Stone River’s New Ceramic Neck Knives

A piece of equipment that is essential for survival is a good knife. Now, we know, most folks carry either a belt knife or good folder into the field. They are necessary. However, in the military, I used to have an emergency backup knife attached to the front strap of my gear, right at chest level for quick access. Since I don’t wear military gear any more, there is nowhere to attach such a blade.

Enter the Stone River “neck” knife. It gets its name from the fact that the sheath for this little gem hangs around your neck and is adjustable so that it is readily accessible with either hand. The black ceramic zirconium oxide Tanto knife is 5 -3/4″ overall with a 2-1/4″ blade. The handle is wrapped with 500 weight paracord and comes with a Kydex sheath. The Tanto blade is perfect for straight cuts, such as skinning game or cutting rope. With an MSRP of $49.95, it is a good price for an emergency backup blade.

For those who prefer a different shape, they also makes the neck knife with a white zirconium oxide skinning blade with a 5-1/2″ overall length and a 2″ blade. Both neck knives stay sharp 10-12 times longer than conventional steel and will not rust or pit, so you never have to worry about the weather degrading their usefulness.

These knives are light enough that you won’t even notice that you have one around your neck, but they will be there if you need them.

This article was written by by Dr. Jim and Mary Clary                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • zardinuk

    Heeeeey, I don’t see a gun here…

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Its an invisible gun. There would be something wrong with it if you could see it.

      • Matt

        Yes they are clearly attached, one to the rails, and one to the bottom of the magazine. It’s called the wolverine pistol lol.

  • Clyde Bower

    Nice looking knives but I don’t think I would want ceramic as my last ditch neck knife. If the S**t was hitting the fan I want something that would allow me to pry as well as cut, and a ceramic knife just won’t cut it. (pun intended)

  • Salty_Pickles

    Nice knife, I got the CRKT Tanto Minimalist as my neck/last ditch knife. It’s small, fits well in my hand and the can be worn around neck or belt (belt loop adapter is included) Blade types available: Tanto; Wharncliffe and Bowie

  • John Daniels

    Ceramic knives are wonderful for demanding applications like professional sushi preparation, and certain industrial uses. However, they’re brittle, and therefore really don’t belong in a life-saving or emergency use application.

  • me ohmy

    Very interesting…cave men used stone tools and we’re full circle…I LIKE IT

  • Alex Nicolin

    If you leave them unsheathed, you can get a clean shave on your chest. Chest hair is outdated anyway 😉

  • RocketScientist

    There are some application (mostly in the kitchen) where ceramic knives are desirable. In demanding survival/emergency situations, I would not want one. Little/no tensile strength means no bending, prying, hammering. I remember the training I received when going through SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) with the USAF, and how much of the ‘woodcraft’ involved using the fixed-blade survival knife (or smaller folding knife) for prying, hammering, bending, ditto for my years in the boy scouts, hunting, etc. etc… Ceramic knives in the woods? No thank you.

  • unclezip

    I’ve been wearing a CRKT Folts Minimalist for several years. Great little knife, and also light enough to forget..

  • Sulaco

    I prefer my titanium neck knife on para cord. Same price and size and just about or the same weight. Also non magnetic.