Two important details for this post. I’m not great at writing product reviews, and I’m not an outdoorsman. For the record, I’m not an experienced hunter or familiar with the field dressing of animals that have been taken down during hunting season. But, I’m willing to learn.
I’m in the process of learning how to hunt using a rifle. While shooting a riffle can be fairly easy, learning how to kill an animal and the duties that come with the kill is essential. Killing an animal humanly is ethical hunting. Humanely means hitting the animal right, causing as little distress and pain as possible—a quick honorable death.
Part of the hunt includes field dressing, a dead animal. You have to do this fairly quickly after the animal has died, making sure the meat does not spoil. The intestine continues to work after the animal has died, causing rot and other less delightful natural effects.
As such, any good (or bad) hunter should carry the necessary gear to perform field dressing. Any knife will not do, so there’s no point bringing your best kitchen knife. The person who does the most cooking will not appreciate the kitchen knife going into the wild.
You are not Rambo or Danny Trejo, so no need to bring a machete or large survival knife. You are not fighting the wild beasts.
You can buy excellent knives at your local hunting supply store, but sometimes you want to get a little better quality knife. Something that will last a long time looks great and has a super blade.
An excellent friend of mine recommended me to a bladesmith. Not just any bladesmith, but a relative who has learned the ancient skills of forging metals and crafting a beautiful blade. It is a lost art. Art that he brought with him from Eastern Europe where they learn how to make blades in preschool.
Knifemaking is the process of manufacturing a knife by any one or a combination of processes: stock removal, forging to shape, welded lamination, or investment cast.Source – our friends at Wikipedia
Yes, custom blades and forging shit is often more costly. You pay for the art. You pay for the time the bladesmith spends on making your knife. Remember, these bladesmiths do not produce large quantities of knives, so they cannot lower the cost as they do not have the equipment to do mass productions.
I reached out to Uncle Ivo, who happily took my order from his Etsy website. I paid for the transaction, and now it was a matter of time for Uncle Ivo to complete his craft. It can take a couple of weeks, including shipping.
I wanted something personalized. I asked Uncle Ivo to engrave my knife. Something that no other knife had. Something that clearly marked it as mine.
I got it engraved with “Heart Warrior”.
When it finally arrived, a couple of weeks later, I was excited as a kid for Christmas or dog waiting for you to throw the stick as far as possible. It was an anxious moment as the package from Uncle Ivo arrived.
Listen, I have no idea how much time goes into making knives, but this is true craftsmanship. The knife was beautifully created with a smooth two-colored wooden handle, an 8inch blade, and a handmade leather sheath.
It had my engraving on the blade, as requested. It made the knife looking even more awesome. This will be a great tool to bring on my hunting trips, assuming I actually manage to spot and kill a deer this fall.
While I’m ok with the killing part, I’m not too sure how I will manage the actual field dressing in the wild. Seeing the butcher cut a few slabs from a large roast is one thing, but we are talking about gutting, skinning, and preparing the deer for transport. It’ll get bloody.
Thank you, Uncle Ivo, for sharing your skills with the world. It is an amazing piece you created for me, and it handles very well. I will absolutely come back and buy a few more pieces soon.
Check out Uncle Ivo’s website.