Friday, 1 Oct 2010
|Length w. Sheath
|Steel material||Carbon Steel|
If you are looking for a cheap knife to throw in your BOB and forget about it, the East German AK-47 Bayonet is a reasonably good solution. It’s large, it has a built-in wire cutter and a saw. I realize that the saw is pretty useless, but it’s there nonetheless. Because this knife was designed to be attached to the AK-47 rife, its handle has a channel and a ring to go around the barrel. These features are completely useless and inconvenient for anyone not using it with the AK-47 rifle.
The steel is pretty soft and easy to sharpen. I gave it a brand new 20 degree edge after about half an hour of work with the Smith’s sharpening system. It’s not as sharp as some of my other knives with better steel, but it will do; especially sitting around inside the BOB, not seeing daily use. I am sure it will dull easily after chopping branches or digging in the dirt. But hey, the bayonet was designed for stabbing, not so much for camp chores.
The built-in wire cutters are adequate. I cut through a 1/8″ nail with a bit of difficulty, after a few smacks of the fist on the knife handle laying on the floor. If you are planning to cut through a lot of wire, get a dedicated tool – this knife is a pain and kind of dangerous. The handle is made from bakelite, and seems durable. The knife would feel a lot more comfortable in the hand with a better designed handle.
After reading this, you may think this is a sub-par knife that does not excel in anything. This is partially true, and for $50 you can get a great Ka-bar or a Buck Nighthawk. However, for $15-20, this is a good tool to throw in your bag, and forget about it.
Image quality is not the best today, as I am using and older camera.