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How to Choose the Best Hunting Knife

Hunting Knives come in all shapes and sizes  A good hunting knife can last a lifetime, and can really become one of the most valuable things you own. It is versatile enough to be able to skin a deer during hunting season, or become a normal letter opener and everyday knife at home. That is why when you are looking for a blade to become your companion for life, you really need to find the Best Hunting Knife available. The little investment now is worth the lifetime of service it will provide.

When it comes to selecting the optimum knife, like many things, it really comes down to which types of features are really right for you, and will fit your lifestyle the best. We’ll go over a couple of different options and situations to consider before you take a look at our list of the top selections we could find.

Size

What size of knife are you looking for? Are you primarily hunting moose or rabbits? Obviously, you will want a much differently sized knife for large game than small game, just when working with the carcass. Do you want your knife to be more of a general, multi-purpose blade, for use in a variety of situations (hunting, survival, tactical, every day, etc.)?

Folding or Fixed?

folding knivesDo you want to be able to fold up your knife and pocket it, or would you rather just have it attached to your belt, and kept in its sheath? If you plan on carrying it around every day, then a folding knife would be a better choice for you. But if it’s only for hunting, and you don’t want to deal with folding parts, a fixed may fit your lifestyle better.

Clip Point, Drop Point or Skinning?

Now time to decide on what type of point you want to have on your knife, clip point, drop point or skinning?

Clip Point Knives

Clip point knives are generally thinner, with a well-defined point, and are more of an all-around knife. They are good enough to skin and animal, yet durable and rugged enough for normal camp activities.

Drop Point Knives

The drop point knives are made much more for skinning an animal and aren’t as suited for camp chores. The drop point knives are generally thicker blades, with a less defined point, made for skinning animals easier without tearing the meat.

Skinning Knives

The last type of knife is the pure skinning knife. These are designed primarily for skinning and are thinner like the clip point knives. But, unlike the drop point knives, these are versatile enough to be used for activities around the camp.

Our Ideas for the Best Hunting Knives to Choose From

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife

Hello, I just wanted to talk to you about some Mora Knives. I just recently started seeing these things and they’ve been around for years but I’ve been too dumb, I guess, to look into this. So, now, instead of just buying one – I’ve ended up so far with four, and I want to buy some more just because I used to have a big knife collection of expensive knives that all went by the wayside.

Sharpness of Blade

And these knives are just awesome! Each one of the four that I’ve got so far, they have come out the package as sharp as a scalpel. They are amazingly sharp — straight out of the box. So I was going to show you a little bit different ones that I’ve got. This particular knife in my hand — this is a Mora, and it’s the Companion. And this particular one, a stainless steel — I don’t know if that can be seen or not – it’s the stainless steel blade and it’s got the black handle. The case for it is just like the case for the other ones. It’ plastic, it is substantial, but a lot of people don’t like it. I particularly — I am left-handed. Chances are this won’t be a great sheath for me but that’s all right because I like to mess around with Kydex. I’ll make my own sheath out of Kydex for this.

And so, after watching videos, I’ve noticed a lot of people take these knives and they make it their own little survival knife — I guess they might call it. So I got into the bandwagon and what I’ve done here is, in this particular one, this is another Companion knife, Mora Companion. However, this particular one is the carbon-steel blade. It’s not finished on the top. You can see it’s not finished, whereas the other one here, this other Companion — stainless steel — it is a finished-top one. Finished spine, whatever you want to call it. And it’s slightly thicker. I guess because of them — is one of the stainless. Stainless is slightly thicker than the carbon knife is. However, it appears to be the same blade shape, same size, and what-have-you.

Sheath Accessories

What I’ve done here is I’ve taken the sheath and I wrapped a 6 or 8 ft paracord on it and then used pieces of an inner tube to secure that. Under this area up here, I’m not going to tell you but I’m going to show you but I have probably fifty feet of a braided fishing line and then I added 2 or three little hooks and a couple of flies — fishing flies. I put them there also so that it gives me my little survival knife. The other thing I did to this, this hat light which I bought. It fits just perfect on this particular piece of rubber. And so I have a really bright light, right here on this knife now, which I can take off and do other things with if I do want to. Once again, I don’t know what I’ll do with this. This is just fun thing for me to mess around with.

