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Winchester 22-47173 Locking Pocket Knife, Serrated, 3 1/4 In

Choosing The Right Hunting Knife by Wayne Foster

Choosing the right hunting knife can be a difficult challenge. If you choose wrong you end up with a paperweight that is more likely to end up in your junk-drawer than on your hip when you need it.

First ask yourself a few questions: What kind of hunting do you do? Do you go after big game or small? Do you trophy hunt or do you meat hunt only? What is the largest animal you envision using the knife on? The smallest? How often do you hunt, are you looking for a knife you can easily carry when you are not hunting?

Seems like a lot of questions but if you don’t know what you are looking for, you will never find the correct one for your personal preferences.

Stainless versus Carbon Steel

This is far too short an article to get into the metallurgy of steel composition. Lets just say that some steels are too soft to hold an edge very well. Some are so hard as to be almost impossible to sharpen in the field. Do some research into the various steels and their grades. Sometimes the difference between a carrier and a drawer-sitter is the blade material.

Folding versus Fixed Blades

Let’s look at the two basic knife styles: fixed and folding blade. A fixed blade knife is just that, fixed in place. Meaning that the blade is permanently fixed in the open position. Due to this design, these knives normally come with a sheath so they can be carried safely. These knives are normally stronger than the folding variety because the steel of the blade runs into or through the handle.

There are no moving parts with a fixed blade knife so they are very reliable. Several manufacturers also produce hunting knives that allow the user to change the blades very quickly.

Folding knives have a pivot point and lock mechanism which allows the blade to close into the handle. A folding knife without the lock should not even be considered for hunting. These are more for the occasional hunter who may also want to carry the knife for daily use. Folding knives are not as strong as a fixed blade by design. However, they are much easier to carry in a pocket or on the belt in a small sheath.

Blade Styles

The next issue we’ll address will be blade style. The four main hunting blade designs are the drop point, clip point, skinning, and caping designs.

Drop Point

The drop point knife is an excellent design for the big game hunter. This design generally features a robust, curved blade of relatively thick steel. These features allow the user to cut the skin off the animal using the entire edge of the knife, rather than just the point. This allows for quick skinning and very little damage to the meat. The design of the drop point also allows for other field cleaning tasks such as gutting and the splitting of the rib cage or pelvis, although a saw or hatchet is the preferred method for the latter two tasks.

Clip Point

Another style of hunting knife is the clip point. The clip point has a somewhat thinner blade than the drop point and has a much more defined point. Most bowies are examples of clip point knives. The flatter blade is more utilitarian in nature and will fit the needs of the majority of hunters, especially those wishing to use the knife as a general duty work knife and not a dedicated hunting knife. The clip point design will perform all of the tasks the drop point will, only not as efficiently. For the occasional hunter this is the perfect design.


The skinning knife is designed to aid in the removal of the skin of big game animals. They tend to have a highly sweeping blades that are designed to effortlessly separate the flesh from the skin. A dedicated skinning knife can be a real time saver for those big game hunters that do the butchering themselves. An added bonus is that the skinning knife can do most of the other game cleaning chores as well as the clip point or the drop point designs.

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A knife that is often overlooked is the caping knife. It is used for “caping” big game animals for mounting. When preparing a trophy for the taxidermist, it is important that the hide be preserved for a neck or shoulder mount. Some beautiful trophy animals have been ruined by a hunter using the wrong knife to prepare the animal. Caping knives are dedicated to this task. They are a relatively small knife with a very fine blade.

A note about caping is in order. Do not wait until you have an 1100 pound 6 by 6 elk down to attempt caping for the first time. Practice on smaller animals before you try it on your trophy. It would be a shame to have to to to an antler or skull mount because you messed up. Caping is not difficult, but to do it well requires practice.

Gut Hook Variation

One of the variables you will see in blade design is the gut hook pattern. The gut hook is used by making a small incision with the main blade and then by using the hook to cut open the abdomen. The hook prevents the hunter from “paunching” the animal and possibly affecting the quality of the meat. They do work and it is strictly a matter of personal preference as to the need for one. In the event that you do want the added security that the gut hook provides, they are very similar in price to non-gut hook knives. Be careful when using the gut hook for field dressing. A slip upwards on the handle is an occasion for stitches.

