Wiebe Knives survival on purpose: Weekly Product Review

“ A dull knife will hurt you more than it will help, a sharp knife will ensure quick clean cuts and a sure stroke.”

Blades are somewhat of a specialty, I own several hundred, from low-end mass produced through high-end customs. Some of my favorite blades are Morakniv Companions which run between $12 and $30 depending on type and steel they are made from. Personally, for general bush crafting, I prefer a mixture of blades, Morakniv Companion, Ex Gurkha House Khukri 13” sirupate and a decent folding blade.

When it comes to dressing game, I have a few even more specific blades purpose-built to fulfill this task. Among my favorites are the CRKT Kommer Free Range hunting combination of two folders, one with a medium skinned gut-hook and both with very solid steel blades and extremely good grips. They work amazingly!

Recently I came across yet another skinning blade, the Wiebe Folding and Hunting knife which utilizes replaceable surgical steel blades. Each knife comes with 24 blade replacements. You can get them on Amazon for $26 apiece for the fixed handled version. I personally preferred the lock-back folding version found on www.wiebeknives.com the model I chose and have used several times for food prep and basic skinning of light game was the Wiebe Arctic Fox. The cost was $39.95 including shipping to my front door, shipping was very quick, within a couple of days.

One of the reasons I chose this particular knife was simple, I like having tools that can be utilized for a variety of purposes. Given that sterile blades and or clean blades may be difficult to come by, and that these are sealed into individual packages, it will save having to ruin a temper by heating a blade for minor surgical issues alone. Please understand, this is NOT something suggested by the company themselves, simply an observation I realized when testing it.

It is not a chopping or carving knife, it is specifically designed for skinning, caping and dressing game animals. In this task it excels, not only was I able to quickly dress a jackrabbit caught with a great snare (to be reviewed) it easily cut through the rather tough joints and cartilage separating legs from body and so on. Arizona jacks get to be around 25lbs the one I took using a snare was definitely within this size. Now, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to test the blades on larger game, however, because I do have several hides from various animals in storage for upcoming projects, I did try it on the various thicknesses.

Using short, steady strokes I was easily able to slice straight easily measured cuts where necessary. With on blade I dressed out the jack and trimmed several hides as well as using a few pieces of leather for some additional practice and to test longevity of the blade. With a quick strop (the blade is quite flexible so be gentle doing this) I was still able to shave afterword’s. There is no doubt it is a good steel and a solidly made blade setup.

Replacing the blades is also extremely easy, simply lift slightly on the back side of the blade closest to the handle and carefully grip (using pliers) or very carefully with fingers along the back of the blade and pull it straight away from the handle. Replace with a fresh blade by reversing this approach

Pro’s of the Wiebe Knives,

Lightweight and compact package, a little over 4 inches in length, and just a couple ounces even with the 24 extra blades that accompany it.

When extended it is a little over 7 inches total with a very solid grip stiff rubber handle.

It’s made of solid materials, while the blades themselves flex and can break, the chassis itself was quite sturdy and I was unable to force any issues.

Con’s of the Wiebe Knives,

Blade is very flexible, thin, good for skinning, but not much else.

While a blade will work for multiple small animals, one medium sized animal, you may have to use two for something larger like Elk or full grown Cattle etc.,

This is not a blade to be used for cutting through bones, or anything hard. It is for all intents a surgical instrument for processing game. And to this end it works extremely well. I would recommend this for your BOL’s and hunting packs. Spare blades are easily purchased for at this link for $37 for 100. The base knife itself comes in a great case with 24 spare blades, it can be purchased via Amazon or from the company themselves. Replacing a blade is best done with a pair of pliers however, it can be done using your fingers just go slowly and carefully.

I highly recommend this knife setup for those of us who run trap lines during the winter, as well as those who farm and or prep our own food from what we grow on the farm. While it won’t necessarily work for vegetable prepping, it will most definitely work to fillet fish, skin animals and prep your meat within reason. You will still want a chopper and or a flesher for larger projects of course.

If you have any questions or anything to add, let me know. Thanks as always, remember prepping is a state of mind more than anything else.

Free the mind and the body will follow

About Jesse Mathewson

Arizona since 86', lifetime prepper, camper - criminal justice advanced degrees, numerous certifications, 1+ million rounds (shooting for decades), prior contractor, instructor, current volunteer, disabled, honest, father of two husband of one - all budget and prepared. Jesse Mathewson reviews because regular people need someone in their corner as well!

Comments

  1. While I have not used that brand I have used the Havalon brand . It is nice to always have a sharp edge , You might want to give Havalon a look as they have multiple blade choices including hook blades and a bone saw blade .

