Monday, April 27, 2015
Chosing High Quality Hunting Knives
The first type of knife we are going to talk about is the folding blade style of knife. The main thing you are going to look at is the hinge mechanism and the locking mechanism.
The hinge is were most of the stress is going to and you need to be able to put plenty of weight on it before you buy it to make sure it is going to withstand the riggers of the outdoors and the heavy use it will be under.
Open the knife and close the knife plenty of times to make sure it doesn’t snag or bind. If it does then you don’t want that knife. It should open very smoothly and close smoothly with no snagging or binding.
The locking mechanism needs to be easy to activate but still very secure. Be sure and inspect the locking mechanism and put some weight on it to but make sure to keep your fingers out of the way of the blade in case the locking mechanism will fail.
Fixed Blade Style
The fixed blade hunting knife is very popular. What you want to look for is to make sure the blade goes all the way into the handle. This is sometimes called the tang and when it goes the full length of the handle it is called a full tang.
If the knife doesn’t have a full tang make sure were the blade enters the handle that it is secure and not loose. If the knife comes with a sheath put the knife and take it out several times to make sure it doesn’t bind in the sheath and it is easy to take out and put back in. This is more a personal preference than anything so get what you want.
Stainless Steel Blades
These blades are more popular with hunters because they don’t rust. They are especially popular in areas that are more rainy and humid. The downside to these is they are hard to sharpen and more expensive than carbon steel blades.
Carbon Steel Blades
Hunting knives that have carbon steel blades stay sharp for longer but the downside is they rust. If you use it regularly and coat with a silicone wax then it won’t rust as bad. This type of knife is still popular because it is less expensive than stainless steel blades but maybe not as high of quality.
Whatever you choose for your hunting knife make sure it feels good in your hand and it is comfortable. It should have some weight to it as well. If you are going to invest in a quality hunting knife think of it like that, an investment and get a good one. Don’t be afraid to spend some money on it.