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.
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.