Can you imagine any kitchen without a knife? Definitely not! As a matter of fact, some people are not satisfied with just one knife, they own several to perform various tasks! It is the same with a hunting knife. Any hunter is going to feel incomplete without this important tool in his luggage!
Whenever a knife is mentioned, the picture that comes to mind is that of a villainous character as depicted in the movies, brandishing something that looks very wicked and menacing! The reality is something totally different! In fact, hunters try to avoid too large knives because they are not really useful for the tasks they are meant for, plus they are too heavy to lug around!
Like all other knives, the hunting knife is also available in different sizes and shapes. There are also varied brands and models. What the hunter is looking out for is something that suits the type of animal being hunted. To be more exact, the size and weight of the knife should ideally match the game so that it can be wielded easily. At the same time, the knife should be well-made and function efficiently.
The first consideration while choosing a hunting knife is to check the material it is made of–stainless steel or ordinary carbon. A popular choice is the stainless steel hunting knife. It may not be as sharp as the knife made of carbon, but it has the distinct advantage of remaining safe even when exposed to moisture. The knife made with carbon is no doubt very sharp and even easy to sharpen, but keeping it rust-free when it gets exposed to moisture is not so easy. Again, compared to the knife made of carbon, the stainless steel hunting knife loses its sharp edge faster.
The blades of these knives can be of varied shapes, but the commonest ones are the drop point and the clip point. The drop point is highly suited for heavy tasks. The blade with a clip point has a size and weight ideal for cutting ropes and other small tasks, since it is tapering and much thinner. It is not really meant for directly being used on game.
Now the blade of a hunting knife can be foldable or fixed. The foldable blade can be compared to a pocket knife. It is compact in appearance. At the same time, just like the pocket knife, it can be fitted with a saw blade and other tools. It is portable and can be used for all sorts of small tasks.
In contrast, the fixed blade is meant for heavier tasks such as cutting, since it is stronger. These tasks could be something like cleaning and skinning animals. Unlike the foldable blade, the fixed hunting knife requires a sheath. The hunter has to place it in his pack or carry it on his belt.