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Monday Night Knife Fights: The Blades of Tracker Dan
Mike the Mook
Some of the best designs come from having to fill a need, even on a simple utilitarian object such as a knife. Whenever it seems like we’ve seen everything that can be done to perfect mankind’s oldest tool, life throws us a curve ball. Such is the case with the Tracker Dan Bloodshark.
Dan’s experience spans about three decades with the past two as a wilderness survival and tracking instructor, and more than half of that time as Navy SEAL. Dan is currently serving in the active reserve on SEAL Team 18.
Dan’s Bloodshark was engineered from the ground up to be an ideal concealment weapon. It sports a single edged 3.25″ 154CM blade with a false edge and a 3.5″ handle. Reminiscent of a Scottish Sgian Dubh (sock knife), its small size and light weight allows it to be carried as easily as a pocket knife, and the handle design uses every last square centimeter to make it an actual working knife. It has that right balance of length, comfort and retention. The Guadaña™ Blade is for a full fledged fighting knife and can hook, rip, tear with the best of them.
Dan’s philosophy, like that of many others, is that a thin, light and easily carried knife will be with you when you need it. That Randall Bowie your granddad gave you for graduating boot camp will most likely spend more time in your foot locker than on your plate carrier. We went through this in the 1980s as a Marine and left our Gerber BMF behind so we could carry an extra canteen, and never once regretted it.
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