Lone Wolf’s Trask And Swale Go Beyond The Call Of Duty
When Benchmade acquired highly respected Lone Wolf Knives in October 2010, many, including myself, breathed a sigh of relief. Lone Wolf did a great job resurrecting and expanding on the legendary Paul (Paul W. Poehlmann) designs and built a solid reputation for quality over the years. If their latest duo—the Trask and Swale—are any indication, the Lone Wolf brand is in excellent hands.
The Trask and Swale are liner-lock folders, which share a common handle design. The larger Trask is 7.87″ overall with 3.4″ blade, and the Swale checks in at 6.95″ with a 2.92″ blade. There are subtle differences in the blades in that the Trask has an upsweep in its clip-point design while the Swale has a more traditional, gently sloped clip style. The blades are made of excellent N680 stainless steel (manufactured by Bohler Uddeholm of Austria) with a satin finish. The grooved Olive-wood handles are nothing short of handsome and offer superb grip. The top shelf fit and finish are everything you’d expect from Lone Wolf.
Lone Wolf markets the Trask and Swale as knives for the outdoorsman and, without a doubt, both blade designs are excellent for both skinning game and performing light to medium field chores. Where I part paths with the company is I think both knives can just as easily serve as dress tactical folders. There’s no reason either wouldn’t make for a highly-functional, everyday carry knife with style to boot. Better yet, whether you choose to use the Trask or Swale as a folding hunter or personal carry, the price is extremely right. The Trask has a suggested retail of $100, the Swale $90. That’s a great price for such finery, and deserving of a close look on your next knife purchase.
Trask and Swale
Maker: Lone Wolf Knives
300 Beavercreek Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Blade material: N680 stainless steel
Blade length: 3.40″ (Trask), 2.92″ (Swale)
Overall length: 7.87″ (Trask), 6.95″ (Swale)
Weight: 4.4 ounces (Trask), 3.8 ounces (Swale)
Handle: Grooved Olive Wood
Carry: Pocket clip
Price: $100 (Trask), $90 (Swale)
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