ULTIMATE BUG-OUT KNIFE
ADVANTAGEOUS IN TIMES OF DANGER, BRITE-BLADE IS A HIGH-QUALITY SURVIVAL KNIFE
The next logical step for Brite-strike Tactical Illumination Products Inc. comes in their Brite-blade edged flashlight tool, perfect for any bug-out solution. BY CLINT THOMPSON
Brite-blade comes with two LED lights—red and white. The blade can be either straight or with serration.
Born out of need and invaluable in times of danger, the Brite-blade is an excellent investment for those men and women of action. Designed as a serviceable survival tool, the Brite-blade is a perfect match for those who serve in harm’s way … whether it’s public safety or the military. It serves civilians well, too. For those into boating, sailing, flying, camping and hunting, it is ideal. And if you’re a backpacker, survivalist, prepper or mountain bike rider, you need to increase your odds in those times of unexpected emergencies. To find out how the knife performed, we put it to the test.
The Brite-blade is classified as an assisted-opening, large, folding pocket knife. The 3.5-inch blade is strong at 0.125-inch thickness and is well-designed for light-to-medium use. I say medium use, as no folding pocket knife is designed for heavy use, such as prying. The blade is held in the open-lock position with a standard liner-lock system. The blade is made of 440C stainless and, this is the good part, is coated with the very tough premium proprietary titanium. The overall open length is 8.6 inches with a closed length of 5.1 inches. The entire Briteblade survival tool has a manageable weight of 5.35 ounces. The MIL-SPEC 6061 aluminum handle is 0.375 inches thick with a gripping area of 4.250 inches. For my medium-to-large hand, the hard-anodized Brite-blade grip
fits perfectly. Even if I was cleaning a trophy buck with this knife, the handle is designed with a rise to the butt, which gives a sure grip. The Brite-blade is available in a straight blade, as well as my test model combo edge.
The Brite-blade is not only a very well-designed survival pocket knife, it can also be classified as a multi-tool. The Brite-blade is equipped with an emergency carbide window punch and seatbelt cutter, which would be great for many other uses as well, such as cutting line or stripping wire. At the rear, or butt, of this knife is a small ferro rod, perfect for starting an emergency fire. In my field test, I used this accessory to start a small campfire. It took four or five strikes but, voilà, fire. The blade has dual thumb posts for left-handed users or for use with either hand to deploy the blade. The Brite-blade package even comes with an extra pocket clip for you wild types who are always getting into tight spots and breaking off the pocket clip.
“BORN OUT OF NEED AND INVALUABLE IN TIMES OF DANGER, THE BRITE-BLADE IS AN EXCELLENT INVESTMENT FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF ACTION.”
Now, something new in the qualitypriced survival pocket-knife market. Brite-blade is equipped with a 45 lumen (3.5 candle power or 45 square foot area) mini-aluminum LED white light, which is mounted just on top of the handle by the blades axis. This
mini-flashlight is held in place by a unique rare earth magnetic base, which secures the light into the body. If you need to use this product in low light or at night, you just remove it from the handle, turn it to the right and “let there be light.” In my field testing, this light is well-suited for a campsite or if you are caught walking a trail in the dark. It works very well for walking through the house during a power failure, as well. In addition, the Brite-blade package comes with an additional LED light in red, which can be used for reading maps without getting night-blindness from a white light. In a pinch, the red LED can also be used to see your way around confined areas. Both lights are powered by a LR621 battery and are waterproof to IXP-6 (heavy splashing and rain).
In further testing the Brite-blade, I stabbed a 2-pound block of ice, breaking it up into large chunks. There was no damage to the knife or blade. I then cut eight pieces of heavy nylon cord with the serrated edge. The serrated blade went through the cord with two swipes. For supper, I took the Briteblade and opened a tin can of pinto beans. The can was heavy duty, but I was able to open it enough to pour out the contents. The blade’s finish was scuffed, but remained intact. Overall, the blade survived all of the testing. For the last several months I have carried the Brite-blade in my bug-out bag, in my front and rear pockets, in my truck’s console and in my backpack.
“THE BRITE-BLADE IS NOT ONLY A VERY WELL-DESIGNED SURVIVAL POCKET KNIFE, IT CAN ALSO BE CLASSIFIED AS A MULTI-TOOL.”
I liked the handiness of this product when I had it in my bug-out bag. When I leave the metro area, I take my bugout bag, which is full of goodies and basic survival gear. Although I do carry a good flashlight, not a Brite-strike light, but a good 3-volt $100-plus flashlight in my bug-out bag, having the Brite-blade for a backup light source just makes me feel warm and fuzzy. While doing my wild stuff here and overseas, I had a $200 flashlight with a programed chip inside. I have had this same flashlight (not the Britestrike) fail when I needed it the most. Luckily for me I had night-vision and a keychain light. At that time, a Briteblade would have been very handy.
The sum total of my evaluation and testing of the Brite-blade was accomplished over a 3-month period, and I became very familiar with this product. My conclusion is, the Briteblade is a high-quality folding survival pocket knife. I recommend this knife to my brother and sister officers as an addition to their duty bag or tucked away on their person.
“THIS MINI-FLASHLIGHT IS HELD IN PLACE BY A UNIQUE RARE EARTH MAGNETIC BASE. ”
I believe this product is a must for those of you who go in harm’s way. If you are a backpacker who likes to hike alone in the wilds and on little traveled trails, then you need to add a Brite-blade knife to your kit. Survivalist and preppers could also enhance their chances with this product. I highly recommend the Brite-blade folding knife because it was formed from the highest quality materials into an exceptional product. KI
Top: Shown here is Brite-blade with the two LED lights and the small ferro rod. This is a great survival tool— well-thought-out and engineered. Bottom: The blade has a dual thumb stud for right- or left-handed opening.
Top: The Brite-strike Anodized Aluminum LED Multi-tool makes a great addition to the Brite-blade, or as a standalone keychain, for instant access to a flashlight or its several included tools.
Top: The included ferro rod is a welcome touch during an unexpected survival scenario.
Bottom: Four layers of cardboard were cut with ease. As you may know, cardboard and paper will quickly dull a knife. The Brite-blade remained sharp.
Middle: I used the Briteblade to open a tough tin can of pinto beans. The point pierced the top easily and with pressure at a slight angle, I was able to open the can. The blades’ proprietary titanium coating was scuffed but not removed.
The Brite-blade has a very functional seatbelt cutter, wire stripper and line cutter.
Left: In one of my tests, the serration on the Brite-blade knife cut through a twisted roll of eight tough nylon cords. This is a more difficult cord as the strands are loose. Nevertheless, it cut through with two swipes.
Right: I took a 2-pound block of ice and stabbed it three times, causing it to fall into large chunks. The tip of the blade was not affected.
Top Left: The Briteblade comes in a nice box with an extra red LED light and backup pocket clip. I’ve gotten knives costing three times as much in far cheaper boxes. Little things make the difference. Top Right: The Briteblade fits nicely in my medium-to-large hands. The thickness of the handle is just perfect for me. The liner-lock works very well in securing the very sharp blade.
Bottom: On the butt is a hard carbide bit for breaking vehicle windows in an emergency. Use a leather glove when breaking a window.