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Elk Ridge is the premier brand of Master Cutlery.
This is a no nonsense 3 piece skinning set comprising small knife, larger knife with gut hook and a heavy cleaver all with non slip rubber handles.
small knife: 6.5 inches (16.5cm) long overall
Blade: 3 inch (8cm) long, 3.1mm thick, 440 stainless steel covered grey. Handle: 3 inches (8cm) in non slip rubber. Weight: 61 gms.
Bigger Knife: 9 inches (23cm) overall.
Blade: 4 inches (11cm) long, 3.6mm thick, 440 stainless steel covered grey. Handle: 5 inch (13cm) heavy handle in non slip rubber. Weight: 209 grams.
Cleaver: 11 inches (28cm) overall
Blade: 6 inches (15cm) long, 4.9mm thick, 440 stainless stell covered grey. Handle: 5 inches (13cm) heavy handle in non slip rubber. Weight: 360 grams.
Sheath: substantial 3 pocket sheath in ballistic nylon with logo attached.
What makes these knives superb is the steel used. Many knives are made with inferior grades of stainless steel. “Stainless” is a large group of steel alloys – many entirely unsuitable for blade use.
Grade 440 is capable of attaining better hardness, sharpness and wear resistance than most all the stainless alloys. Its very high carbon content is responsible for these characteristics along with superior heat treatment. Of course this is also more expensive – you get what you pay for.
440C is the best of the 440 grades at edge retention. Its very high carbon content is capable of attaining, after heat treatment, the highest strength, hardness (RC60) and exceptional wear resistance of all the stainless alloys. The chrome content provide good corrosion and stain resistance as well.