Farson Blade Survival Tool
If you’re looking a durable multi-use blade to your backpack or survival kit you may be interested in the Farson Blade Survival Tool by Fremont Knives. It’s a light, compact blade that’s great from chopping kindling to processing a large animal to preparing your veggies for dinner. The blade comes wrapped with 8 feet of 550 paracord which can be used to fashion a hatchet using a piece of wood for a handle.
The Farson Blade can be ordered in stainless steel or carbon steel (I recommend the latter). The tool is 6 inches in length and has a 7.75″ inch blade length. The thickness of the blade is around .14 inches so it’s low profile and packs away nicely in your backpack. It comes with a nice nylon sheath where you can tuck the blade away nicely with a snap. The bottom edge of the tool is squared off at 90 degrees which can be used as a striker to start a fire using flint.
I noticed that the blade fits nicely in my hand especially for shaving wood kindling or skinning. It gives you a lot control for those two tasks. My advice would be to keep the paracord on the handle as it will give you more grip. This blade is very sharp and can cut you easily if you aren’t paying attention, so the more grip the better. The blade edge wraps around the top of the tool which makes it easy to get cut if you’re not being mindful of what you’re doing, so keep this in mind.
Using it as a hatchet (lashed to a wooden stick) actually works very well. I didn’t test it as a tomahawk, but you can see Dave Canterbury’s video showing the durability of it under some pretty intense chopping. If you plan on using it this way, make sure to lash it securely as the paracord will stretch and the blade could fly off – so again, be very careful as this blade is ultra sharp.
Overall I found the Farson Blade to useful because it can be used in a variety of ways. There are other blades that do specific tasks better as individual tools, however if you’re looking something that is multi-use it would be worth your time to give it a go. It’s a worthwhile blade to offer you some redundancy as a backup if your other specialty blades fail. If you are wanting to process animals and skin, this is most likely one of the best tools for doing that.
If you’re interested in learning about the Farson Blade Survival Tool you can find it on Amazon.com or by visiting Fremont Knives on the web.