D.H. Russell Belt Knife Review

Editor: Reed


Just the Facts:


Won the 1958 Design Award

General purpose fixed blade outdoor knife

Great for dressing game

Unique elliptical blade shape lessens cutting drag

Full Tang

Designed by D. H. Russell


Blade Length: 4″

Overall Length: 8 1/2″

Handle Material: Rosewood

Stainless Steel Blade

Sheath: Brown Leather with Belt Loop

Made in Canada

Retail Price: $96.95



Even though I think I’m pretty much a regular Joe… somehow over the years, I’ve definitely become a “knife snob.”  I try not to be a snob, but somehow my gun safe has been filled with exotic knifes from Benchmade, Chris Reeve, and many others made with exotic metals  like S30V.  So why have I chosen to review a fairly “plain Jane” kitchen knife looking #1 Stainless knife with a rosewood handle?  Well… the short answer is that I “use” my Russell Belt Knife.  I bought my Russell Belt Knife in the mid seventies after it was picked in some magazine as an editor’s choice. I was an avid backpacker, and thought it would be a very good knife to use around camp and I liked the protective leather sheath  and the unique small belt loop that allows the knife to be out of your way (even with a backpack).  Since that time, I have found it to be the perfect skinning knife, fulfill general hunting and camping duties, and yes, I’ve even cut an apple or two around camp.

Could this knife be made out of a higher grade steel… yes, but it works great just the way it is.   In fact, this year for Christmas I gave my 5 boys one of these knifes with the hope that it will serve them all as well as my 1970’s knife has served me.



D.H. Russell Belt Knife Review
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability


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