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GUNS Magazine February 2013 Digital Edition - Page 60
The White River Caper (top) and Scout (bottom) are big quality in a small package shown with optional Micarta scales. In PraIse Of LIttL’uns! Michigan’s White RiveR Knives sMall hunteRs pacK sMall and deliveR big. mall fixed blades are an oft-overlooked part of the hunter’s gear, and if you’re not toting one you might want to give them a second look. A small fixed blade can skin with much more accuracy and less chance of error than an oversized field knife. They add very little to your pack weight and are a snap to clean compared to a folding knife, which has recesses and hidey-holes that collect blood and viscera like a pack rat. At the annual Blade Show in Atlanta this past June I wandered past the White River Knives booth and immediately my head snapped back in a double take. It wasn’t so much the company’s selection that struck me—and they do have a wide range of choices—but the superb quality of their knives. The White River Caper, with its comfortable handle and deep Maker: White river knife & tool 130 Mason Dr. Coopersville, Mi 49404 (616) 997-0026 WWW.gunsMagazine.CoM/White-river Blade material: s30v stainless steel, Blade length: 3.5" (both), Overall length: 6.75" (both), Weight: 2.65 ounces (caper), 2.56 ounces (scout), Handle: bird’s eye Maple (standard), Carr y: Kydex sheath, Price: $159 (caper), $149 (scout) S Pat Covert Caper & SCout finger choil, is a skinning friendly knife packing in at just a tad over 2-1/2 ounces. The White River Scout has a thinner profile perfect for fine caping and weighs about the same. Both knives sport 3.5" drop-point blades and are 6.75" in overall length. The Caper and Scout are of fulltang construction and feature topshelf S30V stainless steel for the cutting chores. White River offers a plethora of handle options too numerous to name here, but a sampling includes synthetics like Micarta and G10 as well as exotic materials such as Spalted Maple and Stag. The fit and finish is custom quality and both knives come with a Kydex sheath. Price wise the Scout runs $149 and the Caper $159, both in optional Micarta, which is $10 more. This pair is small in size but big on quality—check ’em out! 60 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R UA RY 2 0 1 3