Owner Review Browning Model 079 Pocket Knife - Josh Moffi
- Browning Model 079 Pocket Knife
Name: Josh Moffi
Height: 180 cm (5 ft, 11 in)
Weight: 95 kg (210 lb)
Email Address: joshmoffi AT gmail DOT com
City, State, Country: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Date: November 1, 2006
I have been backpacking since I was 3 years old. Many of my younger
years were spent in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. I owned my
first pack at the age of 4, my fist tent at the age of 9. I have
backpacked various locations on the west coast from Oregon to Alaska.
Once I introduced my wife to the thrill of backpacking, we expanded
our activities to include car camping, canoe camping, geocaching,
snowshoeing, and anything else that gets us out into the woods. I have
traditionally carried the heaviest pack in every party I have hiked
with. I have recently realized that by getting rid of some excessive
items and lightening the weight of my pack, I can extend my trip by
time and distance. I am expanding my range of activities again by
getting into winter backpacking.
Year of manufacture: 2006
Material: Blade - 440 Stainless steel blade;
Handle Laminated wood; Pocket Clip - Chrome
Blade Length: 7.62 cm (3 in)
Overall Length: 19.68 cm (7¾ in)
Closed Length: 13.97 cm (5½ in)
Blade Style: Drop point
Lock Style: Cross blade
In Seattle and Anchorage the knife has been used for many general
day-to-day purposes around home and work. The knife has been used
daily, including cutting paper, cardboard, 16 GA speaker wire,
electrical tape, packing tape and rope. While backpacking on the Kenai
Peninsula the knife was used for everything in and around camp from
food preparation to cutting rope.
While working and hiking in and around Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the
knife's uses ranged from cutting cardboard, cutting line on commercial
fishing vessels, electrical tape, to cleaning fish. While fishing
salmon recreationally the knife was rinsed repeatedly in salt water.
Not recommended, but it was that nothing or put it back in my pocket
with fish slime on it.
I also use the knife while on an overnight camping and ice fishing
trip in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, about 120 km (75 mi)
north of Anchorage Alaska. During this time the knife was used to cut
fishing line at low temperatures. The knife was also used for food
preparation and cutting rope while on this trip.
The knife has a nice shape both open and closed. The laminated wood
handle is black accented with layers of green wood. The gentle curve
to the end of the handle compliments the curve of the blade when the
knife is closed. The colors are distinctive. The chrome pocket clip is
curved to match the overall shape of the knife and accents the handle
The Browning logo is cut right though the blade just in front of the
opening knobs. The blade is finished with a flat finish. This gives
the blade a toned down look that fits well with the colors of the
handle. The blade tapers along the cutting edge as well as along the
drop point, giving the blade a serious down to business look.
The pocket clip keeps the knife easily accessible at the top of one's
pocket. The blade has opening pegs on both sides to allow the knife
to be opened either left or right handed with just a flick of the
thumb. This makes it very easy to open the knife even with the other
hand occupied. The knife has a curve cut into the handle for the index
finger increasing grip in the handle. Once open the knife has
excellent balance, it feels more like an extension of the hand than a
tool. This increased grip and excellent balance allow for great
control of the blade in all situations. The cross blade lock secures
the blade while it is open, yet allows the lock to be easily released
with the thumb, and the blade to be closed and stowed single-handed.
I have owned this knife for six months and it has become my main
pocketknife. The knife was purchased in May of 2006 when I thought I
had left my regular pocketknife at home. I was going to be away
working on the west coast for seven months and needed a replacement
knife. This knife was chosen for A) being a similar size to the knife
I had been carrying, B) simple colors that were not flashy, C)
available right away, and D) it was on special. I wanted a sturdy
knife that I would not mind if I lost or had to replace due to
excessive use and abuse.
After using the knife for a couple days, I realized that it was a
bargain even at full price. I also realized that I had indeed packed
my regular pocketknife, I just did not put it in its normal spot. I
was so impressed with the Browning knife that I decided I would
continue to use the Browning as my main pocketknife. The balance and
weight were much nicer than the knife I had been using previously.
I have used this knife extensively and have been hard on it, to the
point of rinsing it in saltwater to get the fish slime off of it. I
waited a week before re-rinsing it in freshwater and oiling it. This
knife has preformed great regardless of the temperature or what was
being cut. The only thing I do not like about this knife is the
opening knobs collects dirt and debris where they meet the knife
blade. This is easily remedied by a little extra attention to these
areas when cleaning the blade. Otherwise it has been a very nice knife.
My original reason for buying this knife was a quick replacement for
my old pocketknife. This knife quickly exceeded my expectations and
continues to be the knife I stick in my pocket each day, even after
finding my old knife. I would gladly buy this knife again, even at
full price. In fact, I regret not buying two when it was on sale.
Browning has done an excellent job, producing a larger sized
pocketknife that is still reasonably lightweight and has exceptional
control. I now recommend to my friends that they consider looking at
Browning's line of knives before they make the purchase of a new knife.