Hunting Knives

Hunting Knives

Hunting Knives  – ­ Quality hunting knives are versatile enough to do everything the average hunter needs – from skinning the animal to splitting through its rib cage and bone.  When you’re choosing your hunting knives, it’s important to consider how you’ll use them and the type of game you plan to hunt.  If you think bigger is always better, you’d be wrong.  Over sized knives will make cleaning small game harder, not easier, and increase your chances of cutting yourself.

Once you’ve determined the size you want for your hunting knives, consider how often you hunt.  If you only hunt occasionally and you want to be able to use your hunting knives for a variety of purposes, you may want smaller folding blade hunting knives.  If you’re a dedicated hunter, solidly-built fixed blade hunting knives may make more sense.

Benchmade Osborne Axis Folder KnifeIf you’re interested in folding blade hunting knives, examine their pivot point thoroughly.  This is the area that will be under pressure as you open and shut the blade, and also, check their locking mechanisms.  A quality blade, a sturdy handle and a strong intersection of the two are all important points in both folding and fixed blade hunting knives.

When choosing your blade, there are several types of blades available, and the choice boils down to personal preference and the type of game you typically hunt.  There are three common types of blades for your hunting knives – clip point, drop point and skinning blade.

Ka-Bar USMC Utility KnifeClip point knife knives have a thin and relatively flat blade with a well-defined point.  These hunting knives are versatile enough to be used for general camp chores and specialized hunting jobs, including field dressing and skinning.  The hunter who wants a good all-around knife should consider the clip point blade.

Buck Omni-Hunter 12 Gut Hook Fixed Blade Hunting KnifeDrop point knives are specialized hunting knives.  They are used to dress the animal and skin it, but they shouldn’t be used to cut rope or twigs, or do other general camping-related chores.  The blade of a drop point knife is thick and curved.  Since its point is not defined, it makes it easy to use the entire blade for skinning.  Using the entire blade not only speeds up the process, but reduces the risk of damaging the meat.  Because it doesn’t have a distinct point, you’re less likely to tear into the meat while you’re skinning the animal.  The blade’s robust design allows the hunter to use these hunting knives for gutting and other field cleaning duties.

RedHead Pro Series Skinner Fixed Blade Knife by Buck
Skinning knives
are designed to skin big game animals.  The blade quickly and neatly separates the skin from the meat of large game.  Although the blade is specifically made for skinning, these hunting knives can also be used for other hunting chores.

Once you’ve decided among these blades, you should consider whether you want the blade to have serrations.  Serrations allow you to use the blade for heavy jobs, such as splitting through a rib cage, and typically take up only a small portion of the blade length for these hunting knives.

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