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If you spend a lot of your time as a camp cook and prefer to use a real chef’s knife in the mess tent, the newly released James Brand Hells Canyon blade is for you.
OK, let’s face it: you can cook a meal with pretty much any knife, especially in the field. But if you spend long hours preparing meals for large groups, or if you just enjoy using a well-balanced chef’s knife, you know it’s worth bringing one with you in your camp kit.
And with the publication of the Hell CanyonJames Brand gives us a blade that easily transitions from your eat-in kitchen to a cabin, motor home or hunting camp.
James Brand worked with the winner of the Top Chef Masters Chris Cosentino to develop the blade. The goal was a kitchen knife “that is fully functional in all conditions and in all environments”. What does that mean? Continue reading.
James Brand Hell’s Canyon
First off, Hells Canyon is expensive, with one Retail price of $ 295. And while this sky-high price tag will make your nose bleed a little, it brings excellent materials to the table.
The James Brand Hells Canyon
Primarily uses the Hells Canyon Crucible S35VN stainless steel throughout the full tang design. S35VN is exceptionally good knife steel. We’ve used it for everything from Hunting knife to pocket knife and were always impressed.
Sure, there are some better steels out there, but they would add even more to the price. S35VN can also be sharpened with common tools, so you can probably maintain this knife yourself.
That said, it should hold an edge for a very long time. In conjunction with good toughness and corrosion resistance, this steel is suitable for harsh conditions.
The Hells Canyon uses high quality G-10 handle scales
But the premium materials from everyday life don’t end here. The 5.4 inch blade extends its tenon through a G-10 handle. This material is extremely tough and still offers excellent grip and handfeel. Top it off with a Kydex sheath and lanyard, and this chef’s knife’s ingredient list will sound more like a bushcraft blade.
But if you look at the shape it is clear that this is intentional, or the kitchen. The Hells Canyon has a nice drop point shape, and the profile should place it under other kitchen knives at home.
Camp Chef Knife competition
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first kitchen knife with good outdoor potential. We tested this and love it Elmax super steel Artisan Revere chef’s knife. It is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a chef’s knife in this price range.
When we use it, it can withstand tons of cooking and travel, and we love the leather sheath. It has a longer blade profile so take your personal preferences into account when choosing!
The Artisan Revere Elmax kitchen knife is solid competition for the James brand
Another great option for camp cooking is this Surveyor’s set from Tiktaalik. This is a cheaper offer, and the brand offers several knives for different tasks.
We didn’t have this in our hands to test it. But ultimately it is James Brand Hell’s Canyon is a beautiful blade to judge by its specs and pictures. For those who value high quality cutlery, this may be worth further investigation.