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Best Hunting Knife for £100


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Dear all,

 

Having ****** about with Garlands and then Winchester I'm looking to invest some money in as good a hunting knife as I can afford (£100 max).

 

Key features would include

 

full width tang

wooden or leather wrapped handle

leather sheath

4-4.5 inch drop-point blade in as good a steel as poss (Solingen perhaps).

Reliability, durability and build quality

 

For a mental picture something akin to that which Mr Mears uses....any suggestions?

 

Thanks

 

Jon

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if you like hi knife so much wy not buy one of those as he sells them commercially

 

if you cant find them look in the back of the gun mart magazine as there is loads in there

 

all the best flash

 

actually dont even try to find them as they are £225

 

sorry :D:)

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Don't bother with Ray Mears knives any more they did have a wilkinson sword 'budget' model which was £95 but since then wilkinson have closed their factory and those same knives now fetch over £250 on ebay (the handmade versions have gone for over £350 :D )

 

If you do want a custom knife I can recomend Gene Ingram. He is based in the US and there will be a bit of a waiting list but for under £100 (with the exchange rate) you will get a knife with the specs you describe and it arrives absolutely razor sharp. I've had mine 2 years now and it still makes me smile everytime I take it out of the sheath.

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What do you want it to do?

 

If its for Gralloching, have you considered the new Hygiene requirements?

They would require that the knife could be sterilised if it was used on food that was entering the public food chain.

That might mean an enclosed tang and a plastic handle.

 

Key importance for me would be how readily the steel takes and holds an edge and what job its going to do. I reckon to put an edge on before each job and see that most butchers do that as well.

 

I have two for game, one with a gut hook and one with a wide curved blade for skinning.

I have another four for jointing or filleting meat plus a cleaver and a pair of croppers.

 

I like the handles to be contoured and very non-slip so that, if my hand's covered in blood, I'm still in control.

 

I'm not convinced that its possible to have one knife that's brilliant at all jobs. :D

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As you say Nildes, most stalkers have a 'best' knife to do the gralloch but then have normal cutlery in the 10 quid price bracket to do the rest.

 

My best knife is a Gerber with an ATS34 blade, which holds it edge quite well but is not very easy to sharpen. I never went with the fancy sharpening tools but use one of the ceramic coarse/fine hand held jobbies, I just make sure I sharpen it little and often.

 

I got a proper steel for the kitchen knives recently and that does a very good job, even though the edge is pretty rough (which can be an advantage at times)

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http://www.raymears.com/

http://www.heinnie.com/

 

The top one is Ray mears site, but as people have said very expensive,

the other site is very good.

 

I have spent a lot money on Knives, will post a pic of them all, but i must say i use a £50 one for stalking and a fairly cheap folding lock knife for rabbits and another cheap one for other uses.

 

Now who would like to lose a £100 in the woods :lol:

 

 

How many have left their knife in the field where i shot that lovely buck and gralloched it, now where exactly was i in that field :*)

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Try Attleborough accessories they have "Frosts" blades ie.DIY 4.5" full tang sandvik s/s finished,hardened,tempered................ £20

Give it a look as they also sell the furniture etc.etc. and you can join the Countryside Craft and DIY section :lol:

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  • 16 years later...

My wife just bought me a birthday/Father's Day present in the form of a HELLE GT hunting knife.

->This knife is made in Norway and has a laminated blade with hard, high carbon steel in the center for an edge that stays sharp and softer steel laminated on each side for flexible strength. This is an expensive process. American made Morseth custom knifes had the same kind of blades.

->The 4 5/8" blade is d@mned sharp and has a full tang with a birchwood burl wood handle. I plan to glue a slice of antler on the pommel end for looks and a slightly better grip.

->The leather sheath is beautifully made from full grain cowhide.

Yeah, with the sheath it's heavier than the knife it replaces but is so beautiful that I can't leave it at home. BTW, not all HELLE knives have laminated blades.
The photo in the Piragis catalog does not do it justice. The knife literally has to be held to appreciate its beauty and quality.
I have many other very good knives like a Russell Canadian belt knife and others but this HELLE knife is my favorite.

We got it in Boulder, Colorado at the Fjell Raven store but you can order it from Priagis Northwoods Catalog in Minnesota. Not a cheap date but is a true keepsake knife you can proudly hand down to kids and grandkids.

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On 04/01/2006 at 21:06, henry d said:

Try Attleborough accessories they have "Frosts" blades ie.DIY 4.5" full tang sandvik s/s finished,hardened,tempered................ £20

Give it a look as they also sell the furniture etc.etc. and you can join the Countryside Craft and DIY section

The website attacc.com doesn't work, have I got it correct? Cheers

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