Best Knives and Sharpeners for Hunting in Alaska in 2016

Spyderco Bradley 2 FolderSpydercoBradley2.jpg
This awesome knife is the result of collaboration with Gayle Bradley, and the second generation offers improvements to the original design. The knife is slimmer, lighter and built with a longer handle, which adds increased control. The blade is made from high-alloy, CPM M4 steel that provides for better wear resistance, grindability and toughness, which are excellent attributes when it comes to cutting through the tough skin of animals such as moose and bear. The handle features carbon-fiber scales, a high-strength lock and a four-position hourglass clip, which provides a range of carry positions.

DPx Gear HEFT 6 Woodsman Fixed BladeDPx_Gear_HEFT_6_Woodsman_Fixed_Blade_.jpg
This is a versatile and high-quality-steel knife with a great overall feel. It’s made from Sleipner steel, which makes the knife easy to sharpen, resistant to wear/chipping and holds an edge. The knife is well-suited for a variety of hunting and camping tasks, making it a go-to choice on outings. This knife includes an integrated striker and pry bar on the pommel, as well as a lanyard hole and lashing points. The handle is hollow, allowing you to store survival materials.

Buck Knives Paklite Field Master KnivesBuck_Knives_Paklite_Field_Master_Knives.jpg
This set contains the 141 PakLite Large Skinner, the 135 PakLite Caper and the 499 PakLite Guthook. Each knife is designed for minimal weight at only 12 ounces for the whole set and the knives are super sharp and easy to re-sharpen.

Spyderco Native 5 LightweightSpydercoNativeLightweight.jpg
The Native has been in production for 20 years at Spyderco and it just keeps getting better and more refined. The Native 5 Lightweight features a fiberglass reinforced nylon handle with Bi-Directional Texturing that provides for an excellent grip, reduces total weight to 2.5 ounces and feels good in the hand. We tested the combination edge, which features a CPM S35VB stainless steel 2.95-inch spear point blade that’s half PlainEdge and half SpyderEdge. It’s a versatile every-day carry knife, as well as a lightweight cutting tool more than capable for skinning and breaking down large Alaska animals.

RaptorRazor Injection Molded Big Game SkinnerRaptorRazorInjectionBGS.jpg
This multifunctional knife is versatile, lightweight and practical. The hook design cuts from the inside out, splitting the hair while making a precision cut. It is capable of spinning 360 degrees around the leg to open the hide and pop the joint. The bottom of the blade acts as a guided skinner. We found these knives very sharp and useful in the field.

Lansky Sharpeners Master’s Edge Knife SharpenerLansky.jpg
The Master’s Edge Knife Sharpener system is composed of medium (800 grit) and fine (1000 grit) ceramic rods, as well a medium ceramic triangular rod. Rods are stored in a non-slip rubber base with hand guard that is designed to accept rods at sharpening angles of 17-, 20- and 25 degrees. The unit is compact, convenient, quick and easy to set-up, and it will sharpen a variety of blades.

Work Sharp Guided Sharpening SystemWorksharp.jpg
The Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System is a complete manual sharpening solution for every knife you own. It features the innovative Pivot-Response System, which allows the abrasive to follow the curve of the blade, making manual sharpening faster, easier and more precise than ever. The Guided Sharpening System (GSS) is Work Sharp’s complete benchtop sharpening and honing system. The innovative Pivot-Response System follows the curve of the blade while sharpening, putting a sharp edge along the entire length of the blade. Even beginners can get excellent results with this system.

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