ATAX survival tool

Discussion in 'Survival Gear Reviews' started by CATO, Jun 2, 2012.

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Useful or not

Poll closed Jul 2, 2012.
  1. This thing is's my $200.00!

    0 vote(s)
  2. No thanks, I'll take 2500 rounds of .22lr instead

    10 vote(s)
  1. CATO


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  2. TraumaHawk2011

    TraumaHawk2011 Monkey

    I liked the Zombie station better ;)
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit troglodyte Administrator Founding Member

    I wonder if sales will cover costs ---
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator Site Supporter

    As an AXE it looks like a waste of metal.... unless you lash it to a Branch, to get some leverage.... At that point, it is an Expensive Kludge of an AXE....
  5. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Id rather have a skatchet. Especially at that price.
  6. CATO


    Makes you wonder what constitutes a "survival expert" eh?

    This guy (link below) is definitely a bad-a$$ survival expert, and I think the "tool" (read: machete) would be much more useful...but the $200 price tag. Just too much given other alternatives IMO.

    Scorpion Knives: John "Lofty" Wiseman Survival Tool

    I guess the question is: what is the price-point that you would be willing to pay for a very good survival tool, given the fact that you can buy very good items for ~$50?
  7. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member Site Supporter

    It doesn't have a bottle opener. What a waste!
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  8. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    John Lofty Wiseman was one of the first "survival manuals" I ever bought. Still have it. I always envied the SAS/British take on the importance of fieldcraft.

    I'm glad to see someone is making a modern version of the tool from the book.
    ETA: I just looked at the price.... HOLY COW! It seems much more useful than the ^ tool, though.

    Not the same contour, but the 1' survival machete that Ontario makes (available at most PXs) is one of the best $15 I ever spent.

    The other day I was catching up on Les Stroud's beyond survival when I saw a native using one of the cheap Cold Steel Kukri-type knives. I see these things at flea markets for like $10. I tried one, but it was a rolled blade that poorly sharpened compared to other tools I own. Eventually, I got rid of it. With a regrind, they would be great tools for $10- witnessed by the fact that some aboriginal African prefers the thing.... and he is surviving with it. (I think it was the episode about the Zulus, if anyone is curious).
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  9. Turtle

    Turtle Monkey

    It would be useless to me.Is it a " good " tool ?...Well that depends on your perspective i'm sure it was good for Mr Hood ...he designed it based on how he does things and he most likely received a healthy endorsement fee or royalty.I will save my 200 $ though.
  10. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey... Site Supporter

    I prefer the Crovel that is listed on the web link. That is a much more usefull tool in my book!!

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