A good hunter deserves a good hunting knife. By defining “good” we mean solid durable material, premium craftmanship, catching design, considerate functionality and handy utility.
Choosing a good hunting knife is similar to choose a reliable and honorable hunting partner who never stops to amaze you. Here we would like to share our editor’s choice of the best hunting knives 2017, hold your breath and wait to be captured!
Picture Hunting Knives Blade Type Length Price Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Modified clip-point flat-ground blade 6.5-inch Zero Tolerance S30V stainless steel blade 7-8-inch Buck 110 3-3/4" Clip Blade 7-8-inch Spyderco Manix 2 XL CPM S30V Blade Steel 8.9-inch Benchmade 940-2 3.40" Reverse Tanto style blade 8.95-inch Benchmade 580 3.60" Drop-point style blade 9.25-inch ESEE LSP Laser Strike LSP Laser Strike fixed blade 10.00-inch Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Full tang fine edge blade 10-inch Gerber LMF II Partially serrated blade 10-inch KA-BAR Fighting/Utility 1095 Cro-Van steel blade 11.875-inch
1. Spyderco ParaMilitary2 G-10 Plain Edge Knife
Spyderco ParaMilitary2 is a larger knife, but it is very light for its size and it has a nice amount of belly, an excellent tip has been shown to be a huge slicer. It has a high quality CPM-S30V stainless blade which extended over 3 inches long, and its handle is accompanied by a G-10 scales with a first rate compression lock. It’s really nice and you rarely see ergonomics work as well as this pocket knife, it’s hard to describe, but everything just feels right.
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2. Spyderco Manix 2 XL G-10, Black
Spyderco Manix 2 XL is a sturdy knife that is an oversized version of the Manix2, and its blade is under four-inches. Manix 2 XL using the different steels and coatings,the blade is CPM S30V and has a oversized 14mm Spyderco Round Hole. It feels great in the hand, and it just feel like an extension of your hand. The liner serves a dual purpose, increased rigidity and lightweight strength of the handle. A three-screws clip can be placed ambidextrously, tip comfortable and pocket carry.
The Manix 2 XL’s locking system is very special. Consisting of a ball-bearing made from free-floating steel, the lock is encased in a high-tech polymer cage. It’s easy to explain how it works and turst me it’s solid as a rock. In fact, it reminds me very much of the trusted Benchmade Axis lock in design and concept.
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3. Benchmade 940-2, Reverse Tanto, G10 Handle
Benchmade 940-2 is actually a good move by Benchmade. Same S30V as 940 but G-10 instead of aluminum and green barrel spacers instead of the backspacer for a slightly lighter model. The Glass-Reinforced, G10 handle offers exceptional strength to weight, imperviousness to moisture, and is physically stable under a wide range of temperatures. Also includes the exclusive AXIS lock and reversible tip-up clip.
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4. Benchmade – Barrage 580, Drop-Point
Benchmade – Barrage 580 has an AXIS-ASSIST mechanism. This allows the knife to snap open for quick action. It has a drop point style blade and it is made out of 154CM Stainless Steel which is considered a premium stainless steel. This kind of blade is generally coupled with lots of belly on the cutting edge which makes it good for slicing.
The workmanship on the Benchmade 580 BK Barrage Knife is no less than excellent. There is an extensive description with the warranty for the knife. Using the knife as only a cutting tool and not for other purposes was recommended.
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5. Zero Tolerance G10 Handle with Speed Safe
Zero Tolerance G10 handle has a sharp blade that will withstand numerous pressures as it is hardened and coated with stainless steel. It may cut or splice using its sharp edge and also the tip is lightly pointed to provide an immediate punch or tear in almost any material that you want to cut. The shape of the blade is quite larger than the usual pocket knife, and this design must help the user to control it better.
The Speed Safe opening mechanism is awesome, and the pocket clip can be moved into 4 different positions.This design is very convenient. The knife is also light for its size so it’s easy for any left or right handler, you can use it do any job without fear of stressing or hurting yourself.
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6. ESEE Knives LSP Laser Strike Fixed Blade Knife
I like ESEE very much, they make some of best survival knives on the market and the price is reasonable. ESEE Knives LSP Laser Strike is one of the them that is a good survival knife and even has some hidden features.
Its Blade Material is 1095 high carbon steel with canvas micarta scales and overall length is 10.00 inches. The Laser Strike is a full tang knife, so it is stronger than others which handles are two separate pieces. When you use it to battoning, chopping, and fine cutting, you will find it can up to all works. I think the ESEE laser Strike knife is very worth to buy.
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7. Gerber LMF II Survival Knife, Black [22-01629]
Gerber LMF II survival knife has a 4.84 inches long drop point blade, partially serrated, and made out of 420HC stainless steel. This drop point blade has a convex curve from the blade spine to the blade point. The drop point blades are more and more stronger and which makes this knife can do many tasks just like cutting, slicing, prying and digging.
This steel is good and wear resistant, but at retaining an edge with heavy use, its performance is just ok.
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8. Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife, Fine Edge [31-001901]
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO Knife is made out of 9Cr19MoV high carbon, stainless steel, it’s the full tang construction, very easier to use, and a new black and orange color handle, that’s very nice and make the knife easy to find.
The knife’s weight is 9.6 ounces, and 13.8 ounces with the sheath. As a pro survival knife, it has a stronger survival whistle and a firesteel. The firesteel is easy to light up the fine tinder, that’s very useful. In my opinion, the firesteel for this knife is one of the best in the market, it works pretty well.
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9. KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife with Hard Sheath
KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife has a 7-inch blade and overall leagth is 11.875-inch. The blade is protected by a coating process and the matterial is 1095 Cro-Van steel which is one of the most popular steels used in KA-BAR knife.
We know it has another name called “USMC KA-BAR”, becuse the U.S. Marine Corps have been used it since 1942.
This KA-BAR is a full tang knife, so that makes this knife can do many tasks just like cutting rope or wood, slicing, prying, digging small fire pits, even cut some metals and also keep its sharp edge.
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10. Buck 110 Famous Folding Hunter Knife
Buck 110 Folding Hunter knife is a classic design, it has a 3.75 inches 420HC stainless-steel clip blade and it can do detail work like piercing and cutting in tight places. The natural wood-grain handles is very comfortable. And you can see the blade has a nail nick for two-handed opening. The lock is relatively sturdy and it has a fairly stiff closure spring.
The lock is up and engaged by the same stiff spring. The blade demands great leverage to rival the spring pressure, which renders the nail nick far forward on the blade.
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