Cold Steel: Master Hunter - San-Mai Steel
Featuring a drop point blade with a full-height grind for excellent cutting geometry, the Master Hunter will make quick work of field dressing, skinning, and food prep. With a finger guard and deep handle texture, your grip will stay locked in place.
|San-Mai layered VG-1 steel|
|Grippy Kray Ex handle|
I’m a long-time user of Cold Steel knives. Since I bought my first, a SRK, back in 1991, I’ve used the product line extensively. That SRK is still one of my first choices for a survival/hunting knife.
But the Master Hunter’s name says it all. If you could only have one knife for big game hunting, the Master Hunter should be in the running.
First, my criteria. My qualifications for any survival knife are based on prejudice, use and experience.
Briefly, my hunting and survival tool must be a strong sheath knife with a sturdy blade. No folders or guthooks. The blade should be between four to six inches long, and made of a steel that is easy to sharpen, but that will hold an edge well.
I test knives by using, not abusing them. In all my knife testing, the implement must first pass the kitchen test. The knife is used for everything a kitchen knife might be used for, including spreading peanut butter, slicing bread, peeling things, etc.
Then, if possible, the knife is used for butchering and field dressing elk or deer. (I used the Master Hunter to skin a cow elk, and it worked fine! ) The Master Hunter passes all my quirky survival knife tests with flying colors.
So, IMO, Cold Steel makes a very good knife for your survival and hunting needs at a reasonable price and you can narrow your choices down to the SRK and the Master Hunter. But you will have to decide.
First, the similarities:
Both models have blades with backbone. The thick blades are incredibly strong, but also means that neither knife is the best choice for a meat-slicing knife. And I’ve never gotten any Cold Steel knife new out of a box without it already being shaving-sharp.
Both knives have excellent sheaths, readily adaptable to carry and safe. I really like the Concealex sheaths shipped with both models. Both have a snap closure that lets you put on or take off the sheath without undoing your belt. That’s an extra little touch I like a lot. You can also adjust the location of the belt loop with two Phillips- head bolts.
The Master Hunter comes with a bright, plain finish that is appropriate for a working hunting knife.
It also has a drop-point, which is another great choice.
I don’t claim to be a wilderness survival expert, but I know what equipment works for me in the backcountry. The Master Hunter will serve you well.