I have bought many survival knives in the last 40 years, all were bought to use, not to put in a case. Most were from big name knife manufacturers, but several handmade knives were purchased. None of them were without shortcomings, and I learned the tip can be broken off an $800 knife, and that most of the sheaths were an afterthought. I recently purchased UST's PACK-1 knife, and for the first time there are zero disappointments. When in the hand this knife feels like a natural extension of your arm. It is very comfortable in any position in the hand, and easy to grip with the slotted micarta scales. It is extremely sharp out of the box, and David's choice of steel is excellent. The 5 position Kydex sheath is an engineering marvel by itself. More thought has been put into every aspect of this knife and sheath system than I have ever seen before. This is the equivalent of buying a handmade knife, except you get a much better sheath, nothing off the shelf here. David is clearly a man who uses a knife everyday. I have also bought an MSK-1 Primitive, and I can say with no reservations these are the two best, most rugged, useful knives I own. If you are someone who appreciates and depends on a good blade, the PACK-1 should be your next investment.
Hello David, as an individual with dozens of knives of every type the Pack-1 is all it's cracked up to be.
It feels wonderful in my hand and inspires a feeling of great confidence and ability to conquer almost any task.
PACK-1® Elite: Personal Adaptable Camp Knife
Amazing knife, everything I thought it would be and more!
I will use this knife with me every time I’m outside.
This knife was designed as a tool to do almost anything, and it does not disappoint! The size, weight, balance, ergonomics, and design are all excellent. It is different, but David designed it to be different than everything else out on the market for a reason. It simply can do things most other knives cannot. As a user and collector of knives, David's MSK-1 is exceptionally thought out in design and functionality. The MSK-1 knifes are meant to be used and used hard giving the user an advantage in any situation. A knife becomes an extension of the user: it provides all of the features that give it an advantage over ever other knife in my collection. Like many others, I wanted to get my hands on one to see for myself and it did not disappoint! Actually, the only disappointment I had was in myself for not ordering this sooner. Everything about this acquisition has been exceptional from the ordering experience (super simple), to shipping (very fast), to the packaging (All companies should provide this personal touch) to the performance of the MSK-1 in real world usage. If you're in the market for a knife that will provide you with all of the features and performance in One Tool, my recommendation is to make the investment now, because to quote David "Be Prepared, because you never know!"
Fit and finish is quality all the way . Weight and feel in the hand is perfect a knife that’s going to be passed down to my son . Couldn’t be more pleased . Thank you David
I was very pleased with this purchase. I got a real good deal on this knife and it is perfect. It has become one of my favorite knives in my collection. Thank you David for the effort you put into the design of this product and for taking care of Veteran's and Dad's everywhere.
Great experience! Thank you
I contacted customer service. They were so friendly and I swear they flew the primitive knife too me. I have not got to try it yet but the entire package is awesome. Much better than I expected for the price. Thank you everyone that works at ultimate survival.
Package was fast delivery! I like that! The survival knife handle along with ridges felt just right for my grip, the weight perfectly balanced and kits inside the handle are water resistant materials that can rely on which that makes me want this. Even though I haven’t use it yet but I’m exciting to try it soon for hiking and camping. Love the design and purpose of it for useful and benefits needed.
I like this knife as it has the perfect size, not to big and cumbersome allowing fine works but big and sturdy enough to split wood
Overall design is shorted than other survival/bushcraft knives that fills the hands well. The balance if spot-on especially with the wooden handles. Like the idea of the tools hidden in the handle that are unobtrusive once in place. Only minor quibble is the slight gouge in the wood handle on one side that was sanded smooth by the factory. Aesthetically didn't like this initially but have since all but forgotten about it. Edge could have been sharper but is fine for light bushcraft tasks. Overall am pleased with purchase.
Sheath is not the best for me. Too rigid attachment, and I don't like the slanted entry/exit for the knife.
Great survival knife for the money.
Once you get this knife and hold it in your hand you realize what that statement means! You can tell that much thought and calculation went into the design of this thing. Not many products can cover such a wide range of usage and do it well but this knife can and does. Add the neck knife to the mix and all bases are covered! And…It’s nice to know that David does not hesitate to revise and refine based on customer reviews given that he has come out with the 2.0 version of the Elite as well as other models based on the original design.
Sorry for the delay with my review. Not much time available and for that same reason I haven’t use my MSK1 Elite yet. My words will describe my first thoughs once I had the knife in my hands…
It is exactly what I expected. It feels durable, perfect weight, very well balanced (in my opinion). I’m not an expert, I just know that I love knives and due to quality I always have to go for another one.
I think that I found my last one.
I saw so many negative reviews which were all rubbished when I took the knife in my own hands. So much is great about this knife that anyone complaining about David comparing it to an axe and suggesting this knife could replace an axe is totally missing the point of what David has created. It is a total system and I am sure that David will continue to be innovative in developing this wonderful knife.
I love the design, the ergonomics, the quality of the materials and especially the type of steel, the dedication with which this work of art was made...
They have definitely gained a new client from South America.
Ist das beste Messer, dass ich je hatte. Werde auch weiterhin bestellen. Top.
English Translation: It's the best knife I've ever had. Will continue to order. Top.
If you make the effort and take the time to train and learn critical survival skills, your chances of a successful outcome greatly improve! The material solutions found at Ultimate Survival, coupled with the extensive lessons/podcast/instructions (aka: knowledge) that David has accumulated and shares makes him a one-stop-shop. If it is not proven quality, David does not sell it or endorse it. In the right hands, the Tiny Survival Knife and Tool Sharpener Kit are HUGE and make the difference in getting off on a good start.
