Whether you are going camping, heading out for a long backpacking trip, or gearing up for an ATV trip, the Polaris Survival Knife is your go to tool. A knurled ergonomic handle with a carbon steel tanto blade construction doubles as a hammer end and glass breaker. There is a blend of Bayer hybrid polymers to allow balance, comfort, and durability.
Defining use case scenarios in a variety of survival situations lead the STEL team to a variety of possible features to include. Through reviews and refinement, being conscious of price point and versatility, our creative process drove us to selecting a unique, complimentary feature set. Tasked with adapting the proposed design to mesh with the existing brand pillars of Polaris, our Industrial Design team maintained a consistent look while challenging users to adapt to a constantly evolving design aesthetic.
Being a complete all-in-one solution, the Polaris Tactical Knife has two built-in sharpeners. A carbide sharpener for coarse sharpening and a ceramic sharpener to achieve a razor sharp edge.
Complimenting the knife, the multi-tool provides flint for starting fires, two sets of wrench cuts for metric and standard applications, a wedge, crowbar V for removing nails, and a bottle opener.
Engineering a survival knife for economical manufacturing while maintaining its ruggedness, proves to provide its own unique set of challenges. Beginning with a carbon steel blank, the prescribed tanto-based knife pattern is water jetted to shape, followed by a grinding process to create the knife edge. To withstand the demanding environmental conditions, the blade is Titanium Nitride (TiN) coated to avoid corrosion. Lastly, the blade undergoes a double injection molding process. Beginning with a rigid glass-filled polycarbonate overmold for the handle, followed by a final overmold with Kraton, a durable elastomeric material common to the knife industry.
A main design objective to this project was to remain within a strict Cost of Goods (COGS) budget. In order to do so, economical packaging was developed without sacrificing Industrial Design efforts for the geometry of the knife. Using an effective blend of graphics, iconography, textures, and texts (all agreeing with the prescribed Polaris Brand Guidelines), users look past the blister construction and focus on the completeness of this product offering.