10 Best Hunting Knives in 2021 & Buyer’s Guide

A good hunter knows that the efficient hunting knife how much essential to successfully catch his prey. Hunting knife must be of good quality. Because a poor quality knife may not be effective. It often has a less sharp blade and a handle that is difficult to grip.

As a professional hunting reporter, I know hunters often use their hunting knives; they place high demands on performing their knife. Their requirements vary depending on their use. In all cases, the knife must have a good grip with an imprint of the hand on the handle.

In this article, I’ll talk about the best hunting knives in 2021, but this practice involves more equipment than just a knife.

What is the best hunting knife in 2021?

First of all, your knife must be well sharpened to allow you to proceed with any game butchering operation. It should also be sturdy in case you need to use it for any other activity. Your knife must be suitable for your hand to avoid any injury, cut or accident.

Your knife doesn’t have to be particularly long or bulky. This is not a professional butcher’s cleaver. Also, don’t forget that the knife comes into play when the animal has already been slaughtered!

Here is our selection of the best hunting knives:

1. SOG FSA8-CP Flash II 8 in. Straight Edge EDC Knife

SOG FSA8-CP Flash II

The SOG Flash II hunting knife serves as a daily carry flip knife with assisted opening tech. These folding knives measure 11.43 cm in closed length. It has an AUS-8 Serr steel blade and an FRN handle. It is foldable and has an assisted opening system for this.

SOG FSA8-CP Flash II features one hand opening which is one of the most reliable and fast blade knife systems ever. The equipment is compatible with all hunting activities and lightweight design makes it good for camping or hiking. This tool also benefits from a pocket clip safety system and a hardness of 57-58.

The locking mechanism is super strong. The safety lock keep it from opening unless it’s unlocked. You don’t need to think that it may unlock and slip and cut you.

PROS
  • Solid single-handed design
  • Lightning-fast deployment
  • High-grade stainless steel
  • One hand open folding design
  • Good locking mechanism
CONS
  • Lock the blade in the closed position

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2. JEO-TEC Nº15 Bushcraft Multi-positioned Survival Hunting Knife

JEO-TEC Nº15

JEO-TEC Nº15 hunting knife has been especially designed to be used in rough conditions and hard outdoor environments. The length of the blade of this knife is 140 mm. Its total length is 280 mm and the thickness of its blade is 5 mm.

The knife has a cocobolo wood handle and a multi-position leather sheath. As for its high quality leather carrying case, it is convenient for multi-position. This knife is suitable for hikers, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor exploration sports enthusiasts.

The box comes with genuine leather multi-positioned Sheath, Sharpener Stone & Fire steel. JEO-TEC Nº15 Bushcraft is a must have knife for your survival and camping gear. I have had a chance to use this knife. It is well-balanced and fits in hand well.

PROS
  • Multipurpose hunting knife
  • Not too big, not too small
  • Variety of handle grips
  • Well-tailored sheath
  • Very well made
CONS
  • Sheath would have been made of a higher quality

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3. CELTIBERO BLACK Premium Multipurpose Survival Tactical Knife

CELTIBERO BLACK Survival Tactical Knife

CELTIBERO is a Spanish manufacture, handcrafted with a polished and laser cut blade. This BLACK hunting knife from CELTIBERO is made of stainless steel with a micarta handle. The blade Length is 145 mm / 5.70″ and the overall length is 275 mm / 10.82″. It has a blade thickness of 5mm and a total length of 27cm.

The handle is so comfortable to handle and use; you don’t need any gloves or the jimping. However, without the gloves you will get blisters using the jimping for a longer period of time.

The hunting knife to be used in rough conditions and hard outdoor environment. It has been specifically designed for hunters, campers, and wildlife enthusiasts. It comes packed in a multi-position carrying case with fire starter pockets. A sharpening stone is included with the package.

To ensure quality, CELTIBERO BLACK come with a lifelong guarantee.

