Want to have a deeper understanding of which are the best hunting knives? Welcome to the HunterBlades.com complete guide to hunting knives. This guide is divided into 7 main chapters, feel free to skim and skip between the various chapters to find the exact info you need:
Hunting Knife vs. Survival Knife vs. Camping Knife
When it comes to understanding which knives are the best hunting knives, we must first understand how hunting knives differ from other knives. A hunting knife is built with different design and standards, compared to camping knives and survival (or tactical) knives.
1. The super-short explanation
Hunting knives are more like a scalpel while survival knives are more like cleavers.
2: The slightly longer short explanation:
The best hunting knives are usually designed with a drop point tip and a relatively short blade (about 2-4 inches). Drop points usually have a large belly efficient for skinning or filleting.
Survival/camping knives are tough and rugged, so tough that they can even be used as a deadly tip for a makeshift spear, so it means that these knives need to be robust enough to suffer heavy abuse but sharp enough to actually pierce the hide of an animal and cause damage.
3. The full explanation:
Hunting vs. Survival
Hunting knives are quite durable but cannot go toe to toe with survival knives. Survival knives need to be sturdier and able to perform general survival tasks like hacking through vegetation, aiding in starting a fire, doubling as a spearhead, etc. while hunting knives are mostly designed for a singular purpose like skinning, game preparation and filleting. The main differences between the two kinds of knives are weight and blade thickness. Survival knives are generally thicker and tougher than hunting knives even though both of them often have a full tang construction for strength.
Hunting vs. Camping
The differences between hunting knives and camping knives are even more noticeable. Camping knives can reach up to 7 inches longs with blade thicknesses of a quarter of an inch. An average hunting knife will usually measure at 2-4 inches with 0.0125 inches thick blades. Camping knives have many uses around the camp but are difficult to use for game preparation. Although many hunters will say that they will never throw their knives, camping knives are usually heavy enough to cause considerable damage when thrown. The best hunting knives have a full tang construction which makes them quite strong but the relatively thinner blade spine can still cause them to break if used for general camping tasks like splitting wood.