This particular knife right here, I’ve also done the same thing – I’ve wrapped some paracord on, I’ve put the fishing line under, fishing hooks and what-have-you. But one the back of it, I had a cheaper flash-light. I bought this little flashlight. It actually has a flashlight on it and also, for whatever it’s worth, a laser diode. But it cost me a dollar so it wasn’t like it was a big deal. It’s just something to put on there. Whoever came up with the idea about the ranger-bands or whatever you want to call them, these are in the inner tube — it is a brilliant idea. It fits perfectly on this particular sheath.

This particular knife is called the Robust, and I will end up cutting myself I imagine here when I get this thing out. This is a Robust, and, once again, it is a finished blade but it is even more substantially made or thicker blade than the other Companion that I have, which is stainless steel — which is already thicker.

Stainless Steel vs Robust

But to show you the difference, here is the difference between the stainless steel knife and the Robust. Here is the Robust and the carbon-steel Companion knife, which, you can see, is substantially thinner blade. But guess what? They’re both razor-sharp. These are just great blades. The handle on the Robust is a little bigger. A lot of people like that better. Actually, I like the Companion better than I do the Robust.

Other Comparisons

Then I bought another knife. This particular knife is called — I think it was the 746, or I don’t know. I don’t remember something like that. Anyway, they come razor-sharp. And this particular one is stainless steel. The blade shape is about the same, I believe. However, the handle is different on it. It comes down square on the blade instead of a cross, a little bit of an angle. Also, the handle is more substantial. It’s bigger. Some people like that. I don’t. This is not my favorite of the ones that I’ve purchased so far. And, this one being stainless steel, it does not have the finished spine on it like the other one stainless steel knife that I have. Nevertheless, I think this cost 7.46, something like that. It is a stainless steel knife and it is not my favorite, but some people love it. I’m sure that it’s the great knife in its own right. It just, for me, I like the way this one – the Companion – looks a little bit better in my opinion and in my hand it feels a little bit better. This is a very substantial grip in this one. On the 7 — I think it’s a 746 once again. It’ a substantial grip and it’s a very well made knife. However, it’s just not the one I’d prefer so far.

Price Value

I’ll be buying more of these things because they’re cheap. And I think it’s a very well-hidden secret, unfortunately, that these knives are such nice knives for the price that you can get them at. I mean, I haven’t paid more than — I think that the black-handled one here was 7.50 when I bought it. The others were less than that. You can buy a razor-sharp knife, a utilitarian knife and whenever you lose it, or brake it… Whatever. Really, have you really lost that much? Not really. You go on the Internet, buy another one, and have them send it to you. Great deal! And I hope that people continue not to know what a great deal is because whenever they figure that out, I imagine the prices will start to go up on these. And I wouldn’t like that very much.

I’m going to end up getting more of these, and as I do so, I’ll so you what I’ve got. But I hope you’ve enjoyed this. I hope that it shows you a little bit of a difference here. Let me put all of these here so that you can see what they look like. I guess, side by side. Once again, this is the 746 — let me move it up slightly. This one, I think it’s called the 746. This is the Mora Robust. This is a black-handled Companion, stainless steel. And this one is a Companion, which is — I think they call it the Military Green. Whatever. And it’s a carbon-steel blade. You can see they are all basically the same size. The handle is bigger on the first one and on the second one than it is on the Companions. All right!

A Collector’s Knife

And I bought this knife — this particular knife here — a couple of years ago and it has just become a part of my collection. I have had Buck 110; it was probably one of my first knives that I ever had as a kid. But you know how kids are. They lose things and I lost my first Buck 110 that I ever had. But it’s just something — this is not a knife that you’re going to carry with you every day. It’s just something that you have to have in your collection. In my opinion.

