Big Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge, right?
For everyday survival circumstances and general hunting, conditions call for a fixed-blade survival style knife as one of your most important tools. Whatever you want to use it for, like making a shelter, doing field dressing, skinning game or cutting through thick bushes, big knives would do it all.
Our Recommendations For Big Hunting Knives
1. Gerber Bear Grylls
Gerber Knife Brand has been around for over 70 years and established themselves as an authority in hunting knives. Later they teamed up with Bear Grylls, the hero of the successful ‘Man vs. Wild’ TV show to put together a hybrid survival knife that is priced low enough to make it hard for a millions of Bear Grylls fans, and the rest of us, to resist.
Blade: The Bear Grylls knife comes with a drop-point, fixed blade that is made of high carbon, stainless steel, that is similar to 440B stainless; has a length of 4.8. The drop-point design helps to increase the strength of the blade.
During all the experimenting we’ve done over the last few months, blade retention was pretty excellent. Serrated blades cut through a much wider range of materials like rope, wood, wire. Best of all, a serrated blade will usually keep cutting long after your fine edge is quite dull.
Handle: The handle is made of a special injection molded plastic that is covered with a long-lasting, textured rubber. The handle feels comfortable and has a good grip even in changing conditions. The grippy handle makes cut, slice, pound, and chop easy-to-do task. One thing that we really admire about the handle design and balance of this knife is it’s capacity to chop.
Overall: The Gerber Bear Grylls an ultimate survival knife is an excellent option for camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, emergency preparedness, home security and general peace of mind. A tiny but loud emergency whistle is incorporated into the butt of the knife; that's another good feature. It's a wilderness hunting knife for a crazy low street price.
2. Buck Knives 393
The buck 393 Omni Hunter definitely makes it the list of fixed blade hunting knives because of its design and focus towards only hunting and survival. And moreover, it's from a top brand "buck knives."
Blade: The blade is solid and comes shaving sharp out of the box. It's a drop point design with the gut hook. It comes with 420HC Steel Blade that delivers Excellent Strength, Edge Retention, and Corrosion Resistance. The Guthook blade is a perfect tool for field dressing gameNo complaints. It does the job.
The Guthook blade is a perfect tool for field dressing game. This blade is high hollow ground to ease cutting the meat and most other items you expect to slice. No complaints about the blade. It does the job perfectly.
Handle: Handle is black rubberized thermoplastic with lanyard slot. The handle is incredibly comfortable in your hand. Plenty of grips so when your hands are wet and slippery you will still have plenty of traction.
There are ridges on the top and bottom of the handle to improve traction in all circumstances. This handle is large, even someone with large hands should find it comfortable.
Overall: The Overall length is probably over 8 inches; blade width is close to 2 inches at it's widest. It's a bit too large to carry but again if you're looking for big and strong hunting knives then it shouldn't be considered as a con, right?
3. Gerber StrongArm
Gerber has been making survival knives for the US Military since 1968. The Strong-arm Fixed Blade continues their legacy of tough-as-hell fixed blade knives for warfare and survival purpose.
Blade: Gerber uses 420 HC Stainless Steel material for blade's construction; has length of4.8. The blade is a simplistic and versatile drop-point with a bit of serration near the handle.
The blade is very sharp and can chop off hardy things easily. We gave it a test on camping trips and in the woods over the past month and have found it to be a strong blade.
Handle: The diamond textured, rubberized handle is stable in the hand even when moist. The striking pommel located at the base of the handle operates to break through hard surfaces for efficient rescue operations, and ceramic coating on the blade offers subtle use through a low visual profile, as well as preventing corrosion for long life of the blade.
The handle is pretty grippy, and the rubber texture makes it feel good in the hand that eventually makes it extra easy for you to chop the stuff.
Overall: If you're looking for value in a fixed-blade hunting knife and those who use MOLLE systems or would like a horizontal belt to carry then this cheap hunting knife is for you.
4. Gerber LMF II
The Gerber LMF II Black Knife is designed for survival during even the worst conditions. This 10-inch survival knife is engineered by former military man Jeff Freeman and is field-tested with troops, ensuring that it can stand up to strong, harsh use and offer high performance for a variety of emergency conditions.
Blade: The Gerber LMF II survival knife has a wide blade that is 3/16s of an inch thick, 4.84 inches long. The blade is constructed out of 420HC stainless steel which is a good all around steel that is very resistance to rust, and is extremely sturdy and makes it a helpful tool for chopping, slicing, hammering, prying and digging.
The tip of the Gerber LMF II blade is extremely strong. It can be used to pry open almost anything open, which might be important since a crowbar isn't something that generally goes into a survival kit or camping gear.
