Hunting Knives WOOX Rock 62 Blade
As off-putting as all that self-aggrandizing is, the Rock 62 blade makes a strong case.
This is a pretty damn good survival knife. It’s not going to win any knife fights, but it will perform well enough for most people.
It makes excellent firewood and is a good choice for any woodsman or carver.
The handle of this tool is comfortable, the steel is tough and manageable, it feels good, and most interesting of all it’s made so the handles are easy to switch out.
- Hunting Knives WOOX Rock 62 4.5″ Blade
- The New Kid Is Half American
- A Good Handle Interrupted by a Finger Groove
- Handle Options and the World of Woox Accessories
- The Hard Blade Made for Abuse
- But the Fire Steel Problem
- The Steel and Grind
- More Stuff about Sleipner Steel
- WOOX Rock 62 4.5″ Blade – Mil Spec
The New Kid Is Half American
Most or all of their materials come from Italy, but they’re doing a lot of the manufacturing work in their shop in Hickory, North Carolina.
A product’s “made in Italy, developed in the USA” is a good indication of quality.
That means that it comes from Italy, then gets shipped over here, where it gets ground and shaped into a nice new tablet computer.
You can’t argue with the numbers. When it comes to knives, it’s pretty clear to see that Americans make the best.
There are companies that do less and claim more, but I guess the Italian element is important here.
When you make knives for the American and Chinese markets, and also try to make it look as if they are made by different companies, it makes it more of a challenge for the buyers to distinguish between them.
A Good Handle Interrupted by a Finger Groove
If you’re looking for a wood handle that will last for years, the Rock62 is a good option. You have a few options for your choice of wood material, and you can choose between a Micarta or walnut finish.
The texturing is nice for grip. Nice enough that I’d be wary about getting a smooth-handled version in spite of how good they look.
It’s a good shape. The swoop at the butt is great for grip retention, and the slope at the bolster is helpful when I’m doing any kind of light cutting tasks, especially in relation to food or cloth.
If the finger groove feels surprisingly natural as long as it’s in a gorilla or sabre grip, then you’re probably doing it right.
You’ll notice the difference if you try the Edge. It’s designed to be the edge when using the Edge. The groove is very annoying when I’m chopping. It ruins the nearly perfect shape the Rock62 has for that activity.
The way the butt of the handle swoops out makes a great bookend for keeping the knife from slipping, but the rise for the finger groove makes my hand a little uncomfortable when I try to grip the knife from the bottom.
With that much material removed, the handle is now harder and therefore more secure. However, it no longer feels as comfortable as it did before because there is no longer any soft-tissue in the space it occupies.
Handle Options and the World of Woox Accessories
Woox created the Rock62 so it could be customized to your liking.
At least, as far as the handle scales are concerned.
It ships with a toolkit that includes a set of T15 torx screwdriver bits, a box cutter, a scalpel and an awl for piercing cardboard.
It doesn’t take much snooping on their site to find the knife accessories page where they sell sheaths, degreasers, whetstones, and a handful of rock 62 handle scales ranging from smooth walnut to textured micarta that can be swapped out with another pair within a couple of minutes.
We’re all for it if we’re getting a custom knife for free, but why pay to customize something that you can do yourself? It’s a brilliant way to give overzealous knife enthusiasts more options and wring more money out of our grubby hands.
The fact that I love this company as much as I do is because not only are they selling a fantastic product for a low price, but they also invite others to join them in the effort.
The Hard Blade Made for Abuse
I don’t normally use survival knives that have been tempered to 62 HRC. When I’m going to be smashing the cutting edge into hard pieces of wood, that always seems like asking for trouble, but this handles itself well.
The Rock 62 is a great handheld knife, and I liked how it performed during my testing. I didn’t experience any edge damage for the amount of time and energy I used it. It did just fine at breaking apart, but it didn’t split quite as easily as I expected it to based on the way it looks.
