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Alaska’s Kodiak Island is often called a sportsman’s paradise. Within…

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Alaska’s Kodiak Island is often called a sportsman’s paradise. Within an hour’s travel from home, Kodiak residents can find a half-dozen species of big game and a variety of small game. There is an absolute wealth of sport fish, including all five species of Pacific salmon and halibut that can outweigh an NFL lineman. The individual who prefers to just explore will find an endless array of bays and passes framed by snowcapped peaks and teeming with wildlife. And there are hundreds of small, uninhabited islands in the area to visit for an hour or a month at a time.

whipple2.jpgBut this can be a vicious land. The serene bay that provided an effortless kayak ride a few days ago can today be pounded with ocean waves of 30 or even 40 feet. The bush pilot who was supposed to pick you up at your camp or cabin may be delayed a day or weeks by wind, fog, or as was recently the case, by ash fall from a nearby volcano. And even in perfect weather, the world famous Kodiak brown bear may wreck your camp and consume every meal you planned to enjoy for the duration of your trip.

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  • Ken Tucker

    It was just shy of a year ago when I saw this article sitting out a snowstorm in a little cabin in Alberta. Shortly after returning home I contacted Wes and chatted a bit about this design. I ordered one shortly after that. The knife was delivered when promised and has never disappointed me at any time. I would not hesitate to order another knife from Wes Whipple and I’ll be in a box when anyone can part me with this one. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.

  • Ken Tucker

    After I read this article i was in immediate contact with Mr. Whipple. I ordered my Kodiak and received it exactly when promised. This knife has been my constant companion since and I haven’t regretted buying it for one second. I can’t say enough good things about it’s durability.