I have never used eather knife. I was just looking at the design of each knife, the Zip-Blade hand grip places the recurve's blade pointing upward and out where the Bearclaw puts the recurve part of the blade downwards and in, with is handled. I'm just thinking if you take some bow line, flat webbing and fishing line, one at a time and tie it around your leg, than take each knife with its designed hand grip and cutting them free of you leg, which one would work the best. Up and out or down and in, with a natural hand position, in an emergency. That's what I was thinking when I suggested the Zip-Blade for a river rescue knife. I have field dressed a few big game so I understand how the proper grip on a knife is important to safety and ease of the process, in the knives function, plus keeping the blade sharp.