These 10 hunting knives are sure bets for when they’re needed most.
When the time comes to gear up for hunting season, one of the most important pieces of equipment you need on hand is a good hunting knife.
If you’ve already got a great knife, then you’re ahead of the game. However, if you need to upgrade, or just want to add another good blade to your arsenal, you should consider buying one of the five great knives listed here. The best thing about these knives is their affordability. You don’t have to take out a bank loan to get a great knife. All you need is $50 and a little Internet shopping time to own a nice quality knife.
Some are only under $50 because of a sale, which won’t last forever, so check them out and make a move.
View the slideshow to see our picks for the best hunting knives under $50, and leave your own suggestions in the comments.
Ka-Bar knives have a reputation for quality and reliability. In our opinion, the Stacked Leather Hunters Knives are the best bet. The blade lengths on these bad boys range from 3-5/8″ to 4-3/8″. They are made from AUS 6 stainless steel and come with a leather sheath.
Designed to support our military, the Ka-Bar is definitely a good choice for a reliable hunting knife.
Sale Price: $35.09 – $46.79
The SOG Aura Hunting Fixed Blade uses a high impact and tough glass-reinforced polymer handle that is overmolded with a more pliable material for non-slip comfort. The 7CR13 blade is five inches and you can unscrew the carbide sharpener from the back of the handle for quick, in the field fixes.
Look to the Buck Omni Hunter 12 Point Fixed Blade Hunting Knife for a proven brand that’s going out of its way to provide the best possible performance.
A 4” 420HC stainless steel, drop point blade has a satin finish and won’t let you down. It comes with a nylon sheath.
If you’re going to hunting heavily this year, the Outdoor Edge® Razor-Blaze Knife is just the ticket.
The useful blade exchange system allows for versatility, and the vacuum heat-treated Japanese 420J stainless steel won’t fail you. The blade is 3-1/2″ and it comes standard with a camo nylon sheath.
Another good choice for hunting knives is the Lone Wolf by Benchmade Hunter Fixed Blade Knife, with its 4″ blade length and handy blaze orange color for high visibility.
There’s even jimping on the spine for an improved grip.
The folks at Browning have come out with an ideal knife in the 111 Cocobolo Handle Folding Lockback.
The Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade makes quick work of any job, and canoe handle and finger groove design makes for a great grip.
Knives are what SOG does, and they do them well. The Revolver Hunter might just be our favorite on this list. It has everything you need with a quality 5CR15MOV steel blade, and the price tag is fantastic.
Added bonuses include the reversible bone/wood saw to get through tough bones or take care of tree limbs and stand placement. It comes with a glass reinforced handle and a black nylon sheath.
The upswept blade on the Uncle Henry Golden Spike is just what the doctor ordered. It’s a stainless steel, 5″ blade and it’s ideal for lots of tasks.
It comes with a great-looking imitation bone handle and a sturdy leather sheath.
Another versatile knife with a great sale price is the Blaze Kodiak 2-blade F.D.T. It includes a traditional 440 stainless steel, 4″ blade, plus a guthook that will act just like a zipper.
It has a Mossy Oak blaze orange camo patterned handle, and a nylon sheath.
Sale Price: $19.99
If you’re looking for a great skinning knife that you won’t need to use for many other purposes, the Mossy Oak Pro Hunter Skinning Knife will quickly become your new best friend.
The 4″ blade of 440A stainless steel is added to a molded rubber handle for a sure grip. The guthook will come in handy, too.