Buying Hunting Knives – The Basics

Hunting knives come in various shapes and sizes. In fact, the sheer volume of choices can be quite overwhelming. So, put some thought into which may be best for you. The type of hunting knife depends on several factors, such as the type of hunt, the size of the game, and whether you will be field dressing the game. If you are buying a hunting knife for the first time, there are certain things to consider.

Fixed or Folder?

Fixed blade knives are perfect for the frequent hunter. They are rugged, reliable and easy to clean. These full size knives are best for heavy-duty tasks and hard to beat when it comes to general chores. The more versatile folders are best for occasional hunters as they can be used for other tasks when not used as a hunting knife. Also, these knives are more compact and easier to carry.


The two most common designs in a hunting knife are the clip point and drop point blades.

The clip point blade (see image) is more common on folders.  Hunters prefer these blades for their function and traditional design. Further, the tip of the clip point knife offers greater edge area and makes it ideal for those long, slicing cuts.

The drop point (see image) is preferred by big game hunters. The shape of a drop point blade lends itself well to cutting, carving and skinning. Also, it is quite thick at the tip compared to a clip point which makes the drop point perfect for tasks like prying and thrusting.

The steel

There are many types of steel commonly used for hunting knives. Stainless steel alloys are great for fishing and for areas with high humidity as it does not rust easily.  High Carbon steels are equally good, but may require some maintenance to prevent rust from forming.  Each has pluses that are unique and each makes for a great blade while outdoors.

All said and done, buying a hunting knife is a matter of personal preference. Maybe more importantly, one should be willing to invest in a quality knife. There is truth to the old line "you get what you pay for."  In the market for your next hunting knife?  Check out Atlanta Cutlery’s range of excellent hunting knives.

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