skinning-knifeWhen choosing a skinning hunting knife, there are many things to look out for. There are a couple of questions you must ask yourself first before choosing that perfect hunting knife; What type of hunting do you do? Are you a meat hunter? Do you want a knife that is easy to carry while hunting? These are all questions that must be answered before looking for the perfect knife. Here are some other things to consider:
Folding Vs. Fixed Blade
There are basically two types of knife styles; folding and fixed blade. The fixed blade means that the blade is actually molded to the handle and is permanent, meaning it does not have any freedom of movement. These knifes are considered stronger than folding knifes because the blade is attached to the handle. Most fixed blades hardly ever move, to the exception of a couple of brands that actually have two blades on one handle.
Folding knifes have a lock mechanism along with a pivot point. The blade can easily close into the handle upon force from the user. The fixed blade is better for someone who doesn't hunt a lot. This is because they are not as strong as fixed knifes and are limited in their use. Despite the lesser durability of the fixed knife, they are easy to carry around and can fit into a pocket with ease. If you are going to be a dedicated hunter, then you might take rejoice in getting a fixed blade.
As far as the blade design goes, you really have to make a decision based on the blade. There are three main blades that are used in hunting knives; drop point, clip point and skinning designs.
Drop Point Knives-The drop point knives have a wonderful structure and design. These are often used by experienced game hunters. The blade is usually curved and thick in width. It is also usually made of steel. Hunters can easily cut off the skin of a captured animal without producing damage to the meat. If you are a fisher, then you can gut meat easily with the drop point design.
Clip Point Knives- This type of knife has a thinner blade with a defined point at the tip. Most hunters would consider this knife more of a general duty tool. This type of knife is more catered to the occasional hunter.
Skinning Knives- Of course, skinning knives are more for game hunters. The design of the knife carries high sweeping blades that were made to cut the flesh from the skin. If you are a hunter that does the butchering yourself, then this is the perfect knife to use.
Gut Hook Knives
Many knives that were mentioned include a gut hook. This design is created when a small incision is made within the blade. The hook is required so the hunter does not affect the quality of the meat. This type of knife is not required and is only an option to hunters. This type of knife only serves as an extra sense of security in keeping the meat preserved and at a high quality.
Sharpening the Hook
Other things to consider when shopping for a hunting knife are the sharpening of the hook. For this, a round file may be needed. It is best to purchase the knife first before getting the round file. This round file should make the shape and width of your knife. It is important to not sharpen the flat side of the knife.