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!
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!
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.
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.