White River Knife & Tool have teamed up with Master Bladesmith Jerry Fisk to produce the Sendero Bush Knife. Mr. Fisk states, “this is the best overall using knife I have made in an outdoors knife.” This is a beautiful semi-custom knife featuring an Olive Drab G10 handle and a CPM S30V blade. It is almost too pretty to take into the field but I was anxious to see how it performed.
The fit to hand is perfect – it just feels right. Light weight at only 4.8 ounces. The blade measures 3.6 inches with an overall length of 8.25 inches. It is the sort of gear that causes other hunters to pause and ask, “Wow, what kind of knife is that?”
What is a Sendero?
For those of you unfortunate enough not to have been born in Texas, a “sendero” is a lane cut through the thick South Texas mesquite brush. A sendero serves as road, livestock grazing, pathway, and shooting lane. Carrying a knife named “sendero” warms my heart and acknowledges that this is a knife intended to be used and used hard.
CPM S30V is a premium knife steel of much higher quality than the typical 440C stainless found in mass-produced knives. This is a great steel and is rated at 59 Rockwell C hardness. The design allows you to see the one-piece, full-tang construction.
I have had the opportunity to field dress a whitetail deer and a hog with the White River Sendero and it performed as expected. The G10 handle, impervious to oil and blood, provided a steady grip even when wet and the razor-sharp blade made quick work of the chore. The White River Jerry Fisk Sendero instantly became my go-to knife and is always in my hunting backpack.
The Sendero is produced at the White River factory in Michigan and is constructed entirely of American materials. A nice leather sheath is included in the box (mine signed by Jerry Fisk).
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