I've watched that video before. Pretty interesting how he came up with that.SOG can be hit and miss, these days I would not waste money on Gerber. When I wanted to add a survival knife to my emergency bag and didn't have a ton of money, I bought a Mora knife. They don't look like much, but they are way better than Gerber. I have a Gerber axe right now and the steel is so soft that I have to break out a file to straighten the blade on every trip. Kershaw is my current every day carry and I like it much more than my SOG, if you want to get into some serious knives, either fixed or folders, then Spyderco or Benchmark would be where I would start. If you need the One Knife To Rule Them All for survival situations then check out this video from 4xOverland:
I have 30 acres of woods with a hunting cabin and 4 wheeler / dirt bike trails.If you need it, its worth it. If it is just for show or once a year to get a little branch out the way.
It all depends what you are going to do.
I love their disclaimer;
Curtis is a character, I've known him for a long time and have purchased a number of his knives because they are simply an incredible quality, completely hand made and surprisingly inexpensive for a handmade top quality knife.I love their disclaimer;
I am sure that most of our customers would agree that our planet is seemingly overrun with idiots. While we are sensitive to those with below average intelligence quotients, idiots are not part of this group thus undeserving of empathy, sympathy, or anything else except for utter disdain and contempt. Idiots, well, are just plain stupid. They are the perpetrators of stupid acts. These stupid acts come in many forms, such as: using a lawnmower to trim hedges, looking down the business end of a loaded firearm, sticking an arm in a running washing machine, using a microwave as a pet dryer, and the list goes on and on. But, no matter how stupid an idiot’s actions are, even when entirely void of all common sense to the point of vacuous, there is an endless cadre of civil advocates who clamor at the opportunity to represent the idiot, thus exacerbating the original stupid act to the point of ludicrousness. That being said, the following legal disclaimer is intended for members of the idiot sub-species and their attorney friends. Those individuals who are endowed with common sense need not read further.
This is a knife. A knife is essentially a tool designed for cutting, puncturing, stabbing, slicing, and other potentially dangerous operations. A knife can and will cause injury to the operator if used incorrectly. If you are indeed an idiot, please notify the proprietor that you are not authorized to hold, operate, or even peruse sharp instruments (knives being included). I apologize for the digression but we must keep all of the shyster lawyers happy.
I have a couple of West African machetes around the house and in the Jeep. The locals called the machete a 'koop-koop'. I'm not sure of the translation, but they are a nice, useful souvenir. They grind a curve into the blade for cutting grasses and sugar cane. The steel isn't great, they rust easily, and the handles needed to be sanded down. Despite all that going for them they have great memories attached to them. I put the one in the Jeep to good use when we were trying to run a trail the day after a heavy rain and wind storm. We spent more time cutting limbs and clearing the trail than we did driving!
I carry a Camillus Les Stroud model in my hunting pack. It's smaller with a thicker blade, but just right for clearing brush around a hunting spot.
The top machete is the Camillus, the bottom is one of the West African ones.