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Browning’s New Ignite Knife


September 14, 2015
By Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

A couple years ago, I wrote a review of Browning's Hog Hunter knife. It's a very impressive knife with features that make it ideal for anyone who enjoys hunting for wild hogs. This year, Browning is introducing another knife called Ignite, a knife designed for use by anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy, a good knife may be the most important tool you will carry.

The first feature about the Ignite knife and sheath that will catch your attention is the bright orange and black coloration. These contrasting colors are easily seen making it less likely the knife would be lost or misplaced in the outdoors. The second feature you will notice is the cutting edge the Ignite is very sharp. If it does start to get dull, instructions are included on how to properly sharpen the cutting edge.

The blade and tang of the Ignite knife are made with 7Cr stainless steel which has a composition including 7% chromium, .17% molybdenum and .17% vanadium. On the Rockwell steel hardness scale, this blade and tang are rated at 56-58. That means it is not too brittle to be used as an impact blade (like meat cleavers, axes, etc.) and is still suitable for the wide range of tasks you need in a good survival knife, one that should hold an edge fairly well. The blade and tang are given a black oxide coating before the cutting edge is sharpened and the spine is notched for the striking flint.

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The overall length of the Ignite is 8 1/2" with a 4" drop point style blade. The textured handle is injection-molded polymer with rubberized inserts on both sides. Both the thumb ramp and the underside of the tang near the butt are grooved for a better grip when thrusting or pulling. The tang extends beyond the handle for attaching a lanyard so it won't interfere with the grip.

The sheath is made from injection-molded polymer. The design of the sheath incorporates a belt loop that fits belts up to 1 3/4" wide. The belt loop can be easily removed if you prefer not to carry a knife on your belt, for example in a backpack. On the inside of the sheath, two small lips snap into notches in the handle to hold the knife in place. A rubber loop can be pulled up over the butt of the handle to further secure the knife in the sheath, if needed.

The sheath also incorporates a sleeve to hold the flint. The orange handle for the flint has two lips that snap in place inside the sleeve, plus there is a rubber seal to secure the flint. The flint handle is also drilled for attaching a lanyard. If the flint is lost, or it needs to be replaced for whatever reason, simply contact Browning and one will be sent out for free.

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The Browning Ignite can be used for whatever outdoor activity you enjoy. A good knife may be the most important tool you will carry. Photo by Bill Waugaman

On the chance that you fall into water or get caught in the rain, there are weep holes in the bottom of the sheath and the flint sleeve to drain off any water that would happen to get inside.

When it comes to being in the outdoors, especially in survival situations, weight is a major concern. The Ignite knife, sheath, flint and belt loop weigh a little over seven ounces. To put this in perspective, that's less than six 12-gauge hunting load shotgun shells.

The MSRP for the Browning Ignite knife is a very reasonable $33. While it does not have a written warranty, my contact at Browning said they stand behind all of their products.

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The blade and tang of the Browning Ignite knife are made with 7Cr stainless steel which has a composition including 7% chromium, .17% molybdenum and .17% vanadium.

Browning has put a lot of thought into the design and construction of the Ignite knife. Even if you are not a hunter, this knife would be very well suited for anyone who enjoys hiking, camping, exploring, canoeing or fishing in out-of-the-way places. Getting lost or injured during any outdoor activity can be a frightening experience. Having a sharp knife and the ability to start a fire can make a difference.



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