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Columbia River K700KXP Ken Onion Skinner Fixed 3.75" Blade, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CRK700KXP
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CRK700KXP: K700KXP Onion Skinner
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Hawaiian knifemaker Ken Onion told us he was working on the ultimate hunting knife, but it wasn't ready yet. We assumed that he meant he was putting the finishing touches on a prototype, and were we wrong!

Instead, Ken was concluding an extensive field testing program spanning more than five years, making dozens of custom skinners and giving them to Alaskan guides, professional hunters, and taxidermists in exchange for their feedback. He kept modifying the design and sending out more knives, which have now been used to skin over 60 Alaskan bears, and have been proven on deer, elk, moose, antelope, hogs, sheep and cattle.

While some were skeptical at first, it has become the favorite knife of many of the top guides. It also works well for skinning, gutting, deboning, the fine detail cuts preferred by taxidermists, and even kitchen and camp chores.

We call it simply the Onion Skinner™. It features a three-quarter tang Bohler K110 tool steel blade, high hollow-ground and polished to a satin finish, with a hardness of HRC 58-60. The scales are Twin-Fused™ with a Zytel® core and soft textured TPR outside for grip. A lanyard is included. The custom leather sheath is molded and fitted to grip the scales and lock the knife in position until needed. It can be worn left or right, inside or outside the belt.

Here's an explanation of its unusual features and their functions:

First, the knife has a thin tip, with a slightly convex grind near the tip that minimizes drag. No caping knife is needed for detail work.

Second, the top of the blade has a pronounced "camel hump". This allows the hunter to insert the tip under the skin and rock the hand back, which raises the tip up and away from the paunch.

Third, the tip has a straight section at an offset angle. This makes the knife a useful utility and cooking tool around camp.

Fourth, is the short 3.75" blade length. This is just the length of the average finger, which has proven perfect for the pencil grip favored by many hunters.

Finally, the Onion Skinner features a handle which has a deep finger choil, which greatly improves grip in slippery conditions. The thin cross section allows for less obtrusive carry while still locking in the fitted sheath.

So here is Ken's ultimate skinner. Field-tested for five years, and finally ready for production and your own field test.
  • Onion Skinner
    • K700KXP: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
    • Blade: Length: 3.75” (95 mm)
    • Thickness: 0.142” (3.6 mm)
    • Steel: Bohler K110 Tool Steel, 58-60 HRC
    • Knife: Overall length: 8.00” (203 mm)
    • Closed: Handle length: 4.375” (111 mm)
    • Weight: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
  • Onion Skinner Sheath
    • Overall length: 6.75” (171 mm)
    • Width: 4.00” (102 mm)
    • Weight: 2.1 oz. (60 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 794023970029

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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Ont. Canada
Mar 02, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Finish
Oddly comfortable
The comfort in the hand is one of the best parts for me and the size is just right; not too big or small. The height and shape of the blade makes it easy to scrape and skin game, but the semi sharp swedge might be a bit small and bothersome for some people. K110 is D2...good steel semi stainless...not too difficult to sharpen. It was paper cutting sharp when I received the knife, but now I can shave hair after sharpening it. Again for me it is a comfortable and ergonomic design(blade+handle). The sheath in my opinion could've been made instead of cheap kydex/plastic, but you can mount/strap it to your backpack(keep handle pointing up)not the best design. Blade tang only extends @ 1/2 way into the handle(2 5/8'' of 5'')...still, it is well anchored and solid. For the money spent I kinda knew exactly what to expect. I prefer full tang designs.
5 out of 5
Sep 17, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Great knife
This knife will be a great addition to my hunting knives. Good balance and blade is shaped correctly for getting the job done. Good feel in the hand. Can't wait to use it. One odd thing - Package said paracord lanyard included but it came with a leather lace. I bought one for each of my boys. Nice knife.
5 out of 5
Bryan T
Simi Valley, CA
Sep 16, 2014
Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Great knife!
Love the blade design; handle feels and fits well. Deserving of a better sheath.
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