To the point

Stay on the cutting edge with the latest knives designed for hunters 

We’re in an era of knife innovation, with modern manufacturing techniques allowing prices to drop, while quality continues to rise. Here are some of the best new blades for hunters.

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HT-7

$44.99, Camillus, www.camillusknives.com

Key features: Fixed, 3.5-inch titanium-bonded blade; hollow-ground clip point; polished Micarta handle with non-slip grip; large finger choil; lanyard hole.

The promise: “Provides comfort during extended cutting jobs.”

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HUMDINGER

US$89.99, CRKT, www.crkt.com

Key features: No-frills 11-inch knife; six-inch, big-bellied, carbon-steel blade; glass-reinforced, textured nylon handle; injection-moulded sheath. The promise: “For the rigours of hard, backwoods use.”

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SPEED LOAD CERAMIC

US$39.99, Browning, www.browning.com

Key features: Folding knife with interchangeable three-inch ceramic blades (drop point, gut hook and caper); polymer handle with rubber grips.

The promise: “Innovative patent-pending quick-change blade design.”

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VITAL BIG GAME FOLDER

US$68, Gerber, www.gerbergear.com

Key features: Folding knife with four 3.75-inch exchangeable blades (two drop point, two blunt tip); push-button blade exchange; easy-to-grip blaze-orange handle.

The promise: “One of the safest exchangeable blade systems.”

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CERBERUS FOLDER

US$164.95, Ontario Knife Company, www.ontarioknife.com

Key features: Full-grind, 3.75-inch spear-point blade; titanium handle and frame lock; ambidextrous thumb studs for single-handed opening in either hand.

The promise: “Durable enough to tackle the most punishing tasks.”

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PRO HUNTER CHERRYWOOD

$299.99, Katz Knives, www.katzknives.com

Key features: Fixed blade with spey point for skinning duties; cherrywood handle; nine inches total length; weighs 4.11 ounces.

The promise: “One of the highest-quality factory knives on the market today.”

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ONYX-LITE

US$28.95, Outdoor Edge, www.outdooredge.com

Key features: Three hand-finished, three-inch Japanese steel replacement blades; push-button blade exchange; non-slip polymer handle.

The promise: “Strength of a standard knife and sharpness of a surgeon’s scalpel.”

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KIKU 4" FIXED

US$254, SOG, www.sogknives.com

Key features: Distinctive design by famed knife maker Kiku Matsuda; four-inch, clip-point blade; premium Japanese steel; linen Micarta handle; PVC sheath.

The promise: “Workhorse knife with balance, class and comfort.”

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LIONESS ELITE

US$145, Tops Knives, www.topsknives.com

Key features: Fixed, four-inch pink blade with jimping for sure handling; durable, easy-grip laminate handle; contoured to fit small hands.

The promise: “A high-performance knife with a bit of flair.”

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GETTING THE EDGE

When choosing a hunting knife, consider how you’ll carry and use it, and the type of game you plan to hunt.

The blade

Clip-point blades have a thin end for easily piercing hide, and a long cutting edge (or belly). Drop points also have a long cutting edge; they’re easy to control when cutting around organs, but require more strength to use. A gut hook is handy for splitting open skin without damaging muscle, while a spey point excels at skinning.

The handle

Fixed-blade, full-tang knives are strong and easy to clean. Folding knives are inherently weaker, and they can get gummed up with grime and gore. On the upside, they’re compact. The most important consideration is to ensure the handle fits your hand firmly and comfortably.