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Primal Gear HABS-K CS Fixed 5" Black 1075 Carbon Plain Blade, Green Micarata Handles, Firestarter, Black Leather Sheath - PRI02


MSRP* : $149.00 | You Save* : $20.00 (13%)
Part #: PMGPRI02 | Primal Gear Unlimited
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PMGPRI02: Hell and Back Survival Knife
Primal Gear
The HABS-K CS (Hell And Back Survival Knife, carbon steel) was designed in the USA by Primal Gear Unlimited with survival and bushcraft in mind. This full tang 9.5" survival knife features Micarta scales with the a spindle socket in each side for ambidextrous use if you need to use a bow drill to start a fire allowing the cutting edge to be turned away from the user whether you are right or left handed. The 1075, 0.18" thick carbon steel blade has a Rockwell Hardness of 58 +/- and features a thumb friction grip on top of the blade and a cutout rounded notch for use with the included ferrocerium fire rod for providing showers of sparks while distributing even wear on the fire steel. Forward and rear lanyard holes with a built in wire cutter on the butt provide added utility to this knife. The thick leather sheath with a belt loop also includes a loop for the included fire steel.
  • Leather Sheath
  • Firestarter
  • Blade Length: 5"
  • Cutting Edge: 5"
  • Overall Length: 9.5"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.18"
  • Blade Material: 1075
  • Blade Hardness: 58HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 9.5
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 13.6
  • Made in El Salvador
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Primal Gear HABS-K CS Fixed 5" Black 1075 Carbon Plain Blade, Green Micarata Handles, Firestarter, Black Leather Sheath3.000 (1 review)
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Primal Gear HABS-K CS Fixed 5" Black 1075 Carbon Plain Blade, Green Micarata Handles, Firestarter, Black Leather Sheath
3 out of 5
New Joisey
Dec 05, 2019
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish, Blade Sharpness
With a few tweaks this knife would be awesome
The primal Gear HAB (Hell And Back) is a stout little field knife. Made from 3/16" carbon steel it's unlikely you are going to damage this thing. Well, I should probably say break this thing; 1075 is not top-of-the-line steel so rolling/chipping/dulling the edge won't be terribly difficult. Provided you aren't abusive it should work well for a long time. I love a blade that has an ulu curve to it. Not only do I feel it makes most wood processing choirs easier, but when it comes to game processing that profile has distinct advantages. The size allows you to hold it sideways in your hand for ease of skinning so it can actually handle that task surprisingly well for such a thick blade. There is mild jimping on the spin so if your hands get wet or covered in fluids you have a spot to secure your thumb. The scales are micarta though which, while good for grip, can absorb fluids so they do stain. The handle is wide and tall enough but not long enough for my XL hands. If you have medium hands or large hand you will be OK. I find most ferro rod notches too small to work effectively but not here; this one is deep, wide and has a good 90 degree edge. Using it however scrapes off the blade coating immediately so I have a strip down the side of my knife. Parts of the spine are sharp as well, but only about 2 inches from the notch toward the tip. For me that's unfortunate because I use the spine a lot to scrap material. My edge didn't come very sharp so it needed some attention before I went out in the field. There is a protruding pommel of sorts with something interesting; a notch designed for cutting wire, as in barbed wire or fencing. It's billed as a survival knife - so in that regard it kinda makes sense - but the blade is far too small to be a survival knife. I haven't found any barbed wire to try it on so I can't tell you if it actually works. The sheath is the typical pouch style you see with a lot of outdoor knifes, specially those designed for bushcraft. It's made surprisingly well. I say "surprisingly" because the knife is manufactured by Imacasa, the same company that makes Condor knives, so quality can be spotty. It's made from thicker leather than any Imacasa knife I have seen. It includes a ferro rod loop, rivets at key stress points and a sewn on belt loop (much better than only being attached by rivets). It's a good thing there's a rivet on the top because every time you slide the knife in or out it cuts away at that area. It should have been made a little wider at the mouth but hopefully the rivet will keep it together. There's no drain hole so any water that gets in stays in. I bought mine about 5 years ago when they were $80 and at that price it was a pretty good deal, but for $120+ there are better options in my opinion. NOTE: the description says it is a hollow grind but that's not accurate, it's a highish scandi grind.


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