PROS
  • Made of Exotic Cocobolo Wood handle
  • Lifelong quality guarantee
  • Multiple carry options
  • Nice stone great handle
  • Affordable
CONS
  • The jimping is too aggressive
  • A little bit heavy

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4. Perkin Damascus Steel Fixed Blade Handmade Hunting Knife

Perkin Damascus Steel Fixed Blade Hunting Knife

This American model knife is of impeccable quality with a blade made of 440c steel. With a very successful stainless steel finishing, this hunting knife is the perfect tool to live your passion in all serenity. Its blade is sharp enough and the walnut handle is also impeccable.

With a flawless finish, it comes with a leather case for a total length of 26.67 cm. It is an ideal model for both hunting and camping. The blade at its widest is 1 1/2″ the sheath is 2 1/2″. It built in excellent craftsmanship and sharp as a razor. Perkin is also a beautiful hunting knife for the price.

To my point of view, the sheath is extremely tight with one defect. However, still very well made and highly functional. I prefer round handles and full tangs, but I recommend this model due to its uniqueness.

Keep in mind, if you do not properly care for and oil your Demascus it will not stay beautiful.

PROS
  • Solid and well balanced
  • Genuine Damascus Steel
  • Very well made
  • Functional
CONS
  • Not very sharp compare to others

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5. Perkin Handmade Bushcraft Full Tang Hunting Knife with Sheath

Perkin Handmade Bushcraft

I need to mention that, the Perkins knife company is located in England, however, the Perkin knives are actually made in both UK and some Asian countries. This Estaing- style hunting knife in the bushcraft model is delivered in its genuine leather case. It has a sharp Damascus steel blade and a deer antler handle. This knife also has a good finish like the Japanese models.

It can be used for all the same reasons a small pocket knife is used – as an EDC, opening packages, cutting string, etc. However, this military model is often used for hunting, underwater exploration or camping. The entire blade length from the center of the handle to the tip is 8 inches.

It has a micro bevel, definitely not a scandi grind, but for the money you can’t beat it. However, sheath is a little on the cheapish side (sheath is a vertical model).

PROS
  • Great value for the price point
  • Comes with Handmade Leather Sheath
  • Full tang knife walnut wood handle
  • Razor sharp blade
CONS
  • The sheath is a vertical model

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6. Jellas Pocket Folding Knife for Men with Figured Wood Handle

Jellas Pocket Folding Knife

The knife measures 20.50 cm and has a stainless steel blade with an opaque finish. The length of the blade is 8.50 cm. The package comes with black leather case.

Jellas hunting knife is Unique in the World. It created from original figured wood with Nature Wood Fragrance, and naturally formed grain on the high-quality timber. The handle is streamlined and with its ergonomically designed, you’ll be extremely comfortable when holding it.

This pocket knife features a clip point shape blade for improved piercing power. Also Jellas hunting knife has excellent balance of hardness and corrosion resistance, which ensures proper operation without sharpening frequently. This pocket hunting knife also provides razor sharp cutting performance.

For any manufacturing defect, Jellas promises a free new replacement guarantee.

PROS
  • Robust and stylish handle
  • Supplied with sheath for attachment to the belt
  • Well-selected Blade Material
  • Perfect Tactical Knife for Everything
  • Very lightweight
CONS
  • A bit hard to open and close single handedly

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7. Walther OSK II Outdoor Survival Knife

Walther OSK II

The name of the knife is Osk II: Acronym for Outdoor Survival Knife. One of its distinguishing features is its 440 stainless steel blade painted black. The blade is serrated on the reverse.

One of its other typical aspects is that its blade and handle are made of alloy. The handle is covered with non-slip rubber for a more comfortable grip. At the end of the handle is a glass breaker with eyelet, through which you can also slip a rope or a tether strap for a better grip.

The knife is sold with its black nylon sheath with belt loop and its kydex sheath. The ergonomic design and feel is fantastic. The hunting knife has many properties which should be observed. You can place horizontally or vertically on the belt thanks to a loop.

PROS
  • Crafted from the highest quality materials
  • Built for performance and durability
  • Large size knife
  • Good moving metal with solid snap open
  • Comfortable handling
CONS
  • It is foldable, but it is pretty bulky

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8. JEO-TEC Nº39 – NEW CELTIBERO Bushcraft Survival Knife

JEO-TEC Nº39

It is an aesthetically designed knife. Indeed, the whole is elegant and reflects robustness. In the case of its blade, it is very strong and sharp. It was laser cut and then hand polished to have a perfect finish.

