With experience as a wildland firefighter and as a blade designer for Gerber Legendary Blades, Jeff Freeman has now translated his past into a new rugged set of hard-use knives for his own company, Freeman Outdoor Gear. Reuben Bolieu reviewed the Freeman Model 451 for the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL KNIVES.

Named for the call sign of Freeman’s former firefighting crew, the Model 451 is a no-nonsense utility knife bred for work in the backwoods. “With an overall length of 8.9 inches and 3.8 inches in blade length, the Model 451 weighs about 8 ounces. The Cerakote-coated, CPM-S35VN stainless-steel, drop-point blade features a main flat grind with a thick secondary swedge on each side for maximum toughness and piercing ability,” says Bolieu in his review.

To field test the knife, Bolieu took the Model 451 for a backpacking trip through Alabama’s Sipsey Wildreness, a trip that involved plenty of campsite chores.
“The Model 451 was the companion I called upon for various tasks. One in particular was to carve a handle for a tomahawk head that weighed about 1.5 pounds. The first attempt was to carve the handle out of chokecherry and it almost worked, but in the end it was a little too thin. Even so, there was a lot of carving to be done with the Model 451,” says Bolieu. “I was resigned to using a thick piece of poplar and slowly carving it down to the right size….Using the lanyard, I choked back on the knife handle and proceeded to chop chunks of wood out of the thick branch to make the job go faster.”

To read the full article, check out the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL KNIVES, available on newsstands January 28, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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