Health Ranger Report: High-grade corrosion-resistant knives co-designed with Dawson Knives a popular choice among backpackers and preppers
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John Roy, creator of corrosion-resistant high-grade knives, showed models of Dawson Knives during a recent episode of the "Health Ranger Report" (HRR). Dawson Knives products are known for their quality and durability.

The collection includes the "Escape from LA," a very popular magnet-cut alloy knife with a pry bar front end, which Roy co-designed with the Health Ranger Mike Adams himself. According to Roy, people have been taking these knives backpacking and doing survival techniques.

"They've been able to start fires and make a spear out of a knife," said Roy, describing all of the tools his company makes. "We have one guy chopped on a bunch of wood and hit some knots and all it did was just barely deflect the edge. And so, he just kept beating on and he was surprised that no chipping or anything of that sort."

"Not only is it known to be virtually corrosion-proof, but it holds an edge that has high Rockwell hardness and is somehow still flexible enough to avoid shattering. It's like a miracle alloy," Adams further said.

Roy also pointed out that all raw materials of their knives are sourced in the United States. With their 50 years of experience crafting the tools, their main goal, he said, is to just keep on improving. "We want to have the best that people can get and that comes from being American-made and from a generational business that takes pride in their work," Roy added.

Another model of knife that is being asked about by people is the limited edition "Tomahawk," which is almost always sold out online. The blade is heat-treated in-house for maximum toughness, durability and edge-holding capability, with a textured G10 handle that will not swell, split, warp or crack and comes with a custom-fitted hybrid sheath.

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"When I started setting up for the Tomahawk, I wanted to make something different from anything else in the market. So, when we started engineering it, I worked with a bunch of friends on the physics of the Tomahawk. That's why you see those different cuts in the blade area and around the handle," said Roy, explaining that it would allow the user to hold it at the top of the blade area.

"It's made for vibration," he continued. "So, when you hit something hard, a lot of the cracking or any of the stuff presses on the metal is coming from the vibration and from that impact. It gives it incredible strength."

Adams agreed, lauding the design of the multi-tool with its amazing balance and sturdiness. "This thing is going to last a lifetime. I have not used this one because I feel like it's almost museum-worthy," he said.

Roy also showed one model he's been testing, a tactical knife called "Resonance," an 11.25-inch tool made with American stainless steel that can be used in basic camp chores like making firewood, setting up hammocks, cutting paracord or making it into a spear that could be used for fishing.

"So when I go camping or hiking, I take this one with me. It can do a lot of functions without having to be so big and taking up a lot of space," he said. (Related: Survival essentials: 5 Bushcraft skills for preppers.)

High-end knives come in handy in emergencies

Personally trained by Barry Dawson, the founder of Dawson Knives, Roy reminded the HRR audience of the importance of having these weapons, especially with many illegal immigrants entering the borders are most likely criminals and gang members escaping their countries.

"My family lives on the border. My mom is actually from Mexico but migrated here legally. She's a U.S. citizen but lives in Nogales," said Roy. "Every year, we go down there as a family and have Christmas together. So to all of my family members, whenever we come down there, the knife is so imperative because there is a lot of now illegal traffic just coming right through Nogales day and night."

He said it's better to be safe so he carries his knife, which is easy to conceal and an excellent self-defense tool. "It just gives me that extra level of security and functionality of having a blade on me at all times," he said.

Adams agreed and recalled the times when they were collaborating on knife designs. "That was kind of the philosophy when we were working on this knife design. We need something that has a small imprint that's easy for people to carry. It doesn't stand out but it's very functional."

The two also remembered when they started conceptualizing. "We needed something that can help people escape if trapped in a city or a building or a vehicle when the power grid goes down and everything stops working. Even cars can lose power. How do you get out of something when you're trapped? And that's where this came from. I think we nailed it," Adams said. Four types of knives are also available on the Health Ranger Store website.

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