Hunting Knives are only one of the options that the outdoorsman can select from, and of course just within this sub category of knives the individual can choose from folding knives to assisted opening knives to that of fixed blade knives. This in itself is perhaps an entire debate on its own, and is largely dependent upon personal choice.
In so far as hunting knives are concerned there are a number of attributes that must be taken into account, of which include:
- Strength – The strength of the knife and blade itself is critical for the user to be able to effectively use the knife outdoors. This is especially true when faced with a survival situation where the hunter may be stranded in the wild for a day or two. Using the knife as a survival tool will require a strong knife indeed.
- Quality – Largely related to the above, the hunter will require a knife that is dependable and long lasting, because to be quite honest, a hunting knife is often times quite costly and a high quality knife will ensure longevity of the item.
- Ease of Use – This attribute is one of the debatable issues surrounding knives, however the knife must be easy to use in both calm situations as well as incidents where the hunter may require the knife to defend themselves against a wild or even wounded animal. This is also true of needing the knife to skin and portion any prey they may have secured.
- Blade – The blade of any hunting knife should also be able to be sharpened easily, as well as provided sufficient strength to ensure maximum functionality of the tool. The length of the blade will come into play in terms of the requirements of the knife itself, and again perhaps an issue of personal choice.
There are a wide range of factors, attributes and choices that go beyond the above – of which are mainly determined by personal choice, and as such one’s preference will certainly differ from another. These include issues such as brand, storage and carrying capabilities as well as any intrinsic safety issues that may be associated to a specific hunting knife. The latter is often the deciding factor between choosing a folding knife or a fixed blade knife.
The experienced outdoorsman will certainly have an idea and preconceived concept of which knife would suit him or her due to their known activities when venturing outdoors. However it is imperative that a top quality hunting knife be selected when sorting through the options, as this tool may well be something a life could depend on, within a time of need!