Types of Hunting Knives and Knife Blade.

A knife is an essential part of any survival and hunting bag. They have several uses depending on the type of knife blade. As an experienced hunter, like Dylan, you probably already know that having a few different knives on hand is best because they range from the one required for skinning to the one needed for butchering. The are so many different types of knives for different duties of hunting in which the market has to offer.

You really need to know what is the best type of knife for your needs, so you will  need to understand what a hunting knife used for in the first place, and what the knifes parts are. Below is a detailed explanation of knives and the types of knifes that will bring the concept of knives more understandable to you, but will also explain the different types of hunting knife blades and their uses.

What Can You Use a Hunting Knife For

A gut hook is a great use of a knife because you must remove the organs of the animal, and the best way to do that is by using a hunting knife that can help you with the gutting.

Skinning an animal is another part of the process of using a hunting knife which mostly depends on what type of knife you are using, which, in this case, it should be thin and short. There are many different types of knife blade types for this process. The goal is to skin the animal without tearing the muscle tissue, unless you’re choosing to use the skins for fur harvesting. Next would be deboning, which is probably the part of hunting an animal that asks for the most experience and skill. With a proper hunting knife with a nice sharp edge, it shouldn’t be something that should pose a problem unless you chose to not sharpen your knife during the process.

If you are a trophy hunter or a horn hunter, then you are probably aware that a knife is essential for caping as well.

Optional Hunting Knife Components

To understand the difference between the blade types, you need to be aware of the optional components that a good hunting knife should have.

While the hunting group we hunt with do not use a gut hook, it will surely allow beginners and seasoned hunters to open up the animal much easier while keeping the muscles and abdomen intact.  It is convenient and what hunter doesn’t like convenience?

Another feature is the hand guard. It not only makes the knife more comfortable to handle, but gives you a better grip and control over what you are doing with the knife. Pair the hand guard with a non-slip handle knife, you will reduce the chance of injuring yourself, as well as making more mistakes in the skinning, gutting or deboning process.

Serrations are present in some hunting knives, but they are not the best feature when you are looking to gut and skin the animal with the same knife, as the serrations can screw up the precision of your work.

Different Hunting Knife Blades

Can you guess the main knife blade type? It is the  gut hook blade type of knife.  This type of blade is not only suitable for the gutting process (removing organs and nasty stuff) but some also use it for deboning the meat while leaving the tissues intact. Many people find the gut hook is easy to work with. Although it is not the type of knife blade that you would use for hunting hogs or pure survival, it is suitable for most other uses like gutting a deer.

Another popular blade type is the so-called drop point. This knife blade type got the name drop point for the little curve that is present in the point, which makes this knife blade type perfect if you are looking to skin or open up an animal. Also, the drop point is great for piercing through things, so it works great for using it on small animals.

An alternative to the drop point is called the clip point. This type of knife blade is quite similar to the drop point when you look at the design. The main difference being the sturdiness and the thickness of the point.

Then there is the skinning knife type which has a sweeping blade that some find essential for accurately removing the skin off of the muscles, abdomen, and tissue. Much like it, a capping knife is something that you need if you are a trophy hunter and you are planning to take the head, unless you’re like me and will make things easier with a brush cutting recipricating saw blade.  Want to see how it’s done? Check out how we did it this year on the post Easy Deer Skull Cap.

More often than not, many beginners chose to purchase a field to freezer set such as the one below.


As you have read, there are a couple of things that affect the quality of the hunting knife, as well as the uses of the knife blade. Depending on your knife needs are, investing in some different types of knifes will help you save some time and experience.
The more experience you have with a knife that is small and compact such as the 3 1/4 inch blade knife pictured below the less types of knives you will need to have in your hunting bag.

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