The choice of a hunting knife is as personal as it gets. If you ask a hundred people for a recommendation, you’ll get a hundred different answers… Sure, some hunting knives can be used in pursuit of wild game, but unless your name is Usain Bolt you’re more likely to use them for what happens after a successful hunt, when the game is on the ground. The animal must be cleaned, skinned and processed, often in the field. So, which hunting knife is the best? 

If you're just looking for that one knife to rule them all, it's usually a solid, single, full tang blade sometimes complemented with a gut hook design or curved edge for multi use functions, and although a hunting knife can serve many purposes on a camping trip, it was really crafted to prepare food. But, as we mentioned, just like there are many different types of game out there, there are many different types of hunting knives. A crossover into the survival, outdoor and tactical knives categories is not out of the question depending on the type of edge and excursion you’re about to embark on. From fixed blades, folding blades, and even replaceable blades to utility blades or single use blades, the hunting knife has transformed over the ages. 

“Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge. The blade is slightly curved on most models, and some hunting knives may have a blade that has both a curved portion for skinning, and a straight portion for cutting slices of meat… Most hunting knives designed as "skinners" have a rounded point as to not damage the skin as it is being removed.” // SOURCE

You may think of something like a beastly Bowie knife when you hear hunting knife (and that’ll do the trick in most instances) but hunting knives are commonly much smaller, though many are similar in design. The blade usually ranges from 2.5 - 5.5-inches and many professional hunters prefer a set of hunting knives, rather than a single knife, to accomplish different tasks.

Durable, easy to carry, and ready for bloody action through fur, bone and flesh is the true purpose and passion of a hunting knife. It is a tool designed to get the job done, and it should serve a variety of uses, like gutting, skinning, deboning, caping, or butchering all sorts of game, like deer, elk, rabbits, hogs and even squirrels, to name a few. 

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