Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
I’ll admit I have come around late to scandi grinds. I always thought of them as a cheap way to make a knife. I have tried for years to find out what, if any, advantage it has, or, the cutting mechanics/physics behind it. I have still never seen it adequately explained, but through a few years of research in woodworking and sharpening manuals, and my own research in the field, I believe I have come to a satisfactory explanation, as follows: The scandi grind has less surface area in contact with the material you are cutting (than, say, a saber, flat, or hollow grind, where the material is pressing against the full depth of the blade), as the primary scandi grind is very short, but also turns the material away from the full depth of the blade (blade flat) at the grind termination, which means less material in contact with the blade = less friction. You will notice the “turning away” of materials you are cutting (like a chisel) when making fire starters (fuzzy sticks) with a scandi grind. It does it better than other blade grinds. A true scandi grind is a stronger edge, than say, a hollow grind, because there is more steel behind the edge. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I think of a Hunting knife, I think of a drop point, hollow ground fixed blade, about 3.5” - 5”. Nowadays, you see everything from a Rambo Bowie, to a folding pen knife called a, “hunting knife.” Although, the hunting knife has always been used for camp chores/duties (rope, wood, etc.), its primary function should be food/meat, and the preparation , thereof. That’s where I question the name, “Hunter Pro.” ? Seems it would be more appropriate as, Camper Pro, Bushcrafter Pro, or some, such. Most drop point hunters have some belly to them so that they can perform skinning without puncturing the hide. The Victorinox Hunter Pro has almost, none. ? I haven’t used a scandi grind as a hunting knife, so, I won’t speak from ignorance. I notice none of the 5 previous reviews mentioned field dressing/game processing in their reviews. Well, all that said, folks in Scandinavian countries have been using knives with so called, “scandi grinds,” for few centuries, and they haven’t starved yet. This knife actually has a short compound saber grind (it has a 20 degree secondary bevel at edge), but performs like a scandi grind. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I have to agree with the other reviewers, this is a really nice knife. Comfortable in the hand, well balanced, and well made. Opens easily with thumb, and flick of the wrist. 440C blade is stout enough to process wood for cooking/survival fire. Lockback works well, provides confidence. Love this sheath (replace the cheap cotton cord with some camo para chord). I’m going to attach a Gerber Ceramic Pocket Sharpener (available at KnifeCenter.com) to the sheath. It has a 20 degree angle, same as this knife edge. Only drawback I can see is the grind. You’ll have to keep thinning the primary grind after awhile, so this blade will perform the same; otherwise, this knife will be short lived. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I plan on making this my “Camper Pro,” replacing our dedicated camp folder we lost some years back. I don’t know how many camping trips I have left in me, but hopefully not enough until I will have to re-grind that primary grind : ) Thanks again, Knife Center, for the speedy delivery, excellent service, and fine cutlery.