Choosing a knife is kinda like picking your wife and many factors go into choosing a good one. One thing’s for sure: a dull one, even if it looks good, is dangerous. Get yourself a sharp one, and life will be easier. A dull knife forces you to apply more pressure during cutting, thus more likely to slip and cut yourself. A dull wife also might make you want to cut yourself, or maybe just cut and run…
For the last 5 years, I’ve been carrying a couple Havalon Piranta Folding Knives. Borrowing the blades used by coroners, Havalon brought autopsy precision cutting blades to the hunting world.
I’ve done my own sort of autopsy on hundreds of birds, many pigs, a bear and several deer and it’s yet to let me down.
But let’s get specific:
- Sharpness. Plane and simple, I’ve yet to see a knife as sharp as these blades.
- Durability. They stay sharp. One blade can last for multiple deer from the first incision to the deboning stage. On Keegan’s boar hog, I did use a second blade because of the extreme thickness of the shoulder skin.
- Cost. $35 is a steal for this revolutionary knife. The replacement blades are around $35 for a pack of 100. I just used the last of my blades from my original purchase 5 years ago.
- Grip. The feel in your palm is nice and despite being covered in blood and other “juices” I’ve not had any trouble with hand slip.
- Weight. At 4 ounces, it’s almost negligible in terms of heaviness. Perfect for backcountry field dressing.
- Brittle. The blade cannot be used to pry. It will snap. You have to cut the individual ligaments in the joint and not just saw like you can with a traditional knife.
- Ease of Replacement. It does take a bit of effort to remove an old blade. I usually use the pliers from my multitool to take the old blade off. However, putting the blade on is simple.
I really like this knife and think you will too. You can buy yourself one, and support this blog, by clicking here for the knife and click over here for the replacement blades. If you have any questions, ask away in the comments.