I have used this set for about three seasons now, and I still love them. The Moment Field Dress Kit includes two blades, and a sheath designed to hold the blades simultaneously. Prior to this kit I had been cycling between different blades, but they always seemed to be lacking in some way. I could gut well, but couldn’t skin well, or I could skin well, but lacked the blade for quartering. Before I get too far into this, I should note my purpose for this kit is field dressing only.
Many people have shown me great quality blades for processing, which I will admit are far superior to this set, but they just aren’t something I am will to take into the field (price, lacking a sheath, etc.). In total, this set has field dressed three deer, one bear, and tons of grouse. The ergonomically designed handle fits well, and the rubber coating keeps your grip, even when your elbow deep inside an animal. The large blade comes with a gut hook helping to prevent the perforation of internal organs.
Specification (courtesy of gerbergear.com)
- Overall Length
- Large: 8.63″ (21.92 cm)
- Small: 7.13″ (18.11 cm)
- Blade Length:
- Large: 3.63″ (9.22 cm)
- Small: 3.25″ (8.25 cm)
- Large: 7.2 oz. (204 g)
- Small: 2.4 oz. (68 g)
- Steel Type: 5Cr15MoV
- Handle Material: Nylon core with rubber overmold
This season, I brought the deer I harvested over to a friend’s house for the crude processing (skinning, cleaning further, and cutting meat away). I had gutted her in the field, but we decided to skin, and finish cleaning her with this kit.
This set comes with a nylon sheath which holds both blades in a side-by-side manner. This is actually an important consideration. Having tried the variants which stack one-on-top of the other, this design works much better (for me). The blades are held in place with a nylon strap secured by a snap. I have had them on my hip for many miles and they have never come loose, or fallen free. They have lanyard holes at the end if you wish to make a tie off for them.
With the steel used, these blades haven’t showed any signs of rust (that is saying a lot in WA), however this comes at a price. You will absolutely need a sharpening stone/rod while using these blades. The same quality which protects them from rust makes them susceptible to quick dulling. I went with Smith’s Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener. This sharpener has a drag-through design facilitating course, and fine selections. As a bonus it has a small sharpening rod which can be used for serrated sections of blades (these blades are not serrated).
This set comes in at $49 from Gerber, and the sharpener at $10. Gerber has since released a couple different versions of the Moment Field Dress Kit. Some have bone saws, others rib separators. So, depending on your needs there should be a good option for you to try out. If you have any questions about this kit feel free to leave a comment below, or hot me up via the Comms Check.