The CRKT Hunt’N Fisch fixed-blade knife is a high-quality, beautiful design that is the closest thing to the perfect compact hunting knife that I’ve ever used.
The late Larry Fischer must have been an interesting and pragmatic person if this knife, which he designed for Columbia River Knife & Tool, is any indication.
From its short drop-point blade to its inherent prettiness, the Hunt’N Fisch does its job brilliantly.
I know many of you think the 76mm blade looks too short to be taken seriously but this is one of the most useful blades you’re likely to ever wield.
Its short length makes it an extension of your fingers so it flows naturally with you as you slice through meat or work around bones.
A long series of serrations on the top edge provides excellent purchase for your thumb or forefinger.
With your forefinger pressing down near the tip of the blade, you can make extremely accurate and fine cuts.
The blade is still quite long enough to cut a throat to finish wounded animal. Yeah, a buffalo might push the limit but if you’re that close to a wounded buff you’d want more than just a knife!
The blade’s high-carbon stainless steel (9Cr18MoV) has a Rockwell hardness rating of 58-60 HRC along with very good corrosion resistance, both of which are evident in the way it keeps its edge and stays bright.
After I first began using the Hunt & Fisch, I field-dressed two deer and put four sheep in the coolroom without giving the edge more than minor touch-ups along the way.
Six months later it has seen a lot of use and I’ve been able to easily maintain a good edge.
Drop-points are ideal for most skinning and butchering duties. They resist stabbing into whatever you’re slicing, making them safer for opening bellies without spilling gut contents, etc. The generous curve on the sharp edge facilitates skinning and caping.
The Hunt’N Fisch has a full-length tang for strength. It curves down at the rear, forming a shape that sits comfortably in your hand.
With the shaped finger guard that includes its own serrations, it’s not a handle you’re likely to slip off.
The scales are made from G10, a laminated fibreglass composite. They resemble a beautiful timber but last a hell of a lot longer.
Two fine red layers are sandwiched between the scales and tang, adding a nice highlight. Nicest of all, the rivets resemble inlaid flowers of brass and stainless steel. If you like your hunting gear with a few elegant touches, you’ll love this.
Overall, the Hunt’N Fisch is 185mm long and weighs a light yet solid 113g.
The knife’s leather sheath is designed to sit horizontally on your belt and can be fitted left- or right-handed. It’s a convenient way to carry a knife if you don’t have too much else around your waist, and I took to it very quickly, sitting it around the back where it was out of the way.
The Hunt’H Fisch is advertised for up to $230, and I saw one discounted to $180. If your local gun shop doesn’t stock it, they can order it in through OSA Australia.