Pocket Hunting Knives

Whether you are a hunter or a knife collector of quality or vintage folding knives, the array of pocket hunting knives is immense. If you are looking for a gift, a good quality knife is always a great choice for any outdoors enthusiasts - whether they're into camping, hiking, fishing or hunting.

What Kinds of Hunting Pocket Knives Are There?

Pocket hunting knives mostly fall into two basic categories:

  • Folding knives: With a folding pocket knife single or multiple blades and utensils fold into the casing, which serves as the handle when the blades are released. The prime example is the classic Swiss Army knife. Some require manual operation to release the blade, while others allow you to flip the blade with just one hand when you need it by pressing a small button with your index finger. Folding knives are compact and safe in transit.
  • Fixed knives: A fixed blade knife has the blade firmly fixed or fastened to the handle with no moving parts. These may feature a hand guard between the blade and the knife to prevent accidentally slipping your fingers or hand onto the blade. Fixed knives should always be in a protective sheath when you are not using it.

What Are the Different Types of Blades?

The blades on pocket hunting knives usually have specific tasks in mind in their designs. Three of these include:

  • Camp knife blades: Camping knife blades are like the equivalent of chef's knife for the outdoors. They've got a wider blade with a point that can do all kinds of tasks.
  • Boning/filleting blades: Boning and filleting blades are usually narrow and a little flexible to work with the flesh of animals and fish.
  • Bowie knives: A bowie knife is a larger fixed blade knife with a clip point for skinning and butchering.

What Safety Features Are Important in Knives?

When you're choosing a pocket hunting knife, there are a few features to keep in mind for safe and effective use:

  • Handles: Look for a knife with a good grip on the handle to prevent accidental slips. Some handles are also ergonomically designed for user comfort.
  • Blades: Check you get the blade for the right purpose, it is sharp solid steel, and has the degree of the point you need on the tip.
  • Sheathes/Cases: Ensure your sheaths and any casings are secure and there is no risk of accidentally releasing or dropping knife blades.