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

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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.blade­sand­ 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

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