Handle: The LMF II features an over molded handle, which helps to prevent hand blisters and provides a strong grip. It is also designed with lashing holes, allowing it to be converted into a spear and extending its usability. The handle of the Gerber LMF II survival knife is quite grippy and has a rubberized feel in the palm.
Overall: The Gerber LMF II survival knife is a strong, reliable and handy survival knife that is designed for the widest range of potential survival situations. And, it comes with LMF II sheath, one of the greatest sheaths out there. Overall, it’s not a perfect knife but it comes pretty close to it. It worth every single penny.
5. Benchmade 15016-2
For over two decades, Benchmade has been designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and edged tools. They continually strive to manufacture high-quality products that will deliver superior performance and provide great value for their customers.
Balde: The blade is made of S30V Steel. S30V steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. We are not sure of the Rockwell hardness, but the stuff just doesn’t dull.
The blade comes super sharp and can chop off sturdy things easily. The blade is pretty strong and it has the tendency to last for a long time even with rough use. The blade length 2.67 and Blade Thickness is 0.140.
Handle: The handle is made of Cocobolo wood. The material could get slippery, in our use it remains secure because of the excellent shape that blocks the hand from sliding.
Overall: The knife makes pretty much to the good hunting knives but still it cannot be considered as great since you're looking for a big hunting knife and possible you might not like it since it has got the medium size. Apart from that, the blade is pretty good and does the job very well.
6. Brucks Dynasty
It's an American icon, made in the USA and gives the forever lifetime warranty. It has a classic design and it is executed flawlessly. This is Buck's best-selling model for a good reason.
Blade: The blade is constructed with 420HC Steel for Excellent Strength and Edge Retention and 6" Large Clip Blade. The blade comes razor sharp out of the box and can be sharpened when needed. We've also done thorough testing of the blade for corrosion resistance, and they rate it as excellent.
The blade is pretty sharp and built of top-class material, no doubt. You can use the blade for skinning and butchering, and you'll definitely love it.
Handle: The handle is a work of art; the guard and pommel are polished brass, and the handle is cocobolo wood that provides it a warm and classic look. Buck's attention to the detail and workmanship is remarkable, as the brass meets the wood seamlessly, so it is very comfortable to hold. The handle is little heavy, but it still feels like it's in your control and adheres to hand quite comfortably.
Overall: It's perfect for every woodsman, hunter, fisher, and adventurer. Buy this classic all-American beauty; you won't regret it. It is a great knife and tremendous value for the money. After all, it comes with high quality just at a reasonable price of 46$.
7. Buck Knives 0119 Special
It’s been said many times over – Buck knives are some of the most iconic and famous knives in the US and maybe even in the whole world.
Blade: The blade is made of 420HC steel. It is one of the most common types of steel in this industry due to the extreme resistance to corrosion and rust. The blade measures 6 inches in the length. It is more than enough to use this knife for more than just the basic uses.
As for the color, it has a natural finish. The blade goes all the way through the handle and into the pommel, where it is attached to a brass rod
Handle: The handle is made of black phenol and features aluminum pommel and guard. The synthetic material gives the handle the ability to withstand safely adverse weather conditions and provides a secure grip.
The handle measures 4.5 inches. The proportions are excellent for stability, as they give more control and accuracy. The Cocobola Dymondwood handle comes with a brass pommel guard. It is built to last for a long time.
Overall: Overall, we're euphoric with the purchase and we highly recommend it to any hunter looking for big hunting knives. As for its general uses, it makes a great addition to your camping kit, home toolbox, hunting kit or garage crafting kit. It is safe, easy to use and designed to last for a long time.
8. Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto
The Cold Steel 80 GI Tanto is a tactical knife designed for practical uses like camping and hunting, to any day-to-day use where a robust and sharp blade is called for. The knife features a broad, seven-inch Tanto blade of 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper that has been ground to a razor sharp edge and point.
Blade: The blade is constructed of 1055 Carbon steel; the blade length is 7 inches. The blade is protected with a rust resistant finish that adds to the knife's under-cover look. The knife also comes slightly oiled to keep the blade fresh and clean.
The blade is not that razor sharp, but you can get it there with one or two strokes on a stone. The 1055 Carbon steel very prone to rust so you've to take care of it.
Handle: The handle is 5" Long and constructed with Polypropylene Scale black. The GI Tanto feels good in hand weight and balances wise, but the smooth polymer handles are not at all grippy. A bit slick in fact. And, with the gloves, it's not any better.
Overall: As far as price-performance ratio goes, this knife is excellent. The secure-ex sheath is far superior to the nylon sheath offered by various other knife manufacturers. That being said, the handle is not that much grippy, and you've to care of the knife to protect it from the corrosion.