Top 5 Choices for the Best Hunting Knife
The kind of knife you bring on a hunting trip matters. While its primary purpose might be processing meat, it can also be used in different ways around the camp. So what characteristics make the best hunting knife? The answer to that really depends on your needs but in general, it’s nice to have a tool that can fit right in the pocket and is sturdy enough to handle different kinds of cutting tasks.
List of the Best Hunting Knife Options:
- Opinel No8 Carbon Pocket Knife
- Simple, sturdy, efficient and easy to use, this essential tool remains unchanged since 1890 but is unmatched in its design. Raw material and colors may vary from one collection to another, but its style remains deeply steeped in history and tradition. This timeless knife is for people who enjoy the outdoors, and is a must-have tool for professional or amateur handymen. It is used everywhere from the garden to the table, a knife that is given as a gift and passed down to loved ones.
- Opinel's carbon steel is extremely hard, thereby guaranteeing excellent cutting quality, good wear resistance and easy regrinding. Carbon can corrode easily. It is advised that you avoid damp locations and wipe and grease the blade after use. Each blade is stamped with the "Crowned Hand" mark. In 1909, Joseph Opinel chose the Crowned Hand emblem for his knives as a symbol to represent the origin and quality of Opinel knives.
- Beech is the most commonly used wood for the manufacture of Opinel handles. Beech is hard, durable and easy to work with. With a homogeneous appearance, its light color varies from yellow to pink. It is characterized by the presence of numerous small, dark dashes. To prevent a negative impact on the environment (pollution from transport, deforestation ...), 95% of the wood for handles comes from sustainably managed French forests.
- Invented by Marcel Opinel in 1955, the Virobloc safety ring is fitted to all folding knives as of the No 06. Cut out of stainless steel, the Virobloc has two sections, one fixed and one sliding. In addition to locking the blade open (safety in use), it is now possible to lock the blade closed (safety in transport)
- Opinel products are guaranteed under normal use and exchanged in case of manufacturing defects. Damage due to normal wear and tear or improper use are not covered by the warranty.
This might not be the “safest” option in the list, but it’s a really good knife given its price. Not only is the cost friendly, but it also does a good job when preparing small game. In short, this option is not suited for those who like hunting big game.
One of the best features of the knife is the palm swell in the handle which makes gripping really easy. The wooden handle also lends it a nice look. The blade is 3.35” long which is enough for handling small game.
2. Havalon Piranta Folding Knife
- ABS plastic handle
- 2 3/4" blades
- 7 1/4" open length
Hunters are all different, but there are those who consider the best hunting knife to be one that can fold. A lot of hunters put a knife in their pocket and nothing looks safer than one that can be folded. This is what you get with the Havalon Piranta.
Apart from the folding feature, the Piranta also has scalpel blades – replaceable ones at that. In short, you can just switch out blades depending on what kind of game you’re working on. Although the Piranta is not good with breaking through bones, it does make clean cuts on meat.
3. Buck Omni Hunter
- 3-1/4" Drop Point 420HC Steel Blade delivers Excellent Strength, Edge Retention, and Corrosion Resistance.
- Full length tang, and heavy-duty ergonomic design with index finger groove. 7-3/4" Overall Length, 4.6 oz.
- Contoured Realtree Camo rubberized handle with grip ridges for safe handling and Lanyard Hole for easy attachment
- Includes Realtree Camo Sheath with snap closure
- Buck Forever Warranty, and Made in the USA
When choosing hunting gear, it’s best to go with brands that have been around for a long time. They surely know what they are doing, and that’s what you get with Buck Knives. Their Omni Hunter is priced reasonably and makes a great hunting companion.
Handling game means having your hands wet, and the contoured rubber handle of the Omni Hunter ensures that you still have a firm grip on the knife even in slippery conditions. This knife has a 3.25” blade that has excellent strength and is more than capable of dressing game.
4. SOG Huntspoint Boning Knife
- Noted as one of the best new hunting knives for 2013 by Field & Stream Magazine
- Boning knife has a 3.6-inch fixed blade, drop point shape and crafted from AUS-8 stainless steel with a satin finish
- Finger grooved orange and black co-molded rubberized handle with black glass-reinforced nylon to provide a well-balanced and comfortable fit in your hand
- Includes a black leather sheath with snap closure and belt loop attachment that's made in the U.S.A
- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
As its name suggests, this blade is used for de-boning game. Field & Stream magazine have listed this as one of its best hunting knives in 2013. The knife has a 3.6-inch fixed blade with a drop-point shape and made of AUS-8 stainless steel. The orange and black handle is made of rubber with glass-reinforced nylon that makes it comfortable to hold.
5. Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) Onion Skinner
- Double injected molded handle
- Black leather sheath
- Three quarter tang Bohler K110 stainless steel blade with high hollow ground and polished satin finish
- Blade has HRC 58-60 stainless steel
- 8-Inch in overall length and weighs 3.7-Ounce
Ken Onion, a well-known knife maker, spent a lot of time with professional hunters as well as Alaskan guides during the development of this blade. The result may be a little unusual but the knife is pretty functional. The blade measures 3.75” and has a narrow tip that minimizes the chance of hitting innards when working on a game’s stomach. With a textured handle, this blade will stay firmly in your hands.