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Hunter’s Edge Family of Knives by Savage Arms

July 26, 2012
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

In 2006, Savage Arms introduced the first Hunter's Edge Knife. Unlike traditional hunting knives used for outdoor activities, this knife has four different interchangeable blades...a drop point blade, a filet/utility blade, a gut hook blade and a saw blade. The blades, made with heat treated and tempered stainless steel, are about 3 3/4" (the saw blade is slightly

longer). The handle is made from stainless steel with attractive hardwood inlays, it is very nicely contoured to hold comfortably in your hand. If you have ever lost a good knife, you will appreciate the 1/8" hole in the butt of the handle...great for attaching a lanyard string. An industrial diamond grade sharpening steel with brass gripper is included to keep the blades sharp (instructions included on how to sharpen a knife properly). This all fits into a carry case constructed from heavy duty, double stretched nylon and measuring only 2 1/2" wide x 6" tall x 2" thick. The three unused blades are kept secure in separate individual pockets. For versatility, the case can be worn using the belt loop or attached to a shoulder strap or sling with the two adjustable velcro straps. The MSRP is $80

Even with the interchangeable blade Hunter's Edge knife being an exceptional knife, many outdoors people are very traditional and prefer a fixed blade knife. For those individuals, Savage introduced the Hunter's Edge Fixed Blade knife. The 3 3/4" blade is made from heat treated and tempered 8-A stainless steel (HRC 56-57) that is hollow ground with a satin finish. It is a utility design with gut hook, a saw on the back, and a smooth/serrated cutting edge. The zytel frame handle (high strength, abrasion and impact resistant thermoplastic) with a wood "mokume" patterned inlay is nicely contoured to fit your hand with a slight lower quillon, ribbed thumb rest and blade guard. The handle also has a reinforced eyelet for a lanyard string. Overall length of the Fixed Blade knife is 8 1/2". The sheath is made from the same heavy duty, double stretched nylon with belt loop and sling/shoulder velcro straps. A front pocket with velcro closure holds a sharpening steel and a phillips/flat screwdriver bit (the bit fits into the butt of the handle and is magnetically held in place). The knife is held in the sheath with a velcro strap. The Fixed Blade knife has an MSRP of $60.

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The newest style fixed blade is Savage's Hunter's Edge Compact knife. While this knife may be small in size (3" drop point blade, 6 3/4" total length) and weight (a mere 2 ounces), it is big in features. Incorporated into the blade are 1 1/2" of aggressive sawteeth on the back of the blade and 1" of serrated teeth on the cutting edge. Made with heat treated and tempered 420J2 stainless steel (HRC 49-52), the blade will retain sharpness and can easily be resharpened if needed. The slight lower quillon is grooved for your index finger and the grooved thumb rest on the top of the blade provide for a firm hold. The handle is made with linen micarta, a strong and durable thermoset composite used in many high end knives and pistol grips. It is securely riveted on both side of the full tang which is slightly contoured. A lanyard hole is located in the rear of the handle. Consistent with the other Hunter's Edge knives, the sheath is heavy duty, double stretched nylon with belt loop and sling/shoulder velcro straps; the knife is secured by snap button strap. You could easily attach this handy little knife to a sling and never worry about going hunting and for- get to bring a knife. The Compact knife MSRP is $25.

For more information, check out Savage's website: www.savagearms.com

First Published January 2009

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