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Better than most reviews indicate., May 30, 2010

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools FS01-N Spirit Knife, Black Oxide
I have owned this knife for about two years and have been very happy with it. When used as a spear it works great. I have went through several cheap shafts, but the blade has held strong. I haven't had any problems with chipping or bending which is often a problem with knives meant for throwing and sticking. The reason for four stars and not five is the cheap handle that comes with it. I only use it when storing the knife to keep the inside of it protected. However, I didn't, and I don't think many people who look at it expect to use it as a knife. The blade is obviously designed for throwing, not stabbing or cutting. Had it been sold without a handle and simply as a well built spear head that can attach to any generic mop/broom handle it would definitely have received five stars from me. Oh, just to clarify, it is built for throwing as a spear not a throwing knife.

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I have owned this knife for about two years and have been very happy with it. When used as a spear it works great. I have went through several cheap shafts, but the blade has held strong. I haven't had any problems with chipping or bending which is often a problem with knives meant for throwing and sticking. The reason for four stars and not five is the cheap handle that comes with it. I only use it when storing the knife to keep the inside of it protected. However, I didn't, and I don't think many people who look at it expect to use it as a knife. The blade is obviously designed for throwing, not stabbing or cutting. Had it been sold without a handle and simply as a well built spear head that can attach to any generic mop/broom handle it would definitely have received five stars from me. Oh, just to clarify, it is built for throwing as a spear not a throwing knife.
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I put this spear head on a new metal broom handle. The threading was extremely tight, making it difficult to twist on. There is no need to use the side screw to tighten.Don't be distracted by name SOG gave this item. It's not a knife. This is a spear head. It's meant to be screwed onto a standard broom handle. Broom handles normally come in 54 inch or 60 inch lengths. That makes for a relatively short spear, but who expects to face a spear?This is quite a spear head. The ancients would have admired it. It's sharp, heavy and hard. The back side ends are sharp. At the end of a broom handle, it's all business. You could rush somebody with a large knife and they wouldn't stand a chance. Further, if you're ready for this item, you've already got a quality combat knife for backup and probably a firearm as well.Again, this is no knife and for its own reasons, SOG didn't want to call it a spear head. A spear has something of the spirit of the...
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it's exactly what it says: a spear-point knife that can be threaded onto a pole. due to its shape, though, it's not very useful as a knife.the blade is low-quality steel, rather dull out of the box. the finish chips off easily. there's a single weld holding the blade to the screwcap which has "failure" written all over it -- but don't worry, the threaded broomhandle you're using will break before the blade comes loose.the shape is wrong for a survival situation -- one good stab and it'll be stuck thanks to its arrowhead shape, and then you've lost your spear.if you want the thing for its looks and novelty, go for it. if you want a functional spear, keep looking.
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