Hunting Knives – Types and Uses

This Hardwood Hunter is a good example of a clip point blade.

This Hardwood Hunter is a good example of a clip point blade.

Many hunters make the unfortunate mistake of taking along the wrong knife when they head out into the forest. Not all hunting knives are the same – large Bowie knives are often too big to cleanly skin a wild turkey, while trying to gut an elk with a skinning knife is equally difficult. The main difference between different hunting knives is the types of blade they feature. The following is important information about the two main types of blades used in hunting knives – drop point and clip point. Enjoy!

Drop Point Hunting Knives
A drop point is any knife that features a large, curved blade. Drop point blades are generally made of thick steel and are bigger than their clip point counterparts. The key design element of a drop point blade is the curve, which is always convex and slopes gently from the handle to the tip of the blade. Larger hunting knives such as Bowies usually feature drop point blades.

Clip Point Hunting Knives
Popular with small game hunters and anglers, clip points feature a thinner blade that comes to a dramatic point clearly below the middle point of the blade’s width.  This creates a very sharp, powerful tip perfect for piercing.

Both clip point and drop point hunting knives are useful, but they realize their true potential when used in appropriate situations. Not sure which to choose? Don’t worry – it’s never a bad idea to have both on hand.

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