A quality hunting knife is an essential part of a deer hunter's gear. A knife must be able to split wood and chop branches, as well as field dress, skin and butcher a deer. The knife must be sharp enough to cleanly remove the hide from the meat, but tough enough to cut through bone and cartilage. When choosing a deer hunting knife, compare features such as variety of blade steel, blade shape, handle material, corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening.
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Buck 110 Folding Hunter
Introduced in 1962, the Buck 110 is considered the granddaddy of folding hunting knives. The 3 3/4- inch clip-point blade is made of 420 stainless steel and locks open. The handle is wood with brass bolsters and is renowned for its comfort. The knife is sold with a sheath.
Buck 119 Pathfinder
The Buck 119 is a fixed-blade, all-purpose hunting and field knife. The 5-inch 420 HC stainless steel blade comes extremely sharp from the factory. The plastic handle is smooth, yet provides good purchase and slip-resistance. At 128gr, the knife is light and easy to carry on the hip all day.
The Gator from Gerber is a lock back design folding knife. It features a 3 3/4-inch blade with a gut hook. The blade material is a 400-series stainless steel that is corrosion resistant. The plastic and rubber combination handle is a unique feature of the Gator, as it provides a lightweight and strong, yet tacky, grip even in wet conditions.
Case Large Stockman
W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery has been producing some of the most well-respected and classically-styled folding pocket knives since 1889. Before the popularity of today's large survival-type knives, the large Case Stockman model was used by generations of deer hunters. Featuring clip-point, spey and sheeps' foot blades, this knife provides the hunter with enough blades to easily field dress, skin and butcher deer.
The Fallkniven H1 series of knives are Finnish-made and feature a European design. The 4-inch blades are VG10 stainless steel, with a choice of wood or hard plastic handles. The H1 comes with a Zytel sheath to keep it handy on your hip. The knife is very popular with European hunters and is famous for its function, strength and usability.
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