Newest Knife Addition


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ArfinGreebly
July 5, 2008, 02:28 AM
In another thread, I mentioned that I recently picked up a "SwingBlaze" hunter/skinner (basically, the SwingBlade in orange). Price: $50 at the Spokane Valley Sportsmans Warehouse.

http://www.knifecenter.com/knifecenter/outdoor/images/sz20n.jpg

I mentioned in still another thread that this is a child of both Outdoor Edge and the Swedish knife maker, EKA, though the Outdoor Edge is hollow ground drop point with a more conventional "American" skinner profile in AUS-8, versus the Swedish EKA Kombi, seen here below.
http://www.ragweedforge.com/kombi.jpg
As you can see, the EKA branded one (in Sandvik 12C27) has a clip point and a Scandinavian/Nordic grind -- and evidently no locking mechanism..

I'm finding the quality of the Outdoor Edge to be better than expected. I've done dinner with it, and it acquits itself well in the "camp kitchen." Quite sharp, good clean edge. Good fit and finish. Costs about half what the Swedish version does.

Gotta get one of the Swedish ones. Just don't feel right to have the licensed knock-off when the rest of my EKA knives are actually made in Sweden.

While the design is kinda cool, and it's a two-in-one hunter's tool, it doesn't make a great EDC being, as it is, a fixed blade requiring a sheath. Nonetheless I like the design and I'm sure I'll find a way to put it to work.

Now, for a more practical EDC style, those two blades done as a "trapper" style knife, or even a "moose" arrangement would be cool, as then it could be pocket carried. Pretty sure it would cost more to produce, but I'd certainly not mind having one of those.

Hmmm.

I wonder.

Is somebody already making that blade pair as a folder?

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Eleven Mike
July 5, 2008, 02:42 AM
Have you looked into the Leatherman Ukiah? It's still a sheath knife, but it also includes a folding saw and a diamond sharpening rod. 154CM. Not sure how the price compares.

ArfinGreebly
July 5, 2008, 03:02 AM
Yeah, it's the same essential concept, but using a gut hook.

I prefer the Swedish design as it's less prone to being fouled by hair and such. The gut blade can also be used as a boning blade.

The "gut trapper" idea is appealing only because it allows a more compact, pocket-carry-able knife. I'm aware that you sacrifice strength and simplicity for that, as well as paying more for the increased work and parts count.

Normally, when I come up with a "cool idea" I am informed within a day or so that someone's already done it and "here's a link" to it.

So, I figure, by the time my tiny mind gets around to imagining it, the smart guys have already got it in production.

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