An alternative to purchasing a knife with a gut hook blade is to purchase a separate unit. Some manufacturers offer relatively inexpensive, easily transported units with replaceable blades.

Handle Material

Many hunters put a lot of thought into the blade design of their hunting knife, but put very little thought into the material of the handle. The classic wood, bone, or leather handles are very functional and appealing to the eye. However, don’t overlook the newer handle materials, although not as pleasing to the eye, rubber and other composites merit a look. The newer handle materials offer greatly enhanced control in adverse conditions offering the hunter a greater degree of safety.

Sheath Material

After the blade material, blade design, and handle material are decided, we now move on to the sheath or scabbard. Again, traditional leather is very functional and pleasing to the eye, however, in damp or wet conditions the man-made materials are much more durable. The chemicals used to tan leather will stain most carbon steels and some stainless steels. If you opt for leather, do not store your knife for long periods in the sheath.

Final Thoughts

Your choice of a hunting knife is a very personal one. That being said, you may decide a single knife will not do everything you need to do on your hunt. You might opt for one of the multi knife packs offered by some manufacturers. These are an option bearing in mind that you will have to carry them with you to be of any service.

Happy Hunting!

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History of Knives By Rajkumar Jonnala on February 23, 2010 0

Knives as Tools

Knives have always been an extremely useful tool to have. They are probably one of the only tools that we use daily that were used by our distant ancestors. The Bronze Age brought about the first significant change to knives, though since its softer structure didn’t make the strongest of knives, many still preferred the “older” stone tool. Stone blades and knives really remained the preferred material up until bronze was replaced with iron which was considerably stronger than bronze.

First Improvements

Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations are credited with the first folding knives as well as knives with ivory blades. It’s believed that this was a result of the popularity of cut fruits – ivory blades prevented the transfer of the taste of rust (or metal).

Manufacturing Knives

Between 1095 and 1272 there were a number of Crusades launched by the Europeans. During this time they traveled to all corners of the earth fighting for ground and more. Like so many other conflicts, this created an opportunity. France began its manufacturing of cutlery offering blades of various sizes and shapes and in a variety of materials. France had a corner on the cutlery market (including knives) until about 1789 and even today, you’ll find several cutlery manufacturers still in France.

The “Pocket” Knife

Today’s pocket knife is believed to be started sometime during the 15th Century – again out of necessity. Remember, knives were the main tool at that time, there was no cutlery, as we know it today – people ate their meals with the blades of their knife. This is when it is believed that multiple-blade knives made their first appearance and most likely resulting in more folding knives.

Material Improvements

While most early knives were created from carbon steel (or iron), today’s blades are made of surgical steel, carbon steel or from martensitic stainless steel. What has not changed much is the overall design of knives.

Nearly all collectible knives and Scout knives are created from carbon steel. The reason behind this is believed to be that while this knife can oxidize easily, it’s less expensive to manufacture, it’s very easy to sharpen and once sharpened it has a great edge.

Useful Knives

It seems like today you can find a knife for any purpose including fighting, multi-purpose knives, hunting knives and more. This development really came about during the 19th Century, material was readily available and more people were adept at creating knives. Whether you are looking for a simple purpose knife or a collectible folding knife, today you will have no trouble locating them. Whether your tastes run to plain handles or intricately designed handles, there is a knife available to suit your basic needs, or your desire to collect a piece that displays exquisite workmanship.


Today pocket knives are available for a fraction of the cost of what they used to be. You’ll find people from early teens to older adults, men and women sporting a pocket knife. Because of the impeccable record keeping that began around 1900, collectors have an easier time valuing and dating previously created knives, and particularly those rare hand-crafted ones. Knives are often used for wedding gifts, promotional items and more.

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a quick video of a knife i got it was 15 dollars and i will use for unboxings and outdoor activities!

Lil Avril asked What is your opinion about the Winchester Parfive Tanto Folding Knife?