History

Now, if you live in a more country type area, like around here, sometimes you’ll see — just around town some of these old-timers who walk around and still carry that knife on their belt in the leather sheath. This is the leather sheath that I have for mu Buck 110. It is — mine did come from Walmart with a nylon sheath and I really didn’t care for that too much so I got rid of the nylon sheath and I went to a – there’s a leather store here where I live and I picked up this leather sheath for my Buck 110 just because I thought that it was, you know, something that … This knife needed a leather sheath for it to sit in. So that’s what I did – I went and picked me up a leather sheath. The blade on this particular knife, Buck 110, is a clip-point blade. It’s has a nail nick right here for you to open it easily with. You just pup your nail in it and open it up. This is a, I think, in 1962 Buck started making this knife. Or somewhere around there. And this is just when you talk about folding knives – this is the kind of knife that most people had — and had with them to take with them either hunting, or fishing or, you know, when they went to trap some alligators with the swamp people. They’re going to have a knife like this in their possession.

The Blade

Very, very sharp, it’s made with a four-twenty High Corbin steel. The blade length is 3 ¾” long and it’s very sharp. Right out of the box it comes razor sharp. I like the fact that it is still made here in the US. Buck 110 — on the blade, let’s see if we can get the to focus. It’s got a USA right there at the bottom. It does have the lock back – for the lock. Smooth, yet rugged. Easy opening – you just pinch it down there. Kind of very similar to my KA-BAR Dozier design hunter. The lock back is down here, just like the Buck 110 and it’s got this natural wood grain for the wood-inlays and the brass bolsters on the edge. Also, brass for the handle, and then you can see the wood inlays just sit there on top of the brass.

Very Lightweight Design

Would you look at that! This is not one of these knives where you’re going to throw in your pocket and not feel it. You put this in the bottom of your pocket and it’s going to have a heavy weight of 7.2 oz. It’ll be jingling around with your change if it’s at the bottom of your pocket. That’s why most people carry a knife like that — they put that in a knife sheath, a leather sheath so that they do not feel it as much on their belt.

Design and Conclusions

Beautiful knife. I mean , it is just a classic design. I think they also make a couple of the Buck 110 that have these little finger grooves for your fingers. Finger grooves. Make it easier to grip. There’s no jimping on it, nothing like that. This is not really a tactical knife. Like I said, this knife is just a signature design, high-quality, reliable folder, and it’s used mostly for hunting, fishing, just — you know, every day farm chores if you will. You’re walking around the farm, and you need a good quality knife, this is the kind of knife to have.

Now, my little nephew had a knife like this, and I usually take this knife when I go camping, just to have as a back-up. But, the point on it is very, very sharp and I did see him stab a piece of wood. He stabbed that a piece of wood and he did it the wrong way and it snapped that point off. So you must be careful with that. It’s brutal enough if you abuse it, it will pop right off.

We’ll go ahead and lay this down and I’ll show you some comparisons with the Spyderco paramilitary 2. Lay them side-by-side. We’ll also show you what the Buck 110 looks like to the larger Sebenza 21. You know, right there. That kind of gives you some comparisons, raise the camera up. Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Buck 110 and the Chris Reeves’ a bit large Sabenza 21. Three great knives, all made in the U.S. of A. So, anyway, it’s my little video on the Buck 110. If you’re going to have a knife collection, if you’re going to collect knives, especially if you’re just starting off with the knives — collecting knives, I highly recommend that you go down your local hardware store, Wallmart, hunting supply store, Academy, whatever — they sell these things all over the place and you can get them at about 30 bucks.

Go pick up your Buck 110. Support the United States of America and get your own good signature knife, made by Buck because not all Bucks are made in the US anymore, but they’re still making the Buck 110 here in the USA. Thank you all for watching, y’all have a wonderful day and the Cajun Blaze always says “See ya!”Y’all take care.

Feel and Construction

So, it’s really fast, it feels good in the hand, and the corrosion coating they use on the blade is double tough because I’ve used this knife quite a bit. For the most knives with the coding on them that I’ve had, the coding wears off pretty quickly. You can see a few little scratches and what-not in it, but, overall, it’s holding up really good. It’s a “Kershow Blur” — wish it had a bigger lanyard hole, maybe left-hand carry options. But, I’m not left-handed so I really like the knife. Love the recurve blade as I said before. Really nice knife.

“Kershow Blur” – a little bit more money than I have back there but relatively the same size… And this one’s probably twice as much as that knife, but you’re going to pay a little bit for those little three letters right there – which I don’t mind.