Every now and then everything just seems to fall into place. I will get an assignment that matches the right knife to the right situation. This “perfect storm” came about recently when I was sent a Ginsu Drop Point Hunter within a week of the muzzleloading deer season for North Carolina. The new house on my tree farm was almost finished and my trips to the location were happening almost weekly. This gave me more than ample time to prepare for the deer season and to give this new knife plenty of “woods time.”
Late-Night TV Ads
If you are anywhere near my age, you will be familiar with the Ginsu name and the late-night commercials advertising the Ginsu brand of kitchen knives. By today’s standards, those commercials would seem a bit camp, but they did leave a lasting impression upon the viewers and that was their purpose. However, the commercials did have their fault. They showed the virtues of the knives but they also led you to believe that they were an import. The Ginsu Knives were manufactured by the Douglas Quikut division of Scott Fetzer, based in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The name Ginsu was chosen to pay tribute to the ancient Japanese traditions of the Samurai swords and their renowned cutting ability.
The knife sent in for review comes from Ginsu Outdoors, the sporting division of the corporation, and is one of three hunting fixed blades offered by the company. Besides the drop-point hunter, the company also offers a clip-point design and a gut-hook pattern. All three knives are manufactured using Japanese stainless steels. The blades are cut from hammer-forged Damascus steel sheets comprised of 33 layers. The base core is VG-1, a high carbon stainless. This core is then sandwiched with alternating layers of high carbon 420 and low carbon 430 stainless steels. The blade is then flat ground to a 10-degree angle, resulting in what Ginsu calls a “wickedly razor sharp Asian knife edge.”