I have to admit it, I bought the F03T-N SOG Jungle Primitive because it looked like one bad ass survival knife. But deep down I knew, something this cheap would not be a top of the line performer in a survival setting. Was I right or was I wrong? Well my good friend, keep reading!
Once I had the SOG JP in my hand, I knew I had to take it out immediately and do an impromptu SOG Jungle Primitive Review with it. Since I live in the boonies so to speak, it was rather easy to find stuff to test out the SOG on.
First off, when I received the knife, I opened it and looked it over good. Just as any of you would. I then rolled it around in my hand getting a feel for it. I liked the heft of the knife and unlike other reviewers I’ve read, I actually like the weight forward feel of the knife. I also like the handle. Even when wet, I had no trouble holding onto the knife. Even when I tried it wearing heavy leather gloves, this knife was a cinch to hold onto.
SOG Jungle Primitive Field Test
One of the things that I didn’t care for right off the bat was that this knife came right out of the box dull. That really chaps my backside! It wasn’t butter knife dull, but it sure as heck was not razor sharp! So I had to spend some time with my Razors Edge sharpening stones and in no time, I had a good edge on it.
Just a note to those of you who sharpen your own knives. I know a lot of people like very shallow grinds on their knives. Many will say a 20 ro 22 degree bevel is the “perfect” angle to sharpen a knife. Well, if we were talking about Kitchen knives or hunting knives, I might agree. But with a Survival Knife, I want an angle greater than that. A higher angle will not dull as quickly and performs chopping or heavy duty cutting chores better without dulling as quick.
Now, back to my SOG Jungle Primitive Review.
I had a bunch of sucker saplings coming up around a tree in my yard. I decided this is where I’d start with the field test. The Jungle Primitive did an okay job of whacking those suckers down. Not as good as if I’d had an axe or hatchet, but then again this knife isn’t as heavy as either one of those.
I stopped by several Maple trees that also had some suckers and finished those off as well. One thing I was beginning to see is that this Survival Knife is a little light for chopping work. The weight forward design did help a little, but overall it took a lot of effort to cut through a pile of sucker saplings.
In a survival situation, you’d be using a lot of calories trying to hack enough fuel for a fire or saplings and limbs for a shelter. Maybe too many depending on where you were and the time of year.
Next, I have a decent sized dead Elm in the back yard that I’ve been cutting on for a few days and I decided to try the Jungle Primitive out on it to see how the saw on the back of the knife worked. I also wanted to chop on something a little beefier than a sapling.
To my amazement, the saw teeth did a pretty good job. The only problem is that there should have been more of them! It will take you a while to saw through anything substantial due to the short length of saw teeth on the back.
The chopping experiment went about the same on the dead Elm as it did on the green samplings. A lot of work for a little effort!
After hacking on the saplings and then on the dead Elm (which is pretty hard when seasoned), the knife was beginning to dull again. There were a few more things I wanted to try, so I went to the wood pile for my next test. To see how well the knife threw.
Needless to say, the weight forward design really messes up the balance of the knife. It took many tries at 15 feet to get the feel of the knife and even then, success was not guaranteed! Let’s just say this knife isn’t going to be your friend if you get into a knife throwing competition!
What’s The Best Use For A SOG Jungle Primitive Knife?
While I wouldn’t turn my nose up at this knife if I found myself in the middle of the Wilderness with nothing else to rely on. But having said that, I don’t see this knife as a hard core survival knife. It would be a welcomed addition to any Wilderness camping trip as it can do many chores effortlessly. But as a stand alone hard core survival knives, there are many more choices on the market that are better.
I have to say that the sheath was one of my favorite things about this knife. Everything worked the way it should (meaning the snap straps were not 1/8 inch too short). The sheath has a pocket that can be used to hold small objects. I would find a good quality honing stone and put it in there. If you use the knife a lot you’re going to need it!
If you need a throw around knife, you know, those you keep in your fishing or camping bag, then this knife is just the ticket. It’s inexpensive if you loose it but still sturdy enough and useful enough to get most of those outdoor jobs done.
SOG Jungle Primitive Specifications
Okay, I saved the specs for last for you anal types!
Blade: 9.5 inch long stainless steel blade with a black oxide finish. Saw teeth along the back with a small serrated section near the base of the blade.
Handle: Molded Kraton. I found this handle to perform well in my bare hands and with heavy gloves on.
What comes in the box: The F03T-N Jungle Primitive knife and nylon sheath.
Overall length: 15.3 inches
Weight: 14 ounces
Best Prices on the SOG Jungle Primitive Knife
I did a little shopping online to find the best deal on the Jungle Primitive Knife and this is what I found.
KnifeCenter = $44.95
Amazon.Com – $34.98
Cabelas – $44.99
Buy.Com – $52.87