HUNTING KNIFE BUYERS GUIDE

Welcome to the ultimate hunting knife buying guide! This buyers guide is an informative resource on different aspects of hunting knives, such as the best Blade HQ examples, styles, what to look for, uses, laws, and more. Letís kick it off with some popular hunting knives.



Best Selling Hunting Knives

Hunting knives come in a variety of styles and sizes. After checking out each example, be sure to check out the comparison table at the end of the section.

Most Popular Hunting Knives

Benchmade Crooked River

The Benchmade Crooked River is a very popular knife that comes from the Hunt series. This knife is made from quality materials and sports Benchmadeís famous AXIS lock. This knife sports a contoured handle that is made to fit the hand nicely. The Benchmade Hunt line features many of the best hunting knives with different styles. Learn More >


Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter

The Hidden Canyon Hunter is also a product of Benchmadeís Hunt lineup. This knife has been battle tested by hunters that love its strength and durability. The premium steel and quality build make the Hidden Canyon Hunter a must have for every avid hunter. Learn More >


Cold Steel Bird & Game

This knife from Cold Steel rocks a very slim profile that is perfect to take on any hunting trip. Itís simple, lightweight, full tang, and very affordable. Not many hunting knives boast the portability of the Bird & Game. Learn More >


Kershaw LoneRock Gut Hook

This Kershaw is a unique hunting knife thatís made for easy skinning. This knife was designed for maximum control and comfortable grip. This is a great knife for any and all hunters to have with them. Learn More >


CRKT Krein Mossback

A collaboration between CRKT and custom knifemaker Tom Krein results in great things. Take this Krein Mossback for example. Not only is it affordable, it features a layered G-10 handle, enlarged lanyard hole, black powder coated blade, and more. Learn More >


Buck Special 0119

The iconic Bowie blade on the 0119 Special makes this a very useful hunting knife. The long clip point blade is satin finished with hollow ground bevels. Itís a big knife thatís ready for any hunting task you throw at it. Learn More >


Kershaw Taskmaster Saw

Not technically a hunting knife, but we couldnít leave this one out. This folding saw from Kershaw is great to take camping, hunting, or anywhere in between. Learn More >


Benchmade Crooked River
Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter
Cold Steel Bird & Game
Kershaw LoneRock Gut Hook
CRKT Krein Mossback
Buck Special 0119
Kershaw Taskmaster Saw
Overall Length
9.30"
6.32"
7.25"
9.375"
7.25"
10.50"
16.25"
Blade Length
4.00"
2.67"
3.50"
4.25"
3.19"
6.00"
7.125"
Handle Length
5.33"
3.65"
3.75"
5.375"
4.06"+
4.50"
9.25"
Type
Manual Folder
Fixed Blade
Fixed Blade
Fixed Blade
Fixed Blade
Fixed Blade
Manual Folder
Blade Material
CPM-S30V
CPM-S30V
AUS-8A
8Cr13MoV
SK5
420HC
Carbon Steel
Handle Material
Dymondwood
Dymondwood
Rubber
GFN
G-10
Polymer
GFN
Pocket Clip
Tip-Up
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Weight
5.41 oz.
3.41 oz.
1.40 oz.
5.43 oz.
4.40 oz.
7.50 oz.
9.40 oz.
User
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
Right/Left Hand
General Price
$196
$115
$24
$20
$33
$55
$16


Hunting Knife Types and Styles

Types of hunting knives:

  • Fixed blade
  • Manual folder
  • Automatic
  • Did you notice most of the first examples were fixed blade? Thereís a method to the madness. Fixed blades make great hunting knives because they are big, strong, and can cut through tough things. Fixed blades are also easier to clean and don't have pivots that you would have to worry about cleaning blood and other things out of.

    Hunting knives are made to cater to a hunterís needs. With different needs comes different styles.

    Hunting knife styles:

  • Curved blade - Great for skinning animals
  • Straight blade - Used for slicing meat
  • Full tang - Metal of the blade extends through the handle. Higher strength
  • Partial tang - Metal of the blade extends partly through the handle
  • Hooked - A hook at the top of the blade that is used in skinning
  • Gutting - Inversely curved blade with a blunt tip
  • And more...
  • Bottom line: There is a hunting knife style for every situation.



    What to Look for in a Hunting Knife

    To get the most out of a hunting knife, keep these things in mind when on the hunt for a knife purchase.

    Type

    Fixed blade hunting knives are stronger and easier to clean, while folding hunting knives are more compact. Or maybe you want an automatic knife. Just make sure to check your local laws first. Decide what you will use the knife for and which type will fit your needs.

    Style

    We touched on this topic a little in the previous section, but who doesnít need a good reminder once in awhile? For a general all-purpose knife, a regular curved blade hunting knife will do. If you plan on skinning game, there are knives for that as well. After you have decided on a type, find the best hunting style to fit your needs. Who knows, you may even need more than one.

    Size

    Hunting knives are known to be large. This is because large hunting knives are sturdy and can cut through thicker things. That said, you may need a hunting knife on the smaller side. Say you are skinning and cleaning a small animal. Itís going to be hard to get a long 8Ē blade to do the trick.

    Number

    Many hunters take pride in carrying more than one knife. They'll designate one to regular cutting tasks and the other to solely cutting meat. This is a great idea in preventing cross-contamination of any kind. Take it from knife addicts like us. You can never have too many knives.

    Materials

    Hunting knives come in a wide variety of materials, along with a wide price range. Knives in the sub $15 range will usually feature steels like 3Cr13MoV and cheap materials. More expensive knives like the Benchmade Hunt series feature CPM steels and Dymondwood handles. Itís all about personal preference, but remember, you get what you pay for with quality and materials.



    Hunting Knife Uses

    Hunting knives are used for anything hunting related such as:

  • Skinning game
  • Cutting rope, branches, etc.
  • Whittling tinder
  • Cutting and preparing food
  • Any other cutting tasks



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    Best Selling Hunting Knife Brands

    Benchmade is sweeping the hunting game with their Hunt series. Honestly, we could have jam packed the ďPopular KnivesĒ section with only knives from Benchmade.

    Buck makes hunting knives in the folding and fixed blade variety. Buck has many styles of hunting knives so a hunter can find the best one for their needs.

    CRKT is known to make some very attractive hunting knives. They are produced with quality, and are known to be very durable and useful.

    Cold Steel produces fixed blade hunting knives in different variations. Cold Steel is a company that set out to produce the sharpest, best knives in the industry.

    Kershaw hunting knives are known to be practical and useful in many situations. Most Kershaw hunting knives have notches, saw blades, or other useful tools used for different tasks.

    Ka-bar produces quality hunting folders that are compact and great to carry. These folders come in many different colors.

    Puma has a large assortment of hunting knives that come in different shapes and sizes. Puma knives vary in appearance and materials used.

    Gerber has an assortment of knives and tools. Along with knives, Gerber also produces saws, shears, and razors that are made for hunting.



    Hunting Knife Laws

    Knife laws in the United States are never easy to talk about. This is because laws vary by state and can change at any moment. Usually, state knife laws pertain to the type of knife, not the intended use for it. A folding hunting knife could have different laws than a fixed blade hunting knife. Are you catching our drift?

    Look up the knife laws for your state. Then youíll know which knife you can take with you on your next hunting expedition or camping trip.



    Recap

    To recap this buying guide, hunting knives come in a variety of types, but they are most commonly found as larger fixed blades. Look for these things when buying a hunting knife:

  • Type
  • Style
  • Size
  • Materials
  • Use
  • Price
  • Take the examples and info in this guide and youíll be able to find the perfect hunting knife in no time.

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