Anatomy of Hype: Tom Brown Tracker knife Part 2





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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2008

PART 2 of 2
Imbued with seemingly magical capabilities from the 2003 movie "The Hunted," the Tom Brown Tracker T1 has gain stunning popularity. Starring Tommy Lee Jones as good guy LT and Benicio Del Toro as the out-of-control killer Aaron, the movie showed several laughable sequences involving the Tracker knife. No doubt, the TBT was chosen for its unusual visual appeal and to half-heartedly separate The Hunted from its plot source, the much better Rambo: First Blood movie. That show had already used a more impressive (and effective) Gil Hibben bowie knife in similar fashion. But from The Hunted movie we are led to believe that Tom Brown Tracker is the preferred blade, over all others, by an elite and secret group of combat soldiers. We see it thrown with amazing speed basically blowing a hole through the receiving tree. We see it hacking a part government assassins with ease. We see it being carried in a ridiculous horizontal fashion by Aaron. We see being forged out of raw steel into the perfect killing blade. And thats what Tom Brown, a technical advisor to the movie, would have us believe: that the Tracker knife is the swiftest, most deadly blade out there. If this wasnt the case, why then would these elite and superbly skilled operatives choose it and actually manufacture it! Never mind they could have BOUGHT much better blades or simply armed themselves with a much more capable handgun to dispatch each other. Nope, the movie avoids such logic and marches on with absurdity born of foolish technical advisement and remains detached from reality in most of its sequences. In this two part series, Nutnfancy debunks the mystique and nonsense surrounding the overpriced, over-hyped, and overly heavy Tom Brown Tracker T1 knife. From its diminutive 6 ¼ thick blade, to its astounding 28 ounce weight, to its goofy, limited application grind, the Tom Brown Tracker will stack up poorly against other blades possessing better survival capability and combat efficiency. Its reputation is a house of cards. Admittedly the Tracker is a visually engaging knife with a good handle and probably good chopping capability but it cant escape its limitations (and apparently being overpriced as well). As a purely collectible knife, the Tracker is worthwhile. But as a fully capable wilderness or combat blade, the Tom Brown Tracker is very much sub par compared to many other far more capable designs. Surely some knife users that have bit off on the hype of the TBT (and bought it) will take offense to this truthful review but Nutnfancy will always cut through the crap for you the potential buyers wanting maximize money and capabilities.

Nutnfancy Likeability Scale: 2 out of 10

CLARIFICATION: At about 11:25 I talk about the TBTs poor chopping/hacking capabilities. I think it will CHOP well WITHIN its straight run of 3.5 of straight edge. Outside of that I think it will diminish in capability. My criticisms of this capability surround heavy duty chopping or hacking of something like a large standing, dead tree. I feel a larger survival blade with a bigger moment arm and swing would be superior.


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