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Lone Wolf Knives Reviews


Steve Van Ert and Joe Lewis have written two great reviews on Lone Wolf Knives. Please check out Steve's review followed by Joe's. A great knife for all hunting conditions! More information can be found at Lone Wolf Knives.

Steve Van Ert's Review:

Over the past ten years I have gotten used to carrying at least three knives with me at all times. Each one served its intended purpose. One for filleting, one for line and other equipment needs, one for chopping, etc… I’ve also become accustomed to having to change or sharpen knives as I process my quarry. I had, until now, just accepted that as a necessary means. That is, until I put my new pride and joy, the Mini-Landslide from Lone Wolf Knives, to the test.

Upon first seeing it, I thought a blade length of 2.59 inches would be too small. I had to laugh as I read the caution on the top of the box: “CAUTION: Lone Wolf Knives are packaged extremely sharp”. And then I ran my finger along the blade. Wow! But would it hold up? I did some research and discovered that the blade is made of chromium-molybdenum made stainless steel with the addition of vanadium and nitrogen and that means durability and a long-lasting edge.

I first took my Mini-Landslide out to Shasta Lake for my Easter excursion. I spent a night on a remote sliver of shore and fished for a couple of days. I used the knife for everything from cutting line, cleaning fish, slicing cheese, and shortening the 3/8” rope for my boat, to cutting up onions and a rib eye. It moved through every task effortlessly and because it weighs only 2.22 ounces it was easy to keep in my pocket. That was just a preliminary test though.

On opening weekend of stream fishing in California I met my buddies at Hat Creek. I landed a 23 inch Brook Trout and then several other fish later that day. The bright orange textured handle fit perfectly in my hand and was easy to lightly grip even while wet. It made cleaning that 3 pound Brookie a snap! The fine-point edge made removing the dorsal aorta a breeze. It sliced through the operculum, fins and the head as well. I was able to completely prepare that lunker for the grill in less than three minutes! It danced through the smaller Rainbows in no time at all. So far, no need for sharpening or the use of a different knife!

The next day I was out of the mountains. I travelled down to Corning, California for a special A Great knife for a Great HuntPheasant hunt. Five of us ended up bagging twenty-five birds. I took my five birds and headed off to my friend’s house to dress them before heading north. Randy has his favorite knife but I asked him to test mine. He didn’t like the idea but agreed. He couldn’t believe how fine of an edge and how easy it made the job of breasting his birds. At 6’ 5” and 285 pounds, Randy is a big guy with big hands and that was his one concern. He said that the knife moved effortlessly.

I rinsed the blade and went about cleaning my birds. Ten birds completely cleaned, legs and breasts, in less than 42 minutes! That finely sharpened edge never showed sign of dulling and ensured us we took every tender morsel of pheasant home.

I look forward to duck season. My Mini-Landslide will be the only knife I’ll need in the field.

Steve and Lone Wolf KnivesSteve Van Ert, Field Advisor

Joe Lewis' Review:

The Lone Wolf Mountainside Skinner is hands down the best knife I have ever used. This stout little knife is easy to grip and tough as nails. The Mountainside Skinner has a fixed blade, Mountainside Skinnermade of top-quality steel that can take a beating and get a lot of cutting done without needing sharpening. I was fortunate to have this knife on my recent alpine mule deer hunt. My favorite hunting spot lays three miles (and 3,000 feet in elevation) up into some of the wildest mountains around. This makes for a tough, rugged hunt along jagged mountain ridges and cliff edges. Just to make it back in one piece could be considered success. My goals were much greater though - to harvest a trophy class mule deer and come out with a load of quality boned out venison to get me through the winter. I rely heavily on my equipment to make this possible and that includes my knife. If my knife fails in the back-country I walk out empty handed.

Carrying this tough knife into the mountains was easy. It comes with a leather sheath that fits this short knife like a glove. Being a hardcore minimalist, I am constantly concerned about space and weight. This knife exceeds my strict requirements; it slips into almost any pocket, and its weight is unnoticeable in my pack.

On the second day, I was fortunate enough to arrow a huge buck. He had wide antlers and a big body, bulging with muscle ready for the oncoming rut. My hunting partner watched as I caped and boned out this huge animal. The buck and I had a hard time not rolling down the hill as I whipped the knife around, stripping meat off his bones. The stoutness of this Lone Wolf knife made dislocating the skull effortless, and the exaggerated radius of the cutting edge made peeling the meat off the bones clean and effortless. To be honest, it made peeling the meat off A Great Knifemy bones effortless as well - as I slipped through a chunk of shoulder steak, right into my index finger. In just over an hour, we had our packs loaded with meat and hide, and were headed for a nearby stream to wash up.

You can find Lone Wolf knives at Benchmade Knives. The fixed blade models will cost you around $75 to $90. You could say these are Benchmade's middle-of-the-road knives based on price but the quality is top-notch, only lacking the superfluous exotic wood handles of the higher priced pieces. You have a choice between three different fixed blade models: the Mountainside Caper, Mountainside Drop-Point, and Mountainside Skinner. I really like the Mountainside Skinner; this knife is made for the hunter and it won't let you down.

Skinned with a Lone Wolf-- Joe Lewis, Field Advisor