Hammer, Pry Bar, 4x4 Post, & GLOCK Knife

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In an earlier review of a GLOCK Survival Knife, reader "Roderick" challenged me to drive the GLOCK knife through a 4" piece of wood.

So I did.

You can read all about the GLOCK Survival Knife by clicking the link above. For these purposes, just know that it's a very durable knife, just as rugged as its pistol counterparts. The other stars of this show include two 4x4 posts (treated), a hammer, and a pry bar. Yes, technically the post is 3.5"x3.5" but that's all I've got

Spoiler alert: I drove the knife right through the post with about five or six hard hits. No problem. Getting the knife out of the post was more difficult. Here’s how the whole process went:

Before I hammered the knife through the post, I popped the plastic cap off the end of the GLOCK knife. Underneath is a steel tang, with a round hollowed out area, possibly for use as a bayonet. I tapped the tip of the knife into the post so it could stand on its own and then wailed away.

I’m no carpenter but I’ve driven my share of nails. With several well-placed strikes of the hammer, the GLOCK knife moved steadily through the board. The end of the knife stayed intact, the knife remained stable, and it successfully managed Roderick’s challenge.

Unfortunately, the knife drove so steadily through the post that it was near impossible to remove it. It wouldn’t budge by hand and the pry bar did nothing.

I hit the knife with the hammer — back and forth — and that moved the knife a little. Reluctantly, I struck the tip of the knife with the hammer. This drove the knife back but also broke the tip. Then I pounded the pry bar into the wood next to the knife. This helped loosen it more and with additional hammer hits the knife finally worked free.

In doing this, I also damaged the hilt of the knife, bending it out of shape as I struck it with the hammer. Once free, however, I hammered it back into shape.

So there you have it, Roderick — a GLOCK knife hammered through a 4″ piece of wood. It can do it but it is probably beyond the scope and purpose of the knife. Unless you want to create a permanent handle or step in the side of a tree or other structure.

I'm not too broken up about the abuse the GLOCK knife endured. If necessary, I can replace it for $32 at the GLOCK store. But I think I'll keep it around -- it'll be that do-all tool bag knife -- and I'll tell the story about how I hammered through a 4" piece of wood. And how I got it out.