7 Best Bushcraft Knife For Hunting 2020

Bushcraft is a practice of skills to acquire knowledge and understanding, in order to thrive in the natural environment with available natural resources. It is one of the crucial survival skills, especially when you are far away in the wild for camping or hunting

A knife is one of the most important parts of a kit you carry with you on a hunting trip, bushcraft trip, or wild camping. To master the skill, a good bushcraft knife becomes a necessity. Whether you’re cleaning a game in the field or cutting wood to build a temporary shelter, a reliable knife makes your job easier and keeps you alive. 

Best Bushcraft Knife

In this article, I am bringing the best bushcraft knives for you that are really helpful in activities like batoning, carving woods, lighting fire, and cutting small trees or dry branches for shelter. Moreover, I will be guiding you, which one is the perfect bushcraft knife under your budget.

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List Of 7 Best Bushcraft Knife

 

1. Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife (Recommend To Buy)


Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- The blade is manufactured with carbon steel that makes the knife shock-resistant and an anti-corrosive black coating protects it from corrosion. The spine of the blade is 3.2 mm thick and 90° straight which ensures its stress on the blade when batoning. The razor-sharp scandi grind bevel on the blade prevents from slipping easily over the carving wood.
  • Handle:- Ergonomic handle with high-friction rubber grip is great to hold the knife tightly. Rough black colored handle gives it a classy look and strong grip to chop almost everything in wood.
  • Sheath:- The bushcraft knife comes along with a durable plastic sheath. With the help of a removable belt loop and belt clip, you can hold your knife in place safely and securely. Moreover, a diamond sharpener attached on the sheath helps to resharpen the blade anywhere.Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife Sheath
  • Integrated Fire Starter:- Allows you to light a fire even in snow and rain. The spark is so bright and yields 7,000 strikes. It produces 3,000° sparks that can be used as an emergency signal. This locks securely into the durable plastic sheath is conveniently accessible when you need it.Integrated Fire Starter
  • Durability:- The lightweight Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel knife is easy to place in your trouser’s pocket or backpack. It is a 2/3 tang knife, but as strong as the full tang. The knife has a carbon steel blade with an anti-corrosive black coating that lasts longer. Also, it comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade knife

Blade Length:- 4.3″ Inches

Blade Material:- Carbon Steel with Anti-corrosive Black Coating

Overall Length:- 9.1″ Inches 

Weight:- 5.4 oz

Morakniv Bushcraft Knife is the first neat deal for you on our list because of the ideal shape and size of the blade. It is hardened up to HRC 56-58 to handle stress during the batoning. This is highly recommended for people who love outdoor activities like hunting and camping

The best you can use for carving and feather woods. The best thing which I personally like about this knife is the integrated diamond sharpener. It helps to sharpen the blade anywhere and anytime.  This is the best bushcraft knife to buy under a $60 budget.

 

2. Buck 119 Fixed Blade Bushcraft Knife (Inexpensive one)


Buck 119 Fixed Blade Bushcraft Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- It is manufactured with stainless steel which is highly corrosion and rust-resistant. The blade spine is 3.04 mm thick that doesn’t let it bend when you hit on heavy tree branches. The clip point of the blade makes piercing easy. While the razor-sharp bevel makes the cutting easier in tight places. 
  • Handle:- Handle is made with phenolic which is incredibly lightweight and can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Palm swells give the user a comfortable grip. Moreover, the aluminum pommel makes it look beautiful and provides a really great balance. Buck 119 Fixed Blade Bushcraft Knife Handle
  • Sheath:- I am very impressed by the pure Leather Sheath which is an amazing carry system. It covers almost 3/4  part of the knife. Moreover, an integrated belt loop on the sheath allows you to carry the knife securely and safely on your belt.Buck 119 Fixed Blade Bushcraft Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- It is a fixed blade knife made with stainless steel which is durable for the long term. The best thing, it comes with a lifetime warranty. Moreover, the razor-sharp clip point has an excellent strength to carve wood without putting a lot of pressure.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:-  6” Inches

Blade Material:- 420 HC Stainless Steel

Overall Length:- 10.50″ Inches 

Weight:- 7.5 oz

Well, Buck 119 is one of Buck’s top-selling knives and made in the USA. It is very convenient to carry because of its lightweight and leather sheath. The knife has a quite long tang which extends all the way to the pommel. It increases the force leveraged through the handle when you use it to cut hard material or woods.

