Steel Will Chieftain 1620 Fixed-Blade Knife

posted on June 22, 2015

Sometimes, timing is everything. Last month we posted about a new knife available from Steel Will Knives. I was also preparing to head down to Mississippi to participate in a nighttime hog hunt with Crimson Trace and FLIR Systems, so I jumped at the chance to take the Chieftain out for a spin.

Even with minimal time, the folks at Steel Will Knives were quite accommodating and managed to get me a sample in time for the hunt. While I was not particularly keen on hand-to-hoof combat, I figured that I stood a better chance with this massive blade on my person than with harsh language alone, and upon receiving the Chieftain, my fears were allayed.

This is a truly impressive knife, with a 7.48-inch blade and an overall length of 13.11 inches, but the most impressive part is the .24-inch blade thickness. As someone that's done a fair amount of camping and hiking, a stout, thick blade has myriad uses, up to and including splitting firewood.

Fortunately, the need to go nose-to-snout never arose, and the Chieftain came home unbloodied, but it was ready for the task.

MSRP: $169.99.


Garmont T 4 Groove G Dry boot
Garmont T 4 Groove G Dry boot

Review: Garmont T 4 Groove G-Dry Boots

Lightweight and versatile, the Garmont T4 Groove G-Dry might be the most comfortable boot you can find.

There Is No Silver Bullet

There is no "one size fits all" solution when it comes to personal defense.

First Look: Davidson’s Exclusive H&K VP9

Stand out from the crowd with a VP9 in Urban Grey.

The B&T TP9 and TP9 RBS Suppressor: Swiss Synthesization

Sometimes fate smiles upon us by allowing us to breathe new life into an old project and take it to the next level.

Mastering Follow-Through and Your Grip

For us, drill practice is when we isolate an individual part of a skill and focus intently on improving or mastering it. The goal with good drill practice is to maximize overall improvement while minimizing overall effort or time, talent and treasure. In our classes, there is ample opportunity for students to self-reflect on their performance.

“What's The Best Concealed Carry Gun For Me?”

A contentious and hotly debated topic made simple. Hopefully.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.