Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

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Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by TripleF » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:56 am

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Utica UTK Cutlery Trapper Knife Review

Deep from the rich woods of central upstate (8 minutes north of New York City isn’t “upstate”) comes this 2 blade trapper knife from Utica Cutlery, in Utica, New York.

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I soooooooo long to be back in that region of the country, but I remain stranded where I am. Back to the knife.
Initial thoughts are usually pure and true when handling any “new” item, and I’m still trying to put a razor edge on the clip point blade of this knife. My initial, out of the box, out of the wrapper thought was – WOW, these grind marks on the edge are jagged. And they still are jagged on the long spey blade. I haven’t even attempted to put an edge on that blade. Let me say this, the stainless doesn’t sharpen like carbon steel does.

I know I’m starting off on the proverbial “wrong foot” by pointing out a flaw (IMHO), but like I mentioned – first impressions are pure and true. It’s like dating a girl – if she’s got a flaw to begin with, it certainly ain’t goin’ away over time.
I love wood scales. I also love bone and stag scales. Now, initial first response of viewing these scales is – they look like the wood used on the cheaper imports. Don’t you agree? Isn’t that your first response? I’m just saying……

There’s a peculiar thing I’ve learned here in reviewing this knife, and I’ve experienced before, as I bet you have with your knives – and that is……….you have to WANT to use the knife. In other words, there has to be there little flicker of anticipation and excitement about using your knife that’s being called on to to the job. If that flicker of excitement isn’t there…………………the knife doesn’t get used, the next knife you’re carrying does. I always carry more than one knife – I assume you do as well 

So, with that peculiar thing (flicker of excitement) not being present for this knife, the "want" to use it isn't there. You follow? So, I decided to end the review. Sorry.

The TripleF (Fit, Finish & Functionality): 6.0
Looks good. Feels good. It does. Really.
The spey blade had a tarnish/patina spot on it, near the nail nick, right from the get-go, and it had a smidge of wobble as well.
I feel that the wood looks chincy, even though it is cocobolo.
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat powerful snap on both blades (I like good snap when a knife closes ;-) ).
The weak point was the cutting ability. It had a hard time cutting paper as shown in pic below…..

Accessibility: 8.0
I carried this 2 blade pocket knife in my belt sheath so it was pretty easy to access, but it does require 2 hands to open. Not that that’s a bad thing………………….it’s just that a “perfect edc knife” for me, requires one hand – like the Kershaw Leek.

Value: 8.0
It’s an American made knife. What can I say? I love American made knives! In addition, they have a good warranty.

Collectibility: 6.0
I’ve been told that Utica Cutlery knives are meant to be collected. Now, to be collected, they’ve got to be “WANTED”. And, personally, I don’t feel that there is much “want” for Utica Cutlery products, unless it’s from the mid-century mark….

Summary –
If you can get an edge on these blades, you’ve got an American made winner, especially for the price!

Steel Sahlute Score: 7.0 Steel Sahlutes!

Thanks to the folks from Utica Cutlery (www.kutmaster.com ) for submitting this knife for review!!

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Re: Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:16 pm

Now it's time for a review of the review. Instead of the usual 10.0 I give your reviews, I'm giving this one an 8.0. ::mdm::

One point deducted for making an assumption and stating it as gospel. A lot of people carry only one knife (me being one).

One point deducted for comparing apples to oranges. Tac-T-Cool knives open with one hand. Slip joint knives take two hands, that's why they put a nail nick in the blade. This knife is a slip joint and should not be judged on the number of hands it takes to open it.

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Re: Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by TripleF » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:27 pm

I'll give you the one-point deduction for assuming that everybody carries at least 2 knives....

BUT no deduction on the other because the score is for apples to apples as I am grading on "accessibility" only. In other words, how quickly can the knife be deployed........how accessible is the knife when you need it?

Back to a 9.0 please (on the Review Scale) :mrgreen:
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Re: Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:31 pm

Ah ha! ::woot:: But you made the comparison to a Kershaw Leek. Apples to oranges.

Back to 8.0 :lol: :lol:
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Re: Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by TripleF » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:08 pm

Once an argument goes more than one round I always surrender...

You win.
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Re: Utica Cutlery UTK Adirondack Trapper Knife Review

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:37 pm

Awww crap. I broke my own rule against arguing. It's your review and your opinion. No offense intended. Shuttin' up now boss. ::handshake::
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