Hunting knives are a dime a dozen in today’s market, so why would I even bother writing a review on my favorite knives? The answer is there are so many companies that will take your money and leave you with a knife that can’t cut melted butter. I’ve used more than a dozen hunting knives that I can remember and this blog is going to be about my top 3 favorite knives to use. I use different knives based on the animal, but all the ones I review today can be used on almost any animal we’re legally allowed to hunt or fish for in our great country. Use this blog as a guide to some of the better companies that are more about taking your money and running from that commitment.
What Should I Look For in a Hunting Knife?
Hunting knives come in all shapes, sizes, styles, metals, and plastics. From my experience, I look at the material used to make the knife, because if it’s low-grade aluminum or steel, you’ll know the first time you wash your knife off. Untreated metal or lower quality metal will almost always degrade faster, dull faster, and stain the metal from blood and flesh. For example, SOG Knives use the S35VN Steel (or stronger) for their knives to ensure the highest standards of durability, longevity, sharpness, and hardness are maintained.
Most of the styles of knives are all about personal preference and what people think looks the coolest. Personally, I like my knives heavy, thick, and a nice Kydex grip for control, even in water, rain, or through, meat, bone, and blood. Obviously, you don’t want a really thick knife with a lot of rigidity for filleting a fish because you might lose some precision. I prefer my hunting and fishing knives to have a longer blade (5″+) to be able to field dress a deer or other ungulate without worrying about if my blade has enough depth. I also like my blade to have a nice fine point when I’m dressing out a deer because I can cut through the entire anis without worrying if I cut it all the way through.
SOG Pentagon 5″ Blade
Before I get torched by my fellow hunters for straying outside the box with a different style of knife, let me explain. As I’ve said on many blogs before, the “right” product for you is the one that feels the best for you. With that being said the SOG Pentagon knife is perfect for almost any animal I hunt due to its unique blade design. The pointed blade is perfect for the way I cut because it gives me exact precision when I’m trying to cut my tenderloins out of whitetail. The pointed tip is so sharp that I’m able to make tiny precise cuts when I need to on turkey, deer, duck, and rabbit.
The Pentagon is built from AUS-8 Steel, which is known for its rigidity, easy cleaning, corrosion resistance, and versatility. This blade can take a beating from processing your own deer. A gut hook on a knife is a great thing to have and that’s why I always carry 2 knives when I’m processing my deer. Carrying 2 knives also helps keep your knives fresher longer without having to sharpen while your processing your deer. The grip of the Pentagon is very comfortable and aggressive enough to ensure it doesn’t slip or slide through liquids. Finally, the Pentagon has a serrated side and straight-edge on the other side of the blade. This allows you to make fine cuts with one side and tougher cuts around ligaments and bone with the other.