How to Choose the Best Deer Hunting Knives
By: Gordon Whittington
What are the best deer hunting knives? NAW's Gordon Whittington walks you through the perfect knife for your next hunt
If you're a whitetail hunter, that also means you're a knife owner. Some kind of blade has been the deer hunter’s sidekick since before man even invented a belt to hang it on or a pocket to slide it into.
But despite thousands of years of refinement in knife making and hunting, untold numbers of sportsmen still don't have a clue what separates a good blade from a bad one. They carry knives, all right, but in many cases they're not only dull but also fundamentally unsuited to the task.
In the world of cutlery, to be ideal for one job is to be at least somewhat ill-suited for another. Each knife is a compromise. A big knife provides more leverage, while a small one gets into tighter spots and provides a more delicate touch. Extremely hard steel wards off bone and other obstacles longer before dulling, but softer steel is easier for most folks to sharpen. A flimsy blade is great for working around bone, but it's of little use when forcing your way through an old buck's pelvis or even rib cartilage. Everything is a tradeoff.
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