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Jul 14 2015

For outdoorsmen, a knife is more than a tool


Tom Claycomb

I love knives. But then again, what sportsman doesn’t? I’ve never met an outdoorsman who said he had enough knives. Have you?

Around every hunting campfire, we all end up pulling out our knives and comparing them. We then share some story. “I skinned my first deer with this knife” or “This is my dad’s old knife,” and so the stories go.

A knife isn’t just a tool to us. It holds a lot of memories. So why not carry a good one? Why buy a Joe Cheapo? Sure, I understand that a lot of people carry a cheap knife to cut hay strings and open boxes at work. I was conducting a knife sharpening seminar at Cabela’s two weeks ago, and I bet four to five people pulled out a $5 junker and wanted it touched up.

I understand having a throwaway for those purposes, but you should carry a nice one for your outdoor needs. I don’t want to say a good knife will last your whole life, but it will last for years, depending on how many times you sharpen it.

So with that said, I discovered a new knife company the other day that I am excited about. Steel Will is the newest division of Sport Manufacturing Group, Inc. You might know SMG better through its Gletcher pneumatic guns and accessories. The company jumped into the knife business in 2014 and now have an Outdoor, Tactical and Urban series. Its top knives are from the Gekko line, while the Druid represents the company’s economical line. 

Of course my main interest lies in the Outdoor series. But in due time I will end up testing all three lines. I just received the Gekko 1500 foldup and the Gekko 1510 straight knife, and I’m currently in the process of testing them. They have somewhat of a drop point, so they will be good for skinning. But the spine is also ground down to a point, so you should be able to mark the pattern when skinning an animal.

Right away I was struck by their appearance. I don’t know if it’s manly to call a knife pretty, but it certainly does have eye appeal. After forcing myself to get past that attribute I was impressed with their stout design.

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Outdoor Series

Outdoor series

The “Outdoor” series is a line of first class knives created for use outside the metropolis. These high-quality knives will become an indispensable tool for fishermen, hunters, hikers, climbers, and all other outdoorsmen. Each knife from this line was created for its own specific goals and objectives, beginning from a compact Skinner and ending with a huge Chopper. Impeccable design combined with practical sheaths makes Steel Will “Outdoor” Knives a great companion for any outdoorsmen.

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Urban Series

Urban series

The “Urban” line is extremely versatile and useful for everyday life. “Urban” knives are convenient, compact knives with an impeccably thoughtful and modern design. They can become the pride of their owners. The city has a lot of surprises for us every day, but there are no insurmountable obstacles for residents with an “Urban” knife.

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Tactical series

Tactical series

The skill of using a knife requires an appropriate tool to develop this skill, and turn it closer to a form of art. A greenhorn is able to develop his skills very fast with a good knife, but a professional who uses Steel Will will never forget it. Our designers were inspired by the best military knives to create the “Tactical” series. These durable and reliable knives are ideal for both training and for everyday use. The “Tactical” knife will be able to help its owner in any situation.

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