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A new knife you can shave with.

March 12, 2015

Hunters Element make a wide range of hunting products, while I was a buzz with the Desolve camouflage clothing range, boots and packs a new knife was one of the later things to try out, I already have a big array of knives, I get to use them almost every day on the farm and while hunting..

The Classic Skinner arrived and I looked over it with a bit of interest, I don’t know a lot about knives but I have had some bad ones over the years, some too heavy, the wrong shape too big too small etc not to mention those knives that just have crappy steel that requires sharpening all the time sometimes half way through the job. I did once throw a knife down the gully out the back of the farm its still there in the bushes somewhere, that was a terrible hunk of plastic and steel–cheap knife cheap result.

The classic skinner came with a bit of an edge that didn’t need much work to make it like a razor, after 10 minutes I was able to take all the hair off my forearm with one stroke, that was a great sign I had something good in my hands and it would prove very useful with a few hunts coming our way.

Ryan turned up and after a few days of hunting managed to get a nice Fallow Buck , Ryan is a butcher by trade so he knows a lot about knives , last time he hunted with us which was four years ago I had a pretty average knife with me–he gave me some serious shit about having one of the worst knives for a hunting guide he had seen and promptly got his out and took over, it was a bit of shame and no he has not let me forget it!. As we walked up to his downed deer and stuffed around taking photo’s etc the conversation soon turned to something like this , “BJ Mate, you got a knife or shall we just use mine again”, it was incredibly timely that I had this skinner in my Contour pack—and as corny as it reads right now I was up for redemption, it was a pleasure gutting and skinning that deer, I didn’t hit my steel for the whole job and gave it back verbally to my Aussie mate (who had actually  forgotten his knife anyway)  .

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Size Chart


Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

Please note that sizing for outer layer jackets is bigger than sizing for base and mid layers, to account for the bulk of wearing multiple layers underneath an outer layer jacket. 

XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53



XS 95-100 37-39
S 100-105 39-41
M 105-110 41-43
L 110-115 43-45
XL 115-120 45-47
2XL 120-125 47-49
3XL 125-130 49-51
4XL 130-135 51-53




WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85



The outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is, therefore, larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the overtrousers. These are trousers such as the Odyssey and Downpour Elite.

XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85



This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.

8  84cm / 33" 74cm / 29.1" 106cm / 41.7"
10  89cm / 35" 78cm / 30.7" 110cm / 43.3"
12  94cm / 37" 82cm / 32.3" 114cm / 44.9"
14  99cm / 39" 86cm / 33.9" 118cm / 46.4"
16 104cm / 41" 90cm / 35.4" 122cm / 48"  
18 109cm / 43" 94cm / 37"   126cm / 49.6"
20 114cm / 45" 98cm / 38.6" 130cm / 51.2"



All sizes are US men's sizing. Measure from the from the back of your heel to the end of your longest toe.

US FOOT LENGTH (approximate)
7 9.6 in / 24.4 cm
8 9.9 in / 25.2 cm
9 10.25 in / 26 cm
10 10.6 in / 26.8 cm
11 10.9 in / 27.8 cm
12 11.25 in / 28.6 cm 
13 11.6 in / 29.4 cm
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