In Praise Of Littl’uns!
Michigan’s White River Knives small hunters pack small and deliver big.
Small 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 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 full-tang construction and feature top-shelf 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!
By Pat Covert
Caper & Scout
Maker: White River Knife & Tool
130 Mason DR.
Coopersville, MI 49404
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), Carry: Kydex sheath, Price: $159 (Caper), $149 (Scout)