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Old 07-15-2013, 08:55 PM
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Need help choosing a hunting knife

Hey guys, I've decided it's time to get a new knife. I will be using this knife for anything from deer to moose, and anything in between. I'm not really looking for a custom knife and would prefer a fixed blade. Any recommendations?

Thanks, Alex
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:06 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

Easy...Cold Steel Master Hunter. It is the only hunting knife I've used for the last 24 years. It has gutted every deer and antelope I've killed. It has been sharpened so many times now that my buddies refer to it as the 'sharp stick.' It has many more years of service before I consider replacing it. And when I do replace it, I will find another Cold Steel Master Hunter.

The current version in production is stainless steel:

Master Hunter - Cold Steel Knives

It has been made in other steels as well. Mine was one of the original versions in Carbon V. They are all good.

Search for it on ebay and you will find many for sale at much less than 'retail.'

My brother has the version with the gut hook. We both agree that the gut hook is unnecessary and not very useful.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:01 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

Yeah, I got a Master Hunter too. Used it for years. So far I haven't used anything better. Holds an edge as well as any. Touches up easily. Good practical handle. The steel stains easily but I kinda like that too.

I think I'll get a Havalon and see how I like 'em but the Master Hunter just keeps plugg'in away.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:06 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

Havalon. Never sharpen a knife again.

Edit: I know Havalon is a folding Knife. Maybe get one in addition to the fixed blade that you choose to go with. =)
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:55 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

I recently picked up a Marttiini Full Tang Hunter (P/N 350015), but haven't had a chance to use it on game yet. Boy I tell ya it feels good in the hand though, built like a tank

Best deal I've found is from Knifeworks.com
Marttiini Full Tang Hunter, 9 3/4" Overall, Waxed Curly Birch Inlay Handles

I actually got mine straight from the factory in Finland.
Marttiini Full Tang Curly Birch - Marttiini

I spent a few years in Finland and ended up visiting the factory in person. I was really impressed with their quality. The Full Tang Hunter is my 3rd Marttiini knife, but my first for hunting. Hopefully get to try it out on a speedgoat come September
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:31 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

Would a havalon piranta be big enough for moose?
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:56 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

As with a lot of things, It's not how big it is but how you use it. Take,, caliber size for instance.
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