This knife has been specially designed for use in harsh outdoor conditions and environments. The construction is very solid and does not fear water. On the other hand, the end of the neck is very practical for percussion, for example, for opening coconuts.

It is not a folding knife. However, it is more strong and resistant. This hunting tool is designed for long-term use thanks to the thickness of its blade. You can use this hunting knife to kill animals and cut meat while camping or if you are on a mission in the military.

The JEO-TEC Nº39 knife was designed for outdoor and survival activities, to be able to cut wood, carve, cut branches and cook. You can also use it to dig holes, drill trees or to make constructions. The sharpening stone and fire steel lighter are included with the product.

PROS
  • Robust and multifunctional
  • Made of high quality materials
  • Very good construction
  • Fairly easy to sharpen
  • Decent look
CONS
  • It is not foldable

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9. MTech USA MT-086 Series Fixed Blade Hunting Knife

MTech USA MT-086 Series

This MTech USA MT-086 hunting knife has many advantages and will meet all expectations as a hunter. This model stands out for its robustness guaranteeing use in extreme conditions. With a weight of 0.5 lbs, a blade length of 7 inches for a total length of 12.25 inches, it is a practical product. As proof, the nylon case with which it is supplied can hang easily on the belt of its users.

Thanks to a reinforced ABS handle, this hunting knife is characterized by its strength. Let yourself be surprised by the very well thought-out design of the blade of this model offered by the brand. It is made of AUS-6 stainless steel and always stays sharp for optimal cutting results.

If you plan to invest in a product that perfectly combines elegance and performance, you will be charmed with this delicate knife. The manufacturer has worked with the greatest care every aspect of this hunter’s equipment in order to offer an absolutely magnificent end product of great efficiency and practicality.

PROS
  • Black stainless steel blade with straight edge
  • Ideal for camping expeditions or survival training
  • Easy to use and safe to carry
  • The balance ratio is pretty good
CONS
  • Big and heavy knife

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10. Cold Steel AD-10 and AD-15 Tactical Folding Knife with Lock

Cold Steel AD-10 and AD-15

We end our best hunting knife series with the Cold Steel AD-10 knife is a folding hunting knife, that is intended for several types of use such as for hunting, for fishing, for hiking. It is above all a knife that will help you in your various tasks, especially those that require the use of a very sharp knife. Indeed, it is a knife that is intended for professional use whether for sculptors or fishermen, handymen as well as campers.

Cold Steel AD-10 and AD-15 is made with ultra tough S35VN stainless steel which is a steel well known for its high chromium content and which is especially used in cutlery. This structure gives the cost the capacity of 57-59 HRC on the Rockwell scale, so you can be sure that this knife slides well and meets your needs.

If you are also looking for a hunting knife that is good value for money, Cold Steel AD-10 will be your best ally. Its design is contemporary in terms of hunting knife.

PROS
  • Premium, all-purpose blade
  • High performance in every situation
  • Comfortable and secure grip
  • Ultra-reliable locking mechanism
  • User-friendly features
CONS
  • A bit expensive
  • Heavy

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Types and uses of knives: according to manufacturers

There are 3 main types of knives used specifically for hunting. Some models are with engraving.

  • Knife with drop point blade: Drop point blades have a thorn that slowly descends to the tip of the blade. The downside to drop point blades is that they are not very useful for drilling, and their tip is not as sharp as, say, point knives.
  • Bowie blade knife: Bowie blades or spiked blades are usually straight, then stop roughly in the middle of the blade and then curve to the tip. The tip is great for piercing, but is narrow and a bit weak. This is a downside of a clip point blade.
  • Gut hook knives: Hose hooks or zippered knives have an unusual look for the uninitiated. This is used by hunters to open the abdomen of the animal without slicing into the muscle or any organ. The downside of this type is that the “hook” cannot be sharpened easily, which can be a problem in the long run.

