Review by Thomas T. Tinker
A short.. short review of a simple tool.
In my years as a “Survivalist”, Right winger, Hyper-aware… Prepper, I have squandered an untold amount of effort and money on the industry favorites. I have read and listened to the ‘experts’ recommend the one and only choice of gas grills, hand cannons, BOVs, blades and Vet-Meds.. that one and only ‘thang’ to fill the need at hand. Now I gotta say I’ve had a great olde time collecting all this ‘hardware’. I’m a lucky fella. I own some of the best made and reliable gear that has been produced for a given use. In collecting my toys I have had to hold my water more than once while saving the means of payment. More than I’d care to say, I have had to suffer along with a less expensive.. reliable.. trendy.. or well marketed piece-o-preps. My decades long search for the best has led me to know these imutable truths.
One.. is that I can’t afford every bloody new gadget the market pumps out. 2. Far to many of these gadgets fill a ‘trend’ and not a long term ‘need’. 3. ‘trends’ are generalities that ‘generally’ fit the few and not the many. 4. Complicated ‘generally’ means ‘spare parts’. 5. Simple.. can be safe, at times economical and… the best fit for the need. I could wax on here but this is all about ‘simple’ right… (not a question)
Simple tool: “Klenk Tools” dual duct knife or KDDK. 3mm thick blade in stainless steel, 6 inchs long with a smooth edge and ‘rounded’ serrated edge one inch wide. This is a full tang tool that is supplied with either a brass riveted rosewood handle or a molded cushioned grip. Either one comes with a Ripstop Nylon sheath and Velcro ‘keeper’ strap. I have owned one of these since 1997. It has been used in heavy industrial construction and cut unknown pounds of camp bacon and hard salami. It has split and sawn what ever wood its been fed… not that big… it is a knife after all. Mine has cut tarps and turf. I use it to ‘dig’ shallow along with my metal detector. It is.. a Working Blade. It is a hardware store garden department variation of a K-Bar, Sog Pentagon, Ranger ‘Airborne’ or my Becker.
What it is.. is $9.oo to $15.oo and as serviceable as any good tool can be. Klien Tools, Malco both make a copy of this design. Now check at Amazon.com you may find this puppy is listed at over $200.oo…… or at least it was on 08-05-2013 at 8:36 P.M. That’s a Booboo. Keep surfing the site and you’ll do much better.
MD has admonished the Pack, in post and print, on how to KISS. It is good advice. A good number of we “Pack” preppers have to count our cash carefully. Do I advocate going all budget brand all the time? Crappolla NO! Some.. things simply cannot be had for ‘less’. However, it is said.. and truthfully so.. that there are a growing number of GOOD cheap wines out there. I submit to the Pack that there are a growing number of GOOD.. quality.. less.. expensive alternatives for the prepping cultures ‘needs’.
Funny thing…. I own some fine hardware and I keep them clean and.. safe. I go take a look at them now and again. Hold em, count em, wipe them off… put em back. I only ‘use’ working tools. I use the term ‘tool’ with a very broad definition. When my KDDK Ripstop Nylon sheath wears out…. I’ll sew my own replacement out of some old boot leather and sheet metal. (I have a simple set of leather working.. tools.. for that work.) Simple may lack a certain glitz and style. Simple tends to be… drab. Simple.. like a 5 gallon bucket of Red Winter Wheat.. or a 16 brick rocket stove.. will get the job done.