We Examine 7 Contenders for the Best Boot Knife For 2018

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

Make / Model

Blade
Length

Knife
Length

Weight

MSRP

5.75"

11"

6.0 oz

$31.26

4.5"

8.9"

7.7 oz

$26.99

3.5"

7.25"

6.4 oz

$21.99

5.0"

9.0"

6.4 oz

$74.99

6.5"

10.625"

16 oz

$72.00

3.6"

7.0"

2.1oz

$22.61

3.8"

7.8"

3.9oz

$34.50

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.

Smith & Wesson SWHRT9B HRT Boot Knife

Smith & Wesson has entered the rescue knife market with a great selection in the HRT series. In this case the SWHRT7LT is a Tanto blade boot knife with a 5-3/4” blade.

The blade is made from 7CR17MoV high carbon stainless steel and this gives it great corrosion resistance and can be honed to a razor sharp edge. The overall length of the knife is 11 inches making it quite large in boot knife terms.

The handle is constructed with black Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and that assists in both the comfort and the grip when holding and thrusting with it.

The knife comes with a leather sheath that has a boot clip to allow it to be clipped to the outside of the boot where it will remain securely in place. Some people might prefer to use this clip to clip it to their belt and this will also remain securely in place.

 The knife has received consistently high review ratings with everyone who has used it giving it glowing positive feedback for its ability to keep its edge and for the thickness and sturdiness that it provides.

Smith & Wesson SWHRT9B HRT Boot Knife

We’re following up the first Smith & Wesson Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) boot knife with a second which has also received a great deal of positive feedback. This is the smaller brother to the knife above. The SWHRT9B has a 4.5” long hard coated stainless steel blade and it has proven to be a sturdy performer.

In this case the knife blade comes to a spear point and has a black rubberized handle. This handle has come under a little criticism for being too soft. At the end of the handle is a lanyard hole which will enable the knife to be held more securely in the hand.

The overall length of the knife measure 9-1/8” which gives it a more compact nature and ideal for storing on the boot. Along with the knife is a leather sheath which may be attached to either the boot or the belt, depending on your preferences.

This has become one of the most popular boot knives on the market today with customers preferring the small and compact size as well as the weight and comfort as it is held.

ABKT Tac AB014 Boot Knife

The American Buffalo Knife and Tool Tac boot knife is a nice and compact 7-1/4” in length that is comprised of a 3.5” black oxide coated 8Cr13 stainless double edged dagger. The blade is a full tang and will hone to a razor sharp edge.

The blade runs through to the handle for a solid feel. The handle itself is small but comfortable to grasp and is constructed from injection molded plastic.

Also included is the molded holster which can be clipped to the boot using the metal clip but it can also be worn on the belt by using the nylon belt clip if you prefer.

Customers who have been after a small low-cost concealable boot knife have been impressed by the fact that the fixed blade knife is tough enough to offer the cutting features required. The blade does not bend when put under stress making it a strong and reliable knife that may be used for a wide range of cutting and stabbing tasks.

Cold Steel Drop Forged Boot Knife

This is a serious boot knife that has been designed for concealed carry. It boasts a 5” double-edged blade that finishes with a needle sharp tip. The thickness of the blade is 4.5mm to make it a nice strong blade.

The knife has a very slim profile thanks to its one-piece construction and it carries flat. It is made from 52100 high carbon steel and is handle heavy to provide it with greater piercing power. The overall length of the knife is 9 inches and it weighs 6.4 ounces.

Accompanying the knife is a Secure-Ex sheath with an integrated ultimate-clip to ensure that it can be secured reliably to the boot or, if preferred, to a waistband or belt.

This knife has proven to be very popular with customers who have found that it sits unobtrusively on the boot or belt and can be used for all types of cutting tasks. The fact that it is a single piece construction enhances to sleek look and feel. The plastic sheath and clip provides a strong and reliable for attaching to the boot.

Gil Hibben GH5047-BRK Old West Boot Knife

This is a large blade boot knife made by Gil Hibben in an interpretation of the Old West knife with this boot knife. The blade is 6-1/2” of high-polished stainless steel with a brass spine plate.

The overall length of the knife measures 10.625 inches and it weighs in at a hefty 16 ounces. The handle of the knife is an old style attractive hardwood that gives the knife the Old West look and feel.

The knife comes with a leather sheath that features a snap down flap to secure the knife in place by looping over the handle.

Customers have made note of the fact that this is a large knife in terms of boot knives. They have also made note of the fact that it is made in China.

Although this is a good looking fixed blade boot knife, most people appear more taken with its ascetic appeal rather than its functionality. While it will provide you with an honest and sharp blade, there are probably going to be more durable and long-lasting blades out there.

Schrade SCHF19 Small Boot Knife

The SCHF19 Small Boot Knife has a high carbon stainless steel double edged spear point blade with a blood groove. The blade measures 3.6 inches in length and the handle is 3.4 inches long for a total knife length of 7 inches.

The knife blade is made from black 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel and the handle is a textured thermoplastic Elastic (TPE) to make it more comfortable to grip.

It is accompanied by a leather sheath that is designed to be clipped to either the boot or to the belt, depending on your carrying preferences. It can be secured within the sheath by the button strap that closes over the top but is easy to unclip when you need to get to it.

Customers are impressed with the diminutive nature of this boot knife and have found that it is so comfortable when it is worn on the boot that it is easy to forget that it is there. This is an incredibly low-cost knife that does exactly what it is designed for and provides the hunter with an easy to carry option.

Schrade Old Timer 162OT Boot Knife

The SCHF19 Small Boot Knife has a high carbon stainless steel double edged spear point blade with a blood groove. The blade measures 3.6 inches in length and the handle is 3.4 inches long for a total knife length of 7 inches.

The knife blade is made from black 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel and the handle is a textured thermoplastic Elastic (TPE) to make it more comfortable to grip.

It is accompanied by a leather sheath that is designed to be clipped to either the boot or to the belt, depending on your carrying preferences. It can be secured within the sheath by the button strap that closes over the top but is easy to unclip when you need to get to it.

Customers are impressed with the diminutive nature of this boot knife and have found that it is so comfortable when it is worn on the boot that it is easy to forget that it is there. This is an incredibly low-cost knife that does exactly what it is designed for and provides the hunter with an easy to carry option. For some reason a good proportion of customers have reported using it as a throwing knife which accounts for the failure of the handle. As a last word it should be pointed out...this is a boot knife NOT a throwing knife!!!

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).

Conclusion

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
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