maybe visit the superstore of everything bladed where you can put in your hand what will work for you
My old USA made Schrade PH1 got stolen a couple years ago and I have been casting about for another good general purpose fixed blade hunting/skinning knife. I have bought several knives now that looked good but I don't particularly like in real life use.
I would like:
A 4-5" hunting/skinning blade.
NOT tacticool - I want a HUNTING knife.
Not too bulky or heavy.
I like thinner blades better than fat ones. I am not going to be batonning rocks or fence posts. I will not be pulling fence staples with my knife. I don't want a 1/4"+ thick blade - too fat. Too heavy.
Good grippy handle that doesn't squirt out of deer-blood soaked or sweaty hands
Reliable geometry/shape so it doesn't want to slide and cut my hands.
Steel that reliably sharpens and doesn't form a nasty wire edge.
Stainless is a plus so I don't have to deal with blood pitting (as much).
I have tried a couple which I don't like for various reasons.
1. Chinese, Indian, and Pakistan knives invariably are not heat treated right or the steel is funky and they don't sharpen or hold an edge like I expect.
2. D2 and A2 - forms a HORRIBLE wire edge that's nearly impossible to sharpen off.
3. Ultra-super high alloy stainlesses are too hard to sharpen and realistically don't offer me anything in real life performance.
4. Old Carbon steel is beautiful but it blood pits too bad for cutting game and washing in the sink.
Guys - I also realize that BRAND means as much as general knife specs.... I know that some brands sorted all this out and others have not.
What do you like?
Last edited by truckjohn; 11-07-2019 at 08:38 AM.
This is probably the best hunting knife i have ever owned:
Small, strong, well thought out. Handles moose, deer and hog just fine for me. Fair priced too.
Wish i didn't know now what i didn't know then.
https://www.kabar.com/products/1232 Best, is that these are US made quality at a good price, not a Chinese communist made knife selling under an old US trade name. Actually use the mini-kabar, but those seem to be out of production. These are well made knives, have several of these, don't have any problems with pitting, but do oil the blades from time to time. Very good carbon steel, takes an edge quickly and keeps it for awhile.
Last edited by graymustang; 11-07-2019 at 09:19 AM.
"Should have put more dirt down, saw it right off." Bear Claw in Jeremiah Johnson
I carry one exactly like this, believe they were made by Buck knives.
It was from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, works perfect for field dressing.
Saddest words you'll ever hear ... "I have these old guns that were my dads and I have no interest in them"
Teach a kid to shoot and to carry on the tradition of safe, ethical use of firearms...
There are a million choices for knives out there, I still like the Buck 119 fixed blade and the 110 folding hunter.
if you can find an old chicago cutlery it fits all your needs but has a wooden handle
I have tried quite a few. The Buck CrossLoc is pretty good. Holds an edge and has everything on one knife for field dressing. Currently I use an Outdoor Edge knife, liked it so much bought my son one too. Since you want fixed blade you might look into the swing blade. The thing I like best with these knives is their gut hook. Works great.
I use a old Case my Mother gave me 50 years ago. I don't know how good the new ones are but they have a good reputation. This appears to be pretty much the same knife.