Friday, May 1, 2020

Knife Recommendation for a General Purpose Utility Knife
My Cold Steel Finn Hawk

I lready gave a positive review of the Cold Steel Finn Hawk back in 2018. Now I want to upgrade that positive review to a full-fledged recommendation. The Finn Hawk has become my "go to" general purpose utility knife.  There may be better knives for specific jobs, but for an all-around good utility knife, the Finn Hawk is the one I would pick if I could only have one utility knife.

During this coronavirus lockdown, I have spent a lot of my time expanding my garden, doing other yardwork, and doing various repairs arounf my suburban homestead. I have been using my Finn Hawk a lot for various tasks. For exaple, yesterday I was replacing some boards on a building. Unfornately the new boards were about 1/16 of an inch too wide, and I could not force them into place! I used my Finn Hawk to shave down the boards to fit with no problem. The knife was sharp enough and rugged enough to do the job. In fact, I'm surprised the blde maintained its edge as well as it did. 

Here are the specs for the Finn Hawk:
  • Full Tang Fixed Blade
  • Over-all Length: 8¾ inches
  • Blade Length: 4 inches
  • Grind: Scandi 
  • Spine: 1/8-inch thickness, 90-degree (can be used to spark a ferro rod)
  • Weight: 5.1 ounces (not including sheath)
  • Handle/Grip: Dual Injection Mold, outer layer is TPR rubber
  • Steel: German 4116 Stainless
  • Sheath: secure-ex polymer sheath with belt loop
  • Price: currently under $30 on Amazon
The Finn Hawk comes quite sharp right out of the box, and holds its sharpness very well. It is a Scandi grind, so its fairly easy to sharpen when needed. It is a full-tang knife, except for the very-back tip which sweeps upwards to allow for a lanyard hole, so maybe technically it could be argued not full-tang, but its definitely well more than a three-quarters tang, so I let others argue the technicality.

The Finn Hawk has proven to be a great general-purpose field knife for me. Frankly, I like it better than my Swiss Moras. An all-around great knife for work around the homestead or campsite.
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