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Steel Eagle Survival Knife

Jun 9, 1999
Does anyone have one of these? I saw them at www1.icserv.net/D100001/X100091/index.html
Sorry about the long address, but nothing else would work. I think they look nice, but I really can't tell about their quality. Any input is appreciated.

Just because I talk to myself doesn't mean I'm crazy. What's wrong with getting a second opinion?
I recently sold the SE 111, not because anything was wrong with it though. With an 11in. blade, it was just a bit larger than I like. But the quality is great, the prices are reasonable. The most amazing thing to me was that the saw in the spine will actually cut pretty good. Most sawback knives donot work at all.
Thanks tknife. How was the edge-holding and ergonomics on it? Did you like the tanto point? I've heard that you can choke up on it for detail work, but I don't have a tanto point to test this on. Thanks for the input.

Just because I talk to myself doesn't mean I'm crazy. What's wrong with getting a second opinion?
I've been hearing good things about them, apparently they're very strong. Thick edges probably won't be the best cutters but it's strong.

Handle looks good

What gets me is the saw back. Even if they work, they usually don't work that well. So if you want to get through wood, the saw back gets in the way of doing it really efficiently -- driving the edge through by pounding the back of the spine. So you have a relatively inefficient saw, and you're robbed of a great wood-splitting technique. Better to have no saw back, and carry a small folding saw (which almost certainly will outperform your sawback anyway).

I wouldn't look seriously at those knives until they come up with a non-sawback version. That's just me though

The edge holding was good overall. I never made it razor sharp, the edge is too steep for that. It was easy to maintain a good scraping sharp edge that was perfect for heavy cutting and chopping. I also did not have the tanto point on mine, it was a more conventional spear type point. IMHO, the handle was very comfortable and still felt good after a lot of cutting. When you hold one of these in your hand, you will want to chop something! I plan on buying a slightly shorter version of the same knife in the near future. I'm sure if you desire one without a saw back, Mike Fuller would do it for you. The people at TOPS are "tops"