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Canadian belt knife - explain plz.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Houlahound, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    My Grohmann #1 carbon steel has been my go to hunting knife for quite a few years. This was special ordered in from Grohmann with black micarta, alum pins and lanyard hole. It also works well for food prep around the camp. Just thought I'd add a picture.

  2. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    8952EC34-6B3A-44EE-B4E1-2100F2533651.jpeg Definitely not an unsuccessful design, rather it’s a design that has not caught on big outside of Canada.

    As far as the knife is concerned its not only a skinner/game processing knife, it’s also a very good utility knife. The handle fits like it was made specifically for your hand and the angle of the blade make a unique feel. The belly of the blade sweeps away like many skinning blades and the back of the blade has a hump that keeps the tip from puncturing the guts or the hide when skinning. Using this design for game processing is a real pleasure, it feels like you have the control of a surgeon with a scalpel.

    The slightly modified Grohmann #3 was issued to the Canadian Armed Forces so thinking these knives are just thin skinners would be a mistake. I use mine as a fixed blade edc and I really enjoy it. IMO, worth every penny.
  3. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    I've liked the design and wanted one since the first time I saw them years ago. I'll eventually get one.
  4. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    its got a decent amount of belly for slicing and a handle that gives you decent control it is clearly primarily designed for processing game but has a versatile enough shape to be a good general purpose blade.
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  5. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    I spent a little time on the Grohmann site, looking at the blade and sheath options. Can anyone opine on the edge retention of their carbon steel and which sheath option has the best balance of durability, retention, and ease of access?

    As others have hinted, I've always been struck by this design but never had the knowledge or gumption to get one. Now it's just one more added to the list.
  6. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I've had both stainless and carbon Grohmanns and I like the carbon the best. Holds an edge well and easy to touch up.
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  7. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    LT Wright makes a sweet version as well. Large Northern Hunter in AEB-L.
  8. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I’ve only had the stainless version but would like to try the carbon steel.

    I have the yachtsmen sheath with the marlin spike for my #3 and my son-in-law has a open sheath for his #1. I am a falconer and crawl around the briars regularly and have never had an issue with retention. But if you think it’s an issue you can get the Army sheath with the flap and that should take care of it.
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  9. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    My friend Tommy Tompkins (RIP), noted Canadian bushman and wildlife photographer, carried a Grohmann #3 on his expeditions throughout northern Canada.
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    USMCPOP Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    They are stabby, too. [​IMG]
  11. cbrstar


    Sep 7, 2015
    I'll take a pic later. But I have a original #4 Russell from the 1960's.

    It's like a Spyderco where untill you use it you won't quite get it.
    It's gotta have one of the most comfortable handles for chopping into things. The blade shape is multi purpose. You can skin, cook, chop fire wood, and defend yourself.

    The only flaw imho is the modern ones are stainless and not high carbon steel. And it could be my imagination but they seem alot smaller then mine.

    If they were to release one the same size as mine. Carbon steel, and fancy micarta handles? I think it would be pretty popular.
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  12. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    You can still get carbon steel although I believe the do-it-yourself kits are stainless.
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  13. cbrstar


    Sep 7, 2015
    Your right I just checked out the website and you can get carbon, a couple different handle materials, and even different grinds!

    Maybe it was the store that didn't have carbon? It was a while ago when I last looked at them.
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