When hunting, camping, fishing or hiking it makes sense to take a knife with you for any one of a number of uses or emergencies. In all these pursuits it is likely that your hands are full and you may find it difficult to carry a knife in other places around your body. So a very good option is to decide on a boot knife.
Boot knives can come in particularly useful when out in the field and, as the name suggests, they can be carried in a sheath that is clipped on or inside the boot. In just about all cases you would expect the boot knife to be concealed by the pant leg.
Firstly we will provide you with a quick boot knife definition, just to confirm that this is the type of knife you are looking for. A boot knife is a fixed double edged blade knife and it will typically have a blade that measures from three to five inches in length, although it is also possible to find six inch boot knives too.
Although most people wear their boot knives in a holder clipped to their boot, it is also not uncommon to wear it housed in an ankle holster. Due to their compact nature, and because some people would like to have quick and easy access to it without having to bend down to draw it, it is also a possibility to store it sheathed in a side pocket of your hunting daypack.
Listed below is a boot knife comparison list that will allow you to get a quick idea of the knives that have been the most popular with customers in recent times. This list is a good representation of the variety that is available and we have attempted to provide a selection of different knife blade lengths to choose from.
Comparison List of the Top Rated Boot Knives
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Brief Boot Knife Reviews
We have had the benefit of being able to look at the various boot knives side by side along with a few important measurements and specifications. Now we will dive a little deeper into each one with a more comprehensive review of each that will explain the features that have been built into each one. These descriptions may help to give you a better idea of which knife will be the better one to buy.
Boot Knife Designs
We have seen a number of different boot knife designs among those that have been considered to be the best available for the money.
First of all we can see that they are readily available with a range of different blade sizes. You can choose from 3-inch, 4-inch or 5-inch blades and find that there are many to choose from. It is even possible to get the larger style boot knives with a few 6 inch plus blades available.
Handle styles also vary with the TPE handles providing superior grip and comfort while the rubberized handles giving the user another option. The cold forged steel knives that come in a single-piece are simple yet solid options and great low-profile choices.
Features To Consider When Buying A Boot Knife
You can expect the design of the boot knife to be reasonably consistent across the majority of brands. By this, we mean that they will be compact and the blade will measure somewhere within the 3 – 5 inch length. If you are carrying your knife in or on your boot a 5-inch blade length would be the longest you should use. A three inch blade would be the shortest you should consider.
The blade itself is narrow and is double edged so that it will be effective in either an upward or downward cutting action. It will also come to a sharped point that will be effective for piercing tough hide or other materials. The blade itself may be non-serrated or serrated.
The grip of the boot knife may be made from metal such as carbon steel or aluminum or rubber and in some cases can be a combination of both. We are also seeing an increase in the number of different types of polymer plastics used in the various handles. Many people find that the aluminum handles are more comfortable to use and to carry.
The blade of the boot knife is made from stainless steel and in the case of tactical knives, it is given a matte black finish (which some people really like the look of).
It is possible to buy a good quality boot knife for a relatively small outlay. For many people, it is not necessary to spend more than $50 for the knife and sheath combination. Of course, you must consider the quality of the blade and the type of material used for the handle but as we can see from above, the result is very likely going to be a boot knife that will serve your purposes nicely.Good Hunting