I was first introduced to Bear & Son Cutlery at SHOT Show a couple of years ago. At the 2017 SHOT Show, I was given a full spectrum tour of the entire collection of different knives they produce. From pocket folders to Bowie knives, these guys are rock stars in the quality knife arena. I fell in love with the sheer beauty of several knives from the Bear & Son line up at SHOT and NRA last year but had to pick just one to review for this article.
The rosewood handle was the first thing that caught my eye on the model 277R.
The fact that this knife was USA made and comes with a lifetime guarantee was another plus in my book. Another feature I like is the nickel silver finger guard and pommel. It really looks sharp with the nickel finished metal and rosewood handle and the finger groove at the underside of the handle fits my hand well. The leather sheath of this knife fits like a glove. The leather is high quality and well stitched. These are all important features for my knife evaluations.
For a fixed blade hunting knife, my opinion is this blade is up for just about any task. I hunt and fish hard and expect my knives to keep up with me. I skin a lot of game animals and bone out and custom process a lot of meat. The lightweight class of this knife keeps it easier to cut with for long periods of time, as is often the case with processing wild game at home or in camp.
This knife is 9 ¼” in overall length with a clip point blade. Furthermore, the 440 stainless steel blade seems to hold its edge well and for a full tang hollow ground fixed blade knife, The fit and finish is all there as well.
This is a good example of a well thought out and well manufactured product you can trust when the going gets tough, as it sometimes gets deep in the great beyond. You can tell that many years of knife making experience goes into a product like this from the overall quality of workmanship. What’s more is that the price point is not too steep for a knife of this caliber which is also impressive.
This particular knife is among one my prized possessions in my realm of blades as it is attractive in both appearance and cost. To learn more about this knife and other Bear & Son Cutlery knives and their line of GATCO sharpeners, check out www.bearandsoncutlery.com.
By Dustin Vaughn Warncke