We have been talking about various EDC knives and all related stuff about choosing the right EDC knife. So, today we will be discussing one of the most common and loved weaponries for hunters and outdoor explorers. Yes, we are talking about best-fixed blade hunting knives.
Now, you might wonder why I have added the prefix “fixed blade” before hunting knives. This is because fixed blade knives are the only category that suffices all the requisites of a great hunting knife. Thereby, we thought rather than wasting time discussing why fixed blade knives are better than folding knives, let’s just concentrate on what’s the facts are and see some characteristics of the best-fixed blade hunting knife.
Coming on to some important things, before we start to let it be very clear that here we are discussing best-hunting knives, stress is on “hunting knives”. A general duty fixed blade knife isn’t specifically a hunting knife, although a hunting knife can serve for bush crafting and other general purposes. No here we will talk about hunting knives only and how to choose the best knife when you hit the first hunt of your life.
So, without wasting any time let’s get started with some features that make the best-fixed blade hunting knife:
As so often we do, the first consideration for choosing the right weapon is the size of the knife. Many people seem clueless about deciding the right size of the blade.
Ok, I know there are tons of exquisitely designed and mammoth sized blades available in the market and yes they do look cool and all that, but honestly, the best-fixed blade hunting knife isn’t huge. Sorry for disappointment fellows, but out of the Hollywood ideals, the reality is often different than depiction. For me, an 8’’ blade is the optimum length that will do the trick for you. In fact, if you asked a veteran hunter about his choice, he will tell you even small number than this. However, for young adventurers who haven’t skinned an animal before, an 8’’ blade like Karesuando Kniven Galten EX Hunting Knife Walnut will do the job.
Apart from the size of the blade, the type of blade is yet another important consideration. Well, again the newbies can be spoilt by too many choices available in the market and well there is nothing bad in it. After all, with so many different types of blade spread across the market, you can be taken away by flash design or a wrong intuition.
Personally, I prefer the classic clip point as the best and most viable blade style. This is because during the skinning process, the smaller the tip angle of the blade, the better you get access to penetrate the skin. In fact, the blade type also determines how successful or hard will be the skinning process. As a newbie, you should aim to slice as neatly through the skin as possible and don’t slice through the intestine or gut. For this reason, the classic clip point is a perfect choice, which gives you maximum control for manipulation and versatility.
Ok summing things up quickly, once you are done with the size and type of blade, now let’s get straight on the blade material. Just to simplify things here, there are two major categories of blades that made the best-fixed blade hunting knife. The first that made from highest quality steel with high HRC and the second more common steel that’s easy to sharpen. Both categories come with inherent strengths and weaknesses. While a premium grade steel blade goes a long way before losing its edges/sharpness, it’s really hard to sharpen it once it does get bland. Whereas for normal steel it might lose edge quickly but then it can be sharpened back easily without any fuss.
As a professional hunter, I can tell you how difficult it can be to sharp a high-grade steel blade that has lost its edges and believe me these things can be messy while you skin your hunt (especially animals with thick fur coat like elk or deer). Thereby, I prefer going with a stainless steel blade like MAM Light Hunting Knife that can be sharpened easily at all times.