White River Knife and Tool–SHOT Show 2015

I'm a sucker for a well made simple design. There is very little about White River Knives that isn't built on utilitarian concepts.

I’m a sucker for a well made simple design. There is very little about White River Knives that isn’t built on utilitarian concepts.

I’m a knife snob. I’m a big knife snob. I’ve done a bit of blacksmithing, and am proficient at stock reduction. But making knives takes more time than I have. And the knives I tend to cotton to are often very expensive. Sometimes they’re inexplicably expensive. So I like to find knives that offer solid performance at a reasonable price. Working knives–not the investment pieces that cost so much you are afraid to use them.

And White River Knife and Tool offers just that. I stopped by their booth at the SHOT Show this week, and I liked their designs. These are really nice working knives in some traditional designs. They’re not hand forged. The blades are cut on CNC machines. The handles are made out of G10 or wood. They offer some limited custom options here, and can make handles out of your materials (like the antler from that buck you just shot) or from colors of G10 or woods that are not part of their typical catalog.

The attention to detail make these more attractive than some of the mass produced knives coming in from China. The prices make them attractive, too. They start around $90, and go up from there, depending on the options. The blade steels vary based on the purpose and design. If you geek out over those sorts of details, head over to their sight and check out the specs.

The cork handles and thin blades allow for these to float. And the fillet knives are tempered at to lower Rockwell hardness to allow for flexibility.

The cork handles and thin blades allow for these to float. And the fillet knives are tempered at to lower Rockwell hardness to allow for flexibility.

They look sharp, too.

They look sharp, too.

The colors aren't natural, but the materials are.

The colors aren’t natural, but the materials are.

Chad Nichols Damascuss on this one.

Chad Nichols Damascuss on this one.

Fancy handle materials are available for those who want more to look at.

Fancy handle materials are available for those who want more to look at.

Have you ever dropped your knife in the woods and not been able to find it?

Have you ever dropped your knife in the woods and not been able to find it?

Some of the designs are available in pattern welded steels or stainless Damascus.

Some of the designs are available in pattern welded steels or stainless Damascus.

The pack knives are thin and lightweight.

The pack knives are thin and lightweight.

For those who want a more tactical knife, White River has been working with other designers to bring in more options.

For those who want a more tactical knife, White River has been working with other designers to bring in more options. This is a Justin Gingrich design.

Knife maker CCCC has brought some of his designs to White River for them to produce.

Knife maker Jerry Fisk has brought some of his designs to White River for them to produce.

More of the Fisk collaborations.

More of the Fisk collaborations.

These are made with Alabama Damascus.

These are made with Alabama Damascus.

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  • C. W. Wilson January 24, 2015, 7:39 am

    New knife & gun store. Please send catalog and wholesale price list.
    Wild West Knife and Gun
    238 N 4th St
    Wills Point, TX 75169

  • charlie mumford January 23, 2015, 3:56 pm

    i think very little of any company that goes out there and shows off all their products, tells you how proud they are, what a high quality ,in this case their knives, and does not show you the exact price that each of their individual products sell for. i simply will not tolerate this. if the freekin’ knife is so good, and you are so proud of it…..HOW COME YOU WONT TELL ME THE PRICE????? i pass on you idiots.

    • Lamar Coyle January 24, 2015, 11:31 am

      Charlie my boy, if you can quit bitching long enough to read, there’s a link to their web site above in blue lettering.
      White River Knife and Tool Sorry but I can’t click on it for you! 😉

  • Richard Buckley January 23, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Can you please send me a catalog with pricing

  • tom mann January 23, 2015, 10:25 am

    White River Knife & Tool
    Customer Service,
    We were not able to make the SHOT Show this year but picking up information on a daily basis. I saw a post of your knife company and interested in selling some of your knives. Please send me a catalog, price list, wholesale application and any show specials to the following:
    ATTN: Tom Mann
    Bio Care Specialties inc.
    4105 Woodcreek ct.
    Colleyville, TX 76034

    • John Cammenga Sr January 27, 2015, 4:33 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your interest. A catalog was sent. Please contact me at john@thewhiteriver.com for Dealer info.

  • Joe White January 23, 2015, 7:33 am

    Request catalogue if possible!
    Beautiful products!
    Shiloh Joe

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