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Hunting Knife Buying Guide

So you are in the market for a good hunting knife...Seeking out for the right one can be confusing to say the least. If you are a part-time deer hunter or a full time year around game hunter, seeking out the right knife that suits your hunting needs will absolutely make camping more enjoyable. I have written this article to aid you on your quest to find the perfect hunting knife and to keep it in tip-top condition.

How to Buy the Best Hunting Knife:

When equipped correctly, a hunter will be able to do everything with ease, such as preparing the animal and chopping wood for the camp-fire. There are numerous hunting knives available on the market today and depending on the type of game you are hunting you will need to determine what size is right for you. 

Bigger is Better... Right?

Most would lead you to believe that a bigger knife is better for the job, but the truth is that most often this is not the case. With a big knife doing precision jobs such as cleaning and preparing game will be more difficult compared to a smaller easier to manipulate blade. There is also an increased risk of cutting yourself, especially if you are inexperience with handling one.

How Often do You Plan to Hunt?

Apart from the size of the knife, you should also think about how often you intend to hunt, as this can make a difference in your purchase. If you don't often hunt, it is beneficial that you buy a small folding blade knife which can be easily stored and used for other occasions. But if you are an active hunter, you would benefit more from purchasing a solid, fixed hunting blade, because durablilty is what you are looking for.

Fixed Blade or Folding?

The next thing to consider is whether you want to be carrying your knife in a sheath or in your pocket when you are out hunting. It is obvious, that bigger knives need to be carried in sheaths, while smaller hunting knives can be carried in your pocket. 

Your Dedication Sets Your Price

The last thing to consider when purchasing a hunting knife is your budget, as hunting knives come in many prices, it is critical to balance out all the other factors when thinking of a price you want to pay for the knife. A good hunting knife can handle most hunting duties but if you are planning to mount your prize as a trophy, you should certainly invest in a second knife, called "the capping knife".

All capping knives come with a thin blade which can help you neatly and rapidly slice the shoulder skin of an animal, this will allow you to preserve your kill as a trophy mount to show off to all your friends and family. 

How to Keep Knives in Good Condition

Now that you own both a hunting knife and a capping knife, it is critical that you know how to maintain them, so you can prolong their life and as an added bonus you will also save youself some money because you won't need to continually buy new knives.

Just storing your hunting knife in a sheath is good if you use your knife regularly, however if you don't think you will be using them very often, you will need to figure out a long term storage solution.

When your knife is not in use, you always want to clean and dry your knife. Wrap your knife in paper and then store it inside an air-tight plastic bag or container. Moisture and air is the enemy of a good sharp hunting knife.

As added insurance, you can put in a packet of desiccant ( you know the small packets that usually comes in together with your shoes) to the bag or containter to help absorb any moisture that can lead to the rusting and dulling of your knife during storage.

Always Keep Your Blade Sharp 

In order to get the best from your knife, you should whet your knife routinely. Apart from making it more effective, it will decrease the chances of you cutting yourself when using it. Although it's definitely a good idea to pay for a professional to sharpen your knife for you. With patience, practice and the right instructions you can learn how to sharpen your own knife, but paying a professional to teach you how to do it correctly will probably save you a lot of time, money and headaches. 

After using your knife always wipe the blade with cleaning products meant for knives, to remove any residue or grim on the blade. It is better to use one of the many multifunction cleaners that you can use on wood, metal, and leather, and with these cleaners, you will not need to worry about your handle getting tarnished or cracked.