Knives and cutting tools make hunting in Alaska easier.
These are the best hunting knives and tools for 2021
Knives & Cutting Tools
Spyderco Siren spyderco.com This folding knife became our everyday carry in 2020. We used it for everything from breasting out ducks, to skinning rabbits, bleeding salmon and halibut, and cutting up crab bait. The full-flat-ground blade is made from LC200N steel that is seriously corrosion resistant. The textured G-10 handle performs really well when wet or slimy. We like the reversible deep-pocket wire clip; it slides easily over your pants pocket and stays securely in place. The knife has an overall length of 8.73” with a closed length of 5.12”. Blade length is 3.60” with a blade thickness of .125”.
Work Sharp Benchstone Knife Sharpener worksharptools.com This sharpener is easy to use thanks to the 20° and 25° angle guides. 15° and 17° guides can be installed and are sold separately; angle guides can also be removed altogether. Users have the choice between Medium (320) Grit Diamond Plate, Fine (600) Grit Diamond Plate and Fine Grit Ceramic Stone. The Pivot Response feature makes it so that the abrasive follows the curve of the blade when sharpening; this feature can also be locked out. We sharpened hunting knives, fillet knives, everyday carries and kitchen knives using this device and were pleased with the ease of use and razor-sharp edges.
Gerber Randy Newberg DTS gerbergear.com This folding knife fits nicely in the hand, the recurved primary blade functions well to field-dress animals and stayed sharp while butchering a moose, and the orange handle makes it easy to find. The Tendon Tool, which is a short, stout, serrated-edge blade, is handy for cutting tendons and separating the atlas joint. The knife’s total length is 8.9 inches and it weighs 6.6 ounces.
Spyderco Wakiita Petty spyderco.com This knife has been a supremely handy addition to our kitchen-knife arsenal. It’s comfortable doing detail work like mincing garlic and is just as adept at dicing an onion, breaking down a chunk of backstrap or removing silver skin in a rear-quarter roast. Our tester reports that this knife gets a ton of use in his family’s kitchen. The 4.52” blade length is made from CTS BD1N which is a high-carbon, nitrogen-enriched stainless steel. The octagonal handle is made from G-10. The knife is corrosion resistant and holds a sharp edge.
Toor Knives Field 2.0 Knife toorknives.com Contributing Editor John Whipple shared his thoughts: “If an outdoorsman could only choose five basic tools for making it in the wilderness, a knife would be one of them. While scalpel blades are great for skinning, it is nice to have a proper bush knife at your side that can truly do it all. The Field 2.0 is such a knife. The blade is a useful 4.5 inches long, crafted from CPM 154 steel with a hardness of 59-61 on the Rockwell scale, it easily holds an edge through a whole moose, and with its heavy 90º spine you can baton wood to your heart’s content. Complete with its fluted walnut handle and beautifully fitted saddle-leather sheath, this is a knife you can use every day for decades and then pass on to your grandkids.”
RaptoRazor Fillet Mano Saw with Guard raptorazor.com We used the 7-inch Coarse Tooth Saw Blade for various butchering tasks. Testers reported that it is compact, light and sturdy, making it good for hunters traveling into the Alaska backcountry. We like how the sheath locks with plastic pins, providing an element of safety. The handle fits comfortably in the hand. The saw blade has aggressive teeth that cut well.