Knives are a lot like pants, you don’t want to leave home without them! That’s true for everyday use, but especially when you’re in the outdoors. For hunters, a good field dressing and skinning knife is a must for taking care of game after the shot. You want a knife with an incredibly sharp edge, something rigid enough to help you break through cartilage and separate joints. However, you don’t want a knife that is so heavy, long or cumbersome that it’s hard to use or a hassle to carry. This is a case where bigger isn’t necessarily better. So, on this installment of Buy or Bust we’re taking a look at a small but impressive fixed blade knife that is up to virtually any task that an outdoorsman asks of it.
The Cabela's Alaskan Guide® Series Mini Alpha Knife by Buck Knives® is a small and nimble fixed blade knife. It has a 2-1/2" drop-point blade that is made of S30V steel. The process by which the blade is tempered results in good edge retention, flexibility and hardness while still remaining easy to sharpen. A high chromium content helps with oxidation resistance and a titanium aluminum nitride coating helps with corrosion resistance. The size of this Mini Alpha Knife is what makes it a standout. The blade is a compact powerhouse at just 2-½” long, and when combined with the Rosewood handle, the knife measures in at just 6-¼”. Fixed knives are frequently sidelined by users because of their size which is the reason so many people resort to folders. However, this Mini Alpha Knife is small enough that it makes it a practical knife to carry in the field while hunting and recreating outdoors or for plain everyday carry.