Medford Knife and Tool makes some beefy knives. They’re unique in their agressive geometric shapes, and combination grinds. And these knives are thicker than almost every other knife I’ve ever seen. And the best part, in my humble opinion, is that these knives are built with the end user in mind. The steel selection is based on functionality, not fad, and scales can be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Take this Sniper knife for example. It has several unique features that make it the ideal knife for the gun enthusiast. The hex wrench cut into the handle fits most scope ring bases. The blade on the back end is sized to fit in the turrets of scopes. On the back of the blade, inch long hashes help with basic estimations of size. In the blade itself is a tool for estimating range. The Look Through Range Estimator allows you to gauge distances (roughly) out to 400 yards.
Medford’s knives are not inexpensive. In an unusual twist for the knife industry, the folders (which often require more work than the fixed blades) are more expensive. The Sniper, for instance, is just $400.
Is that a lot for a knife? It depends on your point of view. All of these are made by hand. The materials are worked to perfection, and backed up. These aren’t fancy safe-queens, either. They’re working knives. And if you were to ever need the type of capabilities these knives offer, I doubt you’d complain about the price.