Case & Winkler’s Collaboration for the Best Hunting Knife
Anyone who is a serious users of traditional folding pocket knives, carries a Case brand pocket knife. I have and likely always will carry a Case folding pocket knife. I carry them basically for three reasons. They are made in the USA, Case has a long successful history and their knives are highly dependable.
Now anyone who is a professional American Hero serving in distant lands where flying metal is the order of the day or are serving here on the streets of America, possessing a professional fix blade is paramount. For me I trust a tried and proven superior blade made by Daniel Winkler. Daniel Winkler’s knives and axes are used by special operators around the world. In fact a Navy SEAL who was key in the Osama Bin Laden operation was equipped with a Daniel Winkler knife.
For me, a very exciting development took place last spring. My favorite brand of folding knife, Case, collaborated with my favorite brand of combat knife, Winkler Knives, and produced a superior hunting knife called Case-Winkler Skinner. Hereafter referred to as “Skinner”, this fixed blade knife was and is a labor of love for Case and Winkler alike. I was told the Skinner is the first knife of a series of Case-Winkler American Heroes Series of knives.
About the Case Winkler Skinner
After receiving my sample of the Skinner, I looked it over closely. I could see the influence of Daniel Winkler and the practical hunting experience of Case. I know Daniel Winkler and find him to be just a first rate person. He is a proud and skilled knife maker and designer with over 30 years of experience. The Skinner design was born out of Daniel Winkler’s vast experience and a U.S. Army Special Operator and Navy SEAL American Hero Kevin Holland. The Skinner is a hunting knife designed as an intense tool for those who go afield in search of game and adventure. I was amazed of how light my sample Skinner is. It weights a mere 6.62 ounces. The Skinner has a 5.125 inch flat ground distal tapered trailing point blade fashioned from 80CrV2 steel. The overall length is 9.50 inches including the G10 camo green sculptured handle. The superior G10 sculptured handle came on the model I received with two other handle types being offered. In addition to the G10 there is an American Black Walnut and a black canvas laminate handle.
What I like about the Skinner is the skeletonized full-tang which is a signature of the Winkler designs. This type of design allows the knife to be very strong but remain light. The 5.125 inch blade is just at the top of blade lengths I like my hunting knives to have. I found I can clean large game with a blade length of 3.5 inches. However, the Skinner’s extra length does give it the power to separate bone joints when cutting up your larger game into manageable sections.
Case Winkler Skinner Is A Perfect Tool For:
As a hunting and camping knife or even a survival knife, the Case-Winkler Skinner would fit all needs. As a camping knife the Skinner would work well for cutting up meat for cooking over the open campfire. When I cook over an open campfire I use my hunting knife to do many chores. I use it to open cans of foodstuff, crack open eggs, stir the cooking meat and eggs, poke and prod the wood in the fire and the most important use, tasting the cooked food.
Additionally, the Skinner would make a great companion for any backpacker. This lightweight knife is worth a great deal in the overall equipping of your backpack inventory. Hiking up and down trails all day calls for strong light weight tools. The skeletal handle of the Skinner is designed just for this reason. When weight is a real issue, the Skinner is the answer for your cutting tool needs.
When faced with surviving in the wilderness or in a totally gone bad urban city, a good knife is right up there at the top of basic tools needs. A light weight strong fixed blade knife would be a valuable tool to have. When I leave the city I live in, I always take my bug-out bag which contains many items and tools I may need in case an emergency arises. The Skinner is a capable multiuse fixed blade knife which would only enhance a well-planned bug-out bag.
I prefer a well-made leather sheath for no better reason than this was what I grew up with. The sheath for the Skinner is made of good strong leather died into a deep black. There is no fasteners or straps. The Skinner drops down into the sheath with almost three inches of the handle visible. Believe it or not the knife rides secure in this design. This style of sheath is a signature of Daniel Winkler. He makes his knives mostly for Special Forces and Navy SEALS. In times of high stress, fasteners and straps get into the way. I like this design as I climb up into a tree stand or wade through thick brush, there is no strap to hang up on limbs and if accidentally released losing the knife.
The back half of this leather sheath has a folded flap secured by two Chicago screws. This flap will accommodate a two inch belt. If you do not have at least a one and one-half inch belt for your hunting knife, gear and possible firearm, you should invest in a good quality belt. If you would like to reverse the flap from right-hand to left-hand carry, you just take out the Chicago screws and move the flap piece to the other side of the sheath.
In conclusion I can say the Case-Winkler is an extremely well made knife. The design of the blade and handle facilitate this product as a high-end functional hunting knife. The collaboration between Winkler, Kevin Holland and Case shows in the quality of this knife. The skinner feels great in my hand. The sculptured G10 handle gives me a good grip while working with this tool. I highly recommend this knife as all the knife you need to go out hunting game including that trophy buck or elk.
Case Winkler Skinner Specs:
- Overall Length: 9.50 inches
- Blade Length: 5.125 inches
- Cutting Edge: 4.75 inches
- Blade Thickness: 0.20 inches
- Blade Width: 1.25
- Blade Material: 80CrV2
- Blade Style: Clip Point
- Blade Finish: Black
- Edge Type: Plain
- Handle Material: G-10 green camo
- Weight: 6.62 ounces
- Sheath: Black Leather
- Brand: Case
- Model: Winkler Skinner
- Made: USA
Can Be Found: $295.00