Casstrom Alan Wood Safari Knife
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- Last updated: 21/08/2019
Hot on the heels of my piece on Alan Wood himself, here is a review on the knife he designed for Casstrom. The Safari is a small hunting knife that packs a mighty punch. It is based upon one of his original designs for hunters of the smaller species of deer, such as Roe or Muntjac. Its small dimensions are perfect for those, the blade may have small dimensions, but Alan designed the handle to fit the whole hand when is use, to keep it precise. It is a full tang construction knife, making it very strong, it’s no surprise what steel it is made of. I found out interviewing Alan that 12c27 is his favourite steel and the Safari is made of that, Sandvik 12c27 in fact; it’s easy to maintain and anyone can get an edge on it.
Although made for small quarry, the renowned Swedish hunter Jeppe Stridh uses the Safari on massive elk in combination with a forest axe. A very clever system and proof really that the Safari can do it all. The scales on the review knife were in my favourite Orange G10, again easy to maintain and so bright you will find it if dropped in the wild. It also comes in black G10 and stabilised Curly Birch.
The balance on the knife is superb, due to the ergonomics and also the tapered tang construction. The 5mm diameter lanyard hole is very useful and it comes in either a sturdy brown leather sheath or a more practical Kydex one in black. Casstrom can supply the Kydex sheath separately for those who bought it with the classy leather sheath for £9.95 and it comes with a leather lace that you can attach through one of the four holes to make a neck knife.
The Safari is a supremely ergonomic knife; it may be small, but it can tackle a multitude of tasks. A superb British design made by a quality Swedish company.
Thanks to Leo at Casstrom and Tony at Moonraker knives.
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