Is one knife ever sufficient for all your needs? Phill Price investigates the Outis DD2
Do we need different knives for every job? The editor asks
For most of my outdoor life I’ve carried small folding knives and been quite happy with their performance, but in recent years, the capability and appeal of bigger fixed-blade knives has grown on me. Clearly, they offer greater cutting power, plus they’re as simple as can be, so can be relied upon completely. The question was, could one knife prepare a pigeon and also build a hide? After talking to Blades and Bows, they suggested that I try one of their Outis DD2 knives, which is a bigger and heavier knife than I usually carry. In fact, it’s much bigger, and with a blade almost 6” long it’s twice the knife I typically carry. The blade steel is 5mm thick 7cr17Mov stainless, which I had to look up because I was not familiar with it. It’s made in China and has a decent reputation, especially in the survival world where the corrosion resistance and ease of resharpening are highly valued.
I worried that such a large knife would feel unwieldy, but the highly contoured, CNC machined, G10 handles gave such a secure hold that the blade felt well controlled. Breasting a pigeon was ‘interesting’, but not difficult, so hide building was the next challenge. Could I chop a 1” branch without harming myself? Rule one for any chopping job is to wear a glove to reduce the chance of scraped knuckles. One-inch green wood was no challenge to this heavyweight, hard dry wood was pushing it, but to be fair, a machete this is not. Cutting fresh lush growth to refresh an existing hide was child’s play, and if setting out to build a whole new hide, I’d take an axe or a saw anyway.
The strong and durable Kydex sheath has a very military feel and is a highly complex device that can be attached to your belt, rucksack or military MOLLE system in a huge number of ways. I dropped it into my rucksack pocket and didn’t give it a second thought, apart from putting it into the boot of my car to travel to and from my permission.
So can one knife do it all? Yes, is the simple answer. Do I want such a big knife? No, but I know people who do, who are not as knife nerdy as I am. This big, tough blade can do everything the modern hunter needs and laugh off the hard jobs, whilst being sharp enough to handle delicate work. Better yet – at this price, it’s a bargain too!
www.bladesandbows.co.uk Outis DD2 RRP £ 39.99
“the G10 handles gave such a secure hold that the blade felt well controlled”
It’s a handsome knife, with big performance too