The Casstrom Safari Knife designed by Alan Wood. – Don’t be put off by it’s compact size. This design by the well know knife maker is more than capable of tackling the envisceration of the UKs smaller species of deer. In fact this is specifically what it was designed for. Balanced in weight, comfortable in the hand, durable, high quality stainless steel and waterproof, easily washable laminate glass fiber handle.
The Safari comes with a durable leather sheath or a Kydex Sheath with leather Belt loop. The Kydex sheath which offers an easier to clean alternative can also be worn on a lanyard around the neck.
In Alan Wood’s own words,
The initial concept was to attempt to design a hunters knife that produced a tool of minimum dimensions which was still efficient in use. At first it was for the large proportion of British deerstalkers who hunt for the smaller species such as roe and muntjac. However, it was picked up by others such as the Swedish hunter Jeppe Stridh as an ideal cutting tool for his countrys elk hunters in combination with a forest axe. Further research has shown that it is an adequate and popular compact belt accessory for those on safari, hence the name. Basically, an easily carried tool that can be used to remove the viscera and to perform basic skinning to save a trophy cape when far from the vehicles tool kit.
The steel: Sandvik 12C27 is a very popular stainless steel for Scandinavian knives due to its good combination of good edge performance (stability and ability to take an edge), high hardness and good corrosion resistance. Blade re-sharpening is easy and edge stability in terms of microchipping and edge folding or rolling is also good.
Steel analysis: C 0.60%, Si 0.40%, Mn 0.40%, P(max) 0.025%, S(max) 0.01%, Cr 13.5%
A small but competent knife from Casstrom designed by renowned English custom knife maker Alan Wood, who is known for his hand made bushcraft and deer stalking knives. A compact hunting knife featuring a 6cm stainless steel blade with a hollow grind. The blade is made using 12c27 Swedish Stainless steel (HRC 59), and features a full-tang construction. The handle tapered tang and shape of the handle makes the knife very nicely balanced and comfortable. The Olive Green or Orange G10 glass fibre laminate handle is tough, waterproof and maintenance free. Comes with a sturdy leather sheath. The design in combination with the materials used makes this a very beautiful but highly resilient piece of kit. Ideal as a small skinner for small deer and as a small belt knife for safari hunters