Custom Workhorse

Knifemaker Marvin Winn strikes gold with an affordable handmade hunter.

When it comes to knives, the word “custom” scares a lot of folks right out of the chute. Granted, many custom knifemakers’ prices are downright scary, but when you can get a very nice handmade knife with premium steel for a couple hundred bucks, it’s worth a look. Marvin Winn of Frisco, Texas, makes such knives and does it first class all the way.

Winn’s Hunter model is a nicely styled, well executed fixed-blade sized just right for medium to light field chores around the camp, from cutting rope and pointing tent pegs; to all manner of food prep. In essence, this knife is a workhorse that will be an able companion strapped to the side or at the ready in your pack. The Hunter’s straight back satin finished blade—4″ in length—has a deep hollow grind all the way to the spine, which translates into excellent slicing ability. Marvin cut no corners on the blade steel, and the Hunter features top shelf S30V stainless manufactured for Crucible Industries specifically for the cutlery industry. The knife is 8.75″ overall with a stylishly sculpted handle that exudes comfort the moment it hits your hand. The model shown here sports hard-to-misplace Toxic Green G10 scales, but rest assured Winn can tone one down for you. A variety of handle materials are offered, including G10, Micarta and exotic woods. If you’re a traditionalist you can also get the Hunter with stainless steel bolsters.

What you’ll really appreciate about Winn’s knives is the overall fit and finish, and here’s where getting value for your money comes in. The workmanship is first class, just what you’d expect in a custom, fabricated from materials that will last a generation or two… or three. Winn’s Hunter is priced at $200 on the nose, and that includes your choice of a handcrafted leather or Kydex sheath. Some production knives cost as much! The knifemaker also offers drop-point models (great for skinning) and a couple of tactical designs as well.

Maker: Marvin Winn
Maxcutter Knives
8711 Oakwood Ln.
Frisco, TX 75035
(214) 471-7012
Blade material: CPM S30V
Blade length: 4″
Overall length: 8.75″
Weight: 6.5 ounces
Handle: Toxic Green G10 (optional)
Sheath: Kydex or leather
Price: $200

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