The best you can do is to cut small trees and dry branches, get material for shelter, and collect firewood. It is highly recommended for people who love to go outdoor hunting and camping. If you want a premium quality bushcraft knife under $60 budget, then it is a great deal.

 

3. Condor Bushlore Camp Knife (Budget One)


Condor Bushlore Camp Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- The carbon steel makes the blade strong and highly shock-resistant. It is very sharp on the tip and has a spear point which makes piercing easier. Moreover, scandi grind with a small secondary bevel on the edge goes smooth while cutting twigs and peeling off the barks. It has a moderately sharp and quite wide spine for use with a Ferro rod.
  • Handle:- You will definitely be impressed by the size of the wood handle. It is made of hardwood that enhances the durability and strength of the knife. Also, the shape of the handle perfectly fits in hand and gives you a fine grip.Condor Bushlore Camp Knife Handle
  • Sheath:- This comes with beautiful quality black leather belt sheath that is perfect for carrying it safely. It has a generous belt loop that holds the knife really nicely. Moreover,  the blade fits tightly and leaves about 2 1/2″ of handle exposed which is pretty secure.Condor Bushlore Camp Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- This is a quality material knife that lasts longer. It has a blasted Satin finish that makes the blade surface hard and scratch-resistant. The steel has a high carbon content that allows the easy sharpening. However, it is suggested to keep it dry and oiled to avoid rust.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:- 4.25″ Inches

Blade Material:- 1075 High Carbon Steel

Overall Length:- 9.25″ Inches 

Weight:- 7 oz

On rank 3, we have Condor bushcraft Knife that is an expert at cutting branches and processing meat. Before this, I came across the Condor Terrasaur Fixed Blade knife which is quite cheaper

I chose Condor Bushlore because it has a full tang that puts great pressure on the object while cutting big branches of the tree. The handle is bigger, so it is highly recommended for those who have big size fingers and hands. 

Moreover, it has a sharp spine for a Ferro rod that sparks well to light fire. The best part is the leather sheath, which lasts as long as the knife. This knife is best suitable for hunters to process their kill.

 

4. KA-BAR Becker BK2 Bushcraft Knife (Lifetime Knife)


KA-BAR Becker BK2 Bushcraft Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- The blade is built with 1095 cro-van steel material which is hard and gives great edge retention to the blade. The blade spine is 6.35 mm thick to absorb the strong hits at batoning. Drop point blade shape and a versatile 20-degree angle of tip keep it straight during the chopping and cutting. Moreover, the blade is quite easy to sharp due to the broad surface area and long bevel. 
  • Handle:- It has a polyamide handle that is heat resistant and works under any weather condition. This gives you a balanced grip and strong control for any outdoor core activity. Apart from that, it is well fit for both large and small types of hands. 
  • Sheath:- This knife comes with a glass-filled nylon sheath which makes carrying easy and secure. Once you lock the knife in the sheath, there is no way to fall out. You can apply pressure with your thumb on the back spot to release the knife.KA-BAR Becker BK2 Bushcraft Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- The knife is lightweight and made with 1095 cro-van steel material which lasts longer. Besides that, the handle is very wide and solid to fit in different sized hands. It comes with a lifetime warranty that you probably need to use.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:- 5.50″ Inches

Blade Material:- 1095 cro-van Steel

Overall Length:- 10.50″ Inches 

Weight:- 13 oz

Harned up to the HRC 54-58, this knife is absolutely brawny, thick, heavy, and indestructible. In a nutshell, the knife is best to use for batoning and carving woods because of tough carbon steel material. 

The overall length of the knife is 10.5” and the blade is 5.5” long, now that’s quite a monster. The composition of Vanadium, Chromium, And Carbon makes the blade easy to resharpen

However, it is a bit costly but performs better than other knives out there under the $90 price range.  Activities like splitting woods, and skinning game, or chop onions for the campfire grill become easier with a KA-BAR Becker knife. Overall it is capable of handling all your outdoor adventures.

