The TRASK™ Designed by Eric Ochs
by Mary and Dr. Jim Clary
This knife was named after a great Oregon salmon river that Eric frequented in his youth. It is also the kind of knife that he wished for as he tracked Roosevelt elk in the high country. In a word, this knife is just about perfect. The only thing that we would add would be a “flipper”, but that is just us. The thumb slot works just fine for smooth and easy opening.
We consider this knife to be ideal for any outdoors people because of four factors:
1. It incorporates the IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system which ensures it opens quickly and smoothly.
2. It is designed with the Flavio Ikoma Deadbolt® innovation, where steel bolts interlock with the strong D2 blade. This results in incredible strength and makes it impossible for the blade to close accidentally. The prominent button at the pivot point allows for simple disengagement without your fingers crossing the path of the blade.
3. The blade is fabricated from D2 steel, a wear resistant steel that is found in industrial grade cutting tools. D2 steel was developed during WWII and is often called a semi-stainless due to its high chromium content. It has superb edge retention; however, it does take some time to resharpen due to the hardness of the blade (well worth the effort in our opinion).
4. The glass-reinforced handle is strong and lightweight. It is resistant to just about everything found in nature... it won't ding, dent, crack or break under the most adverse conditions.
This knife is not a dainty little EDC, it is a knife designed for hard and heavy use. When Jim ventures into the mountains, he takes two blades with him: A sheath knife and a folder. After seeing and using the TRASK™, he remarked that it would have been ideal if he had one while hunting the Wind River Range in his younger days.
The specifications of the TRASK™ are:
Blade Length: 3.33 inches (84.63 mm)
Blade Edge: Plain
Blade Steel: D2
Blade Finish: Satin
Blade Thickness: 0.13 inches (3.38 mm)
Overall Length: 7.75 inches (196.85 mm)
Closed Length: 4.43 inches (112.50 mm)
Weight: 4.40 ounces (124.74 g)
Handle : Glass Reinforced Nylon
Low Profile: Pocket clip provides secure carry
Our only problem with this knife is that Jim now wants to travel to Oregon and fish the Trask River and perhaps convince Eric to take him fishing. And before we forget, the MSRP of $99.99 is really a bargain when you consider the four criteria we mentioned at th e beginning.