Hunting is as much a part of human existence as eating is. In fact, our ancestors had to hunt in order to survive. Humans have been hunters and gatherers since the dawn of time and it is an activity that is more recreational than a necessity these days.
In order to be a good hunter, you need to have the right equipment. A hunting rifle or bow and arrow is one thing, but no self-respecting hunter will ever set out on an expedition without a good hunting knife. Another trait for a respectable hunter is being mindful of hunting ethics. This means an animal will only be killed if is attacking the hunter or for food. This doesn’t mean filling your freezer for the next six months, but bagging one beast and sharing it with your fellow hunters.
This is where the hunting knife comes in. The animal that has just been shot needs to prepared and readied for transporting home. This involves removing the skin and internal organs to slow down the decaying process so your meat stays fresh enough before it can be properly stored in your deep freezer, or cooked. The best hunting knives will help you quickly butcher the beast so you and your fellow hunters can take your game meat home and prepare something special for your next dinner party.
The Best Hunting Knife
The first thing you’ll notice when you first handle this Famous Folding Hunter Knife from Buck Knives is how great it feels in your hands. This hunting knife features a classic lock-back design with a 3-3/4″ 420HC stainless steel clip point blade. It is easy to open with a nail notch on the blade and genuine ebony handle inlays with stunning brass bolsters. This is the ideal hunting knife for the hunter on the move and will fit neatly in the pocket of your hunting vest, backpack or even the back pocket of your pants. It also comes with a genuine high-quality protective leather sheath to keep your blade in good condition during transport and storage.
Classic lock-back design
3-3/4″ 420HC stainless steel clip point blade
Easy to open with a nail notch on the blade
Genuine ebony handle inlays and brass bolsters
Includes genuine high-quality protective leather sheath
- BrandBuck Knives
- Weight8 ounces
One of the best aspects of hunting with your buddies is camping out and this Mossy Oak Survival Knife is the ultimate multi-purpose hunting survival knife. This is a must-have knife for camping and comes with the added bonus of a firestarter and sharpeners. The knife is built for control and precision which is what you expect from the best hunting butcher knives. The blade is full tang yet with a lightweight construction that will never let you down. It’s also easy to grip thanks to the TPR rubber coated soft handle. This exceptional knife features a black anodized razor-sharp clip point blade and as a multi-purpose survival knife, it’s one you need to keep with your hunting gear every time you head out into the wilderness.
Multi-purpose hunting survival knife
Built for control and precision
Full tang yet lightweight construction
TPR rubber coated soft handle
Black anodized razor-sharp clip point blade
Firestarter and sharpeners included as bonus
- BrandMossy Oak
- Weight1.6 pounds
You don’t need a big knife to prove you’re a skilled hunter and this SOG Folding Knife is small but mighty. This is a compact 3.1-inch stainless steel blade with a one-hand open and lock. Another feature of the blade is that is it made from Hardcased Black 8CR13MOV Steel and a machined G10 handle and full-length steel liners. This great hunting knife comes with an EDC knife pocket clip to protect the rugged, thick spined blade. Use it when you’re hunting but also around the campsite. Keep it by your side and you’ll be prepared for anything.
3.1 INCH Stainless Steel Blade
One hand open and lock blade
Hardcased Black 8CR13MOV Steel
Machined G10 Handle & Full Length Steel Liners
EDC Knife Pocket Clip
Rugged, thick-spined blade
- Weight3.68 ounces
Man only comes with two hands and when you’re out in the wild you often need to keep one hand free for many different tasks. This Outdoor Edge Razor-Lite Tactical Hunting knife features one hand deployment so your other hand is free to hold down your prey or catch. This amazing Razor-Lite EDC comes with 4 additional blades which means you can easily replace the one in your knife with the push of a button. It features a razor-sharp, heat-treated and hand-finished blade that is made from 44J2 stainless steel. It also has a lightweight and sturdy Grivory handle and rubberized TPR handle inserts. Overall, this is a great knife to take on your next fishing, hunting or camping trip.
One hand deployment
Blades easy to replace with the push of a button
Razor-Lite EDC comes with 4 blades
Razor-sharp, heat-treated, hand-finished 44J2 stainless steel blade
Lightweight and sturdy Grivory handle
Rubberized TPR handle inserts
- BrandOutdoor Edge
- Weight4.8 ounces
The only thing better than a MOSSY OAK Bowie Knife is this set of two Bowie Knives. One knife features a compact 4-inch blade, while the larger knife has a 6-inch blade. This hunting knife fixed blade set are both equipped with a steel bolster and pummel and ergonomically shaped leather handles for superior grip and easy handling. There are also finger grooves that have been designed to facilitate knife work whether it’s cleaning fish or skinning game. The full tang construction provides greater strength and reliability so you’ll have a trusty blade or two when you are camping out on your next hunting or fishing trip.
