I recently got the RR1245 Hunters Buddy, essentially a small skinner, I bought it on a whim.
The Review is at: http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/RRR/rr1245.html
Summing things up:
The Hunter’s Buddy appears to be very similar to SMKW small skinner in their American Hunter Series. The sheath is almost a dead ringer in every respect. While it is a well made knife, it would be nice to know what steel is used in the blade and it would be much nicer if it came sharper. Still at $10 it is hard to argue with the fit, finish and over quality of the build. As we have often heard salesmen say,” the sheath is worth that much”. In the case of the sheath that comes with the knife, they are probably correct. I’ve bought $40 and $50 knives that came with leather sheaths that were of poorer quality than the one that came with the Hunter’s Buddy.
If you’re looking for a sharp, top of the line Upswept skinner that will last you a life time, this isn’t the knife. If you’re looking for a nice little knife that looks good, that you plan on beating to hell and tossing at the end of the season, this one might be just the ticket. It might even last longer than you think. Of course you’re going to need to sharpen it.
The great thing is: if you lose the Hunter’s Buddy or if you beat it to death camping and hunting; you’ll want to hang on to the sheath for that next small hunter you pick up. The sheath for this one may prove to be better.
The Hunter’s Buddy could also be the perfect knife to give as a young hunter’s first knife. It would be perfect knife to learn the proper way to sharpen as well as all the other aspects of proper knife care.
Tobias, that looks like an owesome deal and if it has the quality of their pocket knives, I know its a winner. I may look in to buying some Chirstmas presents early.
Robert, while I like it, I'm not sure it is as good as their traditional folders. It is made in their Pakistan Factory (Same location for many of their Colt, Marbles, and global American Hunters) THey do not specify the type of steel used. I think I will ask Stave and Tony to verify the steel on Tuesday. The blade wasn't extremely sharp but I used a simple one stage Rapala Filet knife sharpener and was able to sharpen it fairly easily without leving signs of sharpening. I do think it is worth the $10.
Tobias and Robert,
To me this is the perfect gift for a younger person. At that cost, your correct, it is a great knife to be able to learn how to sharpen and care for a knife. Let us know if you can get the answer on the steel
Hard to beat $10 bucks! Would like to know the steel too though, just curious I guess. Also I know its just $10. so you can't complain but that sheath looks a little well.... poor. I guess if you didn't like it you could make your own.
Well I buy a few knives each year for some young hunters I'm hunting with and this one and some of those that has just came out in this months catalog might do just fine.
Great review! Sweet knife for 10 bucks. Thanks Tobias.