How to choose your hunting or bushcraft knife

In order to be completely satisfied with your knife, there are a number of criteria to consider before purchase. Here is a list of questions to ask yourself in relation to your needs.

How to choose your hunting or bushcraft knife

1 / A fixed blade or folding blade knife, what is the difference?

> A folding knife

There are several advantages to a folding knife model. Of course, in the first place it is compact. To link with its compactness, a folding knife is easy to have at hand. In your pocket or backpack, it will be with you everywhere! Within easy reach, yes, but without forgetting that safety is ensured through its function of having the blade in the handle. Finally, it is a lighter knife because the blade size is generally limited.

To increase the safety feature, think about checking the locking system of the blade. As a matter of fact, there are several, from frame lock to ferrule and some will be better than others. You can also link your usage to this system, but more on that later!

> A fixed blade

If you need an excellent grip for better dexterity or for maximum comfort of use, the fixed blade knife is more suitable. We also advise you to choose a fixed blade if the work you have to do is intensive, repetitive or heavy-duty and requires a high degree of safety in use. Linked with these criteria, the fixed blade can be longer or wider than a folding blade.

Keep in mind that a knife with a fixed blade is stronger. This is mainly due to the types of blade mounting. There are 4 mounting systems, from the least durable to the most:
partial tang, 3/4 tang, tapered tang, full tang. We invite you to check this feature before purchasing.

How to choose your hunting or bushcraft knife
How to choose your hunting or bushcraft knife

2 / A blade for what purposes? What are you using it for?  

> A hunting knife, a knife for venison

The first essential point is to choose the size of your knife and of your blade with regard to the size of your game. Indeed, the knife will be used for tasks while hunting such as filleting venison in the field. Whether it is always in your pocket or in your hand, in order to take advantage of its optimal usage, it is essential that it adapts to the game hunter.

If you are a small game hunter, you need a precision knife, with a fine blade. As for the size of the blade, we advise you to choose a knife with a blade of up to 10 cm.

If you are a big-game hunter, your knife should be solid and the blade a maximum size of 13 cm.

For going further to fillet your venison, if it is done in a hut or in a dedicated place, you can equip yourself with a venison kit which offers several knife shapes for the different tasks and stages you will perform.

> A bushcraft knife

To make the right choice, a distinction must be made between 2 types of work on the camp: precision tasks and strength work.

For all precision work, for example preparing food, sculpting wood, you can either use a folding knife or a knife with a small-sized fixed blade, of maximum 10 cm.

For strength work or heavy-duty woodwork like sticking, cutting on the fly, lopping, hammering, etc. You must choose a solid knife, for a blade measuring between 9 cm to 15 cm with a full tang mounting. Also choose a large ergonomic handle for a good grip and more safety.

> A knife for daily use

For daily use and to carry out little tasks around the house, DIY, or when going out hiking for example, the folding knife is a safe bet because, as we have seen, it is very compact, light to carry and always very practical.

3 / What style of knife do you like?  

If you prefer a technical style, you can lean towards plastic components or G10 for the handle. To have a matt finish, the blade of your knife can be sanded. For the sheath, choose nylon or thermoformed plastic.

If you prefer a more traditional style, a knife with more natural materials is likely to be your choice. The components of your knife will probably be a wooden handle, a semi-glossy blade, not forgetting a leather sheath.

Of course, you can mix up the styles! It is all a matter of taste!

How to choose your hunting or bushcraft knife

4 / To finish, what are the essential criteria to remember?

> a knife with a fixed or folding blade

> the length of the blade

> the strength of the blade

Dependent on your needs and your usage!

Remember

For your safety, remember to keep your knife sharp so you never have to force it. A knife which doesn’t cut well is dangerous.