CRAFT WORK

Phill Price finds a handy knife from Swe­den, of­fer­ing a fine per­for­mance for an in­cred­i­ble price!

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Like most peo­ple I can’t re­sist a bar­gain, so when I saw the Hultafors Crafts­man’s knife from Swe­den I needed to have a bet­ter look. I know Hultafors for their ex­tra­or­di­nary axes which are stun­ningly sharp and cut like noth­ing else I’ve ever tried. This handy knife fol­lows the well-proven for­mula of a drop-point, car­bon-steel blade with a moulded syn­thetic grip made pop­u­lar by Mora and Frost. In the mid­dle of Swe­den there are huge fac­to­ries churn­ing out th­ese su­per-pop­u­lar blades at an in­cred­i­ble rate, so their price is very low. This means a knife bro­ken or lost isn’t as up­set­ting as it would be if it were a more ex­pen­sive one. Bet­ter still, they of­fer great per­for­mance for gut­ting and skin­ning du­ties and have be­come a trusted tool for many coun­try peo­ple.

The Crafts­man is a lit­tle smaller than most of th­ese and uses car­bon steel, as op­posed to stain­less steel, sav­ing a lit­tle money. Fur­ther, the shape is a ba­sic ‘Scandi grind’ that’s quick and sim­ple to ap­ply. Car­bon steel needs to be cleaned and oiled reg­u­larly to avoid cor­ro­sion, but when a knife is this cheap that’s a small price to pay.

The grip is a proper hand­ful, with a prom­i­nent guard to pre­vent your hand slip­ping for­ward onto the blade when it’s cold and wet. I found it com­fort­able and prac­ti­cal during some very cold win­ter days.

OUT­STAND­ING VALUE

The sheath also fol­lows the same for­mula, be­ing moulded from a tough syn­thetic ma­te­rial that’s al­most in­de­struc­tible and can be scrubbed clean in hot soapy wa­ter, like the knife, to re­move blood fat and hair, to main­tain hy­giene stan­dards.

The pol­ish along the blade’s spine could be a lit­tle bet­ter, but apart from that I thought the over­all fin­ish was as good as knives cost­ing many times as much, and at no time did I feel that I was us­ing some bar­gain base­ment tool. I find it in­cred­i­ble that a prod­uct made in such an ex­pen­sive coun­try could cost so lit­tle, yet of­fer such per­for­mance. Car­bon steel needs some TLC to keep it in top con­di­tion, but it takes an edge eas­ily and keeps in much bet­ter than cheapo stain­less, so it makes per­fect sense in this ap­pli­ca­tion. I can find noth­ing to com­plain about with this knife and lots to en­joy, not least of which is the in­cred­i­ble price of £ 5.99!

Sim­ple, ef­fec­tive and at a su­perb price

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