I like knives. I don't know any man that doesn't like knives. So take note ladies: If you have a male family member or significant other and you don't know what to get him, get him a nice knife. I'm not talking about a kitchen knife, I'm talking a nice folding knife or drop point or something. I can gaurantee if you do that, 99.9999% of men will be so very happy.
It's a knife I'm here to talk about today, a particular knife. While I now own the knife and have never used it, I bought the knife after experiencing my very first deer hunt. It was when we bagged a deer.
There are several steps to getting a deer after you shoot it. You have to field dress it in the field, then at some point you have to skin it before get it to the butchers. The field dressing is the important part. You want to get the guts out of it and you do NOT want to open up the guts and spill them into the body cavity, that will contaminate the meat. Here is where I ran into some issues with my inexpensive folding knife. It wasn't made to easily cut the skin of the deer without probably cutting myself, and it wasn't made to skin the deer well at all. Man, it was a struggle.
So it was sometime after our deer hunt I found myself at the Toronto sportsman show. It's where I saw the Outdoor Edge Swing blade. After handling it for a minute, I gave the salesman my cash and walked out with the knife, pictured below:
So here's what I think makes this such an effective hunting knife:
- The swingblade part. You either have the blade out or the gut hook out and it locks solidly into place
- The gut hook part. From what I've seen, heard and read about guthooks, this style is the bomb. You can easily sharpen it, it's razor sharp on the blade side but it has a curved, rounded end and a flat outside. Basically it looks like once you insert this thing you can open the animal up like a zipper and never, ever risk cutting the guts.
- You see how the tip of the blade is nice and rounded? That makes it super easy to put your finger on top and round through between the skin and the animal making skinning a breeze, or at least a whole lot easier than with a shitty folding knife
- It's sharp as hell. I don't know how well it will keep its edge, but that's what sharpening is for. One Amazon commentor said it keeps its edge and he sharpens it after every 2-3 animals. Which is good because my crappy folding knife was dull after about 0.5 of an animal!
- The orange handle helps you find it after the knife ends up on the forest floor or in a pile of guts.
There you have it. A product review for a product I own but haven't yet used. But in theory it addresses the points that make a good hunting knife a GOOD HUNTING Knife. I can't wait for next deer season to try the Outdoor Edge Swingblaze knife.