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Picking the perfect hunting knife
When it comes to knives especially custom made knives there are many styles or blade designs to pick from. If you are a life long hunter or outdoors person you may have in mind what you like in a knife style or design already but maybe this article will help you out in picking out a knife design that will work well for you or even become the perfect hunting knife.
When I get asked about "what is a great knife for hunting and general using" I often refer to a blade design that is either a drop point style or an old classic spear point. Both of these knife designs are great for many cutting chores besides hunting. For example a drop point with a bit of a belly you can use to skin game but will also work well around camp for cutting up food, making fire sticks and more.
Blade length is another factor in what will make a nice hunting knife for you. Again, if you already know what you like in a knife including blade size that is great. I have found that a nice blade size for hunting white tail deer, and general game range in 3 1/4" up to 5 inches long with a handle around 4 to 5 inches long.
Another great blade design is what I call a straight point or even a trailing point. Many hunters like the pointed tip for processing game. (see the first photo in this article for a blade that is a trailing point)
Handle material in a knife is something to consider as well, especially in a custom made knife. There are many options to choose from. I am a large fan of natural handle materials, they have worked for many years and will continue to do so for many more, but I will save this for another article.