|My Grizzly in gray, hanging out with a Fenix E21 flashlight|
Looking at the site got me really curious, as I saw that most of the knives had pretty reasonable suggested retail prices...IF they were as advertised. Taking a chance on a fixed blade can be just as sketchy as blind-buying a folder, even though there are few, if any moving parts of the knife or sheath system. I started looking at some of my favorite online knife shops & found one far Southeast of me that has provided me with great service for years. The SCAR Grizzly caught my eye with its Spartan clean lines & usable look. It's tactical to the eye, but the size & shape don't rule out all-out tool-type usage. The pictures showed a nice thick spine & a simple yet ergonomic phenolic (think micarta) handle. I got hooked on the idea of checking out the Grizzly, I like smaller fixed blades that keep it simple, like the ESEE Izula. Well this was a step up from the Izula, in size & the fact that it comes with included handle scales & a kydex sheath. I've espoused my love for ESEE's little ant both here & on the Facebook page, but DAMN if that little skeletonized handle doesn't bite during extended use!!
I went ahead & ordered up my Grizzly in gray, because I just have too much damn black stuff, it all blends together, for real, between clothing, outerwear, gear, underwear, you name it! I'm no ninja, I decided to lighten things up a bit. My Grizzly was pleasantly lower in price on the site than the MSRP, you all know the drill in this & many other industries. I don't judge knives on their retail price, their actual price, or if they can slay a side of frozen beef. I usually judge the knives I spend my money on by how much enjoyment I get out of them. Over the course of a couple months with this knife, I've grown to really love it, & appreciate its presence. A good friend of mine from way back who knows his weapons & tools said "looks like the last knife I'd EVER buy!". This baffled me..."What do you mean man? It's not dark black enough for you?", he continued "NO NO man!!! I mean it looks like the last knife I'd ever NEED to buy...it looks like THE ONE! If you only could choose one."
|SCARS blades are deferentially heat treated, so the cutting edge lands at about Rc 58, with the 3/16th inch spine remaining a tad softer to take impact & shrug off abuse|
As I studied my knife intently I began to read more of the SCAR site. I found them on Facebook too. The Radford Brothers, the Radford family really, are the brains & hard work behind the SCAR name. Casey & Shane Radford share the duties of crafting the Grizzly & its brethren. Casey's wife Marci handles the office, marketing, & all of the numbers stuff. SCAR has been building knives, & itself for around 10 years, even though the name is new to many of us. From what Marci told me about their daily operations, Casey designs most of the blades & concepts, while Shane assists & perfects the superb fitting kydex sheaths they include with each knife. They are located in Idaho, & as a unit, have 22 years combined experience handcrafting cutting tools that will reach a wide cross section of workers, soldiers & enthusiasts.
Most readers know I'm not super-heavy on the abusive reviews to see whether the knife I just paid for will withstand a forward stab into a cement block or a ballistic jelly torso. I'm more interested in the dynamics of these knife companies, knifemakers, & the people behind the blades. Of course I'll tell you that the Grizzly excelled at simple & mundane work like breaking down recycling, whittling & even silly things like making sandwiches. It's actually a pretty impressive all around food knife...AND a knife that you'll find perfect to use to process your food, the kind you just stalked & shot, & that will feed your family for a year or more!
I don't hunt, primarily simply because I've never had the opportunity come up at an opportune time, & I'd rather sit & fish with a beer in my hand! But I have enough family & friends who hunt & I've been doing this long enough to unequivocally say that this is a fine hunter's knife, you'll notice how much belly the stout blade has for skinning, the tip comes up in a unique way so that the knife definitely has a sharp tip, but is almost curved to the point where the tip meets the spine for fine work.
I like to show readers pretty pictures of my knives, so I usually tweak the best settings on my old 2007 point n shoot & shoot knives before I start using them. It's YOUR job to go out & beat on your knife & see what I mean about the best of the best that you often see here. I DID however, get a rare wild hare & decide to start using the blade to shave at & pry into a simple piece of thick firewood. Squirming, not wanting to make my clean knife un-pretty, I used a thick stick to baton the Grizz into the wood, & I pulled it out about halfway down into the block, prying & levering from below the handle. As expected, the knife looked pretty darn good, edge undamaged, & just a few discolorations from the wood friction that were easily wiped away with a wet rag. The Grizzly was like "what dude? it's just a piece of firewood!?"
|kydex sheath with simple belt loop & 360 deg rotation|