Looking for a lighter weight survival knife? The 4.6-ounce UST SaberCut Para Knife 4.0 gave me a good first impression on appearance and listed features. But how would it perform?
Out of the package, both the straight edge and serrated edge were plenty sharp. The straight section slices well, and ends at a very acute point. It has a grooved thumb guard and a finger choil for grip in slippery situations. The full-tang fixed blade is made from 4mm-thick titanium-coated 440C steel, and features a paracord-wrapped handle with a workable (but not great) grip.
I’d like to see the next incarnation of this knife feature a thicker paracord wrapping, which would help the handle better fill the hand. Or they could add handle scales, and find a way to add the paracord to the sheath that would allow it to be easily deployable. There are more practical ways to carry your cord than to have it serve as your knife’s handle. I’d also like to see the serrations cut to the same size, to ease field sharpening during long-term use.
But overall, I’ve been happy with the SaberCut. It’s a fine general purpose survival and camping blade, and would provide you with years of use. Just be sure to keep it dry or oiled when not in use, as there have been some reports online of rusting.
Here are the specs:
Blade Length: 3.9 inches
Overall Length: 8.8 inches
Weight: 4.6 ounces; 6.4 ounces with the black nylon sheath
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty