Wood or stag knife handles are pretty, but handles of Kraton or a similar high-tech rubber are better for fieldwork on game. You can grip a rubber handle securely and tightly, even in wet or bloody conditions. This ensures better cuts on an animal, and there’s less chance a blade will slip and slice your finger.

  • For all-around field care, a stainless-steel blade with a slight drop-point design is excellent.
  • Whether you prefer a fixed-blade or folder, try one with a “gut hook” (picture) which works great for field-dressing a deer.
  • Most people buy knives online these days, but for serious deer hunting I recommend you go to Cabela’s or Bass Pro and hand-test several blades before you buy. Some knives, large or small, balance and feel better in your hand than others. Some handles are contoured or have grooves for your fingers. Go with the handle that feels best in your palm and provides a good grip.
  • Open the blade of a folding knife and test it. There should be NO play in the blade. Examine the blade’s folding/locking mechanism, making certain it is crafted to exacting specs. You get what you pay for with a folding knife, so spend extra money to get a quality and safe one.