Knife Design Principles: Redroot's Outdoor Knife Collection

A good outdoor knife is essential for going into the woods on a camping trip or when finding yourself in a survival situation. Why carry some cheap machine made knife from a factory overseas when you could carry something that adds to your experience, aesthetic, and sense of purpose with a hand-made knife from an American craftsperson?

Redroot primarily uses 01 high carbon tool steel, 52100 high carbon bearing steel, and AEB-L stainless straight-razor steel in their outdoor knives. These steels optimize the design principles that Redroot stands behind due to their high durability, ease of sharpening, and ability to create a fine edge.

The blades are ground in either a traditional sabre, rounded-sabre, or flat grind depending on the knife's intended application.

redroot's outdoor knife blade grind profiles. knife design. Camp knife, hunting knife, bushcraft knife.


Sabre and flat grinds are also most traditional Western grinds in North America. The sabre grind seems to provide the most general use functionality and durability of all the modern blade grinds, including the scandi, convex, flat, and hollow/concave.

The flat grind is great for slicing applications, and depending on the thickness of blade and overall geometry, can still be fairly robust, especially compared to a hollow grind.

The rounded-sabre grind is meant to give the strength and durability of the traditional sabre with a little less primary shoulder to get in the way of slicing. Again, depending on various aspects of blade geometry, this grind can sit right in between the traditional sabre and the flat grind in terms of performance.

For more info on the variability of blade grinds and how they don't all match up, check this out: Blade Geometry: The variability in scandi, sabre, and flat grinds.

 If you have any specific questions on the designs, please contact us here.

← Older Post Newer Post →



Boning knife vs fillet knife: What are the differences, and what to choose.

By Dustin Jefferis

Basic Differences: Boning knives and fillet knives may have similar profiles, but their function set them apart. A boning knife is typically characterized by its...

Read more

The Knife Making Capital of America Is Portland, Oregon

By Dustin Jefferis

Portland, Oregon is well known for its craft breweries (and per-capita density of strip clubs), but the local its proliferation of knife makers is quickly...

Read more