What is a Hunting Knife?

The Hunting Knife

By the purest definition, a hunting knife is a blade that is used to hunt wild game. It is the actual implementation that will make the kill, even though the game may take some time to die. In addition, a hunting knife most often will be used for cleaning and gutting the animal.

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Of course, it depends on what is being hunted. Some game, especially large game, may have a very tough hide, in which case the blade used to kill the animal will be different than the one used to gut and clean the animal.

Choosing a Hunting Knife

You need to think about a few main ideas when you are selecting your blade.

  • What are you going to be hunting?
  • What is your budget?
  • How often will you be hunting?

Make a list of what you will be hunting: deer, boar, bear, elk, and so on… Be sure to check with your local game warden! Local laws may vary if you aren’t in survival mode.

Here is some Hog Hunting – probably the most popular kind of knife hunting in North America.


For me, I prefer the solid feel and sturdiness of a fixed blade knife. They are rugged, have a classic look, reliable, and they are the easiest to clean and maintain.

A folding knife can be a good choice if you want a lighter, smaller option. They are usually easier to carry around.

Here is a folding knife that is a viable option as a hunting knife.

Here is a folding knife that is a viable option as a hunting knife.

Here is a good guide that goes into the details of choosing a hunting blade.

Maintenance Tips for Hunting Knives

These are a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years.