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.
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.
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.