The E.C.S. (Patent Pending)
Here it is, after 10 years of contemplating and dreaming, the Emergency Condiment Spreader, Rev.1
Note: If your Google-Fu is good, you should be able to find production Knives from TIMBERLINE for sale now
This particular model was designed due to a general lack of functionality in knives for river guides. I spent quite a few years a whitewater rafting guide on the Kern River in California. I always hated all the guide knives that were available, and got sick of losing them all the time. It’s the same with all the other guides I know.
The problem with most of the knives is the retention system, they ALL suck. Period. At least all of them we have seen. Either the retention system is weak, and you lose your knife regularly, or the retention works, but you have to remember how to unlock the damned thing to deploy it.
I don’t want to be trapped under my boat, drowning, and have to remember how to deploy my knife. That would SUCK.
The mechanism on this knife is designed so that it is positively locked, yet requires no thought as to how to deploy it. The simple act of grabbing it releases it from the sheath!
Also, loads of the knives marketed to guides have a blunt point. That is asinine. In all the years I spent on the river, I know of 3 times a knife was used in an emergency. 2 of those times were cutting through the floor of a boat. Once from the top down, rescuing a trapped customer, the other from the bottom up, a guy saving himself. If either of these people had a blunt tipped knife, there would have been a drowning.
The 1st revision of this knife is designed with a chisel ground, tanto point. A very strong, and very piercing tip. Specifically designed to slice right through the thick Hypalon many boats are made from.
The flat backside makes a real nice Peanut Butter spreader. (The most typical use of a guide knife).
The sheath on this revision is made from ABS plastic. It is one tough plastic. I have discovered its chemical resistance is lacking, so the next revision will use something else. Fortunately, on the river, we seldom encounter many bad chemicals. Ideally, if this knife goes into production, they will be molded from some sort of high impact, UV/Chemical resistant plastic. There is detent, or pawl like flap in the sheath, pressing against the blade, keeping it from rattling. I hate it when knives rattle.
I’ve started the patent process on this mechanism, and have received a provisional patent on it. This mechanism could have an awful lot of different knives for different applications built around it. I envision knives for Military/LEO, Search and Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, etc…
Anyhow, enough of my yammering, here’s the knife.
It’s kind of hard to tell, but the knife with the BF logo on the spring is textured Carbon Fiber, the other black handled knife is regular, woven Carbon Fiber, and the other is textured, Orange, G10.