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      I will check them out, these guys are really pretty awesome, trapping/skinning company made, run and marketed by trapping/hunters. 🙂

  2. Chuck Findlay says:

    Not a good idea to use a folding knife for game, it’s almost impossible to keep blood and hair out of the mechanism where it will start it’s own colony of bacteria.

    A fixed blade knife is much safer and easier to clean.

    You don’t see any meat cutting blades that are folders just for this reason.

    Post-SHTF bacteria are going to be all over and not likely to be kept in check by all the cleanness we have today. why add to that with a knife made in a way that can make it much worst?

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      They make a great fixed blade, though I did like the folder. Cleaning is actually quite easy, however, again what works for one…

  3. Jesse,
    This was an interesting and rather thorough review and may have cost me some more money to add another blade to my “collection“, LOL.
    This article has prompted me to look in my cutlery storage box and see just what I still have around, since I really haven’t inventoried it in a while.
    I have a plethora of “Cutlery” from Draw Knives and old style carbon steel cleavers to straight blade and folders of all varieties and intended uses. My favorite Gutting and Skinning knife is one I acquired a few decades ago from a now defunct knife maker, Condor..
    I have a nearly complete set of their knives from folders and various sized straight blades to a filet knife that sits in our kitchen knife drawer, still stored in it’s sheath that contains the Morse code imprinted on it.
    I’ve been teaching Hunter Education now for 25 years, and over the years we on occasion get spiffs from the Division of Wildlife as incentives and quite often these are knives of one sort or another.

    All of the knives, both straight and folding, are meant not only for use; but, for demonstration in our classes and are all supplied by Outdoor Edge complete with the Ohio Division of Wildlife logo etched on the blade. They are generally a rather good quality knife and most importantly use a good steel that holds an edge.
    Another gift I haven’t had time to use is a nice survival knife from Tool Logic, that includes a Ferrocerium rod that fits into a slot in the handle.
    In my collection I also have (again by Outdoor Edge) their WP-2 Wild Pak Field-to-Freezer Game Processing Set
    Outdoor Edge WP-2 Wild Pak Field-to-Freezer Game Processing Set
    I have several Mora knives, all of which come with Kydex sheaths and are more for barter/trading or handing out to people. They are a decent; but, inexpensive knife.
    For something with a removable / replaceable blade, I have a few Gerber EAB Lite Pocket Knife which use a standard utility knife blade.
    Several sets of very inexpensive kitchen knife sets for barter or to hand out.

    Since we need to keep all of this stuff sharpened, I have various means there also. Like the traditional grinding wheel in the shop along with a variety of wet and dry stones; but, the ones that get used the most, are the inexpensive and simple sharpeners from “Smith’s” , Like their $4.00 CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener and their larger $6.00 Smith’s JIFF-S 10-Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener
    Finally a few, Delta Darts and Tantos made from polycarbonate that can still be used as a lethal weapon but are light and nonmetallic.

    As I was looking through the collection, I recalled my most upsetting or embarrassing moment happened at Christmas nearly 20 years ago when my youngest DSS gave me a folder from the Franklin Mint as a gift. I still have it, and it has a gorgeously inlaid handle; but, the blade is not very high quality or functional, and it is not a lock blade, which I think is a requirement for any folding knife. The embarrassment came from the involuntary look of disappointment on my face before I had time to say anything. I still have the knife; but, it has never been used for things one would use a real blade for.

    • Although posting these links separately did not keep me out of moderation, here are the links to the previously referenced items. Be sure to use MD’s link to get to Amazon. I’m posting these for ease of access for the pack and perhaps to help MD get a little spiff from each item.

      CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener

      Smith’s JIFF-S 10-Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener

      Gerber EAB Lite Pocket Knife

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        OP, I understand the feeling, have had more than one person give me a knife and had for the sake of civility to freeze a smile upon my brow.

        Morakniv’s, honestly, if it was all I had it would be enough. As you know.
        Just picked up a custom seaxe (broke tip design) because…well, dangit, knives.

        I have a box full of “gifts” that are all labeled so I can have them out and in a pocket if “the one” is stopping by.

        And than I have my daily users, all of which are based on function and quality – which I have found is lacking in many knives made in the states these days 🙁 sadly.

        Lastly, I have my old school box, ranging from true antiques (pre revolution bayonets etc.,- post 50s clipped point folders and pen knives)

        I have an addiction…and it is steel.

        • Jesse,

          OP, I understand the feeling, have had more than one person give me a knife and had for the sake of civility to freeze a smile upon my brow.

          If only I’d been thinking that quickly back then; but, it’s all good now. He’s married after spending time at Parris Island, Lejeune, and Scout Sniper school and understands the difference between a good blade or firearm and crap.

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