Handmade hunting knife worthy of family keepsake

My wife, son and I went on a camping trip through the Alberta Rockies this summer. We came across a knife store called Slice & Dice during our stay in Jasper, Alta., and I was curious about its products. Inside the simple, but well-presented shop was an assortment of folding, hunting and kitchen knives made […] Read more


Kershaw’s knife retains edge, sharpens easily

The CQC-6K is a $65 folding knife designed by Ernie Emerson and manufactured in China by Kershaw. The knife weighs five ounces and is 7.75 inches long when open. The modified clip point blade is made from Chinese 8Cr14MoV stainless steel with a nice two-tone finish. It arrived shaving sharp. It is 3.25 inches long […] Read more


Vortex Viper hunting rifle scope beats the competition

A good rifle scope is one of the most important pieces of gear a hunter can consider when it comes to medium- and long-range shooting. You can shoot accurately only when you can see well. Many deer hunters use iron sights, 4x or 4-9x magnification rifle scopes in wooded areas where shots are often at […] Read more



Homedal’s belt knife ideal for processing game

The Helle Fjellkniven from Homedal, Norway, has a nearly four inch long blade made from a carbon steel core laminated between two layers of stainless steel, which results in an 1/8 inch thick spine. The knife, which weighs slightly less than four ounces, has a stick tang that goes all the way through an attractive […] Read more


All becomes crystal clear when using this scope

The Bushnell Trophy XLT Spotting Scope can be used for nature watching and sports photography when a clear image at high magnifications is required. The scope comes in a 15-45x magnification model with a 50 mm objective lens or a 20-60x with 65 mm. It weighs 32 to 42 ounces and is slightly more than […] Read more



Mini-Griptilian suitable for left handed use

The Benchmade Mini-Griptilian model 556 is a folding knife manufactured in the United States. Its modified drop-point blade, which is made from 154CM stainless steel, is 2.91 inches long and 3/32 inches thick. When closed, the tool is 3.87 inches long, and while open is 6.78 inches. It weighs 2.56 ounces. The Mini-Griptilian seems best […] Read more


Fillet knife handles the job but needs frequent sharpening

Rapala is a recognized brand for anglers around the world. The company was founded in Finland and has been manufacturing outdoor products since the 1930s. It was time for me to get a new medium-length fillet knife for the 2015 season. I picked up a six-inch version of Fish n’ Fillet Superflex offered by Rapala […] Read more


Keeping bugs at bay makes for more relaxing vacation

Few things can ruin a relaxing day camping more than aggressive insects. Mosquito coils and personal insect repellents can sometimes do only so much to keep the bugs under control. A good screen house tent is another layer of protection. I bought an Outbound screen house and took it on a week long family summer […] Read more



Unique knife design allows for easy but powerful cuts

The Bushcrafter knife is designed by Shane Sibert and manufactured in the United States by Benchmade. The tool is more than nine inches long, has nearly a 4.5 inch blade, weighs about half a pound and has a full tang. The blade is made from S30V stainless steel and green G10 fibreglass laminate comprises the […] Read more