THE WHITE RIVER SMALL GAME KNIFE

Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST - —David E. Pet­zal

$150 whi­tericerknives.com

I don’t know how many knives have been cho­sen as Best of the Best sim­ply be­cause they didn’t get cute at the ex­pense of use­ful­ness, but it’s a lot. The Small Game Knife from White River Knife & Tool is a per­fect ex­am­ple. De­signed by cus­tom smith Owen Baker Jr., this no-frills drop-point has a 2.62-inch-long fixed blade made of CPM S35VN, which is a ded­i­cated knife steel, and can be or­dered with any of six han­dle op­tions, all syn­thetic. The han­dle, which is just over 41⁄2 inches long, gives you a de­cent grip and real lever­age.

In the end, what you have here is an en­larged scalpel that’s use­ful all out of pro­por­tion to its size. It will gut a deer, breast a grouse, or slice car­rots with equal agility, and it comes with a nice leather sheath.

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