After Russ Kommer makes a new knife, he takes it on the next hunting trip he guides and uses it on the skinning of Alaskan moose, caribou and bear. Our fixed blade hunters survived his field test. That's good enough for us. We've named them after Russ's favorite hunting ranges.
The Signature Hunters are simple classic fixed blades, with a full-tang blade of 1.4116 stainless steel, high hollow ground and mirror polished to minimize staining and corrosion and to give less resistance while skinning. Each blade has friction grooves on the spine and its deep finger choil. The dark-stained bamboo scales are riveted in place with stainless steel rivets. Each knife has a slot at the butt with a hand-tied leather fob.
The Kuskokwin is a full-bellied skinner with a gut hook. When you have big animals to dress out, this is the knife to take along.
Each Signature Hunter comes with a fitted leather sheath. Like the finest custom sheaths, they are made from a single piece of 7- to 8-ounce leather. They are tooled and perimeter stitched with burnished edges.
It's an Alaskan classic. And in case you can't get to Alaska on your next hunting trip, Russ says it works just as well in Montana and Tanzania.