Browning Arms is popular for its firearms, especially its range of pistols, shotguns, and semi-automatic rifles. What it is less known for, however, is its line of cutlery that was introduced all the way back in 1968. The Tactical Hunter is one of the few knives that are sold by Browning now days, and even then, it is not really that popular. In fact, most people don’t even know whether Browning makes its own knives. The answer is ‘no’; the Tactical Hunter is made in Japan, with VG10 Japan steel used for its 3.25-inch blade.
At a low cost, the Browning Tactical Hunter Pocket Knife offers quite a bit of quality. It lacks the protective Teflon or DLC coating you see in a few other knives made by prominent manufacturers at the same price point, but the blade itself is of good quality and should stay for a couple of years with good maintenance. It comes very sharp, neatly cutting through thin and fairly thick materials with ease. The blunt edge is nice and thick all the way to the sharp tip, giving it a more solid and robust feel.
The folding liner is made of stainless steel and locks the blade in open position nice and tight. However, the closed blade and liner assembly make for a tight fit inside the body of the handle. Even though none of the parts actually touch, the liner lock does cause closed centering. Strangely enough, the knife does not have a pivot screw on its bolster; a strange omission considering most folders come with this kind of screw for adjusting the knife it gets too loose or tight when opening and closing.
The handle is made of G10, although the bolster is made of a lighter and smoother material. The main area of the handle is standard black and coms with a light texture for better grip. The contour of the handle is a little curved as well, with inward arcs towards the end of the handle and on the side of the bolster. Both these arcs offer adequate support for your fingers while holding the knife, and the curve of the handle fits nicely with the palm of the hand. Simply put, the knife fits perfectly into your hand and can be used in forward, reverse, and other grips with ease.
The folding mechanism for the knife is a flipper on the blade. One flick and it opens up fairly quickly, and the flipper niftily turns into a finger guard. The blade also has two thumb studs, so the knife is ambidextrous. The thumb studs are a little rough, but that just makes it easier to flip open and close the blade and get a good grip on it.
Pros and Cons:
Weighing at around 4 ounces, the Browning Tactical Hunter Pocket Knife is fairly light to use and in line with most other everyday carries (EDCs) you find for the same price. The build quality is nice; nothing much to praise but no complaints in construction either. The blade is sharp and the ergonomics are sound. On the other hand, the Browning is hardly the go-to brand for knives. The knife have two reviews on Amazon with a 5 star rating saying, “Good for (at least) medium use EDC. Good price.”