REVISED: APPLICATION to test: Imlay Canyon Gear Canyon Knife
- ahhh, what a ninny i can be. here is my corrected and revised
application to test the Imlay Canyon Gear Canyon Knife. I have read
the BGT survival guide v. 1202 and agree to comply with the
requirements stated in Chapter 5. My Tester Agreement is currently on
file. Thank you for considering my application.
Name: Colleen Porter
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Weight: 153 lb (64 kg)
Email address: tarbubble at yahoo dot com
City, State: Irvine, CA
Backpacking Background: I went on my first backpacking trip at age
16. It was a disaster, so I stuck to day hikes until I was 20, when
my husband got me back into backpacking. He created a bit of a
monster. Having children forced us to go ultralight, and now on my
own my 3-season base weight hovers around 13 pounds. I love to hike
in sandals, I'm irrationally afraid of snow, I make some of my own
equipment, I always pack too much food, and I like gear to be light,
simple, and uncomplicated - silnylon, goose down, alcohol stoves, ¾
length sleeping pads... My typical haunts are the mountains of
southern California, the Sierra Nevada, Grand Canyon, Mojave and
Colorado deserts. We hope to spend a month on the PCT in 2007, with
the kids along of course.
Field Conditions: If selected to test the Canyon Knife, I will be
using it throughout southern California and hopefully in northwestern
Montana. I'll be visiting the deserts as much as I can before the
weather turns too warm (I'll be visiting the Mojave desert twice this
month), and once that happens I'll either be in the high country or
along the coast, where temperatures are mostly tolerable. Elevations
will range from sea level to around 7,000 feet (2134 meters). I
expect to encounter temps ranging from 40 degrees (4.5 celsius) to
over 100 (38 celsius) within the next 6 months. Our rainy season is
drawing to an end, so conditions may occasionally be humid but will
mostly be dry. The only canyoneering I do is decidedly non-
technical, but we do have some local, un-famous little canyon
stretches that I like to scramble through.
Test Considerations/Strategy: I don't need much from a knife
slicing food, occasionally cutting some cord, trimming off loose
threads, cutting off a length of duck or medical tape simple
stuff. Well, last summer I had to perform surgery on my shoes, but
even that was do-able with a small knife. I've been cycling through
an assortment of inexpensive, simple, lightweight knives. I carried
a mini Swiss army knife for a while, but decided it had too many
features I just wasn't using. I switched to a no-name folding steel
blade, but it's heavier than it needs to be and the blade is already
rusting. I've been considering carrying one of those mini
retractable blades the kind that you can snap the blade tip off of
when it gets too worn down. I have also been considering the Buck
Metro knife, or a Spyderco Jester.
The Canyon Knife looks like a nice option for folks like me a
simple folding blade suited to the most common tasks that crop up in
the course of backpacking. I don't go out expecting to have to skin
an animal, or even to gut a fish although gutting a fish might be a
possibility during the course of this test, as I anticipate doing
some fishing on both the California coast and on Flathead lake in NW
Montana. If that ends up being a task I do with the Canyon Knife,
readers will definitely read about it in my report.
Safety. I can see from photos on Imlay's site that the Canyon Knife
cannot open when it is closed and threaded onto a large enough
carabiner. But I don't typically carry a carabiner of that size in
fact, I typically don't have a carabiner with me. Is the knife prone
to opening if not secured shut, or are the parts fastened securely
enough that the knife will stay closed when folded shut? I typically
carry my small folding knives on a lanyard around my neck, along with
my whistle and a squeeze LED that way I always have them with me,
even if I've set down my pack and stepped away from it for a moment.
If I am to do this with the Canyon Knife, I'd have to be sure that it
wouldn't fall open.
Blade sharpness. How sharp is the Canyon Knife? How long will it
keep a sharp edge, and how much work will it do before it dulls? How
easy is it to re-sharpen?
Is the serrated edge a useful aspect for my typical needs? All of my
previous knifes have had straight edges. I've been under the
impression that serrated blades were better for sawing tasks, like
cutting through webbing (as technical canyoneers & climbers must
occasionally do, but backpackers generally don't). Does a serrated
blade slice through foods as smoothly and easily as a straight blade?
Durability & quality of construction. I know it's made from surgical-
grade stainless steel, but will the blade get rusty anyway?
Actually, the hinge would be the first place I would expect to see
rust. California is a dry place, but saltwater and sea air can be
hard on metals, and this knife will definitely see use on the coast,
and may get dunked in a few streams or rivers. I know, I know it's
designed for canyoneering, it should be able to handle getting wet.
But I plan to put that to the test.
Functionality. It's a small knife it is actually any use? Is the
handle long enough to properly grip so that I can get enough traction
to cut? Is the blade long enough to cut through a salami chub in one
go, or will I have to do a messy hack job? Is this knife handy and
functional enough that I'm going to want to keep it on my keychain?
Thanks again for considering my application.
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Andy Mytys <amytys@...> wrote:
--- In email@example.com, Stephanie Martin
> BGT, in conjunction with Imlay Canyon Gear, will be testing threeSteph,
> (3) of their adorably portable Canyon Knives!
I noted the test call didn't include the "Newbie" clause. Was that in
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