United Cutlery M48 Apocalypse Fighter Knife

Last week we reviewed the M48 Hawk Tactical Tomahawk by United Cutlery.  The M48 Apocalypse Fighter Knife is another member of the M48 Kommando Collection and the subject of today’s review.

Priced at a very affordable $10, the Apocalypse Fighter was an impulse purchase backed with a little purpose.  I’ve been looking for a very basic knife to take camping/hiking and when I saw that the Apocalypse Fighter came with a free paracord bracelet, I couldn’t pass it up.

For those of you not familiar with it, paracord is a general purpose utility cord that is very thin (usually 5/8″ diameter) and very strong.  Made from nylon, it is composed of individual strands (usually seven) that are surrounded by a woven sheath and Type III, the most common type, has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds!

The woven paracord bracelet is made of ten feet of cord and fits up to a nine inch wrist.  There is also an additional ten feet of paracord woven around the handle of the knife.  In a pinch you can unwind the entire length for a makeshift rope or cut off a segment to tie down or repair a piece of equipment while in the field.

 The knife itself has a very simple, yet effective design.  Made of AUS-6 stainless steel with a black finish, the knife is an impressive 11.5 inches long.  The full-tang blade is 5 inches long and incorporates a partial sawback into the design.  The knife is very thin, yet sturdy and durable.  After using it for various tasks, it retained it’s extremely sharp edge and did not warp or permanently bend when used to pry or dig.

The knife also comes with a nylon belt sheath emblazoned with the M48 logo.  It’s not the sturdiest sheath, but it does the trick by keeping the knife in place with velcro closures.

Overall, I think that the M48 Apocalypse Fighter Knife is a great product, especially when you consider the price point.  It is a very durable and effective blade and provides you with 20 feet of paracord, which can be an invaluable tool in the field.  The color of the paracord is a little too loud for my taste and the sheath could be a little higher quality, but for $10, I consider this knife a steal!

In the future I hope that I get the opportunity to review several other items from the United Cutlery M48 Kommando Collection.  Items like the Survival Hammer and Spear seem like they would be great additions to my collection.  Now I just need to find the excuse to buy them.

 

Please Note: This item was purchased with my own money and these are my own thoughts and opinions.

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4 Responses to United Cutlery M48 Apocalypse Fighter Knife

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  2. Elliot says:

    Is the blade really that durable though? I can’t imagine that the blade is actually worth anything at $10.

  3. AHoyt says:

    I put it through some hoops digging, cutting, and prying and it held up well. No visible damage beyond a little bit of dulling on the blade. I’m sure it’s not up to par with higher quality blades, but I think it’s a steal for $10.

  4. Col says:

    Nice shaped blade but like Elliot I wonder at the knifes durability, be intrested in how your tests turned out

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