The Uses of Hunting Knives

Hunting knives have been used since the beginning of civilisation in one form or another. Now that knives are manufactured all over the world, we have a wide variety of brands and designs to choose from. There seems to be a hunting knife for almost every type of need. While there are many different uses of hunting knives, we are going to focus on the main six: hunting, skinning, deboning, butchering, and caping. Keeping reading on and we will explain more about each type of hunting knife and how it is used.




Uses of Hunting Knives

The uses of hunting knives usually revolve around hunting prey and preparing it to eat or mount. Each knife has a function and you might need a few different types of knife if you are dressing the animal in the field. This is usually done with deer to prepare the venison for your dinner table. Also popular in Australia are rabbits, wild pigs and other feral animals which are ideal to harvest for the dinner table. We will discuss the most popular uses of common uses of knives below.



Hunting knives are used for hunting certain types of animals and are useful for many outdoor situations. They are often kept for multi-purpose uses while hunting and for protection. If you are using a hunting knife to kill prey or for protection from attacking animals, it is a good idea to use a blade long enough to pierce the heart.


Skinning the animal is essential for preparing the meat for eating. Hunting knives used for skinning prey are often short, slightly curved blades. This type of blade makes it easier to cut through an animal’s skin without damaging the muscles or connective tissues.


Once you have skinned the prey, you often need to debone it to prepare the meat for eating. A boning knife is usually thin and narrow with a sharp point to give you a more precise cut. The stiffer blades are best for deboning pork and beef while flexible blades work best for poultry and fish.


Whether you’re skinning and deboning an animal or you’re not, you’ll always need a knife handy for butchering. The major requirement here is you want a hunting knife that can make sharp, clean cuts. A Bowie knife is most often preferred but any sharp, large, and durable blade will do. Making the cuts of meat is made easier if you have a good solid knife.





Finally, if you’re looking to display your hunting trophy rather than eat it, then you will need a hunting knife for caping. Caping is the method of skinning the head, neck, shoulders, and chest of an animal for the purpose of displaying it. This type of cut is popular in North America but not so much here in Australia. Caping can also be used to help prepare sections of the animal for taxidermy.

No matter what you are using your knife for, we have a style to fit your task and budget. If you have a requirement, please contact us and we can help you choose the right knife.



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