In a survival situation, you have to work with the tools you have, not the ones you wish you had. That’s why it’s important that your gear be as rugged and versatile as possible, like the Nax from Gear Up. So what exactly is a Nax? It’s part knife and part axe—more specifically, a compact tool that combines the qualities of a kukri, machete and hatchet.
The Nax was designed with input from soldiers, preppers and survival experts, with the goal of making a seriously versatile survival tool. Constructed from forged 4140 chrome-moly steel, the Nax is double heat-treated then given an induction hardening, making it capable of standing up to the harshest conditions.
The blade portion is 5.5 inches long and features an extremely sharp zero-grind edge, with an additional 1.5 inches of tanto point at the tip. A finger-grooved grip is situated just behind the blade and blends into the paracord-wrapped handle for roughly 10 inches. Two sets of jimping adorn the spine to allow for a variety of grips, and a lanyard hole is provided at the base of the handle. The Nax’s overall length is 21.5 inches, and that’s all one-piece, quarter-inch-thick steel.