Hultafors Serrated Outdoors Knife

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This Hultafors Serrated Outdoor Knife (hereby referred to as the SOK) was provided by the Sport Hansa distributor for review.  To give a little history of the company, it began in 1883 when Karl-Hilmer Johansson Kollen designed the folding rule.  Since then, Hultafors has spent the past 125-140yrs (the brochure says 125yrs, website says 140yrs, but it has been 134yrs since the folding rule) designing and manufacturing quality tools for tradesmen and outdoors enthusiasts.  Their line of tools ranges from the original folding rules to all sorts of construction and craftsmen tools.  Hultafors Website  My first experience with the name was to read on numerous forums about how amazing their trekking and hunting axes were for bushcraft activities.  They seem to be the standard for small pack axes and are very desirable from what I can tell.  With all of these products they produce, they have come out with a new line of knives for the outdoorsman.  The new line can be seen HERE at their special website devoted to the new line.

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The knife I received to review is the Serrated Outdoor Knife (SOK) which has a MSRP of $23.  Street price seems to be a couple dollars cheaper than that but regardless, even at MSRP, it’s a reasonably priced knife for outdoor use.  The knife is designed in Sweden, made in Taiwan.  I will comment on the SOK first, then the sheath as they are separate but work together of course.  The blade is right about 1/16” thick and 3 5/8” long.  The shape is straight for 2 5/8” then curves up with a 1” radius to a curve and then to a point.  The blade is serrated right up to the curve and it is ground double sided flat with the serrations only being ground on the left side of the blade.  I have found this design to be good for a quick flat sharpening on one side which hones the serrations nicely without some fancy jig required.  The blade is stainless steel and has a brushed finish.  One criticism I would have in terms of quality is that the back spine on the blade shows the marks from stamping the rough blade out of the sheet of stainless it is made from.  Most knives have that ground, but many knives have a higher price too.

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The grip is made from a hard “PP” plastic which I am assuming is Polypropylene.   Molded around this PP plastic is a Santoprene rubber ribbed grip which works great whether wet or dry.  The shape is pleasing in the hand and should work for a large majority of folks with all but the largest or very smallest of hands.  So between the stout blade and the well designed grip, the knife itself gets a thumbs up from me.  It is quite sharp as well and fortunately I have NOT cut myself yet!.

Now onto the sheath.  It is, like the handle, made from “super-durable PP plastic”.  It seems to be a slightly different density as it is flexible, so when leaned against or struck it won’t crack.  The knife fits snugly into the sheath and I am confident it will stay where is it is supposed to.  The sheath is advertised as having a unique function of attaching it to a button.  There is a tab in the belt loop so if you slide it on a button it locks.  I can’t figure out what clothing I have that have buttons on them in even a remotely appropriate place to hang this sheath from.  So as per the directions, I took the very sharp knife and shaved the locking tab off and went to snap the belt loop onto my belt.  It will fit a 1 ½” belt or less, but NOT if it is very thick at all.  My belt is a very stout gun belt and there is no way it would fit.  Likely a nylon webbing belt or thin leather belt would work much better.  There are a couple other models Hultafors makes in this line which have a nylon webbing belt loop that they added to this sheath which fits up to a 3” belt.  I think that is a much better option than what comes on the SOK.

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With all that said, my initial impressions on this knife are mixed.  I used the SOK the afternoon and evening I got it to peal an orange and to chop onions as well as cut some paracord for a knife sheath project.  It was small enough to hold to score my orange perfectly and cut the onion reasonably well although it deflected a little because of the grind used.  The paracord was cut very easily.  This is a great general use camp knife and I would be comfortable with it being used while backpacking, camping, and boating.  So the knife I give a thumbs up on but the sheath I am not impressed with.

Update on the SOK in a month after I use it around home and camp!

 

ChrisD