Testimonial Excerpt: Stephen NJ

By: joe - July 27, 20150 comments

"Stand Up Company ! Minor issue with a flashlight, no receipt, probably close to warranty, One phone call, was told no problem, just ship to us we will repair. A week later, Brand New flashlight shows up at my door!" A+++ All the Way!
Stephen NJ.

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

By: joe - July 1, 20150 comments

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





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





Testimonial Excerpt: David Jeffery

By: joe - June 3, 20150 comments

"We put our knives through hell and it showed. Knicks and dings were abundant. We just received them back after sharpening at your factory and couldn't be more thrilled. They look brand new. I didn't think that was possible."
Thanks Stone River. Sweet blades. David Jeffery

The two most frequently asked questions about Stone River ceramic knives

By: joe - May 19, 20150 comments

Having just returned from a major tradeshow the 2 most frequently asked questions about Stone River ceramic knives was “what feature most distinguishes Stone River Gear ceramic knives from steel knives and do they break easily”?

First, the overwhelming difference between ceramic knives and steel knives is ceramic knives stay sharp almost indefinitely at a minimum up to 15X longer than conventional steel knives.  For example, I’ve had a set of ceramic knives in my kitchen for 7 years and have never sharpened them.  You might ask how is this possible?  Well, our ceramic knives are manufactured from Zirconium Oxide, one of the hardest materials on the planet and rivaled only by diamonds for hardness.  This “hardness quality” gives a ceramic knife its’ amazing ability to hold a razor sharp edge.

Due to the incredible hardness of the blades, they are more brittle than steel and for that reason you need to take some extra care in not applying torque or undue sideward pressure on the blade.  For example you don’t want to use the knife to pry, cut bone or split joints in poultry or beef.  A good steel chef knife or cleaver is still needed for those cutting tasks.  That said, for the 80-90% of the time you use a knife for straight cuts, slicing or chopping of vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and poultry, you’ll find an “always sharp” Stone River Gear ceramic knife is indispensable.

Other features of Stone River Gear ceramic knives that set them apart from conventional steel knives are their anti-bacterial and chemically inert properties.  For example, when you cut lettuce with a steel blade and store it in the fridge it can take on that un-appetizing “rusty look”.  This won’t happen with a Stone River Gear ceramic knife.

Another feature is easy clean up due to the anti-bacterial nature of the ceramic blade material.  A little dish detergent on the blade, a quick wipe and rinse under the faucet and you’re done.

One more thing, all of our Stone River Gear ceramic knives are covered by a 5-YEAR WARRANTY!

Click here to view our ceramic knives

Or visit our Ceramic Knives Store


Jim Clary-Noted Outdoor Writer and Enthusiast

By: joe - May 7, 20150 comments

Just when I thought that it wouldn't be possible to produce a compact, Ultra-High lumen flashlight, Stone River Gear unveiled its’ SRG1000TRF Re-chargeable 1,000 lumen LED powerhouse.  As I was going over its features, my daughter who is a graduate archaeologist, informed me that she would like to take it into the field to some of her “digs” to try it out.  What better way to test a flashlight than send it along with a 23-year-old archaeologist who travels and works at remote sites around the American Southwest?

I got my sample shortly before Susannah was scheduled to leave on an expedition and it was no sooner out of the box than she claimed ownership. Susannah only returns to home base to re-stock her food and wash some clothes now and then. After three weeks in the field, I asked her how the light performed?  All she did was smile and say, "It did okay." Just okay? I told her that if she wasn’t happy with it, I’d trade any one of my other flashlights to get it back. Susannah replied, "Dad, this one is mine! It’s the most powerful and compact light I’ve ever used. You can keep everything else, this one stays with me."

Rechargeable LED FlashlightShe keeps the SRG1000 in her daypack and uses it every night when she and members of her team leave their excavation site and head back to camp. Because of the remote location of their sites, a powerful and reliable flashlight is an essential piece of equipment. She really likes the fact that this light can be conveniently re-charged from their truck, now wall socket necessary!  Bottom line, Susannah loves the light, and although I don’t have it for my personal use, I have a happy daughter.

If you are looking for a reliable quality flashlight with maximum illumination in a compact size, this is the one to buy.  I’ve laid out the specifications for your convenience here:


  • Machined aircraft aluminum head and barrel
  • Two T6 CREE Type LED Bulbs
  • Button Mode Intensity Selection: High 1,000 lumens; Medium 150 lumens; Low 80 lumens
  • Strobe feature for emergencies
  • Rubber Encapsulated Positive On/Off Push Button Switch
  • 50,000 hours average LED Life
  • Operates on two 3.7V Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries included
  • Charging cradle hold two batteries for quick charging
  • USB charging cable for adaptors included
  • 12V automobile and wall charging adaptors included
  • Water resistant O-ring seal construction
  • Length: 7-7/8 inches
  • Bezel diameter: 1-3/4 inches
  • Weight: 8 ounces w/o batteries
  • 10 year limited warranty

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