Knife Review for New Hunters
I recently took the time to check out a cool little hunting knife. A good hunting knife is so critical, so I’m always on the lookout for another one. Since many new hunters like you are also probably shopping around for your first knife, I thought I would do a knife review on it.
I got this one through the Blade HQ website, which has all kinds of knives for sale.
If you’re looking for a new knife or your first hunting knife, I hope you’ll find this helpful.
Uses for a Hunting Knife
First, let’s talk about what you even need a knife for. For me, a knife is one of those pieces of hunting equipment I cannot live without when I’m in the woods. If I’m hunting, I need to skin and/or field dress animals, notch hunting tags, or something along those lines. When I’m camping or hiking, I always need to cut a rope, split kindling, sharpen a stick for a food skewer, or cut my food.
If there’s one thing you should always have with you in the woods, a solid knife is at the top of my list. It doesn’t matter if I’m out for a short walk while hunting or on a wilderness camping trip – I’ve got a knife in my bag.
About the Knife
Now you know why it’s useful, so let’s jump into the knife review details. The Ka-Bar Folding Hunter knife is the one I got. It is a folding lockback knife, meaning it folds up inside itself and locks in place when you open it. That’s very important when you’re using it so that it doesn’t close on your fingers and cut them all to pieces.
The blade itself is just under 4 inches in length and made of stainless steel. It is simple and clean looking with a black and metal finish. It features a reversible pocket clip for secure carrying and a thumb stud on the blade for easy opening.
Knife Review: What I Like About It
All in all, I really enjoy this knife. I typically carry a fixed blade knife while hunting big game as I like how secure and durable it feels. However, the size of this knife is small enough when folded to easily carry with. I brought it along on a few upland game bird and squirrel/rabbit hunts this season so far. I simply placed it in my pocket and secured it with the pocket clip. It didn’t move around all day despite ducking underneath branches and climbing over logs repeatedly. That’s important, because a knife lost in the woods is truly lost.
The short blade is perfect as a general purpose knife – it’s not cumbersome to use or too small to get something done. The blade feels very secure when it is extended – I wasn’t able to detect any movement when I tried to wiggle the the blade versus the handle.
Although I haven’t tried it on a deer yet, I can only imagine good things, because this knife blade is WAY sharp. It sliced through squirrel hide, paracord, steak, plastic tubing, and everything else I tried it on like butter. Granted, it still has its factory edge, whereas I have used and abused my other knives for years (and could probably learn more about sharpening them).
Nevertheless, I am very impressed with how sharp and useful this knife is. This one will definitely make its way into my backpack as a back-up knife during deer season, and may even become my go-to upland hunting knife. And I will no doubt carry it while hiking as a general purpose utility knife.
If you’d like to pick up a new knife, I’d recommend looking at the hunting knives at Blade HQ. They’ve got a ton of brands, styles, and sizes to choose from, so you should be able to find something that fits your needs.
I hope you enjoyed this knife review. I’m getting positive feedback about the product reviews, but let me know what else you’d like to see more of. Thanks!