It is this time of year I begin thinking about all the gear that worked well for me and some of the gear that either needs repairing, replacing or just failed to deliver. Every outdoorsman needs at least one good knife. Actually, you really need several. From the trusty schrade or buck pocket knife you carry daily for minimal chores to the sheath knife that accompanies you during deer season…the knife is a very important and personal choice.
For sheath knives, my favorite is a custom made knife made by the late (and great) Eric Wiebe out of Ponca, NE. Eric was a trusted and devoted game warden for many years and lost his battle with cancer last year. His knife he made for me will be in my arsenal forever. The steel is hard but holds an incredible edge. The blade is swept for skinning and general chores with a less aggressive tip for field dressing, etc.
Another favorite of mine is the Gerber LMF sheath knife. This is a large work horse knife that can do it all. The clip point blade has a more aggressive tip and it holds an edge and is easy to sharpen. It has a nylon sheath that packs well.
Every outdoorsman needs at least one multi-tool for multiple purposes. They work great when in a jam and the tool box is miles away. I favor Leatherman as they are well designed, have tools that makes sense and blades second to none.
440C is a stainless steel that is very common. It sharpens easy but holds a moderate edge which needs touching up from time to time. Easy steel to work with. If you know how to sharpen a knife, these are cost effective blades.
D-2 Steel is probably holds one of the best edges you can buy. Not as easily sharpened but once sharp…stays that way for many cuttings. Also a strong blade shank overall. Very corrosion resistant although not stainless.
ATS-34/154 CM – are steels that are usually considered higher end and very wear resistant. They hold an edge well and require only a bit of work to sharpen.
Clip Point – has the most point to the blade. Excellent all around knife blade and can cut bacon at camp as well as remove splinters!
Drop Point – less of a point but a very good all around knife blade. The blades are usually thicker and hardier making a good skinning, gutting and chore knife.
Skinning Blade – generally a more up swept blade with a very soft nose. These are great for removing hide off of big game, cutting meat and all around use. They are not as likely to poke holes in the stomach or other organs during gutting like the clip point blade.
Gut Hook Blade – usually a drop point blade with a hook on the top of the spine for unzipping the underbelly of large game when field dressing. These work extremely well without damage to stomach and other internal organs that are best left un cut.
Every hunter needs a few good knives. I have some for camp chores, cutting food, etc., others for skinning and boning out meat of big game. Others ride in the pocket and probably see the most use.
Whether for birthdays or holidays…a good knife makes a great lifetime gift. Every hunter needs a few…
What is your favorite knife?
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