Knives in the backcountry are an item that can easily get overlooked. This new Argali Serac knife is an all-around incredible, ultralight hunting knife. If you’ve ever experienced that dreaded dull knife half way through field dressing a big game animal, this knife might just be your solution. This new Argali Serac knife came to market to fill a need for those folks who want a high quality, ultralight hunting knife that not only feels great in your hand, but serves as a do-it-all knife. From the tip of the blade to the end of the handle, this thing is flat out impressive!
Make sure to check out our review of the other Argali Carbon Knife and the Argali Col Knife, as well as our Backwoods Pursuit YouTube Channel.
Argali Serac Knife Steel – S35VN
The Argali Serac ultralight hunting knife is made of a premium S35VN steel, which makes this knife retain an edge extremely well while still being able to be sharpened easily in the field if needed. In my last 2 years of experience with these knives, this S35VN steel that’s used in all of the Argali knives, holds its razor sharp edge to the very end while field dressing a big game animal. This year I got through two mule deer without even having to touch up this Serac knife, and last year I field dressed an entire elk with the Argali Carbon knife while only running it over a leather strop a couple times to keep that razor sharp edge.
Made In the USA: Argali Serac Knife Review
It’s getting harder and harder to find products made in the USA these days, so we love the fact that the Argali Knife collection is made in America. It takes some sacrifice to keep products made in the United States, so we truly appreciate it!
Textured G10 Handle: Argali Serac Knife Review
If you’ve ever used an ultralight knife with a skeletonized handle, they are a totally different beast than a knife with a rubberized handle. This Serac knife features the same G10 textured handle that the Argali Carbon knife has, which is more comfortable than the Col knife which has a truly skeletonized handle, but also weighs about twice as much (still only 2.1 ounces). I found that the handle of the Argali Serac is very comfortable to use, even over the course of an entire elk. It’s true that a larger, heavier rubberized handle is even more comfortable, but you’ll pay a weight at bulk price. I personally love the handle on the Serac and Carbon knives.
Sharpening: Argali Serac Knife Review
Sharpening the Argali Serac knife is a breeze both in the field and at home. If you happen to dull up it up while in the backwoods, a few strokes on a leather strop, leather belt or even the leather part of your boot and it brings the edge right back. If it really gets dull, sharpen it like you would your favorite knife, with a flat stone, hand-held sharpener like this Lanskey broadhead sharpener, Lanskey C-Sharp knife sharpener, or lightweight Lanskey pocket sharpener.
Now, if you really want to maximize your gear, pick up one of the Argali Kodiak belts, which has an integrated Tungsten carbide knife sharpener in the buckle so you never need to carry a sharpener in your pack or kill kit. Not only that, but it features a built-in leather strop to hone in the edge. It does a great job of sharpening your knife and is a fantastic field belt made of super thin nylon to keep you from getting hot spots when wearing a pack. Argali hit it out of the park with the usefulness and versatility of the Kodiak belt!
CHECK OUT OUR FULL REVIEW OF THE ARGALI KODIAK BELT HERE
Argali Serac Knife Sheath
The Argali Serac knife comes with a Kydex sheath in a couple different color options: Foliage Green, Sunset Orange, and First Lite Fusion to best suit your needs. Personally, I like the Sunset Orange to help me keep track of it in the field as it keeps me from setting my sheath down on a rock or log and forgetting about it or losing it because it blends in too much. The Sunset Orange makes finding it so much easier, but the Foliage Green and First Lite Fusion are better looking in my humble opinion.
Argali Serac Ferro Rod Striker
One of the super unique things about the Argali Serac knife is that it features a built-in Ferro Rod Striker on the spine of the blade. While most folks likely won’t use it, it’s there if you need it and can really come in handy. Something simple but useful.
Argali Serac Knife Specs
You’ll be hard pressed to find an ultralight knife with more impressive specs than that of the Argali Serca, particularly given the deeper belly of the blade and built-in Ferro Rod striker. You get a very usable blade size, substantial handle, and top notch steel coming in at only 2.1 ounces.
- Weight: 2.1 ounces
- Steel-CPM-S35VN (Stainless)
- Total Length- 7.2″
- Blade Length- 3.0″
- Handle Length – 4.25″
- Handle Type – Textured G10
- Blade Style – Modified Skinning
- Sheath Type – Kydex
- Edge Angle – 20 Degrees
- Sheath/Belt Attachment – Compatible with Ulticlip compatible
Check out The Argali Knife Collection Video!
What I liked: Argali Serac Knife Review
There is a ton that I loved about this Argali Serac knife after testing it. It’s super lightweight, the premium S35VN steel holds its edge extremely well while being relatively easy to sharpen, and the handle is actually very comfortable for a semi-skeletonized knife. It’s the kind of knife that is capable of doing everything from field dressing an entire elk to doing just a little detail work when needed. I had been using the Outdoor Edge replaceable blade prior to testing these knives, and while I really like the Outdoor Edge for a replaceable blade style knife, this Argali Serac knife is in a totally different league!
What I didn’t Like: Argali Serac Knife Review
The Argali Serac knife is an all-around fantastic knife that is great for everything from skinning, gutting, and caping and even has a Ferro rod striker to start a fire if needed. While it’s about what you’d expect to pay for a knife like this, it’s still an investment. You pay a pretty penny for the Argali Serac knife, but you’ll find it’s money well spent!
Conclusion: Argali Serac Knife Review
At the end of the day, I absolutely LOVE the new Argali Serac knife. The edge retention and durability are fantastic, the ability to easily sharpen in the field is a must, and the handle is very comfortable, especially for a knife this small and lightweight. You get a crazy, ultralight hunting knife that will last you many, many seasons. Pick one up and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
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