Our friend Dave Taylor forwarded a review of the White River Argali Carbon. I have a ton of respect for Dave’s opinion regarding his likes and dislikes of all things that cut. In more then one case he’s drug me down the path of spending money on knives I didn’t need. After the fact, I had to admit he was right,…. at the time, I just didn’t KNOW I needed that knife. So here goes….
Subject: White River, Argali Carbon
I have been using this knife for the past ten days as my only knife, using it for everything from meal prep to opening packages and everything else that I have had need for a knife. It has been a very long time since I have been this excited about a knife of any kind. The “perfect knife” is a personal and elusive thing at best, but for me at least, this one comes darn close.
I could type pages about what I like about this knife, because actually there is nothing I do not like. I especially like the fact that it is fabricated completely from 0.100″ thick S35VN steel. Stronger than a kitchen knife, and full flat ground all the way from the spine to the edge, so it is actually a knife and not a damn pry bar. No unnecessary 0.125″ blade thickness and no strengthening ridge left unground at the spine so the “pry bar boys” can’t break the blade, which makes such a knife a poor cutter overall. This is actually a very efficient field knife for everyday use and carry. At least for me.
At first I was concerned that the skeletonized and rather thin handle, at only 0.350″ thickness would be hard to hold and control, but I found that is not the case. The handle design fits my large hand well and I like to use the knife in a thumb and forefinger “pinch grip” just ahead of the handle slabs, like I hold my kitchen knives. At a total weight of 1.8 ounces the knife is lighter than a pocketknife and easily slips into my jeans pocket, a vest pocket, or jacket pocket and I don’t even know it’s there. It goes everywhere with me and is always there when I need it. I like it better than a folder. Because it proves to be “just right”.
The Kydex sheath is thoughtfully designed and fits the knife well, with a drain channel actually molded into the tip of the sheath rather than just a drilled hole. Some thought went into the design of the sheath, and I am as impressed with the sheath as I am with the knife itself.
Summing it all up
I really feel that the Argali Carbon is one of those knives that has to be held and used to be appreciated. It’s just a fantastic little field knife that can do big jobs. I wish I could have had this knife 50 years ago.
At least I have it now, and I don’t think I’m ever going to be without it. There is just so much to like.
That is a very brief review of my White River Knives, Argali Carbon. A fine little field knife, that I can highly recommend.
I sure like mine!
Appreciate the review Dave. If you’re interested in White River Knives, check out Erin’s inventory at TSA Knives, LLC. If she doesn’t have it in stock, I know she’ll do her best to source it for you!!!