Thursday, 19 May 2011
|Steel material||420HC stainless|
I have gained experience after several trips to the woods, that would not have come any other way. One of the most used tools is a camp knife. In the beginning, I thought bigger is better, and started with a Cold Steel GI Tanto. At first it seemed to make perfect sense: large heavy blade for camp chores, paracord wrapped handle in case it needs to become a spear head, inexpensive, to take abuse, etc. All these ‘features’ turned out to be useless: large blade is a pain to carry, handle is uncomfortable, cheap steel dull easy, and it looks scary, when you run into other people on the trail. So… the GI Tanto has been replace with a Buck Omni Hunter 12pt with gut hook.
The Omni Hunter has a large curved handle, made of black Kraton. It is textured for good grip, and is not slippery even with blood on it. There are ridges on the top and bottom of the handle to increase traction in all conditions. A lanyard hole is in the back, you can easily feed 550 cord through it for extra lashing. This handle is large, even someone with large hands should find it comfortable. If you have smaller hands, the curve of the handle makes it easy to use in every situation. It is a full tang knife, as you can through the lanyard hole.
Blade of this knife is made from 420HC stainless. The knife is designed for skinning game, and the width of the blade shows it. It is about 1-1/2″ wide, with a deep belly for delicate skinning work. The gut hook on top helps skinning deer or other game. This blade is high hollow ground to ease cutting meat and most other things you expect to slice. Because of the grind type, I would not use this knife to baton wood, or other heavy-duty camp chores. One side of the blade is stamped with BUCK USA logo.
The sheath is made in China, and it’s adequate for the job. There is about 1″ of handle sticking out the back, and the sheath closes shut with a metal snap. The inside is covered with flexible plastic to prevent slicing through the sheath. Belt loop seem thin, and only one row of stitching. It may be a weak spot of the entire setup, and rip off the belt.
There are several models of the Omni Hunter, some with gut hook, some without. There are also multiple handle options: black, camouflage, and orange camo. I originally purchased the camo version with gut hook as a dedicated knife for my hunting trips. After a few months, I also purchased a black handle version for the BOB. Looking back, I wish the original knife had a black handle as well, its easier to loose the camouflaged knife in the woods. Camo versions are just regular black handles sprayed with camo paint. Don’t waste your money on either of the camo versions.
You can easily buy one of these knives on eBay for a reasonable price. Save yourself time and gas driving around…
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