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Old 02-23-2009, 11:26 AM
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Hi guys! I was thinking about buying an Tom Brow Tracker knife. But then I watched a video by nutnfancy on YouTube that got me worried...

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So, is Tom Brown Tracker good or bad knife?
Old 02-23-2009, 11:47 AM
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Alright, I will give you my .02 cents worth of opinion. And no, I did not watch all 30 minutes of the video.

1. I thought the knife was a gimicky design since it first came out a few years back. And like all of Tops knives, the blade is too thick and the knife is over priced.

2. I have never handled the Tracker let alone used it so take my opinion for what it's worth.

3. Nutfancy is doing a 30 minute review of a knife that he admits in the first two minutes of the video that he has never even handled. That strikes me as a bit odd since the word "review" generally means that the reviewer has some knowledge of the product other then looking at pictures of it and commenting, which seems to be all he is doing.

4. If you think the knife will perform for you as it has been advertised then give it a try. You only live once so what the hell. A more unique design that I would probably fork over the money on would be the Tops Atax but that knife is a lot of hype also.

5. I would say for what I want a knife to do in the woods the Tracker does not have the features that I want.
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I agree. Not giving my money for that knife... Just watched some more expert advises for not buying that knife, and when I look at it, nope, it ain't knife for survival. Nor combat. It's just some fancy-schamancy knife...

1. Just some fancy-schamancy knife as I said. Not for survival.

2. I agree. Too heavy and too expensive for what it is.

3. It is odd. But he's ex US. Navy Seal, so he should have some experience with that. Still, he is odd sometimes...

4. Nah, I'm not advertise guy, so not buyin' it!

5. I would rather take some more expensive, but good knife too. Not this expensive (for what it is) and not so good knife...
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No nothing about this knife so would not give an opinion. Like wise how can someone like "nutnfancy" who has not carried or used one given an opinion, perhaps he needs to go into movie reviews.

I like KaBar, Bucks, my retired US AF survival knife and all Randell Knifes (but there is a 3 to 5 year waiting list for theirs). I have used all 4 and can make an honest opinion having done so.
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bad:
the transition btw the 'blade' and 'hatchet' area is ridiculous
the sawback is aesthetic at best - the toothing is crap and the handle is biased so the saw can't really be used unless cutting upside-down (toward yourself)
the handle is wonky
the weight is away from the hand which seems troublesome
and the price? c'mon!

good:
i do like the ridged thumbrest
i do like the finger notches on the handle
i do like the micarta (though not this color)
i like lanyard holes
i like removable handles

verdict:
the business parts are lacking way too much for this to be particularly useful/dependable, the few good points dont outshine the bad, way too much money for too little of a useful knife

rhetorical:
if it was such a good and revolutionary design why hasn't the military picked it up?
when have you ever bought something based on its appearance in a movie?

anecdotal:
trackers should stick to tracking

see also:
http://www.m4040.com/Survival/Ghurka/Becker%20Brute.htm

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I do not think its worth it, Both tom brown and Ron Hood were given the opportunity to make a knife and it would be made, So they seized the opportunity and tried to make a knife that does it all, one that would be the one knife that could handle anything in the bush. The knives ended up doing lots, but none of it very well.

I would save on getting something like the tracker. Keep it simple. get a good mora knife or Puukko knife, or some other sort of simple knife. this is what I find works very well> 5-6 inch blade, carbon steel, drop point, handle that fits in your hand real well, good balance. a great example is the Cold Steel SRK.
This is what I look for, everyone has their own preference and you need to find what is good for you.
Maybe the tracker is right for you. But I would save my money and find a knife that is good at being a knife, not a knife that is trying to be good at everything else.
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i considered the tracker but went with a gerber lmf2 instead.
of all he knives i own i like the gerber the best.
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I got rid of my TB Tracker way too heavy and horrible shallow grinds. I ended up with the RS6-Blades wsk. I enjoy the knife. By no means is it a perfect blade. It is a nice companion when you want something different. It is a jack of all trades and a master of none. The RS6 version is lighter and more true to the original Dave Beck wsk design. However to each their own. Form your own opinion I say.
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isn't this a repeat discussion of this thread?

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...=tracker+knife


tb tracker is junk for survival. It is only better than having a piece of dull scrap metal.

curious why you started a post though to trash a knife?

Nutnfancy never used the knife so his advice is mere opinion. That's like looking a Car magazine and commenting on how it handles in tight curves at high speeds. duhh..
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I have used the knife and its pretty crappy. It does split wood really well though.
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We have a thread like this, please use the search function.

Now for the general concensus of myself and many others: the Tom Brown Tracker is all hype and very little knife.
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Funny enough my friend came around to see me today with a bag full of knive and there was the tom brown tracker.

Held it,carved a bit of wood with it.

To gimmicky for my liking.

To many edges.

To heavy.

As Leif has already stated the grinds are shallow.

To much money.
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I'm telling first hand. If you like the design get the RS6 Raven or Predator. The grind sucks on the TB Tracker and so does the handle.
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The tracker knives are some of the best knives that I have found. The T10 is heavy and pretty much do anything you need it to. I have all 3 knives and have used all of them during my three tours in IRAQ.
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Which tracker knives are we talking about? Tom brown, RED SCORPION 6, Kukeri house, Please give more details so we know!!

Oh and pics or we dont ever beleive you!
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Which tracker knives are we talking about? Tom brown, RED SCORPION 6, Kukeri house, Please give more details so we know!!

Oh and pics or we dont ever beleive you!
Kingjames, you've right!

Only "Tops Knife Tom Brown Tracker" how "tracker knives" seen in Internet.
Doc dill, which tracker knives are you meen?
Add the pic, please.
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Betcha havent got them, youre just saying that.
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Well for what it is worth, I simply could not see spending that insane amount of money for the knife. With that being said I simply made my own out of an old leaf spring and made ash handles for it.... made it all for the huge price of $4.00 i bought perma blue for the blade. But as far as the knife goes i must say i am hard core backwoods and i personaly am well pleased with it. It does the Job i need it to do, and personaly i think this will be the knife for me for years to come. i also like gerber knives but it is entirely up to you and what you intend to do with it.. but the tracker knife you can put through the ringer and get the job done.
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Like Tom Brown himself, the knife is a gimmick.
Maybe if you pay enough Tom will show you how "Grandfather"
showed him how to be invisible too.
I'd much rather have Robin Hoods leaf spring special.
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IF im goin out in the woods im takin my trcker as well with another knife. Its expensive but it will last a long time. I used mine tried t tested it and thought it was great! as a combat knife no i wouldent take it with me for survival stuff Damn rights i would. Wildernessoutfitters(dave) owns one Hedgehog leatherworks swears by em! Everyones gonna have an opnion but for me i like it and i may sell my spare.
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