Little Finn is a member of Ka-bar’s Hunter line of knives. All of these are field knives featuring beautiful leather handles and fine finished blades. The Little Finn has been around for quite some time, being offered first by Ka-Bar early in the 1900’s. It’s a little knife, smaller than many folders, but it’s a knife that leaves an impression due to its good looks. I was eager to see if the Little Finn’s performance could match its looks, so I decided to take a little fishing/camping trip and test it out.
What can this knife handle?
The Little Finn is a small knife with a relatively long, thin blade. While it may be a fixed blade, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be splitting firewood with this blade- it’s designed for light work. I can personally vouch that the Little Finn is great for cleaning fish and (I would imagine) other small game. It’s also great for food prep around the camp. While heavy wood work would be out of the question, I did make kindling for my fire with the knife. It’s a good, easy to carry outdoorsman’s knife but you may need to toss a larger fixed blade in your pack just in case.
Construction and Blade
Ka-Bar used DIN 1.4116 Stainless Steel for the blade. DIN 1.4116 isn’t a common steel for knives so you may not be familiar with it. In terms of performance I’d say it’s probably most similar to 420HC. It’s definitely not the best steel you’re going to come across but it’s extremely resistant to corrosion and is fairly durable. It doesn’t get razor sharp but it’s a work knife so that’s not a huge deal to me. You will have to sharpen the Little Finn regularly, so be advised.
The blade on the Little Finn 3 5/8 inches long and has a straight point and hollow grind. The edge runs a little over 3 inches of the blades length, so you will have plenty of cutting surface to work with. The blade is only .1 inches thick so you are not going to want to do a lot of prying with the Little Finn. However, it’s pretty sharp and is sturdy enough to handle any EDC, cooking, or small camp chores.
Handle, Grip, and Feel
The handle is probably the most distinctive part of the Little Finn. It’s made from stacked leather over a full tang. The handle swells to fill your hand but the handle is still small and might be a problem if you have large hands. A sharp looking brass cap on the butt creates a pommel, but I doubt you’ll be hammer striking much with this small knife. For added safety the Little Finn has a guard to protect your hand from slipping onto the blade. One thing no one can deny is that the handle is beautiful… synthetic handles might offer all kinds of benefits but they’ll never look as good as the Little Finn’s.
The sheath Ka-Bar includes with the knife is leather and it’s not bad. Like the knife it protects, the sheath is undeniably good looking. It seems to be well constructed, which would be a nice change of pace. Most of the sheath’s that come with my knives start falling apart after a couple of weeks. The only thing I don’t like about the sheath is the location of the snap. There’s only one and it’s located at the butt. It holds the knife fine but it’s kind of awkward as its located high on the sheath for my taste (I always reach for the hilt when I want to draw the blade).
I really think the Little Finn would be a good addition to any knife collector’s arsenal, for no other reason than its looks. This is a knife that will impress the friends. As far as its actual utility, it’ll render good service if you don’t ask too much of it. It’s perfect as an EDC and if you like small fixed blade EDC’s it’s a great pickup.