The Outdoor Edge RazorPro is an outstanding hunting knife that uses replaceable razor-style blades and includes a specialized hide-cutting blade.
After this year’s elk and deer season, the Outdoor Edge RazorPro has become my favorite hunting knife. Here’s why:
Outdoor Edge RazorPro Review
Unlike most other interchangeable razor-style hunting knives, the shape of the RazorPro blades are a larger, more traditional sort of hunting knife blade. Other blades on other knives are often thinner and more scalpel-like in shape — and they work well, too, but I appreciate the sweep of the larger Outdoor Edge blade style.
The bottom line is, when it’s time to process an elk in the field, I prefer a larger, wider blade over smaller razor knives.
How does the RazorPro work? The black portion of the blade is a channel that holds the top of the interchangeable razor blades. It fits snug and a pin in the handle locks the blade in place. It’s not as solid as a true single-piece blade, but it’s pretty good.
As you might imagine, the blade style can get blood and fat in the channel, but it’s not hard to clean. If you fail to clean your knife immediately after gutting and/or quartering an elk or deer, it’s going to dry out and make getting the old blade hard to get out of the channel. You can wash it to loosen it or just use a multitool with pliers to pull it out. Not a big deal.
Outdoor Edge RazorPro Gutting Blade
The Outdoor Edge RazorPro is very similar to the awesome Razor-Lite hunting knife, which I’ve reviewed and used over multiple seasons. The key difference is the inclusion of the gutting blade, which I previously considered not particularly compelling. Why? I usually haul elk and deer out of the woods on a hunting pack, and I usually quarter elk and deer using the gutless method. So I’m usually not “gutting” an elk.
However, this year I used the gutting blade to cut the hide . . . and wow, it worked fantastically well. Across the top of the backbone, it zipped open the tough hide. And down the legs where the hide is tight and hard to cut in smooth lines, the extra hide-cutting blade worked wonders. My hunting partner was equally impressed.
Then later while field dressing a deer, another hunter buddy was similarly impressed. My hunting buddies, by the way, have decades of experience — this tells me that the RazorPro will make a great hunting gift for both experienced hunters and new hunters alike.
As for me, I’m sold. The gutting blade just works really well — and most importantly, it’s built into the knife itself, which means you don’t have to pack an extra tool or keep track of it in the dark.
Are the RazorPro blades out-of-the-box sharp? Yes. The last key question is how long will the interchangeable blades stay sharp? That, of course, depends on how much cutting you’re doing and how much bone you’re hitting, etc. When I use the gutless method on an elk, I personally end up using two blades if I’m alone. If I’m working with a buddy, it’s just one.
The blades themselves are pretty tough — you can sharpen them a time or two to make them last a bit longer, but I usually don’t. I’m usually focused on getting the animal quartered, bagged, and hauled out as quickly and efficiently as possible. Replacement blades are inexpensive, and I don’t mind buying them in favor of the convenience in the field. Taking proper care of the meat is my number one priority in the field.
The replacement blades come in little clear plastic sheaths for safety, and you can fit several inside of a pocket tucked inside the included RazorPro carrying case.
All-in-all, if you’re looking for a replaceable razor-style hunting knife, you can’t go wrong with the RazorPro. In addition, if you’re simply looking for a good hunting knife, consider the RazorPro or Razor-Lite. These are not heirloom knives — they’re tools that do their jobs very well. Plus, the price-to-value ratio of the RazorPro is excellent. Very highly recommended.