Some of the many uses for your cutlery involves outdoors activities. Whether you’re a hiker, fisherman, or a hunter, any outdoorsman will have a few knives in their EDC. So, let’s talk about US made hunting knives.
Buying a hunting knife is a personal decision, like any knife purchase. Purchasing something that was made in the USA is very important to me, and I know it is something that a lot of other people think about too.
The days are gone when everything you buy was made locally. Nowadays, you are more likely to see that an item was made in China. Walmart and other discount stores are filled with products sourced from outside the USA.
Pros about US made hunting blades:
- You get the highest quality possible.
- Your hunting knife might be made by a person that you can call up and talk to on the phone.
- Your new blade supports the economy of the USA – You won’t be sending your money overseas to another country.
- The materials will be a high quality – you should be able to sharpen your hunting knife less often.
There are some cons too:
- The hunting knife will be more expensive.
- The blade may be a collector’s item so that could deter you from using the knife in a hunt.
The List of USA Made Hunting Knives
There are many more knife makers in the US that have hunting knives for sale. I listed a few of my favorites that are fairly widely available. This list is not exhaustive. There are many others out there, especially in you go to gun and knife shows.
Here are a couple good vendors that sell knives Made In The USA:
- http://www.northamericanknives.com/usa_made_knives – North American Knives
- http://www.knifecenter.com/shop/american-made-items – Knife Center
If you are in the market for custom made knives, then there is almost an endless supply of craftsmen that can make just what you need. It is likely that you can get a good deal for such a knife considering the time involved.
- Buck Knife Company
- ESSE Knives
- Bear and Son
- Case Knives
- Benchmade Knives
- Emerson Knives
- Colonial Knife Company
- Spyderco Knives
Here’s a great video about this history of Spyderco.
With most of the brands above, you can go to a good outdoor store and buy a knife off the shelf. Personally, that’s more my style.
Information for the outdoorsman
Are you a hunter yourself, or are you looking for a gift for the hunter in your life? I’ve reviewed a ton of products for the avid outdoorsman on The Kitchen Professor. If you fish, you might want to see my review of the best electric knife for cleaning fish. I’ve also reviewed the best electric sharpener for fillet knives!
Hunters might appreciate this post on the best coffee Thermos for hunting, which will keep your drinks warm on those cold, early mornings. Then, find out which vacuum sealer is best for storing your fish and game!
Keep your tools sharp and ready for action! Don’t forget to check out this post on the Spyderco triangle sharpmaker, the Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener, Smith’s Adjustable Sharpener, the Lansky System, or the very popular KME Knife Sharpening System.
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