The Tracker Knife was designed by Tom Brown Jr. to be an
all-purpose survival knife.
The genesis of the Tracker Knife began during an
interview between Tom Brown Jr. and a journalist over twenty years ago.
In the course of the interview, the reporter asked Tom which knife
he considered to be the best for survival. Tom thought about it for
a minute and responded that the perfect survival knife did not yet
exist. "Why not?" the interviewer asked. "Because I have not yet
designed it," replied Tom. The journalist challenged Tom with the
statement, "That is one knife I would love to see." Tom decided he
would love to see it too.
Seven years and dozens of prototypes later, the basic
design of the Tracker Knife was set. Tom looked for a quality
manufacturer and chose Ed Lombi to hand make the first versions. Ed
made the knives for several years until he decided to pursue other
interests. Tom found another manufacturer in Dave Beck. Several
refinements were added as Dave began manufacturing the Tracker.
After ten years or so, Dave also retired from making the Tracker.
For a couple of years the knife was again unavailable.
In 2001, Tom began working as a technical consultant
and writer on a feature film being directed by Billy Friedkin and
starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Torro. The film is titled
"The Hunted" and is based loosely on an episode of Tom's life. The
Tracker Knife is carried and used by the antagonist, played by
Tom began searching for a company that could make the
Tracker in sufficient numbers to meet the demand anticipated as this
knife gains in notoriety. Tom chose Mike Fuller and TOPS USA, the
leading manufacturer of tactical knives that are favored by US
Special Operations forces. TOPS has created a work of art that will
serve its function as a true survival tool. As the TOPS slogan says,
"One Life, One Knife."