First off, let me say I like Hen & Rooster knives. I enjoy doing hunting knife reviews on their products because I’m a big fan of their company. But as far as knives in general go, I’m getting sick and tired of manufacturers with many decades of upstanding quality in knife making selling out and outsourcing their knife making to other countries just to save a dime! When most people think if the name Hen & Rooster, they think fine German craftsmanship and unequaled quality knives. Imagine my shock when I ordered the Hen & Rooster thinking it was made in Germany and only found out it was made in Spain when I examined the blade. Maybe I’m getting older and don’t look as closely as I used to. But again, it’s a Hen & Rooster, I assumed it was made in Germany! They’re not the only company, many of our well known and cherished American knifemakers are outsourcing their knifemaking to every country who can gather two kids together to do the work.
I do have to admit, the Hen & Rooster is a beautiful knife and one that I’m happy to own. It’s a beefy full tang hunting knife that comes with a well made, leather hunting sheath. The knife is friction locked into the sheath. I love to hear the snap as the knife hits home.
The handle is genuine deer stag slabs, double riveted in place.
As you can tell from looking at the pictures, this is one well-made knife! I love the fact that the blade, tang, finger guards and pommel are all made from the same piece of German stainless steel. It’s a meaty blade that will handle any skinning or field dressing chores you might run across.
This blade did not come from the factory razor sharp. As most of you know, this is one of my pet peeves. More and more knifemakers are refusing to put razor-sharp edges on their knives. I will say that this Hen & Rooster hunting knife had a sharp blade, it just wasn’t razor-sharp. Know how much longer would it have taken someone experienced in sharpening knives to have finished the blade off to a razor-sharp edge? Not long. I bet a German craftsman wouldn’t have let that knife leave without a razor edge!
As they say, the devil is in the details, even one as small as the difference between a sharp edge and a razor-sharp edge!
Another feature I loved about this knife was the sheath that came with it. It’s a plain jane leather sheath with the Hen & Rooster logo on it. There’s a lot of leather in this sheath, and I like that a lot! Also, the knife fits very well into the sheath and locks with a sharp snap, just like they’re supposed to. I’ll be the first to admit that this knife fits it’s sheath a lot better than a Boker hunting knife I bought a few months ago from a Sierra Trading post outlet store in Reno. Look for the review of that hunting knife in an upcoming post. You won’t want to miss it.
Hen & Rooster does warranty this knife for life, which is comforting to know. Not that I’ve ever needed a warranty on their knives, but I just like knowing that if I ever needed to send it back, they’d be there. Not all knifemakers can say that these days.
So if you’re looking for a reliable, well-made knife that will last a lifetime, and you don’t care whether it’s made in Germany or Spain, give the Hen & Rooster a look over. I think you’ll be impressed with the workmanship and agree with me that it will be a great companion on your big game hunts.