There are a lot of good knives in the good ol’ USA, but if you want a little variety then you may want to consider using foreign hunting knives or perhaps adding them to your collection. Some of them have a long history, whereas others are modern classics. Of course, you don’t have to buy an actual foreign knife if you don’t want to. You can always get the local US versions based on foreign hunting knives.
We have reviewed 4 of them:
This is actually made by a knife company based in Colorado, but the design is based on the puukko, which is a traditional knife in Finland. The eye-catching design is certainly unique, and it can make a fine addition to your collection. But it is actually meant to be used, as it is excellent as a hunting knife. The Spyderco version is a true hunting tool and the thick and extremely sharp blade makes it perfect for any field-dressing job. The non-slip grip is quite comfy and secure in the hand but beware of the lack of a finger guard. Use this when you’re distracted or fatigued, and accidents can happen easily.
It is very sharp, it keeps its edge for a very long time and it is very easy to sharpen. The tip is quite durable as well.
Arno Bernard Zebra
The blades of this knife maker from South Africa have always been highly regarded. The handles are also often made from very exotic materials. They can be made from mastodon molar, giraffe bone, or crocodile hide. You can’t accuse it of looking bland. The blade is only 3.5 inches long. It has a full grip, which enables you to exert force easily to make fine cuts.
The balance leans a bit toward the blade as a result of the full tapered tang. It really feels right in your hand, as the full handle has a slight palm swell. It holds a really sharp edge, and it is much tougher than regular 440C steel.
The Italians have always been known for innovation and cool designs, and LionSteel fully exemplifies that tradition. The knives from this maker are quite stylish and sleek, but it works great for hunting duties. There’s an easy to use turnscrew, which can lock this folding knife into its open position. It uses Sleipner steel, which has a Rockwell hardness of 61, but it is steel easier to sharpen than the D2 tool steel.
The handle can come in titanium, although there are cheaper anodized aluminum chassis alternatives. It comes with a lot of extra features that will please any hunter or knife collector.
Puma is one of Germany’s oldest companies, and Puma knives have long been mainstays in the American backwoods. Its German steel blades are forged in Solingen, and they’re often quite expensive. But the version in the US (named “Hunter’s Friend”) is assembled in Asia, making the Solingen blades more affordable.
It has a 4.7-inch, somewhat drop-pointed blade, and it is thick enough for tasks aside from just removing the hide and the innards. You can even use it for chopping, and for use in the camp kitchen.