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Utility Knives and Tools Buying Guide

Utility knives, unlike conventional knives , are designed to accommodate the different needs of hunters and fishermen while in the field. Looking for utility without the treestands or camouflage?  Try a multi-tool.  They give you the best of your tool chest in the palm of your hand, and you don't need to kill anything to use it.  If you still can't decide which one will be most useful to you, read this guide and try to imagine which you would use more often.

Blade Types Explained

  • Drop Point: The drop point hunting 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.
  • Clip Point: The Clip Point has a thinner blade than the Drop Point and has a much more defined point. The flatter blade is more utilitarian 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 as a dedicated hunting knife.
  • Gut Hook: The gut hook is used by making a small incision with the main blade, 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, however it is a strictly a 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.

Fishing & Hunting

Buck Alpha Hunter Knife 

  • Folding blade
  • One-hand opening/closing.
  • Rosewood handle.
  • Sheath included.
  • Drop Point 

KA-BAR Mule Folding Knife 

  • Folding Blade
  • Zytel handle
  • Blade is Teflon coated AUS8A stainless steel.
  • Comes with a nylon belt sheath.
  • Clip Point 

Gerber Gator 

  • Fixed Blade
  • Surgical stainless steel blades
  • Patented award-winning handle
  • Gut Hook 

Multi-tools

Leatherman PST LT100 

  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • 25-year warranty
  • Unique locking mechanism allows for blade use without opening tool
  • 12 functions in one tool

Victorinox 30323L Multitool Swisstool 

  • Manufactured by Victorinox, legendary Swiss Army construction
  • Over 20 useful functions
  • Leather carrying pouch included

Gerber Resolve Multitool 

  • Aircraft aluminium hand grips
  • Spring-loaded pliers
  • Tools for everyday use
  • Ballistic nylon sheath included

Maintenance Tips

Although most knives and multi-tools come with a warranty better than your car's, but follow these guidelines to keep your knife in tip-top shape:

  • Store your knife in a dry place, out of the sheath. Lightly wipe the blade with clean oil two to three times a year to keep rust from starting.
    • You may need to oil more often if you live near water. 
  • Clean the entire knife regularly
    • That includes the blade, pivot points and locking mechanism.
    • It's best not to immerse the knife in liquid. But if you do, be sure to dry your knife thoroughly.
  • Stay on Top of Rust
    • Rust is reddish-brown in colour and will eat pits into your blade and contaminate what you cut.
    • Light rust can be cleaned and removed with oil. Heavier rust requires more abrasive action.

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