How Do You Choose a Hunting Knife? A hunting knife is a knife used during hunting for preparing the game to be used as food: skinning the animal and cutting up the meat. It is different from the Hunting dagger which was traditionally used to kill wild game. Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge. The blade is slightly curved on most models, and some hunting knives may have a blade that has both a curved portion for skinning, and a straight portion for cutting slices of meat. Some blades incorporate a guthook. Most hunting knives designed as “Skinners” have a rounded point as to not damage the skin as it is being removed.
A quality hunting knife is versatile enough to do everything the average hunter needs — from skinning the animal to splitting through its ribcage and bone. When you’re choosing a hunting knife, it’s important to consider how you’ll use it and the type of game you plan to hunt. Clearly, the big game hunter will use a different type of knife than someone who hunts rabbits. And, if you think bigger is always better, you’d be wrong. An oversized knife will make cleaning small game harder, not easier, and increase your chances of cutting yourself. Read more about Gonzo’s hunting knives by clicking here.