility. You will either LOVE or HATE the Fang. I love my Fang.

I own the Utility model and am extremely happy with it. It has a partially serrated blade. The Birdsong Black-T finish is a little slippery, but is a major bonus for corrosion resistance. From what I understand, the Utility model is perfectly balanced for throwing, but my source could be mistaken.

While we're on this subject, my interest in the REKATs, especially the ATS-34 versions, have been growing for a while, but I really haven't been able to find many sources for them. Any suggestions?

Don LeHue

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My choice is the Fang. It fit my hands better and is a little more compact than the Utility. I'd go with whichever fit your hands the best.
I have had a ats-34 fang for quite a while now and have been very happy with it. It is used for general utility, from cutting boxes to cutting bagels (it has a wide enough blade to spread creme cheese). Intending to get the utility a good deal came up and I haven't regretted it. There was ats-34 fang on the forum within the last 45 days for sale.

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