With that being said, I did some hefty research and came up with a list of the best hunting knives out there. These guys will be your go-to options for field, camping and if need be, survival situations, and I’ve gathered an extensive collection as to cater to every budget out there.
The Best Knives for Hunting
Opinel Carbon Blade No.8
If you’re into small game prepping and need something reliable on a tight budget, I recommend the Opinel Carbon Blade No. 8. I wouldn’t go to this guy for processing big game since it has zilch finger protection, but it does offer you a pretty solid grip with the wood handle.
It’s small and affordable
The wooden handle provides you with a great grip
It’s a time-tested knife that’s built with durability in mind
It holds its edge pretty well thanks to the high-carbon blade
So I’ve mentioned this baby before in my article about the Best Skinning Knives, and yes, it also happens to be one of the best knives for hunting, regardless of what you use it for. With 12 replaceable scalpel blades, this knife won’t let you down during serious game processing in the field and you never have to waste precious time sharpening the edge.
Since Buck Knives have been in the game for over 100 years, it just makes sense that their products feature some of the best hunting knives on the market. The Omni Hunter takes care of all your meat processing needs and still soars in with an unbeatable price when you measure up the value for money aspect.
It’s made with a serviceable and solid 420HC steel blade
The contoured rubber handle gives you an awesome grip that won’t slip
The price is great considering the knife’s abilities
The sheath that it comes with is horrible to say the least
Buck Knives 390 Omni Hunter Fixed Blade Knife with Heavy-Duty Nylon Sheath
Built with big game de-boning in mind, the SOG Huntspoint actually doubles up as a perfect all-rounder thanks to its 3.6 inch straight drop point blade. The ergonomic glass reinforced nylon handle and jimping on the bottom and top of the blade ensure you’ve always got the best and most solid grip while working with this knife.
The blade with its AUS-8 stainless steel is very durable and keeps its edge well
It comes with a limited lifetime warranty
It’s versatile and not only useful as a boning knife
Like so many other great knives out there, the sheath totally lets this knife down
If you’re keen on a hunting knife that effortlessly transitions into a survival tool, the Diskin Hunter will do just that. It has a 4 inch Sandvik 14C28N blade, so it’s quite big, but it narrows to a perfect drop point. Measuring in at 9.5 inches long, the Diskin Hunter is actually perfectly balanced and has a slim and comfortable G-10 handle.
It has amazing balance
It’s easy and comfortable to work with
It comes with a finger guard and a notch for sparking Ferro rods.
Manufactured by and excellent name and designed by a knife design pro, the Bill Moran Drop Point from Spyderco is all you want and need in a hunting knife. It’s lightweight and it’s versatile. The oversized Kraton handle provides you with the most secure grip possible while the 3.87 inch VG010 blade takes care of business with its super sharp tapered edge that runs from thick to a thin ground tip.
It’s lightweight and versatile
The blade keeps its edge really well
The shape is perfect
The sheath can and will bugger up the soft rubber on the handle if you’re not careful