Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
We were fortunate to review several knives this past season and we weren’t disappointed. Here’s a look at the knives we field tested and their characteristics.
Primos Mountain Man Series Knives
I’ve always had a soft spot for the days of the Mountain Man. My Father used to bring me along when he went to the re-enactments and I’d watch as all the guys would shoot their reproduction muzzleloaders. Knives were a big deal at these events and each was unique to the owner. In 2009, Primos and Taylor Brand Knives teamed up to create the Mountain Man Series with two offerings. Here’s a look at the results:
The Frontier – With a 5.8 inch blade and a 10.4 inch overall length, this knife is smack out of a Jeremiah Johnson film. It’s genuine Stag handle is comfortable to hold in the hand and provides a good balance point. Probably the coolest thing about this knife might not even be the knife! The leather sheath is tacked around the edges and has the primos logo burned into the leather. It even attaches to the belt in Mountain Man style!
Retails for $129.95
The Badger – Here’s another take on the beefy stag handled knife with a 3.7 inch blade (9.8 inches overall) The sheath comes with the same grade leather but with stitching and a belt loop. Also a well balanced knife, the Badger looks great on the belt and will get some attention in hunting camp!
Retails for $129.95
We found both of the Primos knives cheaper online than the above suggested retail price so don’t let that deter you from looking at them. Both of these knives give you a functional field knife in a cool looking package.
SOG Specialty Knives and Tools
Field Pup Knife – This all purpose knife has a 4 inch blade and an overall length of 8.5 inches. It has more of a “survival” feel to it but we thought we’d test it out in hunting situations. The tacky Kraton molded handle has comfortable finger grips and makes this knife easily maneuverable in the field (hence the name right?) The sheath is nylon over plastic molded blade holder and can be mounted in a variety of different angles. Two things about this knife: 1. The Field Pup is probably the sharpest (out of the box) knife we’ve ever seen and 2. The look of this knife is fantastic! You get the sense that this knife will withstand any sort of punishment imaginable.
Retails for $60
Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT)
Kommer “2 Shot” Knife – Made by Russ Kommer, this skinner has a full-tang fixed blade of 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel with stainless steel bolsters, both mirror polished for ease of cleaning. It comes with hand-finished orange G10 handle and is fitted with stainless steel pins. The orange handle is a nice touch should you be like us and have issues finding your knife after putting it down on the forest floor. The Skinner has a blade length of 3.15 inches.
This knife has an excellent feel to it and the short blade allowed us to work well inside the cavity of the animal. It took some time to get used to the horizontal sheath but we found the 2 shot shell holders to be a reliable and convenient method. The shells do not rattle and are at the perfect angle when you need them. We highly recommend this knife to anyone from Professional Guide to the average Weekend Warrior.
Retails for $99.99
Now usually we end our reviews with a “Our Marks on this Product” section but all four of these knives are high quality tools that will mostly likely exceed your demands in the field. Much like bows, knives are all about preference and as usual we’re just trying to provide you with a variety of gear options. If we did have to brand one of these with a “Best Buy” award, we’d give it to the Field Pup for it’s versatility and affordability ($60). Thanks for reading!