I’m thinking about buying this particular knife for my boyfriend for Christmas but I wanted to get some opinions about it. He likes the style of the tanto knife not the drop point so I know he’ll like it but I just don’t want it to be a bad knife or anything.

If anyone knows anything about knives or owns this knife please help me out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

And got the following answer:

The Winchester name is being prostituted today…. and from my experience it’s applied to many shoddily made items. From my understanding this is one of them. WalMart likes to dictate what they’ll pay for the items in their store and often lowering the price to a level WalMart will accept leaves no room for quality. From my understanding this is one of those cases.

Winchester used to be a name you could trust and that’s why people are putting it on items of dubious quality. There are a lot of better choices…. even at WalMart.

There ought to be a law………

lissachck asked What’s a good, inexpensive, hunting knife?

We have a limit on our gifts of about 20 dollars (what can I say, it’s a poor year) and my stepdad is an avid hunter. According to mom, he needs a new hunting knife…but I have no idea what to get and I can’t find reviews online of the ones I like the looks of. Can anyone suggest a fairly good knife that is 20 or less?

And got the following answer:

Get this! I just visited Walmart and they have some fantastic deals on Winchester (trade marked) knives. Go to the hunting section and look for the Winchester knives. They make all kinds, but they have some very nice “collector tins” with 3 knives in them. Usually a nice fixed blade (suitable for big game hunting) and two other folding blade knives (that are nice for everyday use).

These knife sets sell for about $20, plus tax, so this should fit your budget!

Also, I would love to recommend brands that are Made in the USA, but I was buying a close-out Buck knife when I was informed that many of the Buck brand knives are now made in China! So, it really doesn’t matter anymore…if the US Companies are farming-out the work to the Chinese.

Spencer asked Are Winchester knives of good quality? Are they American made?

I am considering purchasing a Winchester knife but I want to make sure that it will be worth purchasing.

And got the following answer:

It depends what kind it is if its one of the fold outs I don’t trust them. I have to many mishaps. But if its a fixed blade than that’s what I would go with nice and heavy and that’s all I use for hunting I have one that I use every day and the one I use for hunting. So ifyou want a folder go with one of the teflon coverd ones don’t get one that’s has that bone or wood in the med of it. Or a fixed blade one.

hunter fisher traper asked how can i loosen a multitool that is too tight around the pliers?

im trying to make a butterfly knife like pair of pliers for easy one handed opening. how can i loosen the rivets around the top pliers? they are winchester and fold outward to open

And got the following answer:

The rivet will not move. Your only option is lubricated the pliers so they can move.

Harry asked How to cut out the cushions in a gun case so that your gun/supplies will fit in them perfectly?

I was thinking maybe with a small knife but cutting chunks out of my gun case with a Winchester folding knife seems kind of stupid unless I can develop a better plan. The thing is my gun is slightly too big for this case. It barely fits length-wise in the case. I took some extra space beneath the barrel to store a few rounds of .38 special ammo plus a speed-reloader full of 6 bullets.

Is there a way I can cut out small pockets in the cushion so that everything fits snug and perfectly? That way when I open it, things don’t just pour out of it. I might get a bigger case if anything (they’re only $15 or so). But the store has a sucky return policy (it’s nonexistent) and I want to make use out of that little bit of money.

And got the following answer:

I’ve used a hot soldering iron to do it. It melts/slices through the foam quite easily. It’s easy to cut to a certain depth too. Just put a mark on the soldering iron at the depth you want the foam cut and use it has a reference point to cut the perfect depth.

Tyrell Woodruff asked Is it legal to carry a knife in ohio?

I am thinking about buying a 3.25 inch winchester folding knife for self defense.I will carry it when i take walks and go to the mall etc…Is it legal to carry?I read somewhere that it is legal to carry a lethal weapon (Including knifes and handguns) if you are participating in a lawful activity for self defense.if you have a feeling that you, your house, or your love ones will be attacked.If it is legal to carry a knife what is the legal knife limit?If 3.5 inches is too big please let me know.

And got the following answer:

Yes it is illegal it is also illegal to post questions on yahoo answers or any other places that may be used my Ohio people involving knifes like yours especially if there 3.5 inches