I have a Survive! GSO 4.1 knife and I absolutely love it. Survive! recently rolled out a neck knife and when I saw they were finally available on the website, I jumped on one. I ordered it the Tuesday after Labor Day, mid day, and it arrived at my house that Thursday, barely 48 hours later. (I guess it helps that I live about 70 miles from the Survive! production facility.) I haven't used the knife yet to cut anything, but I wanted to record my first impressions of the Survive! Necker.
The Survive! Necker is a two-finger knife design. It's a 4" long, 5/32" thick piece of Bohler M-390 steel. This is one of the most bad ass stainless steels available to knife makers today. The Necker has a 2" blade and weighs 1.2 ounces. It's small, but it really packs a wallop.
Guy recommends using a lanyard on the Necker for a better grip and on the Survive! website is a video showing you how to make one for the necker. (I included the video below). I followed Guy's instructions and made a lanyard for mine from 3' of gutted woodland camo paracord and 3' of gutted olive drab 550. The lanyard really does extend the grip, and makes the knife much more secure to grip and more comfortable to hold.
The sheath is a quality sheath made of kydex and has a kydex belt clip on the back. The Necker sheath comes in 7 different colors, including pink and purple. I opted for coyote brown, which is my favorite kydex color. The sheath grips the knife tightly and securely. There is no play of rattle when the knife is sheathed.
The kydex belt clip is removable for neck wear, and it can be attached to ride on your belt horizontally or vertically. One of the first things I noticed was that the eyelets in the kydex sheath were spaced the same as the eyelets on my GSO 4.1 sheath. I was able to remove the belt clip from the Necker sheath and screw it on to the 4.1 sheath so the Necker rides piggyback. That was a pleasant surprise.
Both the 4.1 and Necker are stone washed, and both come beyond razor sharp. The Necker is serialized. My 4.1 isn't. The jimping on both knives is effective. With sweaty hands from the Baltimore humidity, I had a hard time getting my thumb to slip on the jimping of either knife.
This is an excellent neck knife and I believe it will find it's way in the woods with me every time I go out from now on.
I cooked biscuits and gravy for breakfast on a recent car camping trip. Using two jumbo buttermilk biscuit tubes, I fit five in a 12" dutch oven and the remaining three in a 10" dutch oven. I used 2x2 lumber to lash a tripod and used it to suspend a 12 cm Zebra billy pot full of sausage gravy over the coals on the 12" dutch oven. It worked great and made a hearty breakfast!