View Full Version : KNIVES FOR HUNTING

10-13-2007, 7:51 PM

Many of us hunters of long have a love affair with the tool of a successful hunt; the knife.
In our minds, we have this idea of the perfect knife that will fit our hand like a glove; that will perform surgery like a scalpel; that will not need to be sharpened ever, and will remove a cape as well as field dress and skin anything from a deer to a moose.

In our search for the perfect blade, we accumulate many of them that are probably as good as the best knife ever made, but in our search for Nirvana we keep adding new blades and hoping to do enough hunting to test all of them on game.

On the other hand, some hunters are not interested at all in the tool. My friend Frank that has probably field dressed at least fifty deer with the same Buck hunter knife in the last 20 years removes it from the pack once every year in hunting season to field dress a deer or two, and the blade goes back into the same pack to wait for next year’s job.
Perhaps his father being a butcher has something to do with it. He was taught how to field dress a deer early in life, and to him it is just a necessary job that has to be performed. To others like me it is a culmination of all our efforts and should be done as elegantly and as clean and bloodless as possible and with the most effective of tools.

I have found in my long search for the perfect blade that many of today’s knives in the market qualify as superb blades for the job. A good knife blade of 3 ˝ to 4 inches will be plenty for most chores. Preferences in my case are for the drop-point blades, but I have had good service from clip points or other shapes.

Some of us like a fancy wood or antler handle or perhaps some engraving on the blade. Those I label dress knives and are a great way to stir a conversation between fellow hunters. I am one with that type of taste and will always appear at camp with a fancy blade. The truth is that I perform all of my field dressings with a plain one that I keep hidden in my pack.

Here is one of my fancy blades, the Browning model 122 one of one thousand, and the one that does the actual field dressing, a Buck 192 Vanguard.


Best wishes


10-13-2007, 8:26 PM
Over the years I've slowly converted over to smaller knives. I'm currently using 3" drop point folders now for all my big game cleaning chores.

10-14-2007, 12:44 PM
jeeez. If I had back even one dollar for how many knives I've bought over the years...........

Nowadays when hunting I take SEVERAL knives with me; as one is just NEVER up to the entire tasks I always seem to get into. You'd think one sharp one would do it-- but in gutting game vs skinning game you'd be surprised what a razor edge vs. a *just shap* one can do. Add in a "Camp" knife, and a decent one to actually eat with and you're already at 4 knives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will JUST ONE work....sure. Just bring a shapener! But more knives will do you rightously and you will feel better having a backup (or three) with you as well.

10-14-2007, 11:13 PM
I have settled on Boker and Coldsteel. 4" drop point being my favorite.


Mine is a little thicker.


Not exactly like mine

For everyday pocket knives I like Kershaw.

10-15-2007, 3:28 PM
I have two kifes. One is a Kbar that i had when I was in the marines ( thats my camp knife) and the other is actually a winchester knife. I forgot where i got it but its really sharp and has a gutting hook. I use that for everything hunting and fishing. For food stuff i have a box that holds all my kitchen utensils plates cooking pots and pans etc. I used to have a bunch of knifes but I slowly worked my way to the two I use most and those are the ones I kept. All the other ones i gave away

10-15-2007, 4:48 PM
For everyday pocket knives I like Kershaw.

I knew there was a reason I liked you!:p I carried a Kershaw Blackhorse for close to 15 years...now its in the huntin' pack. My everyday is a spyderco as it was just lighter/slimmer

10-15-2007, 6:29 PM
Master hunter/ fillet knife.

I have a remington(camillus) bird and trout that I hike with strapped to my
backback shoulder harness. These three handle their respective chores. The one essential I use more than the knives since I bird hunt alot is a pair of pruning shears. I use it on wings and legs.

10-15-2007, 7:41 PM
... I carried a Kershaw Blackhorse for close to 15 years...now its in the huntin' pack. ...

The only thing better than a Kershaw Blackhorse in the pack is two of them in the pack! I would hate to find myself with out one in the field from misplacing it, so I always have a backup close by. I have used mine for many years myself, in a lot of places, and with lots of game to clean and it has never failed me yet.

10-15-2007, 8:24 PM
I knew there was a reason I liked you!:p I carried a Kershaw Blackhorse for close to 15 years...now its in the huntin' pack. My everyday is a spyderco as it was just lighter/slimmer

You like me because I have kind disposition.:D

Black Horse? I do love mine.

The blackhorse is really a buck 110 hunter with a lighter finger grooved handle, and better steel. I carried a 110 forever, I still have it. It was given to me by my brothers when I turned 16.

10-16-2007, 10:07 AM
I'm not a fan of using nice knives to dress/butcher animals so my choices are quite bland but here are the knives I've used over the years:

This one was a great knife:
I liked the hook when I bought it but I never really used it. the only down side is cutting up joints and hide is easier with a serrated blade.

I think one of the best:
I think this one has dressed more deer than any I've owned. The serrated blade and the handle that refuses to slip are great and it hold a pretty clean edge.

A new one for me (only dressed maybe ~5 with: it)https://www.kabar.com/images/1461_large.jpg
This one holds one of the best edges I've had, it doesn't have the serrations but it's so sharp and thick it seems to just keep cutting. The only real downsides are the finish gets nicked and scratched by bone but it's a tool so no real worries, it's heavy which comes in handy while butchering but not so much while hunting, and it seems a bit wide and not quite long enough once in awhile.

This one is a classic all around goody:
Price is a little high but they last forever... I think they also have a newer one that's 1/3 or 1/2 serrated.

This is another great one:
Yeah, so it's cheap like $>20 a lot of times. but it's light for hiking, it holds a good edge, it's a plastic sheath it kind of clips into (don't have to touch a sheath button with bloody hands or fumble around), I have used it to dress deer and some light butcher duty, it's cheap enough to fit a budget and easy to replace (think youth hunters).


PS my carry knife:

10-16-2007, 2:22 PM
My favorite are these two:
A spyderco Impala (http://www.spyderco.com/news/pr.php?item=13)and the Scrade Pro Hunter (PH-1) (http://www.amazon.com/SCHRADE-PH1-Hunter-Leather-Sheath/dp/B000FEKS58)



The impala was the only folding guthook I had ever seen.
I found it on Ebay for about $100. It is amazing. The handle is open on both sides, so it cleans very well. The G10 scales are also great since they are slip resistant.

The PH-1 I bought about 15 years ago on clearance at WalMart. It is the most sturdy blade I've owned and it's Schrade + steel which sharpens very well and holds it's edge.

10-22-2007, 4:25 PM
I like stag handles,
This is my Colt 1851 (one of 1200)