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The Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife

As early as 1880, Browning Arms Company was already established in Ogden, Utah. The face behind the company was John Moses Browning who was a gunsmithing expert. Thenceforth, the company went through a series of financial and organization challenges that saw the company liquidated in 1951.

This reduced it into a firearms exporter with some minimal wholesale functions. In 1955, the new parent company called Browning Arms Company was finally established. Shortly afterwards, a majority of its stock was purchased by FN and Miroku companies which are in Belgium and Japan respectively.

The most outstanding thing about this company is that despite the challenges it faced, it did not lose its focus of creating highly effective products that met the highest quality standards. Today, Browning is a brand that is synonymous with outdoor tools especially survival knives.

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Top 7 Features of the Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife:

This is a knife designed for combat and survival. This is a fact clearly demonstrated in its design and shape. Some of its outstanding features include:

1. 10 Inch Fixed Blade

This is by all standards a giant knife that gives you the ability to execute a number of outdoor tasks. The 10 inch blade is a top range larger blade that wields power and versatility when using it. This size of blade gives you more force and better leverage when compared to the small and medium range blades. Being a fixed blade the Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife has considerable strength unlike the folders. It will not bend at the middle neither will it require lubrication. It will instead handle any chopping and slashing stress without bending.

2. Drop Point Blade with a Touch of Trailing Point Design

Being a drop point blade, this knife can work on a variety of outdoor tasks. It has a sharp and controllable point. The belly of the knife has ample cutting edge that makes the knife best suited for slicing activities. The trailing point touch optimizes the blade for skinning activities.

3. Flat Grind Makes It Easy to Sharpen

Compared to other types of survival knives, the flat grind on this knife makes it easy to sharpen. This is because a flat edge does not require a special sharpening tool unlike recurved edges. This explains why the Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife is always sharp. By constantly changing the angle that the knife presents to the material being cut, you can attain cutting efficiency without breaking a sweat.

4. Full Tang Construction

Looking at the design of the blade and the handle you can see that it is made of one continuous piece of metal. This is the full tang construction. As opposed to the partial tang, full tang makes this knife a great tool for batoning, prying and chopping without loosening. A loose knife is usually very dangerous while working with because it can easily slip off and injure you. Another aspect of full tang handle construction that this knife benefits from is the fact that it makes it stronger enough to resist bending. Most of outdoor activities transfer stress to the knife during usage. This makes some knives to yield to pressure and bend or break. For the case of this knife, it can withstand abuse.

Because of the slight heaviness of this type of handle, the Browning Arms Company decided to create a tradeoff by adding a cosmetic appeal. They achieve this by adding decorative liners or colored spacers to the tapered end of the handle.

5. Blade Made of 1085 High Carbon Steel

With a Rockwell hardness of 58 to 60, this type of steel is wear and corrosion resistant. Whether you are using the knife in moist or wet places, you will never find a trace of rust or stain on it. Many survival knives will tend to wear with time especially when exposed to hard cutting material. This knife is different because of its excellent edge holding property that balances with its easiness to sharpen. The high carbon content is responsible for the hardness that characterizes this knife.

6. Micarta Handle

Micarta is a material made of layers of wood, canvas, linen or paper that are bonded together using very high pressure. This type of material has been used to construct handles for various types of knives. The good thing with Micarta is that it offers an excellent gripping surface. What this means is that the knife will never slip from your hands and gives you a comfortable hold. The nature of the material prevents splitting and cracking of the handle as is the case with other types of survival knives. When you are working in wet areas, Micarta will keep you covered by resisting moisture from penetrating the handle material. It also feels warm always.

7. Heavy Duty Leather Sheath

Leather is exceptional when it comes to aesthetics. This is probably one of the reasons why the makers of Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife chose this material. Leather feels nice in our hands and smells good too. This gives you a comfortable grip. Whenever you insert or pull the knife from the sheath, leather makes the entire process very quiet thereby making it difficult for the object to know that you are pulling out a knife. Apart from giving you the cowboy feel of the 1980s, a leather sheath makes it possible to attain a balanced, secure and comfortable way of carrying the knife.

Where you need camouflage, leather unlike rubber or nylon has a dull surface that is not as reflective. This makes it difficult for the other party to realize that you are carrying a knife by your side. For hunting operations, this is a perfect blend.

Because of the leather sheath, it becomes absolutely necessary that you avoid extreme temperatures. During wet conditions, the leather will absorb moisture thereby soaking and eventually tearing apart. In times of hot conditions, the oils in the leather may dry up making the sheath stiff and weak.

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The Micarta handle slabs do not extend throughout the full length of the ricasso but end somewhere in the middle. If this can be improved, the usefulness of the knife especially when it comes to holding will definitely go up. All the same, the Browning Crowell-Barker Competition Cutting Knife is a master of most outdoor environments and is therefore a great asset.

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