Filson counts itself among a select group of heritage American brands that have been around for over a century. Clinton C. Filson established his company back in 1897, at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, with a mind to outfit prospectors and settlers as they made their way north through Seattle on their way to the Yukon and Alaska. Back then, he made things like wool jackets and boots that had to meet a degree of quality to facilitate survival. Filson operates that way to this day, as evidenced by its latest pocket knives.
The new additions lean steadily on classic American knife designs drawn from hunting blades. One is a small fixed blade and the other is a drop-point folder that comes in two lengths — one with an EDC-oriented 2.75-inch blade and the other with 3.75 inches of steel for more serious work. The fixed blade comes with a micarta handle while the folders have mesquite scales. Filson also equipped the latter pair with Lockback locks that are simple, secure and true to the designs of similar iconic American pocket knives.
All are made in Alabama, and all use 440M steel, which is known to be corrosion-resistant. That’ll help these blades last for decades, perhaps even for as long as Filson has already been around.
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