This tool sharpening kit is great for camping and bushcraft. I love how small and compact this set is and how easily it fits in my wallet. The 500 grit side is great for getting nicks out of the blade or sharpening your axe. the 1000 grit side is great for knifes and finer sharpening. the leather strop is a pretty standard strop and so is the stropping compound. Over all I think this is a almost perfect compact sharpening kit
Easy to carry, easy to store, and easy to sharpen your knives.
Easy to follow, with tons of information. They guides also provide videos for demonstrations.
Having a way to make a fire with the knife can be really useful if for any reason you are separated from your backpack
It makes great sparks
It work's great with my MSK-1 Warrior through's good sparks starts fire quick
Very small, awkward for my large hands, planning on using it as emergency backup to my larger ferro rod.
I haven’t actually put the steel to spark yet but, I do think it’s the right size to carry on knife and will produce enough spark to get the job done. My only suggestion is to put a red bungee retention cord, possibly with a reflective element to it so that if you lose it, It would be easier to find. I did just that modification to mine and now it’s as close to perfect as you could get in my opinion.
I like it
I have been following the development of the MSK-1 knife and accessories that go with it for some time now. Finally decided to make the purchase and it’s certainly is all that I expected. The nylon outer sheath is an excellent upgrade to the carry options. The design offers many locations to customize it for carrying additional survival/bushcraft tools and equipment! I’m looking forward to be notified when the upgraded neck knife is available so I can complete my setup. I wish the tiny survival card was available again as that would be the icing on the cake to complete this outstanding survival knife package! Keep up with the R&D David as I’m looking forward to see what other goodies you come up with!
This sheat is well made and compatible molle which allows to attach it on a bag.
This sheat is required is you are left handed.
Good fit. Have fire steel and pouch on nylon sheath. Going to add esse 4 soon.
Excellent customer service !
Replaced my wooden handle on the original MSK 1
No questions asked - shipped immediately.
EXTRA MSK-1 Handle Grip Set
I would have given five stars but having to purchase the liners that are required to make them fit was annoying and $$
Hi Shane, We are working on eliminating the need for liners in our 2024 lineup. I apologize for the inconvenience. Have a great day! ~David
Excellent quality micarta. Fit and finish are superb. 👍👍Fits perfect
My grip handle had a crack in it when I opened the package. David sent me a brand new one right away. Thank you for the excellent service.
I purchased OD Green replacement handle scales, and the recommended spacers. The fit is good, and gives a better feel in my hand. Glad I went the micarta route. Also gives a little extra room inside the handle for my MSK-1. Thanks David.
Thanks yet again to David and the team 👍 they are looking amazing on my msk1p very happy
I liked that it was an option. Thank you!. I painted them red and it's like having a new knife.
I love showing off my MSK-1 Elite, all the Tiny Survival items, and training videos to my son in laws and friends but cringe when they ask to borrow them for a few days. The answer - buy them their own MSK-1 and a few starter Tiny Survival items then show them where to go for great info that allows them to start their own journey. I love the way the knives come wrapped and tied so all I have to do is put a bow on the box. I'm like Dave, if it doesn't make sense and doesn't make you say "solid quality" when you pick it up, then I don't endorse it to my family and friends.
I love the feel in hand. Heavy, sure, balanced. Nice choice of steel. Hidden survival tools, awesome. Thank you for this tool. I will wear this with pride. A very good compliment to my skills. Thank you David!
This pouch can be used in many different applications, not only for the knife sheath. Mount one on your bag, or your belt, or it can be used as an accessory pouch or tech kit.
Great Idea for a whole knife system. Good space, good velcro fixing, and sits very well on my MSK 1 elite ballistic sheath.
Hi David, I wanna thank you for make such an amazing knife, all fells like good quality special the blade!! So sharpened
I've been a knife collector for 50 years. I have several hundreds of different shapes and styles and sizes. Yours is my favorite. It's really designed for hard use out in the Bush. And something I trust and rely on
I bought the MSK-!W and then thought that since it's such a beast of a knife that I might like to have the MSK-Mini also. So I got the add-on-combo and I'm waiting for the MSK Mini 2.0 to become available along with some Micarta scales. It should be an awesome combo. Looking forward to it.
MSK-1 SERE Elite Sheath Add-On Combo
Gute Ware und Qualität. Bester Versand
is simply...the best! After 1000 bow fires using Elk bone joints, rocks, skate board bearings, and bottle caps...Ultimate Survival comes along with an invention that's worthy to write
about. The MSK-1 handle bolt sets comes in three sets of screws, and one(parabolic indentation)for use with a spindle in a bow fire scenario. I have bought a few sets of handle bolts just to use the spindle bolt in other survival knife handles, for instance Tom Brown's Tracker.and TRS kukkri...I have pics with these knives sporting the spindle bolt in the middle of these knives..
They work! Building a fire... is the quintessential skill in the wilderness. Every other skill is secondary. The downside of the MSK-1spindle bolt is that it only comes in one size. Because I would drill, fit, and JB weld these bolts on every knife in my arsenal
! Randy Hobson, Montana
You can never be too prepared but the knife and survival kit goes a long way.
Great little kit, high quality equipment, great concept, well thought out, well recommended.
I needed to replace the survival kit that came in the box - I put it in the garbage by mistake - and they sent me 2 replacements right away. The knife itself is bad a**! Massive piece of steel and super sharp. Ergonomic and easy to handle. Nice fitting sheath!
ALL IN ONE, JUST PERFECT!