May 25, 2011
By Scott E. Mayer
The Ontario Knife Company introduces its Ranger Falcon fixed-blade knife, a hunting tool is designed to last and be passed on through generations of hunters, with a heavy-duty, yet sleek design that is made by experts, for experts and diehard enthusiasts. The Ranger Falcon is machined from 5160 steel and measures a quarter inch in thickness, giving it the ability to stand up to the incredible punishment the field can bring, season after season. The designer of the knife, Justin Gingrich, has an impressive life-resume including serving with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group and Ranger Training Brigade; being a police academy graduate; and serving overseas in some the most volatile regions as a private security consultant. He is also an avid and accomplished hunter.
"Hunting knives are a challenge to design because the requirements of the outdoorsman are unique. In designing the Ranger Falcon, I looked at all of the requisite functions required for the field craft of the outdoorsman and then fortified the design to dominate the most extreme situations while being mindful of the size and weight requirements of a hunting knife," he says. The Ranger Falcon spans 8 1/8 inches, with a maneuverable blade length of 3 7/8 inches, making it an ideal size to hide in a daypack or carry close at hand on your belt, thanks in part to the Falcon's scant 5.58-ounce mass weight. The 3 7/8-inch blade was specifically selected to maximize efficiency and handling whether dressing big or small game or performing chores around camp. The finely honed, stout blade is constructed from 5160 steel to retain its edge and maximize the time between sharpening.
The Ranger Falcon provides eye-appealing style, thanks to the hunter-friendly green Micarta handle, which provides a solid and secure grip. Building on the ruggedness of the Ranger Falcon is the black nylon sheath, which provides superior protection and durability without adding significant weight. This versatile, dependable knife is made in the USA and backed with a limited lifetime warranty. MSRP: $121. 716/676-5527, www.ontarioknife.com.