I had to go at least halfway down a log before I could easily get these two pieces. It’s easy to carve feather curls in wood because it barely requires pressure to make good ones, and it’s fairly easy to err on the side of too-much or not enough pressure.
It was perfect for carving Shish Kabobs. With it, you could walk through the park, enjoying the fresh smell of the woods and feeling the grass under your feet.
It’s nearly effortless to get the edge to catch and control how much wood you’re taking off.
Knives haven’t really gotten easier to carve with. The BlackRapid is a great chopper in all aspects. As I stated before, it’s great for hunting and skinning big game, but it is also a great tool for cutting meat.
With my new skill, I was able to cut through a rather large tree branch in a nice, neat, symmetrical wedge shape. The ergonomics of the handle made it pretty easy to control where I was striking, so there was less wasted motion than with a product like the ESEE 4.
But the Fire Steel Problem
The Woox is a popular knife with a 90-degree angled spine that supposedly makes sparks with a ferro rod (aka spark iron) to add extra cutting edge and heat up the blade.
My experience with my copy of this book was a bit different. The spine is not quite 90 degrees.
They’ve rounded the spine just enough to make sparks possible, but they’re difficult to do.
We had already gone to all the places we were planning to visit and couldn’t go back. So, we just left them behind and headed off.
However, the ergos for getting sparks are okay, but they’re not that great.
If you are trying to make an electric spark by grinding down the spine of a metal rod, the balance and handle width are pretty good for holding and moving the knife in the way you need to to spark.
The Steel and Grind
I was a bit scared about buying my first knife of this sort because I had little knowledge of this brand.
Many people overlook the Benchmade Griptilian because they think it looks ugly on a daily basis. I’ve had nothing but great experiences with it and plan on continuing to do so.
I went through the knife block like nobody’s business, slicing, dicing, and mincing my way through about a dozen chops, eight roasts, and a bunch of other dishes and meats.
The edge was worn down so much the blade broke under stress. It had little chips at the heel and a lot of wear.
The next thing I had to do was to sharpen the blade so it would cut straight. After that, I could finally use it to trim the grass around the base of the tree.
The edge isn’t all that sharp yet, but even with the chips and folded edge, the geometry is good enough to cut rope.
The blade is built for everyday use. It’s very sharp, and it’s made of an alloy that makes it tough, but not brittle.
I recommend having a full-body massage when you have pain in your lower back.
More Stuff about Sleipner Steel
Sleipner is a Bohler-Uddeholm rework of D2, which means it’s a new version of D2 that doesn’t have any of the problems of D2. For people who want the best, the hardest, and the toughest in quality knives, you should get a Kershaw Edge. It is meant to be more difficult, and a bit harder, than other knives.
Yes, it’s a bit of a homage to the original but it still retains its own personality.
Sleipner steel has much less carbon, chromium and molybdenum, but more vanadium and iron. It will make the steel tougher and have better edge stability, but the way you describe it, it doesn’t look like there was a progression from D2 aside from being a higher alloyed non stainless steel.
This chip shot is less of a risk because it’s taken from the left side. Sharpening is easier than when working with D2.
While I didn’t manage to break a single one of the Rock62’s edges, I’ve been putting it through its paces, and it’s responded very well to the stones and strops we’ve been using.
When it comes to sharpening, Sleipner is probably the best choice for survival and camping knives. D2 is great, too, but Sleipner will likely outperform it in certain situations.
WOOX Rock 62 Blade – Mil Spec
- Steel: Sleipner Steel
- Blade Finish: Mil-Spec or Stonewash
- Tang: Full Tang
- Blade Size: 4 or 11 cm
- Handle Size: 4 or 12 cm
- Weight: 8.8 ounces or 250 g
- Blade Thickness: 5/32″ or 0.5 cm
- Overall Length: 9 ” or 24 cm
- Handle Thickness: ” or 1.9 cm
- Includes a Free Italian Leather Sheath
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