UL­TI­MATE BUG-OUT KNIFE

AD­VAN­TA­GEOUS IN TIMES OF DAN­GER, BRITE-BLADE IS A HIGH-QUAL­ITY SUR­VIVAL KNIFE

Knives Illustrated - - Contents - STORY BY CLINT THOMP­SON, PHO­TOS BY AMY FELIX

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.

Per­fect Fit

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.”

Mag­netic Fix­ture

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).

Func­tional Util­ity

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.

Fi­nal Thoughts

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

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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.

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