Hunting Gear – Knives

Companies such as Case, Puma, Gerber, Kershaw and Buck all make excellent folding knives well suited to the demands of deer hunting. Sheath knives are more robust by virtue of their one-piece construction and can handle the demanding tasks of heavy duty butchering very effectively. They should have a sturdy leather or synthetic sheath to keep the blade out of harms way and should not be carried on the belt where they are potentially dangerous in a fall, or will snag on bush. Carry a sheath knife inyour daypack and wear a folding knife such as aLeatherman for the day-to-day tasks. Once again, look for a strong blade with plenty of sweep for skinning, a drop point is the best. Quality fixed bladed hunting knives from Case, Puma, Gerber, Buck and Kershaw are very popular amongst deerhunters and although they may cost over $100 and can last a hunting lifetime. Gut hooks can be useful on sheath knives, but limit their usefulness in skinning.
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Gear Review: SOG Aura-Hunting Knife Passes Her Tests With High Marks

Things to consider while choosing a knife After conducting research on how to pick out a good hunting knife, I made some observations about the SOG Aura-Hunting knife. I found that it meets all my requirements for my field dressing. There are a few things to consider while picking a good knife. Over all, it depends on personal preference, and purpose of the knife. Things to consider are knife style, the handle, and tang. The blade size, material and design are also extremely important. My purpose was met right in the name, SOG Aura- Hunting knife. I wanted something strong, durable, and easy to carry. The Aura felt good in my hand; clearly they had ergonomics in mind while designing this bad boy. The length is 10 inches, and it came in a nylon sheath. The ridges at the top of the blade near the handle (jimping) worked extremely well to prevent the knife from slipping and gave me greater control of the blade. Blade When picking out a knife, determine if you would rather have a folding or a fixed blade. I sought to find a knife that will be used for cutting up game, mainly deer and turkey. The weight was important since I try to keep my gear bag as light as possible. The overall weight of the Aura was 5.4 ounces. If I was looking for an everyday knife I could put in my pocket, I would have searched for a folding blade oppose to a fixed. Besides a fixed blade being stronger, it also has fewer parts, or things that could go wrong with the knife.
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