It has long been believed that the unique survival knife sold by TOPS Knives as the "Tom Brown Tracker Knife" was the sole creation of Tom Brown, a New Jersey tracking instructor and author--though in truth Mr. Brown had virtually nothing to do with the conception of this unique design.  The "Tom Brown Tracker" reached its pinnacle of public attention as a prop (ironically portrayed as a combat rather than survival knife) in the 2003 movie "The Hunted", where Brown was retained as a technical consultant.  The truth is that the original "Tracker Knife" has existed since 1981, a creation of my father Robb Russon, a hobbyist knifemaker from Utah.  He had sent Brown the prototype for his knife to get feedback, and proposed to do business together, but Brown instead took credit for the design.  Unbeknownst to my father, Brown had his knife reproduced by other makers for years, and following the success of The Hunted, took it to TOPS Knives of Idaho to be mass-produced.  Brown has doubtless profited greatly from my father's work.  The entire story is told in detail for the first time on this site through the link below.

I am a veteran knifemaker, and founded a new company under the name Utah Knife Works in early 2018.  I took my father's original design for The Tracker, and added a few of my own improvements to give it an "upgrade" with the approval of my father.  After a year of intense production work, I am proud to offer the "Tracker Survivor", a quality mass-produced knife that is a tribute to the design genius of my father--the true "Tracker Knife" collaboration that has waited nearly 40 years to become available to the public!

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Tracker "Survivor" Survival Knife


Doc and Drew interview

Mark Russon of

Utah Knife Works for

details on the origin

of the "Tracker Knife"

designed by his father.

By Doc Montana, contributing author
to Survival Cache and SHTFblog


A Los-Angeles based publication that covers equipment and scenarios related to emergency situations, reviewed the UKW Survivor in a recent issue.  This is what they had to say:

Utah Knife Works owner Mark Russon says that almost 40 years ago, his father, Robb Russon, came up with the design for what would eventually become known as the Tom Brown Tracker knife (which appears in the 2003 film The Hunted) but never got credit for it.  So the younger Russon gave his Dad's model a 21st century makeover and renamed it the Tracker Survivor.  While we don't have the space here to investigate further, we did get a chance to review his new knife.  Each section of it serves a survival purpose.  For example, the spine's saw-teeth are for sawing or notching branches, while the utility hook is for processing game.  Made of 9Cr18MoV stainless steel with a glass-reinforced nylon handle, the UKW Survivor is a jack-of-all-trades tool that'll win over some bushcrafters ...and maybe even a few Tom Brown fans too.

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