The Knife

The knife has long been an essential tool for the outdoorsman and man kind in general. The outdoors enthusiast would never be caught without it. When you step out the door, it is the first tool in your pack or pocket, it is a sort of companion on all your great adventures. At Hook Knives we believe that companion aught to be a little part of you, a part of who you are. So let us make your dream knife to fit you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Rhino

Well, here it is!  I know it took me a long time to get this up, but I really wanted to use this knife for a bit to get a feel for what it really can do. Long story short, I am not disappointed.  Read on to hear more about my adventure in designing this absolute work hoss of a knife.

     This whole knife was a knife of firsts for me. To begin with, it is a step into the world of tactical, self defense and survival knives (how did it take me so long to jump into that genre?!).  New Carbon fiber handle materials (which is amazing space age stuff), new steel finish that is a special combination of acid was, hand abrasion and sand blasting, and of course, first Karambit!  Most exciting to me is the steel.  I ground this blade from CPM S30V and my, oh my! am I ever impressed by this steel. The edge retention is stellar. Corrosion? What corrosion. And toughness?  Well, that's why I call it the "Rhino".   If any of you are looking to have a survival/hunting or even general use blade that just plain works day in and day out, I put S30V (and its first cousin S35V) high on the list of recommendations.  But enough of that, maybe I will write another article on the metallurgy of this super steel some other time. (seriously cool stuff though.)

     There are a lot of good Karambits being made out there, but there were also some things that I didn't see that I felt should be done.  One is that most have these slender, long tips.  Which is effective for cutting and has a cool raptor beak scratch-your-eyes-out look, but my focus with this knife as a true survival knife is something that can go through every trial with you and thrive.  That thin little tip is just a little dainty for my tactical taste buds. Additionally, I wanted a little more meat behind that tip to provide more weight forward momentum when it is swung or spun.  For you gunny folks out there I'll use this analogy:  I saw a lot of .223's, but I want a 47-70.
It's those fine details that take a thing from good to great.
You can't help but spin it once you hold it.
   I also thought that marbled carbon fiber is just the coolest stuff, It's so good looking and as tough as you can ask for, heck they build race car parts out of the stuff.  Plus those sleek grey hues with just a dash of sky blue from some G10 liners? I'm all about it. And finally, how about some fit and finish work?  For some reason makers take tactical as a reason not to make their scales fit flush to the tang.  I guess it is just a style thing, and nothing against the guys doing undersized scales, some of it is stellar work, but as for me and my house, we shall fit and finish flush.
I will continue to use and abuse this knife to learn what it can do and if it can improve, but if you are interested in anything like this, I am confident in the performance and would love to chat with you about a custom build. Hit me up by e-mail or phone (406) 396-6877 or

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