I promised a couple of weeks ago that there were a couple of friends that were going to review a Kerasuando and a Helle knife for me. Not just ‘any’ friends, they’re close friends…of the female persuasion…that hunt…and for whom I have a lot of respect. These gals aren’t afraid to get their hands bloody and dirty. And in the evening, they can dress up and look as gorgeous and mild mannered as you could possibly imagine. But underneath the beauty and glam, there’s a hunter at heart.
It was pretty interesting to find out what these ladies shoot for a deer rifle. Kim (who tested a Helle knife) shoots a .243, her sister Sara a 30/06, Jocelyn also shoots a 30/06 but Erin gets the job done with a .338 Win Mag.
Erin from TSA Knives would normally be in this test group but she was otherwise occupied this year. She brought a new hunter into the world right around season opener. Lucy is no doubt going to join the hunt club in a few short years. So instead of Erin, I talked her sister Jocelyn into trying out a Karesuando Fox.
Jocelyn took the prize this year with an 11 point buck. Really a nice deer.
While Erin was busy with Lucy, Jocelyn shared the thrill of the hunt with niece Katey. You can tell by the smiles on the faces this is the beginning of a lasting relationship with each other and deer hunting.
Jocelyn, sisters Erin and Nichole grew up in a family of hunters. Their dad and Uncle Mark played key roles in teaching the girls to shoot and the rules of the hunt. That also meant you learned how to clean what you shot.
She liked the Karesuando Fox. Seemed to fit her hand well and wasn’t slippery as she thought the wood handle might be. It handled well and came with an excellent edge. I failed to ask what she normally used for a hunting knife. My gut instinct is its a little bigger then the Fox. The only reservation I picked up from her was she wished the blade was a bit heavier when it came to splitting the pelvis. My thought was that’s when you need one of the Karesuando hatchets!!! Problem solved.
My second tester was our shooting partner Kim. Kim didn’t connect with a deer this year but got involved helping her sister and brother in law. When you have a new knife and someone has a deer down….your gonna get your ‘turn’. Kim and Sara also come from a family of hunters. In rural Minnesota that’s a pretty common trait. Almost genetic I’m thinking.
Kim had hoped to put together a video of her dressing out her own deer but as deer hunters know, sometimes the best laid plans don’t pan out. She did share some action pics.
And it was kind of funny how I felt some sort of a connection with her. I never could quite put my finger on it but when she included this pic, it all came together. Not sure if we have matching scars, but I know I have more!
Kim put together her thoughts summing up the knife as follows…..
“The handle fit nicely in my hand and I liked the shape of the handle and the well-placed grooves, they made for a good fit without any slipping, even when wet.
The blade was extremely sharp which made processing the deer easy. I used the knife for all of the processing- from removing the hide to slicing steaks and removing fat. It cut so nicely. The blade was the perfect length for processing, I wouldn’t change a thing about this knife. It’s very well made, extremely sturdy, and easy to handle.
The leather sheath is something new to me, my dad always had his knives in leather sheaths but I’ve always had a hard plastic or a nylon utility sheath for mine and I have to say I was hesitant of it but after using it I definitely like it.
In the past I’ve used Buck and Outdoor Edge knives but I can’t see going back to them after experiencing the craftsmanship of Helle.”
There’s lots more stories of women and girls that hunt, shoot and dress there own game. A couple of years ago I was in the check out line at WalMart listening to the two women in front of me comparing notes on their recent deer hunt. Doubt you’d hear that exchange in downtown Minneapolis. Makes me glad I live where I do.
As I said in a previous post, don’t dismiss these ladies that seem to be interested in hunting or shooting. Sometimes they’ll surprise you. In fact, if you came home late and told your wife you got into a debate with a gal at the bar over the best knife for skinning and that’s why your late…. she might buy it….maybe not… Sorry, you’re on your own.