Only a tenderfoot carries a big knife. Yep, I’ve heard that one too. I’ve also heard that a big knife can do the job of a small one but not the other way ’round. I’m sure there’s plenty of guys out there that think they can do anything with their Swiss Army Knife, and some others that think unless they carry a 14 inch Bowie that’d feel at home in the Alamo they’re totally defenseless. Truth be told, I’m somewhere in the middle. And so is the Benchmade Jungle Clip Point. A big knife with a fantastic design, built tough in the USA, at an incredible price point. Let’s take a look at it.
The Benchmade Jungle Clip Point is pretty big in reality, but that does not mean it’s bulky. Here’s what I mean by that. Its blade comes in at 9.69 inches with an overall length of 14.29 inches. It’s long, but surprisingly it weighs only 10.9oz. For crying out loud, my multi tool, the Leatherman MUT, is 0.3oz heavier than that! The handle is made of what Benchmade calls Santoprene, which I understand to be a proprietary polymer. It’s slightly soft, tacky, and excellently shaped. In reality, the 9.69 inch blade needs this exact handle. It’s very comfortable. When you hold this knife, you really understand why it’s such a sleeper in the Benchmade line up.
The blade is made up of my favorite carbon steel, good ol’ 1095. Now a lot of folks look down on 1095 because it’s not the latest and greatest super steel on the market. But 1095 has been getting things done for knife blades since the old school ass-kickers were charging Normandy. Add Benchmade’s excellent heat treat, and you get edge resistance, blade toughness (57-59HRC), and durability. The blade is saber ground, meaning it’s V ground about half way up from the edge, then flattens into the full thickness of the stock, in this case, 0.195”, or about 4.95mm. For a knife this size, the saber grind makes a lot of sense. It adds strength to the knife in its thickness, but provides cutting ability with good edge geometry without the need for bull. A sharpened pry bar this thing is not!
Benchmade provides a very nice leather sheath with the Jungle Clip Point. The sheath is brown leather, well-stitched with two rivets at the top, and a nicely sized belt loop. There is, however, no secondary retention to the sheath. Like a good friend of mine once told me regarding his pistol holster, it stays in there with “friction and gravity.” Turn it upside down and shake it, it’ll slide out. Leave it vertical in your pack, on your belt, or as I carried it, inside the compression straps of your pack, and you have nothing to worry about. Still paranoid? Run some shock cord though the belt loop, then through the lanyard hole and loop it back on the handle. Paranoia solved.
Over the course of nearly two months now, I have used this knife for everything I could. On an overnight 4×4 trip into the Colorado backcountry, the Jungle Clip Point was used for everything I needed a cutting implement to do. It started off doing a little chopping and hacking to beat back some fallen trees across the road. The Jungle Clip Point chops extremely well, almost like a smaller hatchet, with a sweet spot right behind where the radius straightens out near the tip. At camp, the Benchmade cut tent guy lines, chopped and split firewood, prepared dinner and breakfast, and served as a scraper to clear caked up mud off an air intake so it could be removed to service the carburetor. Speaking of splitting firewood, the Jungle Clip Point batoned wood extremely well. I was splitting 6 inch and larger sized logs easily. I mean, easy. The rubber Santoprene soaked up all the shock, and the saber grind drove the two halves apart. This is one of the best fire prep knives I’ve used in a long time. Even after the work out around the fire, I was able to push cut curls of aspen, and easily clip small chunks into manageable sizes for my BioLite stove.
On another adventure, I used the Jungle Clip Point to pry out globs of dried juniper sap from several old tree wounds. The juniper sap burns extremely well, and likewise, entertains the heck out of a four year old! Putting up a hasty poncho shelter with the knife was simple as well. Cutting and carving stakes for the corners was a simple affair, and it was surprising how well the big knife handled the small chores. While not a dedicated wood carver, things like trap triggers, pot hangers, and stake notches were easy to do.
The Jungle Clip Point held its edge very well. Over nearly two months of hard use, finding excuses to test it, I’ve only touched up the edge twice. Once on a ceramic rod then the strop, the second time only on the strop. The handle and blade cleaned easily in soap and water when needed. The only modification I’ve done to the knife was to Sno-Seal the sheath. From the factory, it has a light coating of some sort, but still soaked up a little too much moisture for my preference. Sno-Seal has been a long standing favorite of mine, and with a thick coat and a heat gun, I’m confident this sheath will last for decades.
So, is this a one knife option for the outdoor adventurer? Yes, I think it is. It’ll do everything you want, and really excels in some areas. I think it’s best paired with a small knife like a Swiss Army Knife or a multi-tool. That combo would really cover all your needs. Speaking of the whole package, typical price for this knife comes in at just a tick over $100.00! $106.25 seemed to http://www.canadianpharmacy365.net/product/kamagra/. This very well may be the sleeper of the Benchmade line. If you’re a Woods Monkey, you’ll love the Benchmade Jungle Clip Point.
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