Quality hunting knives, cutting tools for tourism and fishing, professional knives of rescuers, adventurers, divers’ knives and so on have a lot in common. All these products must be reliable, durable and functional as possible.
Best hunting knife is a model that is suitable for use in the overwhelming number of cases: in different hunts to perform different jobs, it is comfortable to wear (weight and dimensions). Buying a good hunting knife, with an eye to the role of a universal cutting tool is a whole science, the secrets of which we are willing to share.
First of all, you should determine the type of knife: whether it will be fixed or folding hunting knife. In addition, the knives for hunting, hiking and fishing can be divided into universal and special products on the budget and premium levels. More knives are distinguished by country of origin and brands, based on the blade and the handle, the presence of additional functions etc.
A knife with a fixed blade is a priori more reliable than a foldable hunting knife. But ‘folders’ also have their ‘trumps’. They include smaller size, high security, ease of transportation. For a number of huntings it is not absolutely necessary to have a large hunting knife with a large blade. Fowling does not require cutting knife, hunting knife or a skinner. A folding model with 8-11 cm blade, long, comfortable handle and security lock will be quite enough. After buying a folding hunting knife, you can disembowel a duck or goose, cut products for the table, to plane camp pegs or cut branches for temporary shelter.
The main hunter knife yet is a versatile hunting knife with a fixed blade length from 12.0 to 17.0 -18.0 cm and a big handle (comfortable in any size hand-grip). These parameters correspond to the best hunting knives. Products with fewer blades cannot perform a large variety of functions; they are ineffective in self-defense against a wounded big game and finishing the impressive hunting trophies. ‘Combat’ hunting knives with too large blades require a lot of skill to handle them. In particular, in order to inflict accurate, sure hit such a large knife a very strong, well-trained hand is needed. Otherwise, the blade will simply slip off. Many studies and tests have proved that the best hunting knives have a blade length of 14.0 – 17.0 cm.
Inexpensive hunting knives from trusted manufacturers mean a high quality for a fair price. Those who want more individuality, who are willing to invest a decent amount of money to the ‘image’ of hunting knife, should choose the model, decorated with chasing, carving, silver or gold accents. Pay attention to hunting handmade knives, knives of small and limited series, with blades of expensive steels (laminate, Damascus, advanced powder steels) and handles made of natural horn, bone and valuable timber.
For different types of hunting you need different knives. For example, for small game hunting a long, narrow blade is preferred, and to hunt for example, on large ungulates a knife with a wide, but not very long blade is desired. Blades of hunting knives are made of high carbon steel. The hardness of the blade is measured in special HRC units (Rockwell hardness), and depends on the amount of carbon in the steel. It is desirable that the hardness of a hunting knife was about 60 HRC, but in any case it should not be lower than 55 HRC.
Thus, we present three most common designs of hunting knives.
Drop Point, or “knife with decreasing butt line” usually represents a relatively thick blade, the point of which is located in the center of the plate – on the axis of the force application. At the top of the plate a false edge is often performed – formed by the blade descent without sharpening – either a full blade with sharpened top edge of the plate by about a third. Hunting knives of this type cut and prick pretty well.
They are ideal for hunting a big game. A form of hunting knife allows you to remove the skin from the gained animals quickly, moreover, unlike the special skinning knives, knives of this type are much more functional – they can fairly easy cut a big game.
Clip Point / Bowie. It is also a very common design of a hunting knife blade. Clip Point blades have more bold point than the Drop Point. In this type of hunting knives, a narrower blade and the point, as well as at Drop Point, is close to the axis of force applying. These blades are not just for the traditional needs of the hunter, but also to perform various household tasks. In principle, the hunting knife with a blade can perform all Drop Point functions, however, is not as effective. This is a great option for those who prey once in a while. If you could take only one knife to the hunting, we would prefer Clip Point.
Skinner. Designed specifically for the removal of trophy animal skins
Hunting knives of this type have a lot in common with Drop Point – the same broad blade, the same rake, only it is even shorter and the upper edge of the blade is straight, without reduction to the tip, which is making Skinner not suitable for thrusting. In addition, very often the knives of this type are carried out without any point. These knives have a very narrow specialization – they are intended exclusively for skinning – to butcher with their help is not convenient – they are too short, and stick them to the carcass is problematic.
From the handle to a large extent depends of a hunting knife convenience. If you seem the knife handle for some reason uncomfortable – with all the advantages of a particular instance it is better to choose a suitable knife handle.