So you’ve decided to buy a hunting knife. Now, you have to take into consideration what kind of hunting knife you want. That can be a bit tricky, not because it is difficult to choose a hunting knife that is perfect, or because there is any objective perfection to a certain type of hunting knife, but because it is largely a matter of personal preference, although there are certain factors that objectively important in any kind of good knife. So, we will see what are the factors that make a good hunting knife, below:
- Blade: The main part of the knife is the one which one should pay attention to the most. A blade that is non-corrosive and non-oxidation blade should do good. Essentially, you want to look for something that has high carbon and steel concentration or blades with Titanium nitride coating. Titanium nitride prevents. Fixed blade vs Folding blade knife: Like we pointed out on our page about folding knives, this choice comes down to a few things you should know about both these types. In folding-blade knives, the key aspect is that the blade of the knife folds into the handle, meaning that it is a moving part. Consequently, folding-knives trade some strength for concealability. Fixed-blade knives are usually stronger and can withstand a lot of pressure. There are also knives with gut hooks which serve the purpose of splitting the skin and field dressing the game.
- Handle: Often overlooked, the handle is an important part of the knife. The grip that the handle provides is extremely important to be able to use the knife properly. The handle needs to provide a good grip and should be made of good quality material. It is better to avoid cheap plastic handle knives as they can, and will, crack under pressure. There are several knives out there which can stand even extreme weather conditions. You’d want to go for a metallic handle that can withstand pressure. Rubber handles provide a very good grip and minimize slipping of the hand on the handle. Steel handles on the other hand could be slippery. Other materials often used to make handles are bones, leather, wood, aluminum and some exotic materials as well.
Those are broadly two important things you should pay attention to, although we can go into a lot more detail about these topics, especially the blade. There are several kinds of blades, such as clip-point, drop-point, etc. We won’t go into the details of each of those types because we will cover it in greater detail on pages dedicated to knife types on this website. As far as the blade goes, you should ensure that it is above at least 4 inches in length. There are also serrated blades out there which usually go above 5 inches owing to the partial serrations on most of those types of knives. Another important factor we should consider is longevity of these knives. It can be hard to determine something like longevity, but your only way of gauging whether a knife is going to last longer (Here we mainly mean not having to sharpen the blade oftentimes) is to know about the composition of the blade as well as the handle of the knife. As we pointed out, look for high carbon and steel composition in blades and something that won’t slip when it comes to the handle. Ultimately, the factors that make a good knife can be narrowed down to the sharpness of the blade, which include other factors such as edge retention, and the material of the handle and the blade.