The Best Hunting Knives for Under $200

Grohmann makes it in stainless and tool steel. The tool steel knife is just fine. Around $100; Grohmann Knives Cold Steel Master Hunter in San Mai Cold Steel makes the most diverse line of cutlery I know of. On the mundane side, Cold Steel also makes one of the best hunting knives you can lay a paw on, the Master Hunter in San Mai. The handle is slip-proof and fine to use in cold weather. Quite literally, a perfect hunting knife, right down to the loss-proof sheath. Around $160; Coldsteel Ontario Knife Hunt Plus Drop Point There are two versions of this: a drop-point and a skinner. It’s a 4-inch blade made of hollow-ground, high-carbon stainless, with a rubber handle that is an ergonomic marvel. The real-world price is only about $40, which makes it an incredible bargain; Ontario Knife Co. Knives of Alaska Alpha Wolf This is a minimalist masterpiece, designed by Charles Allan, who is a game biologist, a licensed Alaska guide, and has looked into more gut piles than you have glasses of beer.

I have been asked what’s the best hunting knife for under $200. My answer is that I can’t pick out a single one, but I can give you some top contenders.

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*The original Russell Canadian Belt Knife, with leather sheath. *

This knife’s elliptical blade and offset, slim handle make it usable for just about any job, held in any manner. Warren Page, who gutted more animals than I have seen, loved it. The Canadian Belt Knife is one of the most copied knives ever; everyone and his brother Clarence does their own version, with varying degrees of success. Grohmann makes it in stainless and tool steel. I’ve never been able to get the stainless version sharp. The tool steel knife is just fine. Around $100; Grohmann Knives

Cold Steel Master Hunter in San Mai

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Cold Steel Master Hunter in San Mai, with sheath.

Cold Steel makes the most diverse line of cutlery I know of. If there’s something in the history of man on earth that’s been used to slash and bash, they reproduce it. On the mundane side, Cold Steel also makes…

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