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I still remember the first time I saw a Havalon knife. It was four years ago, while I was skinning beavers with a professional trapper and mountain lion hunter in Wyoming. This guy let me use his Havalon Piranta on a few critters and I was astounded by its sharpness and ease of handling. Since then, I’ve been an avid user of Havalon products. I own every knife and blade that they make, and I’ve never had a single complaint with any of them. Nor have I ever had any reservations about recommending their products to other hunters. In fact, I’ve given Havalon knives to dozens of friends and hunting companions and each of them has become a dedicated Havalon user.

In my opinion, one of the coolest things about Havalon is that they manage to constantly modify their product lines without ever compromising the core quality that first caught my attention. Their latest development is a testament to this. It’s called the Bolt. The knife uses the 60A blade, which is a tad thicker than the classic 60xt blade. The 60A has become my stand-by, all-purpose blade because the thickness allows you to be a little more aggressive with your skinning jobs and it’s also well suited to such jobs as popping ball joints on big game legs and caping around horn and antler bases. The handle on the Bolt is a bit different as well. Rather than the smoother handle of the Piranta, or the finger-grips on the Torch, the Bolt has a well-placed ridge that conforms particularly well to the way a hunter grips his or her knife during the skinning and gutting process. It’s also a bit larger. The size and shape give the knife a more stable and comfortable feel, and reduce any hand cramping you might feel after a long butchering job on a large animal. As for color, the Bolt maintains the level of practicality that makes Havalon such a special company. You can get it in blaze orange or bright green, so you don’t need to worry about losing it in the field. After all, I’ve never had the color of my knife cause a deer to spook, but I’ve certainly had trips get compromised due to lost equipment. All in all, I can say this: if you’re in the market for a Havalon (and you oughta be), go with the Bolt. You won’t regret it.