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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2010 - Page 96
GUNNYSACK UZI CHOPPER Roy Huntington I ’ve learned a thing or two lately about stout chopping blades. On our land, it seems I’m always having to cut down creeping vines, chop away poison ivy before it takes over, cut away small branches that poke you in the eye when you mow and a million other jobs. I tried a standard lightweight machete and found it just wasn’t up to the task. Not enough “thunk” power. I have bolder tools for bigger jobs, but for “all-the-time-on-the-ATV” I needed something that actually worked. Dear friends, Jessica and her dad, Dave Hall of Hallmark Cutlery (get it?) recommended their Jungle Commander from their UZI line of knives. I’ve featured their affordable but well made cutters in our pages in the past, so I was ready to give it a try. Jessica sent one and it promptly became one of our “most-used” tools around here. I zip-tied the stout sheath (with kydex-type insert) onto the back rack of our ATV and there it’s ridden ever since. The 9" blade is deceptively effective, and at only 14.5" overall, it’s handy to tote and to swing. The blade is a bit thicker than you’d expect and that’s what really makes it effective. And the molded rubber-like grip feels “just right” in your hand and doesn’t allow “hot spots” to develop on your skin as you work. I generally use gloves, and the slight “tack-feel” of the grip helps keep it in your hand. There’s also a lanyard loop if you want to go that route. In today’s high-tech, battery-powered world, I confess it’s often great fun to simply have a solid tool that actually works well at what it’s designed to do. There’s no batteries to die, no complicated buttons or owner’s manuals to fuss with — you just pick it up and get to work. And sometimes, a little work can be great fun, if you ask me. About $67 bucks — cheap for a good tool. For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/productindex 96 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2010