My review sample was purchased from Amazon.com.
The drop point blade is a full flat ground (FFG) made of 8Cr13mov Chinese steel. This is the same steel used on other great budget knives like the Spyerco Tenacious. The flat grind is well suited to camping tasks. There's nice, aggressive jimping on the back of the blade. As you can see in the pictures below, the blade has a nice thickness to it and it feels as solid as it looks in the pictures.
The handle is made of "co-polymer", whatever that is. It's basically injection molded synthetic rubber. It has a nice, grippy feel to it, even with wet hands. The contoured fingers are OK but not as good as I had hoped. The handle has a solid feel, but bordering on awkward. I guess the problem is that the handle is just a tad too big for my medium sized hands. But it's still perfectly acceptable, and forgivable since the knife is so light. The little bit of extra handle isn't reflected in the weight. All things considered, I wish the handle was a little smaller.
The sheath I believe is real leather. It's obviously not high end leather, but it's remarkably good for how cheap the knife is. The leather itself is decent quality and the stitching is decent too. It's plenty thick, and the clasp has a good fit to it.
The first time I held a $15 Mora, I was amazed at how good a cheap knife could be. Is the Mora perfect? Hardly. And neither is this knife, but it gives me the same wow factor that the Mora did. I do like the "scandi grind" of the Mora, and it's easy for a novice to put a scary-sharp edge on it, but the flat grind is just more useful for common tasks.
Fit And Finish
Overall, excellent. The stitching on the sheath isn't 100% perfect, and the blade on mine came with a decent edge but nothing spectacular. Small imperfections of the grind - all things that you'd be surprised not to be on a $25 knife. Nothing really major except mine seems to have either come with a few light scratches on the flat of the blade, or somehow I made them by gently unsheathing it. Some grit in the sheath maybe? They aren't getting any worse, so I am not worrying about it.
This knife is a tank, and the scratches are a badge of honor.
While I have not taken this knife out in the woods yet, I have tested it extensively in the kitchen, since I intend for this knife to do lots of food prep while on camping trips.
This might just be the perfect camp knife I have been looking for. It's cheap, well-designed and pretty much indestructible. I'm so glad I stumbled upon the Bear Hunter II because at first glance it looks just like every other cheap Chinese fixed blade knife. One of the reasons I bought it was because someone had said it would be a better food prep knife than my Moras. Also, the fact that the Moras are not stainless steel didn't seem like such a big deal before I used them in the wilderness and brought them home looking a little thrashed. I think I'll just stick with stainless most of the time.
|Basic, simple packaging|
|Dunno why they named it the 'bear hunter' ... seriously, bears are scary|
|Again, simple packaging. Nice touch with the silica gel|
|It came with a little protector for the tip|
|It's got a solid grip to it|
|Shown with a Mora Companion|
|Shown with a Mora Companion out of sheaths|
|It's got a great feel but notice the handle sticks out about an inch from my medium sized hands|
|You're not a knife blogger until you take a picture of it stuck into something wooden|
|The handle is a little big for the blade, but overall this is a solid knife|
|The sheath is surprisingly good. I didn't expect a sheath this good on a $25 knife|
|Sophomoric humor goes here|
|This is a good food prep knife, as you would expect with the FFG blade|
|From top: Cold Steel GI Tanto, Kershaw Bear Hunter II, Mora Clipper|
|From top out of sheaths: Cold Steel GI Tanto, Kershaw Bear Hunter II, Mora Clipper|
|Closeup of the front of the sheath|
|Closeup of the back of the sheath - notice the belt loop|
|Closeup of the blade with the best steel China has to offer|
|Dunno how it got these scratches. I've been fairly easy on it|
|Love the jimping on the back of the blade|
|The blade is a good bit thicker than the Mora Clipper|
|It fits nicely into my cargo pocket for EDC around the property|