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Folding Hunting Knives

Folding Hunting KnivesChoosing a hunting knife is a very individual process. In addition to considering what tasks you will use your new knife to do, you want to consider your own strength and size, how you plan to transport the knife, your safety concerns, and whether you need a single-task or multi-purpose knife.

As well, the choice between fixed blade and folding hunting knives is a highly personal decision. This guide will give you a comprehensive overview to help you choose the best overall knife for your needs.

Fixed versus Folding: A Knife Type Overview

There are two basic types of hunting knife: the fixed blade hunting knife and the folding blade hunting knife. Both types of knife can come with different types of blades and handles.

The most common knife handle materials today include bone, wood, leather, metal, and synthetics. For your own safety, choosing a knife handle that gives you the most secure grip is a wise choice.

The most common type of knife blade materials are carbon steel and stainless steel. The former is more prone to rust but is cheaper and more durable. The latter can be harder to sharpen but needs less maintenance overall than its carbon steel counterpart.

How Each Knife Type Works: An Operational Description

A fixed blade knife tends to be stronger and sturdier for heavier tasks, if not so easy to transport (especially when space is a concern!). The reason the knife is sturdier is because the metal of the blade actually continues on into the handle itself, so you have no risk of the blade buckling or folding back to cause any injury.This type of knife can also be easier to clean because there are no hidden or recessed areas to clean out.

Boda Storm Folding Hunting Knives A folding blade hunting knife is much safer to transport and especially to carry on the go in your pocket! There are two types: the pocketknife and the lock-back folding knife. For each, the blade is contained within the handle until you need to use it. The lock-back knife is the safer of the two, as it has a safety lock mechanism for holding the blade in place while you work.

Folding knife blades are a better choice for multi-purpose tasks and especially for tasks where you may need to open and use the blade with one hand while the other is occupied. However, they can be a bit more difficult to clean if matter gets into the knife storage opening.

Knife Blade Design: 3 Main Types

There are three main types of knife blades for either the fixed or folding type hunting knife. The three types are skinning, drop point, and clip point.

The skinning knife is nearly self-explanatory, but what you need to know is that most frequently these knives are designed to skin medium to large game only. You can use a skinning knife for small game, but you will be best served by opting for the smallest blade size here. In a pinch you can use a skinning knife to do anything a drop point or clip point knife would do, but it may not be as efficient for all tasks.

Drop Point Blade A drop point knife is your go-to knife for big game, because it can do practically anything you would ever need to do, from skinning to splitting bone to other cleaning tasks. You will find the blade size is the largest with a drop point knife for this reason.

A clip point knife is your best multi-purpose knife choice if you plan to use the knife for both hunting and game cleaning tasks and also other tasks (for example, to prepare kindling for camp fires or to open containers). The clip point blade and point is finer and flatter than the drop point to allow for multi-purpose tasks.

Here as well, there is a newer line of hybrid knives that combine elements of two or more knives - you can tell these because they will have the word "modified" in their name. Most of these are lock-back folding knives rather than pocketknives.

Popular Knife Brands to Consider

Keeping in mind that you can spend anywhere from $50 to more than $1,000 for a folding hunting knife. Depending on your budget and needs, expect to find a great variety of knives for you to consider. But as you are shopping for the best hunting knife for your needs, consider these popular and trusted names in folding hunting knives.

Swiss Army Victorinox, Gerber, Spyderco, SOG, Buck, Kershaw, and Benchmade are all brands you can trust. Of these, some of the most popular types include the Buck Model 110, Benchmade 585 Mini Barrage, SOG HuntsPoint boning blade, and Victorinox Hunter Folding Blade. You can't go wrong by adding one or all of these to your hunting knife toolkit!

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