Bushcraft has always been a passion of many out there. But even if your interest in the skill has been sparked recently by watching Bear Grills, Ray Mears or ursine-obsessed YouTube videos, the subject of bushcraft knives can still be a little confusing.
This is because under this term there exist a long list of specialized knives that cater for many different aspects of the craft, ranging from hunting and skinning to Japanese sword making. Luckily, finding out which are the best bushcraft knives can be considerably simpler when you assess the subject based on a couple of key characteristics.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your own intentions in carrying and using a knife. If you are looking to swing a hatchet through some large redwood logs at the weekend or use it to carve a canoe, then you might want something a little bigger and burlier.
On the other hand, if you tend to look towards the bushcraft as a way to get in touch with your past, or for its own sake, then you will most likely want a bushcraft knife more in the spirit of the old time lumberjack.
A more common question for bushcrafters when it comes to knives is whether to use a fixed blade or a flexible blade. The answer is pretty straight forward and is usually a matter of personal preference, though we give you some pointers that will hopefully help you make a decision.
There are quite a few different things you need to consider when purchasing a hunting knife – make, features, price, and how the product is promoted. We chose the products based on performance and how well they could be used for hunting. We hope this list helps you make an informed decision when you’re hunting knife shopping. We’ve also put together a few recommendations if the product you’ve set your sights on is out of your price range.