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The new Timberline Big Game Combo Pack consists of two folding lock-blade knives, a GATCO dual sided (carbide tips/ceramic rods) edge restoration tool and a rugged nylon belt case. This set has everything you need for total game care and trophy work, including a both a general purpose folder and a slender bladed caper. Image: Durwood Hollis
The new Timberline Big Game Combo Pack consists of two folding lock-blade knives, a GATCO dual sided (carbide tips/ceramic rods) edge restoration tool and a rugged nylon belt case. This set has everything you need for total game care and trophy work, including a both a general purpose folder and a slender bladed caper. Image: Durwood Hollis

A new do-it-all combo from Timberline Knives can handle all of the necessary chores associated with big game field care, including gutting, skinning, cape removal and blade edge restoration.

In-the-field game care can involve a number of different activities, including: the extraction of the internal viscera (gutting), separation of the hide from the musculature (skinning) and head skin cape removal  (trophy work). Many hunters employ a single multi-purpose knife, with either a clip or drop-point pattern blade for all of these chores.

Even though cape removal can be accomplished with a single multi-purpose hunting knife, the use of a more scalpel-like blade pattern will make the assignment easier and provide more efficient use of both time and effort. Since I do all of my own trophy work, in addition to either a fixed-blade or folding hunting knife, I also carry a caping knife. However, since there’s a limit to just how many different pieces of equipment that can be carried on my belt, the caper is all too often forgotten or left behind.

Fortunately, my friends at Timberline Knife and Tool have come up with a solution to the problem of having all the right edged tools for big game gutting, skinning and caping on your person. Designed by Tim Wegner, the founder of Blade-Tech, who created several knives for his own company and other cutlery manufacturers, the Big Game Combo Pack is a lightweight and unique gathering of two lock-blade folders and a edge restoration tool in a single lightweight, belt-carried unit.

The Timberline Simba GHS (Model 6510) is named after the Swahili word meaning “Lion.” This folder is largest of the two knives in the combo and features a 3.4-inch, modified drop-point pattern, D-2 tool steel blade, hardened to 60 HRC. D-2  blade steel has earned a solid reputation as a tough, chip-resistant, upscale blade material for use in hard-working knives. While not classified as stainless steel (it is just one percent under the stainless formulation minimum), nonetheless, the steel is extremely stain resistant and has been referred to as “semi-stainless” by many makers. The blade pattern is a high taper, modified drop-point, with a one-hand opening hole for thumb engagement. Also, there are two short sections of rounded serrations (jimping), one can be used as a thumb rest and the other for forefinger positioning when involved in more detailed work.

The knife also has an auxiliary gutting blade attached externally to the 420 stainless frame liners, which rotates out of a cutout in the handle scale. A small detent holds the gutting blade open and a stud is mounted on the blade to allow easy thumb opening. Frame liners, as well as a liner positioned blade locking mechanism, are mounted into (“pocketed”) the dual layer G-10 handle scales. In keeping with the name of the knife, a series of small lion tracks are cut into the external handle scales. The tracks not only give a distinctive look, but also provide enhanced hand-to-knife contact. The knife also features a handle-mounted, attachment clip, allowing optional left-or-right, tip-or-down positioning when carried by itself.

The companion knife in this combo is the Timberline Chui GHS (Model 6520), so named for the Swahili word for leopard. This knife features as 3.0-inch, high taper grind, drop-point pattern blade, crafted from D-2 tool steel and hardened to 60 HRC for enhanced edge retention. While this knife possesses many of the same features (liner blade lock, G-10 handle scales and left-or-right clip) found on the larger companion Simba folder, however, the overall profile is much slimmer and the blade far more pointed for detailed trophy work.

Teamed with these two folders and contained in the same rugged belt case is a GATCO (Great American Tool Company) sharpener. This edge restoration tool is dual-sided and has a pair of pre-angled carbide tips, as well as a pair of similarly positioned ceramic sharpening rods. Easily employed by simply drawing a dull blade, first through the carbide tips to set the edge, then repeat the procedure using the ceramic rods to smoothly hone the edge. This is the easiest, quickest and most efficient knife sharpener I’ve ever used. And since it’s right in the same belt case as the knives, it’s never left behind.

Timberline Knives has done its homework with this combo set. Designed by a serious hunter who knows what it takes to deal with every aspect of field care¾from basic evisceration, to hide removal and including detailed trophy work. In addition, each of the knives can be carried individually by removal from the case and employing the clip as an attachment mechanism. This is absolutely the best big game field care combo I’ve ever seen. It’s lightweight, versatile and fully functional. For more information, contact: Timberline Knife and Tool at 7223 Boston State Rd., Harrisburg, NY 14075, (800) 548-7427, or go to www.gatcosharpeners.com.– Durwood Hollis


How to Sharpen Your Knife – Choosing the Proper Knife for the Outdoorsman

CLAYCOMBTomSharpenKnifeseminarhnt4evr110513Carve out some time at the 2014 SCI Convention to join Tom Claycomb III as he shares the ins and outs of sharpening and maintaining your knives. 100% of outdoorsmen use a knife, and yet perhaps less than 5% can sharpen one. It does take some skill but luckily it doesn’t require a PhD.  After attending this seminar, you will know the steps that you must take to obtain a sharp knife. We will discuss how to sharpen your hunting knife, serrated edges and how to properly steel your boning/fillet knife.

