Updated September 19, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Hunting Knives

video play icon
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in February of 2018. There are few tools that are as useful when you're out in the wild as a good hunting knife. These selections are sharp, durable, and capable of quickly and easily handling any tasks you ask of them, from skinning and cleaning game to chopping wood for a fire. Most are formidable enough to last for several seasons without losing their capabilities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hunting knife on Amazon.

10. MTech USA MT-086

9. Buck Knives 393 Omni

8. Benchmade Hidden Canyon

7. Grohmann #2 Trout and Bird

6. Puma SGB Coyote

5. Buck Knives 113 Ranger

4. Benchmade North Fork

3. Woodman's Pal 2.0

2. Ka-Bar Game Hook

1. Tops Silent Hero

Special Honors

DiamondBlade Knives Summit With three mosaic pins and graceful curves, the Summit is a striking daily carry knife. Don't let though fool you into thinking it can't handle some serious field use, though. Its blade is made via a proprietary friction forging process that utilizes a differential heat treatment, resulting in an edge with excellent durability and impact resistance. diamondbladeknives.com

Case® Winkler Skinner The Winkler Skinner has a utilitarian design that has a focus on function and dependability. It features a flat ground, distal tapered trailing point blade that both retains its edge well and is easy to resharpen when needed. Plus, its black walnut handle fits comfortably in the palm. caseknives.com

Editor's Notes

September 15, 2019:

Every huntsman knows the value of a good knife. There is nothing worse than carrying a poor-quality blade with you and having it experience some form of catastrophic failure in the field. Not only can this be dangerous, but it also leaves you without a way to skin your catch, cut meat, hack through brush, or whatever else you may need to do. Because we never want you to find yourself in that position, we focused on only including blades that have proven themselves in real world use.

If versatility is what you are after, there are few choices better than the Woodman's Pal 2.0. Though it may have an unusual design, it is well-suited to a variety of tasks, from chopping through brush to splitting small logs to clearing a campground. It is definitely a smart choice if you will be blazing trails through dense foliage.

Those who prefer something a bit smaller may want to look at the Ka-Bar Game Hook, Benchmade North Fork, Buck Knives 113 Ranger, and Benchmade Hidden Canyon, all of which have a three-inch or shorter blade and are light enough as to barely be noticeable when worn on a belt.

The Tops Silent Hero would be just as suitable for the hunter as the outdoor survivalist. Anyone who has ever owned a knife from this company can attest to their quality and durability. This model's 5-5/8-inch blade puts it on the larger side of hunting knives, but makes it a beast when it comes to cutting brush or hacking through bone.

While some of these models can certainly handle some basic chopping, especially the aforementioned Woodman's Pal 2.0, if you want something that will work a bit better for cutting firewood, you may want to check out our list of hunting axes.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on September 19, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For more information on our rankings, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.