A Darn Good Hunting Knife
A few months ago I took my soon to be seven year old son Isaac to a gun show. As we were walking around he asked me if I'd buy him his first pocket knife. I thought about it for a bit and figured it would be alright. So we looked around for the "right" knife. I wanted him to have something small and easy to operate, a knife which would lock in the open position so the blade wouldn't fold on his finger. We found a little locking folder for $6. I handed Isaac a $5 bill and told him that if he could convince the man to sell him the knife for $5 he could have it. 3 1/2 seconds later Isaac returned with that knife and a huge grin on his face. He loves that little knife, and I have created a monster. He loves knives as much as I do. Everytime I show up with a new knife he wants to know if he can "borrow" it.
While I was at a trade show in 2006 I came across the Blade-Tech booth and was very curious to see a sample of one of their Professional Hunter knives. I love well made knives and I own a lot of them. I have Randall, Emerson, Case, Benchmade and others including some "one off" customs. The Blade-Tech Professional Hunter model designed by Tim Wegner is really the best quality production knife I have ever owned. This knife is clean, tight and very well made. The screws don't loosen up, the liner lock spring stays put, nothing on the knife has given me a bit of trouble in almost 2 years of constantly carrying it. I have field dressed numerous game animals with it from whitetail deer in Oklahoma to critters in Africa. It holds an edge and works every time. The knife has a remarkably flat profile so it carries great in any pocket. It is one knife Isaac may not borrow...yet.
Blade-Tech also offers a number of other knife designs including the Ganyana and the Mouse. Smaller than than the PH, both are solidly designed and built and are perfect pocket knives.
I met Tim Wegner at the Safari Club Convention this year when he came by the TJSafari booth and I showed him the PH knife I carry everyday. It turns out it is the same knife he was carrying. After chatting with him about some upcoming projects Tim decided to donate some knives to the NRA Women on Target Hunt we are sponsoring in South Africa this year. Tim had his crew make a knife for all the participants and the PH's on the hunt then threw in some for the trackers and skinners as well. It was a nice donation to a great cause.
Tim Wegner is a good guy and Blade-Tech makes a "darn good hunting knife". - TJR
Todd J Rathner