Last spring, I was contacted by the good people ofHighnoon Entertainmentand commissioned to hand forge a survival knife for the 2nd season of their TV show “Dude You’re Screwed“ that airs Wednesdays on the Discovery Channel.
After looking over some pictures of some standard bushcrafting blade styles they were considering, I sent them a picture of a recent knife I had forged from a RR spike.
In short, the producer’s thought it was “Bad-Ass” and decided to go with it.
However, there are some important things about a RR Spike knife you should know.
Many in the knife community would not call a RR spike knife a serious knife by modern standards, but it’s not exactly useless.
“Wow..that was a rail road spike” is the driving force in play.
It is absolutely NOT the best knife to take into a survival situation. So while the stranded “Dude” being screwed will be happy to have a sharp tool that cuts, the tool he’s been given does have limitations.
A RR spike knife is low in the carbon content that makes up a good knife. It will not retain its cutting edge as well as modern knife steel.
So while the “Dude” getting sent off to an unknown location with minimal supplies is getting a cutting tool to help him on his survival journey, he is still being challenged by the limitations of the RR spike knife.