Stone River Gear Change-Blade Camping Knife by Dr. Jim Clary

Posted on July 1, 2015 by joe There have been 0 comments

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Over the past half century, I have been searching for that one knife for camping that would render all others obsolete.  Well, I haven't found it yet; but, I have found one that comes so close to fulfilling my requirements that I have stopped looking.

That knife is the Stone River Change-Blade knife.  It is everything that a camper needs, whether you are a backpacker or weekend tent camper.  This knife (actually three) is compact, tough and versatile.

The two interchangeable white ceramic zirconium blades, one clip point and one drop point, are ideal for precision cutting.  We use them for just about everything around the campsite from preparing our food to cutting our steaks over dinner.  There is always an argument as to who gets to use it first.   As useful as ceramic blades are, there are always those situations when a steel blade is needed.  The AUS-8 stainless steel blade is tough enough for any job around camp, from cutting kindling to just plain whittling around the campfire. And, if your camping trip includes a bit of fishing, the steel blade is ideal for cleaning your catch.

When it comes to steel blades, you should not consider buying a knife unless the manufacturer is willing to let you know what kind of steel they are using.  AUS-8 steel is used by SOG, CRKT and Cold Steel in their tactical knives and has a Rockwell hardness of Rc 58-59.   It doesn't get any better than that.

The G10 handle is solid and well contoured for a comfortable grip.  G10 material is preferable to aluminum or titanium for camping knives because of its low specific heat.  That means in hot weather there is a cooler grip and in cold weather, you don't feel like you are holding an ice cube.

With the Quick Release locking mechanism on the handle, you don't have to remove a blade from the sheath to put it into the handle.  Push the handle down on the shank of the blade you need and it locks up.  When you are done, push the blade back into it’s scabbard in the sheath, press the unlock mechanism on the handle and withdraw the handle.  This unique feature prevents one from accidentally slicing a finger by trying to remove the blade without the handle.

The nylon sheath has an extra feature found only in this set.  There is a separate blade protector in the sheath for each blade.  These high quality polymer "scabbards" not only protect the blade edges, but they also prevent the blades from cutting into the sheath when stored or being removed.  That is a nice touch.

The Change-Blade set is a little bit heavier and bulkier than your regular sheath knife..... but, given its versatility, it is a small price to pay.  If by some chance, you are one of those folks who don't want to wear it as belt knife, strap it onto your backpack or drop it in your camp box and it will be there when you need it.  You won't need any other knife on your camping trips.  This set has you covered.

If the ceramic blades ever need resharpening, Stone River will resharpen both blades for free, requesting only $10 to cover shipping and handling.

With an MSRP of $149.95, the Change-Blade is not cheap.  However, because it serves as an all-around camping knife, giving you three blades in one package, it is well worth the price.

If the Change-Blade Knife is not available at your local sporting goods store, it can be purchased directly from Stone River Gear at their site:  www.stonerivergear.com

Illustration courtesy of Stone River Gear LLC Illustration courtesy of Stone River Gear LLC

MAKE THIS GREAT CUTTING SYSTEM
PART OF YOUR GO TO CAMPING GEAR 

REGULAR PRICE $149.95

FREE GROUND SHIPPING

BUY NOW


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