 

5. ESEE PR4 Fixed Blade Survival Knife (Great Balance)


ESEE PR4 Fixed Blade Survival Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- Made with 1095 high carbon steel, the razor-sharp blade has excellent edge retention and stays sharper for a long time. The spine is 1/8″ thick and 90 degrees straight to striking a Ferro rod. Besides that, the blade is 4” long with a super sharp bevel for splitting and cutting the hardwoods. Moreover, the black oxide finish of the blade makes it corrosion resistant and minimizes the light reflection. It gives a rough look to the knife.
  • Handle:- The 4.75” long handle is manufactured by Micarta which uses linens, paper, and canvas to form a handle. It can absorb water, liquids, moisture, and can work well in every weather condition. The handle is sculptured to give you a remarkable grip. It fits perfectly in hand and doesn’t slip when you operate it single-handedly. ESEE PR4 Fixed Blade Survival Knife Handle
  • Sheath:- This knife comes with a dark tan leather sheath. The sheath is easy to attach with your belt because of a loop. It keeps good control over the knife when you place the knife inside. Moreover, the leather sheath is a perfect fit and adds to the style. However, it is a bit difficult to remove the knife instantly for a few days. Once it makes a perfect space by doing repetitive in and out, the knife comes out smoothly from the sheath.ESEE PR4 Fixed Blade Survival Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- The knife has high quality and great bushcraft properties because of carbon steel material.  Moreover, the black oxide coating makes its life longer and scratch-resistant. I will recommend you to keep it oiled and away from water for long term usage.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:- 4″ Inches

Blade Material:- 1095 HC Steel

Overall Length:- 8.9″ Inches 

Weight:- 6.3 oz

The ESEE is a famous USA brand for manufacturing high-quality hunting and bushcraft knives since 1997. At first, It may not be pretty looking but it is designed for hard use. The balance is superb because of the long and sturdy handle. 

It is a full tang knife so there is enough steel in the blade to do anything in the woods. Honestly, it is the one impossible to beat because of its sharpness and black oxide finish

Overall this is a perfect outdoors/bushcraft knife and is great in all the tasks such as batoning wood, scraping fatwood, striking fatwood, and anything else. If you have a budget of $105, then it is worth paying for the heavy-duty construction of the ESEE PR4 Fixed Blade Survival Knife.

 

6. Benchmade Bushcrafter Outdoor Knife (Strongest Blade)


Benchmade Bushcrafter Outdoor Knife

 

Key Features

  • Blade:- The blade has drop-point construction to provide strength and versatility. CPM-S30V steel manufacturing has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. This is a very hard steel that remains sharp for a long time. Moreover, the blade is 4.17 mm thick along with a curved spine to make piercing easier. The full tang drop point blade is double ground with a razor-sharp bevel, that covers about 2/3 of the blade surface.
  • Handle:- It has an ultra-durable G 10 handle which gives high strength and ability to perform well in humid or moist conditions. It is just as sturdy and resistant as the blade. The handle is 23.37mm thick which maintains the ultimate comfortable grip during operation.
  • Sheath:- The high-quality leather sheath with a belt loop allows secure and safe carrying. The total weight of the sheath is 76.54g which is very convenient to hang with your belt. However, you need to be cautious while you put the knife in the sheath because the knife is sharp enough to slice the sheath if you put force in the wrong direction.Benchmade Bushcrafter Outdoor Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- Benchmade  Bushcrafter 162 is an extremely comfortable, durable, and useful tool because of CPM-S30V steel formation with 58-60HRC. This steel is highly corrosion resistant and largely used in higher-end production. Moreover, it remains sharp for a long time even if you put its infrequent use.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:- 4.40″ Inches

Blade Material:- CPM-S30V Steel

Overall Length:- 9.15″ Inches 

Weight:- 7.72 oz

The Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 knife is high-end and sharp out of the box. I really like the balance and grip of the knife, it feels good in the hand. The blade keeps an edge well, and with a decent field sharpener, you can keep it sharp anywhere under any circumstances. 

It is a great camp knife for tasks like chopping and delimbing, feathering, and light splitting. Sheath is quite lightweight and easy to hang with the belt loop. However, re-sheathing the knife can be a bit tricky, as the blade can easily skip the plastic sheath while inserting, and cut the leather because it is soft. 

Now, if I talk about the price, it is $220, which is higher than other bushcraft knives on our list. I will recommend this knife only to those who master the bushcraft skills because this is built for the toughest jobs where superior versatility is required.

