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A large one-piece, fixed-blade “survival” knife that has various grooves, holes, edges, and protrusions designed to perform other functions. Of those, really only the knife blade, bottle opener, fork, and obviously the pipe are worthwhile. You’ll find wrenches, nail pullers, range finders and inclinometer/sundial/latitude hashings on other faux-survival stuff, and I’m sure they work, but they’re a bigger pain in the ass than they’re worth.
People who like to have fun doing silly stuff when they’re outdoors. I don’t think anyone really takes this thing seriously, but it can actually perform the work of a real knife, especially if you go ahead and wrap the handle in paracord to provide a comfortable, secure grip. So it’d be a fun gift for someone who’s safety you don’t worry about too much or a fun toy you can drag along on a camping trip.
It’s acid green, it’s covered in random “functions” that don’t work terribly well, and it’s designed to both be thrown and get you high, so obviously it’s a) ridiculous, and b) dangerous. But I think that’s a big part of the point. Reid Evans, its designer, didn’t make it to be a serious outdoors tool. He designed it to recapture the spirit of fun he used to have on camping trips with his dad. Not every outdoor product needs to be super serious all the time.
The Kniper arrives with spoon-like sharpness, so the first thing you’ll need to do is put it on your Spyderco Sharpmaker or Work Sharp to put a real edge on it. Made from 440HC stainless steel, it’s definitely not the easiest blade I’ve ever sharpened, but it shouldn’t take you too long, and it’ll hold that edge with some semblance of longevity.
Last weekend, I dragged the knife up to the High Sierra for a group campout way out in the middle of nowhere. There, we had fun throwing it at trees, used it to opens some cans and beers, and yes, smoked a ton of weed out of it.
My first impression of the Kniper was surprise at its heft, then alarm as I stabbed myself on one of its many sharp, protruding edges, including the saw on the back and the fork on its pommel. No one slashed any part of their face off this weekend, but I did pack an extra tube of Krazy Glue, just in case.
A quick paracord wrap improves the handle comfort and safety immensely. But it also interferes with the knife’s weight balance and therefore its ability to fly straight when thrown. You’ll need to choose between not cutting yourself and throwing it.
At 13 inches long, the Kniper is a surprisingly big, hefty knife. That means it really sticks into something when thrown and that it can be used to process firewood and perform other big-knife chores. I would recommend a pair of gloves if you intend to use it for heavy work though. Again, it’s pointy and slick.
Ultimately, the Kniper proved more of a novelty than an essential camp tool or even a fun toy. We did end up resorting to hatchets and a bow saw to process wood, went back to chatting instead of knife throwing around the fire, and smoked pot from traditional hardware, once the initial amusement had worn off.
Are you an 18-year-old boy? If not in fact, in spirit? If so, you’re next camping trip will be a lot more fun if you bring one of these things along. Of course, if you are actually 18, you might have trouble affording one. The Kniper is $155.
Original discussion is here https://www.outsideonline.com/2087606/throwing-knife-doubles-mariju...
My first thought...someone thought it was a good idea to get high and throw knives?
I do not think after reading the article my opinion has changed any. I like the article it tells a good story and review on the knife itself. I am a little offended by the maker (no I wont protest because my sensibilities were offended LOL). In our world we try to teach that a knife is a tool and that it is to be used responsibly. I do not think this knife sets either of those as an expectation of the user. I think it is simply a very bad marketing ploy that the knife was unfortunate enough to have to be involved with. Your thoughts?
I would never remember all those uses , I have had a SAK like that once and by the time I remembered all the things I could do with it I had forgotten what I was wanting to do in the first place .
I'd seen this knife before but somehow missed the integrated pipe. Whoever's willing to drop $155 on a knife like this is probably already high... Funny though that the reviewer was NOT impressed by this implement, & made clear reference to the dangers it could pose (be careful not to cut yourself on the saw blade which is right next to your face when smoking from the pipe).
Glad they at least had fun while testing it out. However, upon closer inspection of the photos in the article, I'm pretty unimpressed that they decided to throw the knife into at least one live tree as part of their testing. I'd have thought Outside Magazine would be smart enough to not publish photos of people throwing knives into living trees -- that's the kind of thing that could actually impact advertising sales revenue, and it's this revenue that seems to drive Outside Magazine more than anything else.
$ 155.oo .. you've got to be kidding.
That's one I'd pass up on even from a $10.00 bargain bin.
I think I'll not comment on this one...