Although knives are an important element of any concealed carry gear bag, they are usually relegated to back-up status and generally aren’t considered the primary weapon. However, a knife has many advantages over a handgun. It doesn’t need a special carry permit, nor does it need to be stuffed under a shirttail into the waistband. While most folding knives fit easily into a pocket, they do take a few seconds to open.
A fixed blade knife is immediately available and perpetually loaded. In the event of a confrontation, there is no fumbling for a pocketed folding knife or a rush to manipulate the thumb stud with one hand while facing an attacker.
Because of their size, these blades are more suitable for rural and recreational areas like the national parks or forests.
Steel Will Knives produces a line of fixed blade knives for its “Outdoor” series. The Forest Hills, New York-based company manufactures high quality knives that aren’t only excellent for fishermen, hunters, hikers and other outdoorsmen, but are also practical defensive weapons against man or beast.
One of the best is the Gekko 1510, a deceptively named blade described by author Scott W. Wagner in his article “The Steel Will Gekko 1510 Fixed-Blade Knife: Finely Crafted for Multiple Functions” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“While the name ‘Gekko’ sounds rather harmless (which in these liability and hysteria laden times might be a better moniker than something like ‘Death Edge’), the Gekko is quite a competent combat blade as well as an outdoor tool. It comes incredibly sharp right from the box.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The 4.33-inch Gekko blade is made from Austrian N690Co steel and runs full tang for additional strength. Beyond the grip, the 9.33-inch tang extends in a pointed triangular shape that provides a lanyard hole and hammer/glass breaker tip. The grip is ergonomic in design with a reptilian pattern, hence the name. A serrated thumb rest keeps the thumb in place on the spine of the Gekko 1510.
As is true with all Steel Will blades, the Gekko 1510 comes razor sharp right out of the box, including the tip. The tip is so sharp that care must be taken not to pierce the sheath when reholstering the knife. The sheath is made of beautiful Italian leather, but depending on your use, may not stand up to the rigors of backcountry excursions.
When you purchase a Steel Will knife, you’re buying top-quality Italian craftsmanship. The Gekko 1510 may well be the last fixed blade knife you will ever need. It retails for about $200.00.