Outdoor Life Editor's Choice 2010
The success of a survival knife lies in its usefulness, and the Pup Elite offers a little bit of everything. The thick, well-balanced blade and handle suggests a nostalgic feel, but with all the high-tech aspects of today. Deep, ergonomic finger grooves won't leave you guessing in the dark which way the steel is facing, and the rifle checkering gives the handle plenty of grip. Serrations, full-spine jimping and an equally versatile nylon sheath make this a favorite.
NTOA Tested & Recommended
3.85 / 5.00
I was immediately impressed with how the Seal Pup Elite looked and felt in the hand. It has a comfortable grip with a nice weight. The blade is very sharp as you would expect and retained it's sharpness after some abuse. I repeatedly jammed the point of the knife into a dead tree with one hand then pried the blade to remove it. I did this until my arm tired then I switched to the other arm and repeated the action until I tired again. I also used the knife as an ax to chop small branches and as a throwing knife. The point held up as expected without any damage or dulling. The aggressive grip proved worthwhile and I experienced no slipping. The spine rasp ate away at wood almost like a saw. It worked as advertised for notching and filing.
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