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Browning’s Hog Hunter Knife…The Right Tool for the Job

May 29, 2013
By Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Introduced in the United States over 400 years ago, wild hogs have flourished and are now present in over 30 states. They are synonymous with crop damage and destructive rooting for food. They wallow in water causing silt deposition, bacterial contamination and erosion of topsoil. Wild hogs feed on almost anything, including other animals, and they compete for food such as acorns that are a staple for many other game animals.

They're mean, cunning, aggressive and elusive. They're voracious and destructive. They're also becoming an extremely popular game animal. Hunters are traveling hundreds of miles to areas in search of wild hogs for the thrill of the hunt, for the meat, for the trophy and to help curb the ever increasing population. One thing is for sureif you're hunting wild hogs, you need to carry a suitable knife.

Recognizing this need, Browning had Russ Kommer design a knife specifically for hog hunters. Russ started his career as a big game guide in Idaho and later moved to the wilderness of Alaska. This is where Russ found his passion for knives. Having to dress big game as a hunting guide, Russ knew that a knife must be razor sharp, comfortable and functional. One look at Browning's Model 865 Hog Hunter knife and you can see Kommer designed this knife for serious business.

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Here's some things I like about the Hog Hunter Knife:

* The 7" blade length is long enough to hit vitals and short enough for good control.

* A drop spear point gives the blade a great piercing characteristic.

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Browning Hog Hunter knife

* The blade is made out of 440 stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness rating of 56-60 (440 is higher grade of cutlery steel, with more carbon, allowing for much better edge retention).

* The cutting edge is 'hollow ground' which describes the extremely sharp concave, beveled edge along the cutting edge of the knife (it is very easy to care for).

* The Hog Hunter blade is a good balance of corrosion resistance, edge retention and is easy to sharpen.

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"One thing is for sureif you're hunting wild hogs, you need to carry a suitable knife."

* Directions on how to properly sharpen the blade are included.

* The tang run the full length of the handle for strength and is contoured to match the shape of the grips.

* A molded synthetic rubber grips are contoured for a secure hold in any weather conditions.

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* The grooved thumb ramp gives added control when thrusting.

* There is 1/4" hole for attaching a lanyard.

The Hog Hunter knife has a specially designed black nylon sheath. A material called EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) lines the inside of the sheath to protect the knife and a 1/8" thick strip is sewn into the sheath to further protect the knife's sharp edge. Grey EVA is sewn on the outside of the sheath to give it a very nice appearance. The nylon belt loop is large enough to handle belts up to 2 1/4" wide. A nylon strap with large snap button secures the Hog Hunter knife in the sheath. A gold Browning logo is embroidered into the sheath; the Hog Hunter name and logo and etched into the knife blade.

Suggested Retail Price for the Hog Hunter knife is $72.00. For more information, check out the Hog Hunter knife at Browning's web site:



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