Classic, multipurpose bowie knives set
Ergonomically shaped leather handle
Finger grooves designed to facilitate knife work
Improved balance and grip
Equipped with steel bolster and pommel
Full tang construction provides greater strength
- BrandMossy Oak
- Weight13.4 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches
Extreme camping and hunting require an extreme tactical fixed blade knife and this one from MTech USA is about as extreme a knife as you’ll ever see. This fixed blade hunting knife features a 440 stainless steel black tanto blade that is durable and completely reliable. The G10 handle offers superior grip, even in wet conditions and with an overall length of 11 inches, it’s a good size for use in the outdoors. This great hunting knife also comes with a black nylon sheath for easy and safe carrying so keep yours strapped to your utility belt and stay safe when you’re out among the beasts.
Tactical fixed blade knife ideal for camping or hunting
440 stainless steel black tanto blade
G10 handle offers superior grip even in wet conditions
Includes black nylon sheath for easy and safe carry
11-inch overall length
5-1/2-inch blade length with 5.5mm thickness
- BrandMTECH USA XTREME
- Weight2.2 pounds
Hunting, fishing, and camping require performing many little tasks and not all of these can be done with the same knife. With this Elk Ridge – Outdoors 2-PC Fixed Blade Hunting Knife Set you can get more done. This set of two hunting knives include a 7-inch straight-edge knife for hunting and skinning and a 6.5-inch gut hook knife for cleaning fish. The blades are made of 440 stainless steel so you can be sure that they are rust-resistant and durable. The 7-inch knife feature a camo ABS handle with a lanyard hole and the smaller knife also has a camo ABS handle with a finger hole. Both fit in the black nylon dual carry sheath for easy and safe carrying.
Set of two hunting knives
Includes 7-inch straight edge & 6-1/2-inch gut hook knife
Blades made of 440 stainless steel
7-inch knife with camo ABS handle with lanyard hole
6-1/2-inch knife with camo ABS handle and finger hole
Black nylon dual carry sheath for easy and safe carry
- BrandElk Ridge
- Weight8 ounces
The Morakniv Craftline Robust Trade Knife is a great utility knife that is useful in a variety of situations both recreational and in a working environment. This is a fixed blade utility knife with a carbon steel blade for superior strength. It can also withstand years of sharpening so you will always have a trusty knife, sharp enough to tackle anything you need to use it for. For your comfort, it has an ergonomic handle with TPE rubber to give you an optimum grip and a finger guard gives a little extra safety. When you’re not using this knife, you can stash it into the hard-plastic combi sheath that comes with the knife. The manufacturer is so confident that you’ll be satisfied with your knife, it comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
Fixed blade utility knife
Extra-think carbon steel blade
Ergonomic handle with TPE rubber for optimum grip
Finger guard provides additional safety
Hard plastic Combi-Sheath
Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty
- Weight3.52 ounces
For the hunter that wants to make a statement, this Uncle Henry 153UH Golden Spike Rat Tail Tang hunting knife is definitely eye-catching. It has a very unique Staglon handle with a nickel silver finger guard and finger divets for a better grip. The blade is made of high carbon stainless steel that is durable and strong. The rat tail tang also ensures the knife will stand the test of time and it comes with a great leather sheath that gives you quick and easy access when you need to grab your knife in a hurry.
7Cr17MoV High Carbon Stainless Steel Blade
Stunning Staglon Handle
Quick and easy access leather sheath
Nickel silver finger guard
Rat tail tang ensures durability and longevity
Handle with finger divets for better grip
- BrandUncle Henry
- Weight6.4 ounces
Venturing out into the wilderness requires being prepared for any situation and that means you need to have all the necessary equipment with you. One of those things is a hunting knife and this Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife with a Serrated Edge is a necessary part of any survival kit. We’ve all seen Bear Grylls showing off his survival skills and when you have the right knife with you, you can survive the wild as well. This knife features a carbon stainless steel drop point blade with a lock back to keep the blade securely in place. It has a dual-sided thumb stud for easy single-hand opening and an ergonomic textured rubber grip for added stability. This great knife is compact and foldable so you can stash it in the lightweight, military-grade mildew-resistant sheath.
Carbon Stainless Steel Drop Point Blade
Lightweight, military-grade, mildew resistant sheath
Ergonomic Textured Rubber Grip
Lock Back – Locks blade securely in place
Dual-Sided Thumbstud – For easy single-hand opening
Compact, foldable and fits neatly into sheath
- Weight3.52 ounces
Next time you head for the hills, make sure you have a good quality hunting knife with you like one of the ones we’ve featured in this selection. The best hunting knives need to be strong, durable and sharp so that you can skin your game, clean your fish or simply use it to get your campsite ready. In a sticky situation, a good hunting knife can make all the difference so never leave civilization without one.
One of the most important things to do with your hunting knife is ensure you clean it well after each use and never use it as a make shift axe. The blades may be strong and long lasting, but use them for the wrong purposes and you may nick and damage the blades. Look after your hunting knife and it will look after you.