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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.
The real genius in the Bloodshark design goes beyond the blade and into the sheath.
They may look like simple Kydex affairs, but if you look a little closer, the belt clip can attach anywhere: pocket edge, belt, MOLLE, etc. It can be worn as a neck knife, under the armpit, or if you’re a lad that wears a kilt, in your boot or sock.
Training versions are available as well, and can be simple affairs or matched outright to your carry blade. When taking an edged weapons class would you prefer a 14″ D-Guard Bowie rubber knife or something closer to what you will actually use in a real world situation?
Speaking of real-world use, Dan’s latest evolution is a special piece designed in collaboration with Ed Calderon of “Ed’s Manifesto” fame. If you have not checked out Ed’s stuff, you’re missing out!
There are larger versions of the Bloodshark available (Battleshark), and Dan makes other quality edged tools such as Kukris and axes that we hope to check out soon.
[For more information visit: http://www.trackerdan.com/]
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About the Author: Mike “the Mook” Searson is a veteran writer who began his career in firearms at the Camp Pendleton School for Destructive Boys at age 17. He has worked in the firearms industry his entire life, writing about guns and knives for numerous publications and consulting with the film industry on weapons while at the same time working as gunsmith and ballistician. Though seemingly a surly curmudgeon shy a few chromosomes at first meeting, Searson is actually far less of a dick and at least a little smarter than most of the Mad Duo’s minions. He is rightfully considered to be not just good company, but actually fit for polite company as well (though he has never forgotten his roots as a rifleman trained to kill people and break things, and if you look closely you’ll see his knuckles are still quite scabbed over from dragging the ground). You can learn more about him on his website or follow him on Twitter, @MikeSearson.
This Post is part of our Trails Found Series. What is Trails Found? Members of BreachBangClear and some other badass media outlets assembled together this last September to train with one of the last of what has been called the “old Border Breed”, in the desert of Arizona. That man they were training with was no other than the legendary Jim Grasky. In 1965 Jim Grasky was a young Special Forces soldier in the early 60s. He helped chase down Che Guevara and recce some of the more remote areas of Central and South America. By 1970 he was a the squadleader for a team of smoke-jumpers parachuting in to fight remote wildfires, and somewhere during that timeframe may or may not have spent a lot of time with Air America over SE Asia. For about a quarter century after that he was a Border Patrolman, and literally named BORTAC. Though Grasky is a man of many talents, one of his specialties is man tracking–which is why he developed programs specifically for USSOCOM and has taught the world over. Through your various social media outlets you can track other articles and photos related to Trails Found by searching for #TrailsFound16 and #GoodGearMatters. The TF16 event was sponsored by Grey Ghost Precision and the “Grey Ghost Mafia“.