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Best Hunting Knife Reviews – Our Favorite Skinning Knives

What is the best hunting knife?

Owning the best hunting knife on the market would be a wise move for every serious or recreational hunter. If you were ever in a situation that required you to have a good knife on hand, would you have come prepared? What if that particular situation had something to do with cleaning a fish, cutting some rope, or dressing a deer? Would you happen to have a blade on hand? Hunting is a VERY popular sport, that attracts many each year, from all over the world. It’s also necessary to hunt for survival, otherwise we would all face hunger (unless you’re vegetarian). This means it’s extremely important to not only have a good hunting knife, but the best hunting knife you can find. If you’re looking for a good one to take hunting and don’t know where to look, check our hunting knife reviews!

Hunting Knives Comparison Guide

Below you’ll see a comparison matrix displaying some of the top best-selling hunting knives on Amazon.com, and you can use this guide to find the model that’s right for you by clicking on one of the column tabs to filter them by ratings, price, etc. Also, the guide is pretty self-explanatory, but I’m sure you’re wondering about the price for each knife.

As you can see, I’ve used a $ symbol in place of an actual price. This is because these knives are listed as Amazon best sellers and the price can change at anytime due to special promotions, discounts, and so forth. One $ symbol means that the knife is under $60, whereas $$ symbols would mean its price is between $60 – $100 and so on..

Hunting Knives
Overall Length (inches)
Blade Length (inches)
Weight (ounces)
Blade Material
Price
Rating
Buck Knives 0119 Special Fixed Blade Knife with Leather Sheath10 1/267.5 oz420HC Stainless Steel$4.5
Leatherman 831426 Wingman Multi-Tool6.42.67.2Stainless Steel$4.6
Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife, Serrated Edge104.811.2Stainless Steel$4.5
Buck 110BRS Fld Hunting Knife83.57.2420HC Stainless Steel$4.9
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife10.55.5161095 cro-van steel blade$4.6
Kershaw 1555TI Cryo SpeedSafe Folding Knife62.45.6Stainless Steel$4.5
Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife126.415.91095 High Carbon Steel$4.5
Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto 7" Carbon1271.21055 Carbon$4.6
Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Knife8348CR13MOV Steel$4.7

Really Good Hunting Knives That I Personally Own

I actually own several of the knives in the chart above, but these are my favorite:

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated KnifeIt’s no doubt Bear Grylls is a survivor, and when he teamed up with Gerber, they put out a damn good knife! This is one of the newer knives I’ve gotten my hands on and I can honestly say it’s a pretty decent knife for the money. It features a molded rubber grip, a saw ground black blade, a fire starter and diamond sharpener as well as a whistle. The overall length of the knife is 10″ and it weighs about 11.2 oz. Although the knife was made in China, I still think it’s a great one to have in your collection. The fact that it came with a fire starter and sharpener were enough to get me off of the fence. If you’re looking for an all around “ultimate” survival/hunting knife, this serrated blade is just that.

Ka-Bar Becker BK2

Ka-Bar Becker BK2Not only does this knife look the part, it acts it too. One of the best survival knives currently on the market, with excellent features. If you’re looking for a truly ultimate survival, hunting and camping knife, then you can’t go wrong with the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Companion Fixed Blade Knife. After all, it was designed by famed mountain climber and survivalist Ethan Becker, and carries his seal of approval.

As far as looks go, this is a sexy knife. The handle is made from Grivory, and provides a firm grip, feeling solid and heavy in the hand, very reassuring. Obviously, the most important part of a knife is its blade, and this blade is a doozy. A 1095 cro-van steel blade that keeps it edge for longer than most, it’s a thick, high-quality fixed blade, that isn’t going to break or split from the handle. The steel itself feels solid, and there’s no movement of the blade in the handle however tough the task is that you put the knife to. At a quarter inch thick, it’s a beast of a blade. The blade itself is five and a half inches, a drop point shape, with a twenty-degree angle, making it perfect for anything you want to do. From chopping onions to cutting wood, to skinning that deer you just got, this knife can do anything. It’s by far one of the best hunting knives you can get, given its versatility and serious sharpness.

Leatherman 831426 Wingman Multi-Tool

Leatherman 831426 Wingman Multi-ToolMore than just your average knife, this bad boy is equipped with more weaponry than the United States Army itself. Spring-action pliers, wire cutter, scissors, can opener and bottle opener, and a wood/metal fire barely scratch the surface. The leather 831426 Wingamn Multi-Tool is pretty much the Swiss Army knife (not to be mistaking for the “Swiss Army” brand) of knives. If there’s something this knife can’t do, I’d really be amazed! It weighs around 2 lb., made of stainless-steel and is backed by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.

The Best Skinning Knife:

Buck Ranger Skinner Hunting Knife

 

How to Choose the Right Hunting Knife

How do you go about choosing a good hunting knife? Well, quality can be determined by the versatility of the knife – meaning it can do everything the average hunter would need it to do. This can be anything from dressing a deer or skinning a hog, to splitting through bone or a carcass. In many cases, this is more than enough for most hunters. Before choosing any kind of knife – especially for hunting – it’s important to know what you’ll be using the knife for and what type of game you are hunting for. Obviously, anyone hunting for big game will want to be using a knife that differs from what you would use to hunt a rabbit. However, if you think going for the biggest game in the forest is better, you could be wrong. Using a big knife to clean smaller animals will make your job that more difficult, and you could possibly end up cutting yourself.

Take some time to think about what size game you plan on hunting, then you should consider how often it is that you hunt. Some people may only hunt occasionally and want a knife that will allow them to do a varitey of different things, so having a smaller folding knife is usually just fine. But if you’re dedicated to the woods and the hunting game, a strong knife with a fixed blade will probably make a lot more sense. It’s really just a personal preference.

You’ll then need to decide how (and where) you want to carry your knife – this could be in a sheath or just your pocket – and this is VERY important. Carrying a large blade in your pocket can lead to slicing your leg wide open, and carrying a loose blade in your hand or elsewhere could lead to losing your knife. However, it really is dependent upon your budget. There are knives that fit within everyone’s budget so choose wisely, you don’t want to end up with something you do not like. But hey, most any knife is capable of getting whatever job it is you need done.

Finding the best hunting knife is highly dependand upon your needs.

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