Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set Review

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Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set Review

The ELK RIDGE TREK INTERCHANGEABLE BLADE knife might just soon become a common item in your hunting pack.U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Elk Ridge T

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The ELK RIDGE TREK INTERCHANGEABLE BLADE knife might just soon become a common item in your hunting pack.
The ELK RIDGE TREK INTERCHANGEABLE BLADE knife might just soon become a common item in your hunting pack.

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set has some cool technology and yet is simple in its design. I love the simple yet functional design it has. It comes with two blades. One is the popular drop point and the second blade is a drop point with a gut hook.

Here’s what makes the Elk Ridge Interchangeable Blade Set cool. With a penny, you can unscrew the one screw in the left handle. Twist the left handle down to a 90 dree angle and it can then be removed. Push the studs on the other handle through the tang and then it is removed. You can now install the handles on the drop point blade with the gut hook reversing the removal steps. It is that simple. I didn’t time it but it probably took me about one minute.

The blades are 4.5-inches long and stoutly built. It comes with a nylon fiber sheath and a Ferro rod (Firestarter) and a little 2-step sharpener. On one side it is carbide and on the other ceramic. With this set, you should be able to skin a whole elk without worrying about dulling your knife and if you do, change blades and keep skinning. It’s like carrying two knives… well I guess theoretically you are.

I like the feel of the handle. It fits my hand perfectly. The outline of the handle is orange and has black injection-molded thermoplastic inserts that have a soft rubber feeling type surface. The top front of the handles slightly upsweeps so it makes a good thumb stop. On the bottom, there is a definite finger guard which further ensures that your hand doesn’t slide down on the blade while skinning your animals. Due to the design and materials, I feel like I have a firm grip on the knife which is a big deal when you’re up late skinning out an animal most likely in the dark by the wobbling flashlight that your buddy is holding.

The Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set also has a hole for a lanyard if you’re so inclined to favor them. The hole is large enough that you can easily tie on a leather thong (leather strip) or you can use a braided parachute cord for a lanyard so you have a few feet of parachute cord in case you need it in an emergency.

The little 2-step sharpener is easy to use. The bottom has a thin rubber sheet glued on it. This is so you can set it on a table to work and the rubber keeps it from moving. Don’t set it directly in front of you, set it slightly to the side, even with the arm that you will be used to sharpen the knife with. If it is directly in front of you that will force you to hold the blade at an angle in the sharpener. You don’t want that. You want the blade standing straight up and down as you run the knife through the sharpener. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

I couldn’t find the company MSRP but here is the price I found the Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set for on the internet, $44.99. And as is usual, we will close with the specs. (And as is also usual with 99.9% of the items produced in the Solar System, California wants to warn you that if you even read this article about it that it will cause cancer, and if you use it your kids will be born naked).

Elk Ridge Trek Interchangeable Blade Set Review Specs:

  • BRAND-ELK RIDGE
  • BLADE LENGTH-4.5 INCHES
  • BLADE THICKNESS-1/8 INCH
  • OVERALL LENGTH-9.5 INCHES
  • KNIFE STYLE-FIXED BLADE/HUNTING
  • CA PROP 65 WARNING- WARNING: CANCER AND REPRODUCTIVE HAR-www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
  • SHEATH-MOLDED PLASTIC

About Tom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoor writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening #ad for $.99 if you’re having trouble.”

Tom Claycomb


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