When we think of hunting knives we
dont often think of scissors, but maybe we should. Its been my experience that
scissors can be some of the handiest implements to have around. This all came about when a
Swiss Army knife, to which none of us has to be introduced, I use quite a bit happened to
have scissors among its various instruments. I found I was using the scissors more than
any of the other tools the knife contained, excepting the large blade.
Meyercos Game Shears are
serious scissors, one of Blackie Collinss brainstorms. Blackie is well known for his
innovations in the cutlery field, some of which have stood the test of time, others made a
splash for awhile and drifted away. Some of Blackies ideas just arent quite
ready for the real world, but when he came up with these shears, he did himself proud.
Its no secret that large
scissors have been used in the kitchen to dismember chicken and various other fowl, in
gardens and in industry when precise, heavy-duty cutting needs to be done. Large scissors
have been used on small game, too, when its been convenient.
Meyercos Game Shears will be
great for kitchen use, small game and in contrast to other large scissors, big game. At
first glance the Game Shears look like some large gardening tool, and they could be that
too, but the gut hook on the back of one of the blades gives an indication that gardening
is not just exactly what the designer had in mind.
Then there are the serrations along
the back of the blade opposed to the gut hook blade, not exactly what we expect to see on
gardening or kitchen tools. Theres also a semicircular cutout, sharpened, of course,
on the back of the serrated blade. Its cutting edge meets with the cutting edge of the
other blade making it perfect to snip small, and not so small, items like the legs off
Those of us who dont limit our
hunting endeavors to large mammals but like to waste money and ammunition on doves, ducks
and other flying objects and enjoy the fruits of that pursuit can appreciate what these
The wings, legs and backs of doves
offer very little, if any, sustenance. All the meat is in the breast, and in my country at
least, thats all we save. When breasting out doves for instance, there
is a problem with the wings. Meyercos Game Shears will handle this little problem
One of the great advantages of the
Game Shears is they come apart at the pivot. Open them all the way and the blades can be
separated. Then the Game Shears become two tools, one a fork or probe, the other a knife.
My first thought was this would work
well in the kitchen, and, guess what, it does. It happened I had some venison loin that
needed to be sliced. Using one blade of the shears as fork to hold the meat
and the other as a knife, it was no problem to cut the loin into convenient bite-size
And theres another advantage.
The knife blade of the Game Shears can double as a very effective hunting or skinning
knife. Itll be especially attractive to those who want their skinning knife
sharpened on one side of the blade only.
A little extra thought went into
designing this knife blade of the shears. The flat ground side of the blade is
on the left side so that in the slicing exercise mentioned above, used in the right hand,
the flat side of the blade is against the material being sliced resulting in a clean, even
Lest anyone have an idea that were
not talking about a serious tool here, the overall length of the Meyerco Game Shears is 9
1/2 inches. The cutting edge on the knife blade is a full 4 inches, just about
right for a hunting knife.
Even though the blade opposed to the
knife blade shouldnt be considered as a viable hunting knife, it will
definitely suffice in an emergency. The aforementioned serrations coupled with a rather
sharp edge could be pressed into service should all else fail.
The hand-filling handles are made
from Fiberesin, a modern man-made material that is, for all intents and purposes,
indestructible. There are subtle finger grooves on the outside of both handles as an aid
when things get slippery and help the grip when the blades are used
The blades are made from 420 surgical
stainless steel. Its not one of the high alloy stainless grades and in some
cases isnt considered a cutlery grade since a lot of 420 doesnt have a great
deal of carbon in it. It depends, however, on the source of the steel, what the steel
company producing the steel puts in it and how it is labeled. Meyercos Game Shears
come in a sturdy nylon sheath with a Velcro closure.
Theres a lifetime warranty on
the whole package. While the Game Shears wont be taking the place of my trusty
hunting knife, I can see where they will definitely be taken along on many hunting trips,
especially where an extended stay is contemplated. Their very versatility will demand it.
The Renegade hunting knife, another
of Blackie Collinss designs, has a 4-inch, flat-ground, drop-point blade made from
AUS8 stainless steel, one of the better cutlery steels going these days. It has a
hand-filling, Kraton thermoplastic handle giving it an overall length of 8 1/2 inches.
While it is large enough to take on the biggest game, the Renegade weighs only a bit over
4 ounces without sheath. The Renegade is not going to chop down many trees or be all that
effective against marauding bears, but its really hard to see how any hunter would
need more knife than this.
The Renegade comes with either a
Cordura nylon or a Kydex sheath, both space-age materials. In keeping with this, our stone
age implements have now become as modern as tomorrow. They still perform the duties for
which they were designed, but they do it easier and better. This is what progress is all
For more information about Meyercos
knives, contact Meyerco at 4481 Exchange Service Drive, Dallas TX 75236; or visit its web