In the September 2010 edition of Field & Stream, reviewer David Petzel declared the Cold Steel Pendleton Lite Hunter the “Best of the Best” winner for hunting knives.
Petzel liked its 4116 Krupp steel blade, sharp factory edge, ease of resharpening and the $22 price.
One could argue that a budget knife shouldn’t be considered in a “Best of the Best” test, but who am I to debate Field & Stream? So let’s take a closer look at the Pendleton Lite Hunter.
Cold Steel has a number of critics among knife nuts for their ‘Solid Proof’ DVD product catalogs (you can request one free from their website). In the DVD’s they demonstrate the abilities of their knives on everything from cinder blocks and steel barrels to hanging sides of beef. Think what you will about their marketing, but it’s hard to debate the strength of their knives.
The Pendleton Lite Hunter is designed as a working mans hunting knife. It’s not fancy and it’s not made of the latest exotic material. However it is the appropriate size and has a useful drop point blade shape for field dressing game.
Blade Length: 3 5/8″
Overall Length: 8 1/2″
Steel: 4116 Krupp Stainless
Weight: 2.7 oz
Handle: 4 7/8″ Long High Impact Polypropylene
Sheath: Codura Sheath
I have a Cold Steel Finn Bear with the same steel and am reasonably impressed with it. Again it’s not made of the latest ‘unobtanium’ but it gets the job done.
From the Cold Steel web site:
“Over the years our Pendleton Hunters have become enormously popular, and while we think they are reasonably priced, many have asked us for a more affordable Pendleton that will accommodate just about anyone’s budget.
So we got together with Lloyd (Pendleton) and designed a new knife we call the Pendleton Lite Hunter. In appearance it strongly resembles the rest of the family with a drop point blade, modest guard, hollowed bolster area and a flared butt to aid retention. The only major changes were the adoption of more affordable 4116 Krupp steel and the use of polypropylene instead of Kraton for the handle.
In our testing it got straight A’s in the field as it is equally adept at field dressing and skinning, held a decent edge, was easy to sharpen, and proved to be tough as nails.
If you’re looking for a very affordable hunting/utility knife that comes with a good, pouch-style sheath and delivers more than your money’s worth in performance and value look no further than the Pendleton Lite.”
For the price the Pendleton Lite Hunter would make a nice knife for a young hunter who may loose or abuse a knife. It would also serve well as a backup knife or a knife you can stow in your truck, gear bag, boat or tackle box.
Cold Steel’s products are manufactured in Japan, Taiwan, or China. I presume the Pendleton Lite Hunter is made China but couldn’t confirm this.