The Swingblade SB-10N is a dream knife for hunters who often find themselves using multiple types of knives for the various dressing tasks. It does not have a conventional design in a sense that it is not a folding knife and it is definitely not a full tang fixed blade knife. For guys who find themselves torn between a fixed and folding knife, the SB-10N could be a great middle path.
The Swingblade SB-10N is definitely not your conventional skinner and its uniqueness has made it a prime choice for a lot of hunters. The Swingblade switches from a drop point blade to a gutting knife with a small push of a button makes for almost a James Bond type knife. It has a great handle that makes it next to impossible to slip off your hand even when wet.
The Swingblade SB-10N has a 3.6 inch drop-point skinning blade and a 3.2 inch gutting blade, both of which are razor sharp right out the box. You can conveniently switch blades by pushing the lock which then puts the blade that is not being used safely in the closed position. This makes it very easy to use and safe to handle. The blade is made from Aichi AUS-8 stainless steel which is vacuum heated and then treated again which ultimately produce a material that has a respectable durability (Rockwell hardness rating of 57-58). The blade keeps its edge well. Our test team needed to sharpen the blade only after dressing 6 deer.
The Swingblade SB-10N is designed and made with a rubberized Kraton handle that has a finger groove that makes it easy to grip and lightweight. Kraton is a lightweight polymer material but is not a pushover. It has been used for various items other than knife handles that requires strength and weight reduction like race tracks. While it does not have the usual groves to improve grip performance, what it does have is a well-designed belly that makes it easy to handle and safe to use even when things get a bit dicey.
Weight and Special Features
The Swingblade SB-10N total weight is 4.2 ounces which makes it easy for you to carry around and not cause any discomfort. The lightweight SB-10N can be mistaken for a lesser quality knife since a lot still associate sheer weight with strength. The knife's super sharp blade slips easily into the durable, almost generic-looking, nylon sheath that comes with it.
The Swingblade SB-10N can set you back around $60 which is still within reason and considering that you basically are getting two knives in one, is not a bad deal at all. With two sharp blades in one knife, great edge retention and a growing fan base, the Swingblade seems to be earning classic status even though it is different. All in all, a great knife with an even more affordable price tag than most inferior quality knives.