 

7. JEO-TEC Nº18 Bushcraft Knife (Premium Quality)


JEO-TEC Nº18 Bushcraft Knife

Key Features

  • Blade:- The blade is manufactured with stainless steel Sandvik 12c27 which has high hardness, exceptional toughness, and good corrosion resistance. The 4 mm thick spine and razor-sharp scandi grind allow you to use the entire primary bevel without putting a lot of pressure on an object. The blade length is 114mm, which provides small secondary bevels and a razor-sharp cutting edge.
  • Handle:- You get a choice of ergonomic handles with this knife. It offers three types of handle, COCOBOLO, POLISHED MICARTA, and GRANADILLO. Now, you’ll ask which handle material is great?… well all three types of handle are strong and usable for a long period of time. However, I will personally recommend you to go with polished micarta as it is the strongest among all three. Also, micarta is a favorite material for use in heavy-duty survival knives.
  • Fire Starter:- The knife comes with a Ferro rod which is very durable and easier to use with the spine of the knife. This pen-sized piece of gear can start a thousand fires in adverse climate conditions. Moreover, it is easy to operate, so with practice, even a 10-year-old child can light up the fire.JEO-TEC Nº18 Bushcraft Knife Fire Starter
  • Sheath:- It comes with a soft textured sheath manufactured with handcrafted Genuine Leather. The sheath is highly durable and perfect for storing your knife safely. Moreover,  there is a Ferro rod attached on the top side of the sheath to light fire anytime and anywhere. Also,  you get an option to choose between brown and black colour.JEO-TEC Nº18 Bushcraft Knife Sheath
  • Durability:- Slim and lightweight EO-TEC Nº18 Bushcraft knife comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. The Sandvik 12c27 is high-quality steel that lasts longer and has the ability to be re-sharpened easily. However, the sheath is well made, not top quality leather but acceptable for the price.

Main Specification:-

Type:- Fixed Blade Knife

Blade Length:- 4.48″ Inches

Blade Material:- Sandvik 12c27 Steel

Overall Length:- 9″ Inches 

Weight:- 9 oz

Last but not the least, JEO-TEC Nº18 is designed specifically for bushcraft activities. If you buy it with the Micarta handle, it comes with a hollow grind. So if you want this knife with scandi grind take the cocobolo model. The knife is very functional, light, and remarkably strong. 

The leather sheath is excellently constructed to be carried vertically only. Also, It has a ring to attach a dangler, which holds the knife very tightly. The straight spine sharp enough to make sparks with the Ferro rod. The ergonomic shape of its handle avoids the fatigue of the hand when working with wood. Highly recommended for hunters and any various outdoor activities like Hiking, camping, and fishing.

 

Conclusion:-

Overall, I chose the 7 best bushcraft knife for hunting that is suitable for you while you go for a hunt or trip. All 7 bushcraft knives are good to perform all types of bushcraft functions. From my point of view, Morakniv is best for cheap and budget knife for bushcraft trip and another one is Condor bushlore knife for a premium quality product. The other 5 knives are also good for bushcraft trip especially the KA-Bar and buck knife. Moreover, let me know your favorite in the comment and help others to know which one is best in the field.

 

Frequently Ask Question:-

1. What is the best bushcraft knife?

All, above the listed 7 knives are best for bushcraft trip,  I will suggest you 2 knife which is best for a bushcraft hunting trip. One is a Morakniv Bushcraft knife and Condor Bushlore knife.

2. What makes a good bushcraft knife?

Well, it depends on two things one is the blade, and the other is ergonomic handle design. First of all check the type of material is used for the fabrication of the blade, spline thickness with jimping over it, the bevel finishing, and last but not least the resharpen time taking by the blade edge.

The ergonomic curved design of the handle with a lanyard hole. Because a flat handle without any grip annoying if you use it for a longer period of time.

3. What is the best survival knife on the market?

There are a lot of knives in the marketing and choosing the best survival knife is a really hard decision without taking the help of your mentors or a to exert in knives categories. Currently, the KA-BAR Becker BK2 Bushcraft Knife is one of the best survival knives.

4. How long should a bushcraft knife be?

Well, the length of the blade should be between 4″-6″ is best. Because the medium-length blade performs all functions and less chance for broken due to fatigue stress. Same length for the handle of the bushcraft knife. The best overall length for a bushcraft knife is 8″-11″.

5. How To Use A Bushcraft Knife?

The best way to understand the use of a bushcraft knife is by watching a video and see a live example. Before use, any knife makes sure to use safety precaution first and always put your knife in the sheath rather than put it in the pocket especially the fixed blade knife. Rest watch the video of bushcraft knife use and its safety.

 

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