Types of hunting knives: according to hunters

Here, hunting knives are divided into four categories:

  • The first and most popular: fixed blade knives;
  • The second includes the folding knives: their blade is foldable and fits into the handle for easy transport and a “pocket” size, they are reduced to the essentials and offer few extra functions;
  • The third brings together all the pocket knives, which are probably the ones that depart the furthest from hunting practices and even include scissors and files;
  • The last category includes the lockback folding knives which are a type of pocket knife whose blade locks.

The vast majority of hunting knives in market are fixed blade while the folding knife holds the largest share of the remaining market.

Buyer’s guide

When purchasing your favorite hunting knife, several characteristics must be taken into account:

Fixed or folding

The blades of the hunting or fishing knife will either be in a fixed stationary position or folding. Durability will always be in favor of the fixed blade, and that is common sense, as there are fewer mechanical parts to handle and break. It is also easier to clean and maintain.

Folding blades are much more versatile in their use and can easily be hidden, removed faster than a fixed blade, and are for everyday use.

The possibility of carrying it in the pocket is an advantage. The locking mechanisms of all folding blades are of high quality and very secure compared to fixed blades.

Blade material

Stainless steel blade and carbon steel are the most reputable, and both have several features that favor one over the other. Stainless steel is made up of several components such as iron, nickel, carbon, chromium, etc. It is very rust resistant, but it lacks the sharpness of carbon and is known to stain in certain environments.

Carbon steel is the sharper model of the two. It’s easier to take care of and maintain that sharpness. Carbon blades rust and discolour awfully easily, even if they are neat.

Scabbard

Most hunting knives on the market come with their scabbard, although companies often try to save money on this accessory. Indeed, the sheaths already supplied are quite often of poor quality.

However, the scabbards and holsters are important because they are the safest way to carry your knife. Most of these can be attached to your belt using eyelets or rings located in the upper or lower part of the knife so that it can be attached to the leg. Some knives can still be attached via other means such as straps or belt loops to your bag, for example.

Ease of handling

The handle is a fundamental part of the hunting knife and guarantees its smooth and safe operation. A good grip is firm, provides a good grip in large and small hands, and has ambidextrous characteristics.

It must be able to offer you a good, solid and non-slip grip in all conditions. It is also recommended that it must be comfortable. Fixed blade models are incredibly known for having comfortable handles, as heavy use demands high quality.

Grips made of micarta (decorative high pressure laminate) or G10 (fiberglass dipped in resin) have become very popular. But natural wood handles have never gone out of fashion, as they are durable, comfortable and often elegant.

Handle end

The handle end of a hunting knife is usually not designed the same way as that of a survival knife.

Most of the manufacturers of survival knives seek to provide it with the most extra features without transforming it into a Swiss army knife. For this reason, the handle end of a survival knife is often turned into a window breaker, an essential item in an emergency.

The tip of a hunting knife is often normal and does not have a special feature. Because it primarily serves to counterbalance the weight of the knife.

Timeshare

Multi-purpose knives with several characteristics are the most in demand. They allow several types of tasks to be carried out with a single mechanism. The idea of ​​putting two types or 3 blades in a knife is a nice innovation, and there are a lot of choices.

Emphasis is placed on the fact that while it is nice to have a multi-purpose in a knife, the overall quality is best served by using two knives with specific functions rather than a knife with two blades.

Final Thought

Hunting knife is a great accessory for any hunter, and with the many sources online, it becomes even easier to make an informed choice. Pick the one that best suits your needs, and remember that there are a lot of hunters who have more than one tool in their collection.

In this article, we have exposed you the criteria to take into consideration to acquire the hunting knife that suits you and that would best meet your needs for your outdoor activities.

Our editorial staff’s favorite is the JEO-TEC Nº15 Knives fixed blade knife, which impressed us for its versatility and its numerous attachment possibilities. Its stainless steel blade is also very sharp and of high quality.

I also made a list with my favorite hunting knife sharpeners, and they are sorted by price, so you can pick the best one for your budget.

 

Liam Dean is a Professional Blogger and Outdoor Enthusiast. He completed masters in Sports Sciences and spend all of his free time doing sports and other outdoor activities. In vacations he go hunting, fishing and mountaineering.

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