February 22, 2016 4 min read
I have a confession to make. And I hope my man card is not in jeopardy. YES, I can back a boat down a boat ramp with ease, and YES I hunt solo and pack out my own elk, hell I even built my own shelving in my garage last year. Having said all that, here goes.. I am not a knife guy. There, I said it. Never have been, I don't know how it happened, but I completely missed out on having an appreciation for knives. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a sharp knife, and I can appreciate the difference between a sharp blade and a dull blade. But I think the problem stems from the mystery surrounding getting a blade sharp, I mean really sharp. I can put an edge on a dull blade, but for some reason the ability to get a knife really sharp has always alluded me. I have done the research and bought the right tools.. (I think) But it never seems to happen for me. I don’t know,I guess that if I am really honest with myself maybe I’m just lazy. You can imagine how happy I was when the disposable blade knives appeared on the market a few years ago. I didn't just get one, I bought THREE. My first one was a black one. After trying to find the damn thing in the dark while field dressing a buck, I realized that I needed the brightest one I could find. Then I got all the different sizes and shapes of blades that they offered. I was pretty happy. Another season passed and I noticed that I was breaking a lot of blades. Which led to me trying to remove them with bloody fingers, which then led to me having to bring a small set of pliers to the field with me. Oh and finding out that not all blades worked with all the different handles, that was frustrating. Not a perfect solution, but I was happy to have a razor sharp blade with me. The ability to swap the blade out for a new one when it got dull was nice too, even if it could be a life threatening chore. In the summer of 2013 I had picked up a swing blade from Outdoor Edge after watching a buddy skin his buck with relative ease. The swing blade had a concave shaped blade that was perfect for skinning and gutting cleanly. The idea is that you slip the blade under the skin and the knife cut up from under the skin, leaving the hair attached to the skin and rarely cutting any hair at all. No more messy hair in your meat. This would also allow the blade to hold its edge longer. Then Outdoor Edge came out with another great product. The Razor-Blaze, improving the replaceable blade design that I already loved. And then they married the new replaceable blade with the skinning/gutting blade to make the Razor Pro. So...why is this replaceable blade system better than the original?
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