The Knife of the Trade

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    The Knife of the Trade

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    A knife which is tremendously popular and perhaps even the tool of the trade amongst trackers and skinners in Southern Africa is the folding OKAPI knife which is made in South Africa. It is not only very affordable and widely available at stores but it is a durable and very versatile knife as it is used not only for personal use but also as a day to day working tool for farm workers and hunting teams alike... Nothing fancy but it will get the job done and well, a good size blade in length and thickness, this folding knife with a locking blade is light and non-cumbersome and will fit easily in a pants' pocket to carry around with you all day... I have seen trackers and skinners use this knife intensively in the bush for decades from slaughtering, skinning, butchering game with ease and dexterity to cutting branches to create a small opening in a makeshift hide. This knife will sharpen to a razor sharp edge quite easily and I have seen it being sharpened on just about any hard surfaces from concrete, stones, steel to horns and hoofs on game.

    The Okapi knife was originally produced in 1902 for export to Germany's colonies in Africa. The knife takes its' name from the Okapi, an animal which at the time had recently been discovered in the Belgian Congo. The Okapi knives are no longer produced in Germany and in 1988, Okapi South Africa (then trading as All Round Tooling) bought the trademark and tooling and began producing the Okapi line of knives in South Africa.

    Okapi sells a variety of pocket folding knives varying in sizes and blade shapes. Here below is one commonly used Okapi knife by skinners and trackers, a 5 1/2 inch folding OKAPI knife with a 4” locking blade, it has a rachet front top lock on the top with ring attached. Their pocket knives are manufactured from superior quality hardened and tempered carbon steel and the handles are made of seasoned hardwood. The South African Okapi lockback knives are made in South Africa.

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