We will also discuss how to choose the style and design that is best for your needs, yet ensuring functionality.  After attending this seminar you will have the basics, and with a little practice, you will be a pro.



Prime Meridian

DiamondBlade Meridian    Stag
DiamondBlade Meridian Stag

The new Meridian fixed-blade knife from DiamondBlade combines both beauty and functional performance in an unbeatable edged tool.

While normally associated with longitude and latitude, a meridian is an imaginary line that slices the earth from top to bottom in 360 degrees. The prime meridian is the point from which all others are determined. Certainly, the new Meridian fixed-blade knife from DiamondBlade is one from which all other such edged tools can be evaluated. Since there is only one “prime,” this means that all others are subordinate. To shed some light on such a bold statement, let me say that when compared to similar fixed-blade knives, the Meridian (like all DiamondBlade products) provides peerless edge retention. Simply put, there is no comparison. But, I am getting ahead of myself.

About five years ago, I was invited to take part in the initial Alaskan field-testing of the new DiamondBlade “Friction Forged” knife line. While there were only two or three knife models available at that time, I selected a sizeable fixed-blade for testing. The knife was used to skin the full body of two large coastal brown bears. Since the bears were taken in the dunes adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, their hides were encrusted with so much grit it was like cutting through sand paper. Interestingly, after spending much of the day carefully skinning both bears, afterwards my knife still popped hair off of my arm like a razor. About two months later, I also used the same unsharpened knife to field dress and skin four wild boar hogs with hindrance. To date, I’ve never used any knife that could provide comparable edge retention. This is all due to DiamondBlade’s patented “Friction Forged” technology.

DiamondBlade Meridian Ram Horn
DiamondBlade Meridian Ram Horn

While I’ve reported on the Friction Forging process in this column previously, for those who may have missed that discussion, let me reiterate. The folks at DiamondBlade begin with a D2 tool steel blade blank that has been heat treated to Rockwell hardness of Rc 42-45, then the edge zone is Friction Forged using rotational heat and tremendous pressure to Rc 65-68. The result is a blade that is differentially heat treated, with a hard edge for superior edge retention and a tough spine to eliminate brittleness.

The D2 tool steel that’s used in all DiamondBlade products, including the new Meridian, is very chip resistant and incredibly rugged. The steel itself doesn’t possess quite enough chromium (12%) to be considered stainless (13% or greater), but it is very stain resistant. However, after Friction Forging sufficient chromium has been released from the chemical formulation to produce a corrosion poof edge zone. To protect the rest of the blade from rust, an NP3 coating has been applied. NP3 is an electro-less nickel based phosphate that also co-deposits particles of PTFE (polytetratfloroethlene), also known as Teflon, on whatever surface it’s applied. The entire surface of the Meridian blade is evenly coated and baked under low heat to set the coating. Once set the NP3 is very abrasion resistant, won’t flake off and entirely prevents rust. Even if the coating is penetrated, corrosion won’t migrate under the adjacent coated surface.

The Meridian is the latest fixed-blade model from the folks at DiamondBlade. The knife features a wedge ground, drop-point pattern blade that measures 4-1/2 inches in length. A 440C stainless steel single guard, which prevents a finger from accidentally riding forward onto the sharpened edge, provides a measure of safety when the knife is in use. Handle scales are available in Suregrip (a molded rubberized themoplastic material), presentation grade desert ironwood, ram horn and polished stag.  And all handle scales, with the exception of the Suregrip handle, feature mosaic attachment pins for a touch of class. Each knife comes with a vegetable tanned, pouch style, tooled leather sheath that features a Kydex insert to prevent the sharp blade from cutting through the leather.

I’ve used Diamondblade knives on everything from boar to bear and elk to eland and they are not only “scary sharp,” but when it comes to edge retention nothing else can

DiamondBlade Meridian Presentation Desert Ironwood
DiamondBlade Meridian Presentation Desert Ironwood

compare. Of course any blade that stays sharp for an extended period of time will present some difficulty when it comes to edge reestablishment. While a diamond sharpener can be used on any DiamondBlade knife with success, should your knife need edge maintenance, simply return it to the manufacturer and for a nominal fee it will be returned to you razor sharp. It doesn’t get any better than that!

The new Meridian is a magnificently designed knife that combines stark beauty with peerless performance. Prices for this knife range from $395 to $490, depending on which handle material is selected. The knife comes with a lifetime warranty and is entirely domestically produced   For more information, contact: DiamondBlade at (800) 221-6873, or use your Internet browser and go to: www.diamondbladeknives.com.– Durwood Hollis

Outdoor Edge Presents the Limited Edition Fred Eichler Knife




Now hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can carry the same knife as professional guide/outfitter and TV personality Fred Eichler. The Fred Eichler Pro-Guide from Outdoor Edge is a hand crafted drop point fixed blade skinner with 3-1/4” mirror polished German stainless steel blade (7-1/2 overall). The full tang handle is contoured from Turkish walnut with red Micarta spacer and mosaic pins, with a mirror polished 420 stainless steel guard. Gripping serrations on top of the blade ensure greater control when skinning and caping. The Fred Eichler Pro-Guide comes complete with a hand tooled side-carry leather belt sheath and is lifetime guaranteed. Outdoor Edge is producing a limited run of 250 individual serial outdooredge25thannvboxopennumbered Pro-Guide knives with Turkish walnut handles and mosaic pins. Each of these knives comes with a laser engraved walnut display case, hand tooled leather sheath and certificate of authenticity.