Last year Hultafors made its first foray into the outdoor market with its launch of two new outdoor knives. A good move, it seems. Recently it was announced that the model OK4 has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for product design 2017.

In August 2016 Hultafors presented two new outdoor knives to big acclaim within the bush craft and outdoor community. When the winners of the 2017 Red Dot product design awards were announced – Hultafors Outdoor Knife OK4 was among the winners.

- First of all we are delighted that our new outdoor knives have been so well received by the users. Our receiving the Red Dot award for the product design is further proof that we are onto something interesting, says Nikita Golovlev, Head of Design at Hultafors Group.

After listening to experienced users

It was after learning that bush craft and outdoor enthusiasts were bringing Hultafors Craftsman’s knives into the wilderness that Nikita and his development team decided to make knives dedicated to outdoor activities.

- We started a close dialogue with experienced users, listened to their needs and requests and set about, says Nikita Golovlev.

Coated blades to prevent against rust

The result was the OK1 and the now Red Dot awarded OK4. Two knives tailor made for the outdoors. Both come with 3 mm thick Japanese knife steel with a scandi grind to make it easy to re-sharpen. The blade has a black EPD-coating to protect against rust and the grinded spine can be used with a fire starter.

- Outdoor fans will be interested to know that each knife has an 82 mm long tang which makes the knives suitable for batoning, says Nikita Golovlev.

Outdoor Knife OK4

A durable outdoor knife with friction grip suitable for tough tasks in the field. The hardwearing textile belt loop allows up to 80mm wide belts and is equipped with a pocket for a fire starter.

The blade has a scandi grind and is made from Japanese knife steel, 3.0 mm carbon steel that has been hardened to 58–60 HRC and has a rust protective electrophoretic deposition coating to withstand corrosion. The grinded spine of the blade is designed for starting a fire with a fire starter. The tang is 82 mm long which makes the OK4 suitable for batoning.

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Published 06 April 2017.

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