Elk Ridge Knives
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- Last updated: 20/09/2021
Elk Ridge knives have some great features to make them stand out from others in their price range and are well worth a look. Made in China, Elk Ridge knives have 440 stainless steel blades, supplied razor sharp and ready to go. The three knives on test all have very well made wooden handles and are finished to a good standard, plus look much better than you usually get at these prices.
The knife carries an extremely well-executed Elk Ridge stag logo, cut through the blade, and the clean detail of the cut out is remarkable. The 3” blade is 3mm thick, making it very strong, and for ease of opening, there are thumb studs and a blade flipper. Once you master it, the flipper can fully open and lock the blade in one quick and easy move, plus the liner lock mechanism holds it very securely. The handle has an attractive grain and is finished with a G10 bolster for added durability. There is also a nice big pocket clip on the side of the knife which holds securely.
The woodwork and the stainless steel bolster both feature finger grooves, which combine nicely with filework on the back of the knife to give a really firm hold. The traditional lock back mechanism is strong, making the knife very safe to use.
The 2.75” clip point blade has a nice hump on the spine, to the rear, allowing you to apply additional pressure with your thumb. An Elk Ridge logo is neatly etched on the side. Supplied with a decent quality nylon pouch, this is a really good looking and functional tool.
This is probably the best looking of the three knives, with the contrasting coloured woods really standing out against the stainless steel parts and the Elk Ridge medallion. The handle is smooth but longer than on the other knives, giving you more surface area to grip, plus it has a slight curve along its length which fits the hand nicely. The pocket clip is long and slender so it holds the knife securely and close in.
The 2.75” drop point blade has a liner lock mechanism and a thumb stud for easy opening. The more slender profile lends itself to more detailed work like gutting small game.
The most remarkable thing about these knives is the quality that you get for the price. All under £30, they offer great value for money and the finish on the handles and quality of the blades is just not what you expect in this price range. These examples could easily sell at twice the price, so it’s well worth grabbing a bargain while you can.