A Really Good Knife for a Great Price

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Ever since I was six years old I’ve kept an eye open for a really good knife. I can remember, at age six, ogling the knives on the rack at Lincroft Hardware and later, getting catalogs from a company called Georgia Cutlery. Some knives I purchased were not very good. A few were excellent. Fewer still, were both excellent and cheap. The Bahco 4222 is one of those really rare finds. It is both very economical and of excellent quality!

Product Review of Bahco 4222 from Survivalthreads

Several weeks ago when I purchased supplies at our local feed store I spotted a display of these knives on the counter. I always have an eye peeled for a really good knife, and I wondered if this might be one of those.

Recently the Bahco 4222 showed up at our local feed store.

I picked one up and examined it. Back in my childhood, really shiny steel in the blade used to be a sign of inferior steel, but that’s not the case anymore. Examination of the blade showed that it was SHARP. It had a good feel to it. The handle had an excellent grip. I am not a big fan of hunter’s orange, but, hey, this could be handy if one set the knife down and forgot where. The blade was just under 4″, which is ideal for most applications. Its sheath seems sturdy and would be impervious to water damage. The price was good, at $16.

I decided to pick one up to try it out…

As soon as I got home I showed it to Jerreth, saying, “If this knife is as good as I think it is, I’ll get another for our son, for Christmas.” She promptly confiscated it to put in a package being shipped to our son and daughter-in-law. I had to go back for another knife. It took a couple days to get back to the feed store. When I did, I picked up another Bahco 4222, brought it home and tried it out on a butchering job. The Bahco worked as well as I had thought it would, cutting like a dream and maintaining a good cutting edge. At the end of the day I gave it a few swipes on our butcher steel and restored the edge, good as new.

Wow! The Bahco is a really good knife!

durable knife, practical knife, Bahco 4222
The Bahco is made with Swedish steel and promises to be quite durable.

After using this knife on the homestead for a couple of weeks, I’ve concluded that it is a superb tool. By the time the dust settled, I had purchased FIVE of them before Christmas; four as gifts, finally getting one to keep for myself.

One more advantage to this knife:

The Bahco’s plastic sheath is extremely practical. Normally, when butchering, I pull my from its sheath and do not return it there until I can wash and dry the blade. I don’t want to spoil a leather sheath with impurities which will corrode the knife. This sheath, however, being made of plastic, is easy to clean. I can stick a dirty knife in there while I do something else with my hands and not worry about it. At the end of the day I wash and dry the knife and run a bottle brush with soapy water through the sheath.

Quality Matters in Tools of Any Kind

Do you have a really good knife? If you don’t, you might first consider a folding pocket knife, so that you’ll carry it, even when in town. After that, a knife like the Bahco 4222 could be a good choice. This knife would be helpful as a camp knife, for general purpose cutting around the homestead. It would also be good for fishing, hunting and general meat preparation. It would even be useful in the kitchen., and it could be worn in and around the water, on account of its materials.

Do you have a favorite knife? We’d love to hear about it, as well as what makes it your favorite.


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4 thoughts on “A Really Good Knife for a Great Price”

  1. Angie McLemore

    I will definitely be looking into purchasing your recommendation for the Bahco 4222. As far as a good reasonably priced pocket knife, what would you recommend?

    1. Well, there’s a wide range of taste in pocket knifes. For years I carried a Sodbuster Junior.
      The Sodbuster Jr is a good knife. Just beware, they’re coming up with a lot of customized variations which, though beautiful, will cost you a pretty penny. You should be able to get a simple version for about $25.

      Jerreth’s favorite is the Kershaw Clash, which is an assisted opening knife. It’s larger and more flashy than the Sodbuster Junior. Both have a single blade, which will work for most jobs, even cleaning fish.

      I’ve been carrying a Browning Congress Knife, which is actually a knock off of the Case Congress Knife, but much more economical. The Browning version is made in China. But I have been using one for several years now, and can attest to the good quality. It has four small blades. I use the two, which have a typical spear point, for skinning rabbits and paring vegetables, etc. I’ve cleaned a fish with it, but a larger blade is better. There’s a blade on it which is like a little box cutter. I find I use it a whole lot, for everything from opening packaged goods to cutting baling twine. Additionally, even in our current cultural environment, I could pull this knife out of my pocket almost anywhere without causing anyone to hyperventilate. It looks harmless (unlike the Clash).

      The main thing is to get a knife with some quality to the metal. Stay totally away from anything which has “Pakistan” stamped on the blade. I would also suggest that you avoid serrated blades. They cut really well, at first, but I don’t know anyone who hones them. So, when they get dull, they’re just dull.

      We’ll be doing a course on knifes sometime fairly soon, and in it we’ll deal with sharpening and maintenance, etc.

  2. fourteenmilecreek

    When it comes time to ‘cut cracklins’ on hog butchering day, I’m sure we’ll put your new knife to the test. That’s probably the toughest job for a good knife that I know. If it will hold an edge through that, it ought to hold up to just about anything.

    I’ve got a set of Ken Onion skinning knives that my Son bought me a few years back. They’ve skinned several deer without so much as a touch-up. Those things amaze me how well they do their job. (I think I’d prefer your hunter orange grips while doing that job, than the thin steel grips my Ken Onions have.) They get pretty slick when they get wet. Not a good thing when you have a razor sharp knife in hand.

  3. Angie McLemore

    Thank you for the information, seems I’m always needing one in my pocket and what I have is to large for that. I will be investing in both knives, hopefully before to long.

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