How to Choose a Hunting Knife

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If you’re looking for a new hunting knife, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration. You should consider a few different factors, including size, steel, retention system and handle.


When choosing a hunting knife, you must consider the blade. The blade can come in many shapes and sizes, and is an important part of the knife.

Blades are usually made of stainless steel or carbon steel. They vary in hardness and sharpening capability. Usually, it is best to stick with a higher quality metal. This will ensure that your knives will last longer.

Choosing the right hunting knife can be a difficult task. To avoid impulse buying, it’s best to do your research. You can easily find information on the internet. There are numerous videos on the subject.

Handle material is another consideration. Generally, leather or wood are used for handles. Wood is more durable, but it is also prone to damage and cosmetic wear.


When buying a hunting knife, you should be careful to choose a good blade, but you should also be sure to buy a quality handle. A handle can affect the feel and appearance of your knife. It can be made from a variety of materials, including natural and man-made ones.

Some of the best handles for hunting knives are made from synthetic materials. These materials offer superior grip, warmth and durability.

Carbon fiber is a great material for making knife handles. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is a great alternative to traditional metals.

Wood is another popular choice. Oak is relatively inexpensive and is easily machined into shape. However, a wood handle is brittle, requiring more care.

Retention system

Retention systems are intended to hold one object in a magnetically attracted relationship to another. The magnetic attraction force is designed to pull the secondary tool into the receptacle of the primary tool and to maintain that retention until the user removes the secondary tool. Various features are provided to accommodate a wide range of hand tool combinations and applications.

Generally, a retention system for a hand tool combination has a first retainer coupled to a primary tool and a second retainer coupled to a second hand tool. This can vary depending on the type and nature of the first and second objects.

In this instance, the first retainer is located adjacent to the inside of the elongated handle member 24. A rotatable thumbwheel 44 is mounted on the first retainer. Either pole of the thumbwheel can be positioned to communicate with the fixed pole of the second retainer 48.


There are a number of different types of steel used in making hunting knives. The most common types include D2 and AUS-8. Stainless steel is also used, but it tends to be more expensive than carbon steel.

Whether you are shopping for a fixed or folding blade knife, you will want to consider the type of steel used. The best material for a hunting knife is one that offers good toughness and edge retention. It is also important to look for a handle that feels comfortable in your hand.

Stainless steel is rust resistant. However, it is not as corrosion resistant as carbon steel. Carbon steel is harder and tends to hold an edge longer.


If you are looking for a hunting knife, you may be wondering what size to get. The right size is dependent on a number of factors. However, you will find some general guidelines that can help you choose the perfect hunting knife.

You will want to consider how well the handle fits in your hand. A thin profile handle is better than a wide profile handle. An elliptical handle is also more comfortable for prolonged cutting sessions.

You should also consider the type of material the handle is made of. Stainless steel is an excellent choice. It is rust resistant and durable. Other types of steel include VG-10, ATS34, and 440C.


There are many factors that affect the price of a hunting knife. These include the material used, the size, the blade design, and the handle. Generally, a folding or a stick knife has an average price range of 120 to 130 dollars, while a hunting knife costs anywhere from $100 to $200.

When it comes to a knife, the quality of steel is critical. High-quality knives will be marked by a high price. Typically, a non-stainless steel such as ATS34 or a stainless steel such as VG-10 is used to make the blade.

The blade of a hunting knife will have a saw on the back. A good blade is important for splitting bones and for cutting carcasses. It will also have a specific guard and a comfortable handle.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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