This week’s steal is the USA-made Buck 498 ErgoHunter fixed blade skinner. The 498 represents the top of the line from the ErgoHunter series, with the S30V stainless steel blade and Rosewood handle inlays making it one of the finest fixed blades Buck offers. Add in the genuine saddle leather sheath and this makes for a really terrific package.
As the name implies, the Ergohunter series was designed with ergonomic handling in mind, enabling comfortable prolonged use. There’s no denying this is a comfortable hold. The handle shape fills the hand quite nicely, and I really like the way the index finger sits into these grooves. It’s made primarily from Alcryn rubber for a soft overall grip. You can really lock into the three Rosewood Dymondwood inlays, with that heavy Dymondwood texture providing a great no-slip grip.
Even the actual blade was designed with safe, comfortable handling in mind. You’ve got some decent jimping up here on the spine, and then a textured patch on each side for when you need to choke up on the knife. The blade is a 4.75″ recurve drop-point, with a lot of belly and some great cutting power. The dull backbone means you can choke up even more and get some very precise cutting done. The sturdy full-tang construction makes this a very durable, reliable knife.
Included with the 498 is a small PakLite guthook to service all your gut hooking needs. Again we’ve got an ergonomic design, with the skeletonized handle and heavy jimping allowing for comfortable, secure handling. It’s a nice little extra that’s going to open up a bunch of options for you.
And what fixed blade would be complete without a sheath? Buck has provided one of the highest quality genuine leather sheaths we’ve come across. It’s a really rugged combo design that fits both the knife and the PakLite, and they each snap into place for a confident carry in one compact package.
Overall the Buck 498 ErgoHunter is a really comfortable, functional skinner with a high quality construction and some enticing extras making it a solid value. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com