The Swamp Rat Knife Works Hairy Carry was designed as a high performance fixed blade in a size matched to everyday uses. Made to wear on the belt, this full tang knife features the rugged design details of Jerry Busse’s tactical knives.
The Hairy Carry’s 154CM high carbon stainless steel resists corrosion and provides a long-lasting edge. A blade thickness of .170 inch cuts weight, but the convex grind makes the knife stronger than the usual hollow ground edge. Blade length of 3-1/2 inches matches that of many pocket knives, but a full-sized grip brings the overall length to 8-1/4 inches. That extra grip allows even large hands to apply full power to a cutting stroke.
A slight drop point makes the knife usable for piercing but provides a full belly that makes this small blade an excellent slicer. As a utility knife for handymen or a lightweight and rugged field knife for hunters or fishermen, the Hairy Carry performs well. Handle slabs of G10 offer a secure grip in all sorts of weather, resist chemical damage and remain stable over a wide range of temperatures. The Hairy Carry’s grip has rounded edges instead of squared corners and won’t dig into the palms if the job lasts more than a few minutes.
The simple construction of this knife only adds to its toughness. The handle scales join to the full width tang with three steel tube rivets and exactly follow the profile of the knife blank. The grip includes a slightly dropped bolster and shallow finger choil for better knife control, plus a lanyard hole for adding a wrist loop.
Kershaw also makes a tough small fixed blade capable of rough work, the Kershaw Zero Tolerance knife.