This particular hollow handle knife is much different than many others on the market. Most hollow handles are a two piece design that has a weak point where the blade meets the handle. The Chris Reeves Hollow Handle series is CNC machined from a solid piece of A2 tool steel. The blade has a hollow grind- making it extremely sharp. Each knife has what I believe is a Kalgard coating.
This particular model is known as the Mountaineer. It features a 5 1/2" blade with an overall length of 10 1/4". The only problem with the One-piece series is that they have become quite rare. From what I understand is that the gentleman that machined these for Chris Reeve decided to retire. Chris at the time felt that he should also retire the hollow handle series out of respect. Being that they are discontinued- many folks decide to hold onto them for collector pieces. Making it difficult to find them on the market or to actually go out there and beat them up in the field.
Triple Aught Design Survival Spark that not only showers sparks, but also has a needle and thread wrapped around the shaft covered by shrink wrap (check out our review of it HERE). For tinder I included a couple of the Tinder Quik tabs. They are excellent compact waterproof tinder materials. The other item I included was a fishing kit sealed in a drinking straw. It contains around 20 ft of line, two lead weights, and two hooks. I wouldn't want to depend on these items as my only gear, however they are there if I need them.
I may also construct another sealed straw with water purification tablets and place inside. Another idea would be to place some local currency in there as well.
Overall I really enjoy this knife. If you can find one and afford it- I would say jump on it. If not for anything else look at it as an investment. These knives are continually increasing in value because they are becoming extremely rare. If any of you out there own one; let me know your thoughts.