A Look at the Most Popular Knives and Their Uses

Posted by  Monday, July 21 2014 6:00 am
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I've tested hundreds of knives, written a million articles on them and conducted knife seminars from Alaska to Texas. At the end of every seminar I'm always asked, "What is the best knife to buy?" No wonder they're confused. After all, there are hundreds of options out there.

First, you need to determine what task you'll be using your knife for. Do you just have one screwdriver? No. If you're a mechanic, you're likely to have 50. A knife is also a tool and just one knife won't cut it.

Below is a rundown of the capabilities and uses of some of the most popular knives.

KnifeOptions PocketKnifePocket Knife

Uses: Every day use, skinning small animals

Product suggestion: Puma Pounce 3507 SGB Spring Assisted Knife

 

 

KnifeOptions CapingKnifeCaping Knife

Uses: Cape out animals, skinning animals

Product suggestion: Knives of Alaska Cub Bear Caping Knife

 

 

KnifeOptions SkinningKnifeSkinning Knife

Uses: Skinning deer

Product suggestion: Havalon Knives Piranta-Edge Skinning Knife

 

 

KnifeOptions DropPointKnifeDrop Point Knife

Uses: Field dressing to preserve hide

Product suggestion: Buck Alpha Hunter Folding Knives - Drop Point

 

 

KnifeOptions ClipPointKnifeClip Point Knife

Uses: Marking pattern prior to skinning

Product suggestion: SOG Trident Clip Point Folding Knife

 

 

KnifeOptions BoningKnifeBoning Knife

Uses: Fillet meat from the bone, fillet fish

Product suggestion: LEM Mundial 5" Boning Knife

 

 

Fillet KnifeKnifeOptions FilletKnife

Uses: Fillet fish

Product suggestion: Bass Pro Shops 6" Fillet Knife

 

 

Electric Fillet KnifeKnifeOptions ElecFilletKnife

Uses: When you have a lot of fish to fillet.

Product suggestion: Berkley 12-volt Electric Fillet Knife

 

 

Bonus Tip: If you're looking for a knife kit, Knives Of Alaska makes the best kits on the market. 

Also Read: Knife Sharpening Tips: It's All About the Angle

 

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Tom Claycomb
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When not writing for Bass Pro 1Source, Tom Claycomb has a column in the magazine Hunt Alaska, writes for Havalon Knives, and has outdoor columns in newspapers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Louisiana. He does freelance writing for numerous other magazines and newspapers; writes for, LIMB Saver, Bowhunter.net, Bowhunter.com and Western Whitetail Hunter

In addition, Claycomb teaches 60 seminars annually at sports shows and various outdoor stores.  He is on Prostaff for numerous companies and has tested products for many major outdoor companies. He likes anything outdoor wise and fishes/hunts from Alaska to Florida. His works are available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.  He has killed numerous world record animals (6 years before they reached that status). 

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