Just About Right

The #5101 Hunter from Moore Maker Knives is Just About Right Sheriff Jim Wilson
Most of you have figured out—by now—that my major addictions are guns and hunting. Well, you might as well know that one of my minor addictions is knives. I’ve carried a knife of some kind since I was a little kid and my father gave me my first one. Knives are the sort of thing that you never need until you need one, and then you need a good one.

The knife pictured above is my idea of just about the perfect hunting knife. It is the #5101 Drop Point Hunter from Moore Maker Knives, in Matador, Texas. The knife features a 3 1/2-inch blade, with just a slight drop point, and an overall length of 8 1/8-inches. The scales (stock panels) are of smooth yellow bone. And, though I don’t know the grade of steel it is not stainless, just highly polished. As you can see, the knife has just enough belly to the blade to make it useful for skinning, as well as cleaning game.

The horizontal belt scabbard is made by Big Bend Saddlery. Now, I suspect that this horizontal design was developed by cowboys. About the worst mess that can require a knife to get out of is when you are tangled up in your rope…with a cow on one end, a horse on the other, and you in the middle. When that happens, it will be pretty difficult to get a knife out of your hip pocket, or your leggings pocket. Carrying it horizontally on your belt makes the knife much handier and you can get to it with either hand. I find it is just as handy for the outdoorsman though, hopefully, he isn’t going to be roping cattle.

I’ve owned several Moore Maker knives and have gotten years of good use out of them. They are good quality at a reasonable price. And it’s getting harder and harder to find that combination nowadays. Besides that, a fellow can’t own too many good knives.

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71 Responses to Just About Right

    • Roy Hollingworth says:

      HO, Jim, proof is in the pudding, have been carrying a knife since I was 6 years old. I have used a knife in combat several times, sharper the better, mine has always been a KABAR. Owe my life to mine, how bout youall..Capt Holly

  1. J.W. Beeson says:

    Jim–If you have a passion for great Knives, you need to check out Reeves Forge, in Shattuck Oklahoma. Lee Reeves is my X-Brother in law and one of the best custom Knife makers I’ve ever seen. Besides Knives he makes Camp Axes that are Great and his Damascus work is Unbelievable. Lee hand forges and oil tempers all his work and it is amazing to watch him work. He was one of the best Corrective Farriers ive ever known and shod all my horses when he was still shoeing. He Taught Metallurgy at Sul Ross in Alpine,Tx. Not a Run of the mill, Hobbyist knife maker, but one of the best you’ll come across. And a Pretty Nice Fella and Fair to Midlin Mandolin Player to Boot. Marine Vet. Check him out. He is really reasonable on his work, especially for the quality of work he turns out, but get your name in the hat cause he has quite a waiting list. He does sometimes have something already made that can be bought without waiting. I, My son and my Grandson all have several pieces of his work and they are prized possessions as well as working tools of the highest calibre. It’ll be worth your time to check him out. Reeves Forge. Lee and Charmaine Reeves. Shattuck, Okla. 73858

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  2. J.W. Beeson says:

    Jim–If you have a passion for great Knives, you need to check out Reeves Forge, in Shattuck Oklahoma. Lee Reeves is my X-Brother in law and one of the best custom Knife makers I’ve ever seen. Besides Knives he makes Camp Axes that are Great and his Damascus work is Unbelievable. Lee hand forges and oil tempers all his work and it is amazing to watch him work. He was one of the best Corrective Farriers ive ever known and shod all my horses when he was still shoeing. He Taught Metallurgy at Sul Ross in Alpine,Tx. Not a Run of the mill, Hobbyist knife maker, but one of the best you’ll come across. And a Pretty Nice Fella and Fair to Midlin Mandolin Player to Boot. Marine Vet. Check him out. He is really reasonable on his work, especially for the quality of work he turns out, but get your name in the hat cause he has quite a waiting list. He does sometimes have something already made that can be bought without waiting. I, My son and my Grandson all have several pieces of his work and they are prized possessions as well as working tools of the highest calibre. It’ll be worth your time to check him out. Reeves Forge. Lee and Charmaine Reeves. Shattuck, Okla. 73858

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