White River to Unveil Survival Knife Line at SHOT Show

White River Knife and Tool is prepping its new Survival Knife line for release early next year. After five months of testing, feedback, and tweaking, White River is nearly ready to bring these blades to market.

A number of experienced survivalists and a handful of lucky White River knife fans spent the last five months wearing out the prototypes and submitting their feedback and suggestions. “Their recommendations are the basis of this new knife line and its final design,” White River President John Cammenga tells us.

The Survival line consists of three products: the FC-4, FC-5, and FC-7. The numerical designation refers to the blade size in inches – the only difference between the knives. The 5” handle size remains the same across all three blades. The handle material is contoured green canvas Micarta. The sheath is made from durable Kydex.

Secondary survival functions can be found all around the knife. A hardened steel bow divot is integrated into the handle. All the handle pins are hollow, to allow for survival cord applications. The jimping is sharp enough to double as a rasp for creating sawdust. Just in front of the finger guard, a striking surface for the included ferro rod has been implemented. “This is a well-designed, great looking, and robust knife intended for serious work,” says Cammenga.

A small, family-owned company in Coopersville, Michigan, White River is known for its outdoor-centric design philosophy. With their focus on high-quality, hand-finished fixed blades, they are competing in the same market as another Michigan original, Bark River Knives. White River has enjoyed success with modern takes like the Backpacker.


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White River says that the first batch of these knives will be available to order by dealers at SHOT Show in January. MSRP for the 4”, 5”, and 7” models are $240, $280, and $320 respectively.


Knife featured in image: White River Knife and Tool FC-5

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