Blades for Bird Hunters

Remington's annually released "Bullet" knives are not only collectible, but most of them make downright good tools for bird hunters who have to cut cockleburs from their setter's coat or clean a brace of ringnecks before putting them on ice.

The current Remington issue is the Pioneer Bullet, a two-blade trapper design with a cocobola handle. Nice and small for the upland hunter's pocket, the knife has a 2 3/4-inch clip blade and a 2 3/4-inch spey. Its closed length is 3 5/8 inches. The bolster, liners, pins and cap are nickel silver. (About $63;

The small aluminum-cased Airlight pocketknife from the Beretta Collection also is a good choice for a bird hunter. The Airlight has been Beretta's most successful series, mainly because the knives are built to deliver good service but weigh practically nothing. The blade of the small Airlight is just under 2 1/2 inches long and is available with a serrated or straight edge. The AUS 6 steel blade and back-lock construction will provide years of rugged use. (About $46, --Nick Sisley