Among the oldest of human activities, hunting was once just a matter of pure survival. While times have changed—and most people can feed and clothe themselves without ever going afield—hunting endures. The desire for fresh and nutritious meat; the need to commune with nature; and the simple thrill of the chase all draw multitudes of men and women to pursue their own game.
Beyond these benefits, however, hunting requires participants to stretch their limits and hone their instincts. Continuous learning about animal behavior, terrain and human capacity always accompanies regular hunting.
Although they go about their trade with pluck and passion, knife manufacturers are—in the end—in business to make money. It falls on the hunter-consumers to determine what knife is best for their needs.
Multiple factors go into a wise and rewarding purchase. For instance, the choice between a fixed-blade versus a folding knife is both personal and practical. If the game you hunt is large—and the terrain more rugged—a fixed blade knife is often a better option for its strength and dependability.
On the other hand, folding knives have the advantage of being easier to carry and to conceal. They are also considered safer. Should you want a knife that doubles as a tactical instrument, the folding knife can also serve that aim.
Once the fixed/folding threshold is crossed, consumers do well to examine the working components of each knife. EdgeHunting reviews knives from point to edge to handle. Some field dressing calls for making fine punctures –cutting around the backside of a deer, for example—while there are other times when accidental punctures can make a hash out of your game. The blade point, in these cases, makes all the difference.
At the same time, a straight edge of a blade is superior for cutting, but less so for cleaning. Meanwhile, the handle should meet more subjective requirements, including safety, comfort and efficiency. Whether made from metal, wood, bone or synthetic material, the handle is your point of contact.
As with hunting knives, consumers of tactical knives want to be clear about the purpose and the scenarios in which a knife is used. Tactical knives are designed for utility and practicality. Cutting tree limbs, branches and tough fibers; puncturing metal barriers and hard shells; and penetrating rugged climbing surfaces are all examples of tactical knife applications. Escaping from submerged vehicles and—it must be said—surviving a dangerous combat situation also benefit from the right tactical knife.
Again, the choice between fixed-blade and folding should not be made without considering how the knife will likely be used. On balance, the folding knife appeals to tactical users because it is easier to carry and conceal. Strength and durability, however, are equally important factors.
Blade materials are central to the effectiveness and longevity of any good tactical knife. Whether stainless steel or carbon steel, knife blades come in various compositions. Some are easier to clean while others stay sharp longer. Price, of course, can not be ignored, and the type of steel has much to do with the cost.
EdgeHunting evaluates tactical knives based on blade composition, design and versatility. We also follow the same criteria we apply to hunting knives when determining the strengths and weaknesses of tactical knife handles.
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Taking good care of your feet is a given for hunters, campers and hikers. While every hunter wants to be light on the feet, comfort and protection from the elements is crucial for a successful outing. Whitetails, waterfowl and upland game reside in very different ecosystems. Your boots, therefore, will need to be tailored to the appropriate environment.
Rubber, fabric and leather—or composites of all three—are the primary components of hunting boots and each works best in certain climates. EdgeHunting also considers snugness and warmth when reviewing outdoor footwear, since persevering afield with focus and stamina mandates dry and comfortable feet. Therefore, insulation is always highlighted.
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The wonderful thing about outdoor life is the challenge. We are continuously dared to overcome an endless sequence of tests and trials. We do so with ingenuity, sometimes our own and sometimes from others. Dangerous weather, hazardous terrain and unpredictable fauna all conspire to make our prey elusive.
However, when we work our minds and learn from those who have gone before us, we are better suited for success. EdgeHunting.com helps outdoorsmen gain knowledge and experience without having to learn the hard way. Our reviews give hunters and campers the heads-up they need to avoid bad purchases and failed expeditions. Feel free to explore our pages to get the “edge” you need.