Earlier this year I tried to trial the OLD HICKORY butcher knife which, mostly thanks to Dave Canterbury and his fans, was receiving a lot of attention.
As you will probably know I was disappointed as the scales fell off ............... but unperturbed I epoxied the scales back on and decided to give it a second chance.
The knife itself is a weigh and size I like - I know its a butcher knife NOT a bushcraft knife but what is a bushcraft knife? My thoughts, and again these are similar to the DC camp, is that back in the day mountain men and back woodsmen would have taken such tools with them into the wilderness - indeed George Laycock and David Montgomery among others also support this line of thought.
So would it have been kept exclusively for butchery or would it have been employed for general duties?
Hard to say - but personally I think anyone who had a knife with them would, regardless of its type, use it for whatever tasks they needed it for. Even if we consider the trinity of tool, knife - saw - axe, we would still need use the knife for many varied tasks.
So I decided to give it a go - test it against a Mora no1 and a Opinel no8 in a small carving contest.
Overall I was very pleased with the end result, the knife batoned well and the scales remained on this time! Carving with the single bevel (I had to sharpen the knife straight from new to get a decent edge) was ok and as before
Feather sticks etc were fine.
In the end my thoughts are thus - I will continue to carry the Old Hickory Butcher knife but married up with my trusty old Mora No1 - indeed I am pondering making a piggy back sheath for the pair. The versatility offered by these two tools is excellent, the price likewise very good - you do need to invest a little time on the edge and epoxying the scales on, a sheath is needed too - but you get a lot of knife for your buck!!