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The Elk Ridge is the top of the line range from Master Cutlery.
It is a really excellent hunting and skinning knife for the collector or user. It features a leather handle, wide blade, gut hook and 440 stainless steel.
Overall length: 7.5 inches (19cm)
Blade: 3 inches (7.5cm) long by 1.75 inches wide (4cm) at widest point and 3.3mm thick. Wide hollow grind for ease of sharpening and fine edge.
Handle: 4.5 inches (11cm) long with stainless hilt. The leather handle is a real feature of this knife.
Sheath: Very nice leather sheath embossed with logo.
Weight: 147 grams
The design of this knife means you can hold it comfortably in many position to help cutting and skinning.
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.
440 is the best 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.
Not cheap but a quality instrument.