Browning, the famous American rifle manufacturer, produced only 2,000 of these collector’s knives as part of its Hunting Traditions series. Beginning in 2008, Browning produced these limited edition knives in two themes — Whitetail and Mallard.
Produced as a collector’s knife and presentation piece, the Browning Whitetail Model 321290 fits a hollowed oval display stand with lid, made of solid American black walnut and inlaid with a smaller version of the Whitetail lithograph print issued with the knife. The framed print and beautiful display box make a fine addition to any den or living area, and the knife itself is equally well made.
With a 3-3/4-inch high carbon 440A stainless steel hunting and skinning blade and an overall length of 8 inches, this full tang hunter matches the look of any rugged knife built for field use. Construction is plainly destined for display only, since the bolster is polished Paraguayan ebony hardwood, not functional brass or stainless steel. The rare wood complements the stag antler handle slabs of the Browing Whitetail knife, giving it a rustic quality, but would scar easily if put to rough use. The grade of stainless steel chosen takes an impressive polish, but in terms of edge-holding can’t compete with more advanced alloys.
But never mind those two small things — this knife is an integral part of a fine collector’s set including case, stand, lithograph, and certificate of authenticity. Set it on the mantle or the desktop as a reminder of days spent in the woods.