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Designed as a tool of last resort by the smiths at Columbia River Knife and Tool, the Hammond All Bases Covered (A.B.C.) knife is a fixed-blade design for emergency situations. It’s described as a dive or whitewater-rafting knife, available in two styles called Aqua and Operator, with and without a sharpened point. Why bother with a blunt-tipped knife? If you’re in a full panic and need to cut away an entangling strap or line, you probably aren’t going to have time to be careful. The blunt tip allows the user to press the knife tip against their skin and slide it to cut the entangling object with the edge without gashing themselves in the process.

Sailors and water-sportsmen can probably appreciate this design, but the odd blade configuration, with two edges (one serrated, one straight) and no point, probably limits its utility in everyday life. And Johnny Law probably won’t appreciate you walking around with a 4-inch edge painted like a Mission Impossible prop. But if this is the kind of tool you can use, they run about $80 at full retail. And if the keen edge won’t kill you, the acronym overload will.

Hammond A.B.C. Knives [Columbia River Knife and Tool]
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7 Responses to Columbia River – All Bases Covered Knife

  1. Dave P says:

    The way to keep Johnny Law from being upset is to choose knives that DON’T LOOK TACTICAL. This knife with a yellow handle doesn’t look like a weapon as much as it looks like a tool.

    Cops have the same issue with picking duty knives. Let’s say you’re cutting someone out of a seatbelt and you nick them. If your duty knife looks like Gil Hibben made it, their lawyer will pick that apart and the city will be out a big-ass settlement. If it has blaze orange scales and a few “tool features” it could be just as sharp, and the liability is orders of magnitude less.

  2. ToolGuyd says:

    In addition to Dave P’s points, a knife with yellow or orange scales is much more visible and easier to reach for than one with black scales, even when you know exactly where the sheath is positioned.

  3. Dave P says:

    Yeah, that too. I can’t tell you how puzzled I am every time I see camo mini-mag lights or those dumbass “black chrome” sockets. It’s like tool manufacturers are like “let’s think of ways to make people cuss when they drop this in the woods/engine compartment/poorly-lit-shop”

  4. Dan says:

    Another thing about blunt tip knifes is if you are on a boat it probably will not be very still, making it even easer to stab your self, or other things, like the rubber raft that is keeping you and the sharks apart. Actually the double blade is probably a bad thing. I personally use the spyderco rescue. http://www.knivesplus.com/SP-C45SOR-Spyderco.HTML

  5. Jim K. says:

    @ Dave P. I always assumed that the reason these things came in black an camo was so you WOULD lose them and therefore have a need to buy a new one.

  6. rg says:

    Am I the only one that thinks the design is inspired by a prison shiv?

  7. Brad Justinen says:


    I have this knife but with the pointed end. I didn’t need or want the noob-proof blunt tip. It is my primary dive knife as well as my camping/hunting/survival knife. The nice thing about this knife (besides the uber-adjustable sheath) is the ability to completely remove the plastic handle. Sometimes I replace the plastic handle with some thin leather cord – in certain situations the knife can be mounted and tied to the end of a long stick to make a spear. AWESOME KNIFE!

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