Basic Criteria For Choosing A Good Hunting Knife
Why do we need to know the criteria of a good hunting knife?
Currently, there are too many brands and models of hunting knife on the market, and choosing a good one between thousands of hunting knives like that may make an amateur hunter feel confused. Because there are too many things that need to be evaluated when choosing a suitable hunting knife, example: design, material, price
And considering all of these criteria between each brand is a complicated task. That is the reason why I write this article, to show you the most important criteria that you should remember when choosing a hunting knife. With hope that the information in this article will make your shopping become easier and more enjoyable.
The important criteria to evaluate a hunting knife
Sharpness is always a most important criterion of a good hunting knife. The experienced hunter always choose the sharp hunting knife, because he knew that it will help him a lot, when he need to butcher the animal. The sharpness of hunting knife is made up by two factors: the quality of the material of the edge and the design of the edge. You should choose a hunting knife which edge was made by good steel and has a good design, instead of a picky edge.
1. Edge retention knife
It is very inconvenient when you need you sharpen your hunting knife frequently during the hunting trip, so a good hunting knife is the hunting knife which need less sharpening. That is the reason why you should choose an edge retention hunting knife. This type of hunting knife will help you reduce the sharpening frequency significantly. This is important criteria to evaluation for hunting knife.
2. Good design
A good design hunting knife must be ease of use and useful. It must help the users perform their task easier, like skinning, boning… Please remember, do not confuse between a good design hunting knife and a delicate design hunting knife. A delicate hunting knife may not be a good design, because it is too complicated and you will feel uncomfortable when using it. I recommend you choose a hunting knife with a specific and simple edge, because it will perform the task of a hunting knife better.
3. Material of edge
The material of edge is a very important criterion, because it will affect directly on the sharpness as well as the durability of a hunting knife. You should choose a hunting knife which has an edge was made by good material like stainless steel, because it will be more reliable in a hunting trip. Besides that, it will help you save more time and effort in maintenance and sharpening tasks.
4. Length of blade
Base on function, the hunting knives will have different length. A skinning knife usually has shorter edge than the others, to help the users control it easier and reduce the damage for the animal leather. A good hunting knife should have the length of blade around 3.5’’ to 8’’, because longer or shorter edge will make the users feel hard to control it.
We all know that a hunting knife with good material, nice design and a sharp edge absolutely cannot have a cheap price. What I would like to mention here is the adequate price compare with its quality. Do not hesitate to pay a little more money for a good hunting knife, because it you choose a poor quality hunting knife, the cost for repairing and maintenance will be also the same. In my opinion, a simple and effective hunting knife with the price around $100 to $200 is a nice choice.
After reading this article, you can see that the criteria of a good hunting knife are not too long and complicated. With six simple but important criteria in this article, you totally can choose for yourself a suitable hunting knife.
If you feel too hard to remember all of them, so do not force yourself to remember, just use them as a check list, and your shopping will become much easier. Besides that, asking the sellers is one of the ways to choose a good hunting knife. If you have any concern, do not hesitate to ask them, they will answer you conscientiously.