Drop point hunting knives, which were made popular in 1969 by Bob Loveless in handmade hunting knives, are one of the most common types of hunting knives available on the market today. They are available with many different types of handles and in various lengths and weights and are considered to be the best choice for big game hunters as they are constructed of thicker steel than many other types of hunting knives. The blade is curved which allows the hunter to remove the skin of the animal using the entire blade instead of the point alone as is necessary with many other, less appropriate knives. Not only does this save the hunter time, but it will also extend the life of the knife used.
Everyone that hunts knows they should own a drop point-hunting knife. These knives are simple yet popular, and have been around for quite some time. One brand known is the Browning Escalade Knives. The Browning drop point knife is a classic style knife that everyone should have. It has a 3¼” blade with an overall length of 7 3/8”. The blade shape on this knife is tremendously functional and makes skinning and dressing game a quick process. Included with this knife is a top of the line leather sheath to carry your knife in.
Best Drop Point Hunting Knives In 2018
Cabela’s Drop Point Knives
A quality knife made by Cabela’s is the Rosewood Alpha Drop Point knife. This knife has a handle that is made from rich Rosewood and the blade is 154CM stainless steel that measures 4¼; the overall length of this Rosewood beauty is 8½”, and weight out to 7.2oz. This is a great drop point-hunting knife to have and is made by a trusted brand.
Leatherman Nehalem Drop Point
Every hunter knows that having a quality-folding pocketknife is also essential when cutting up game during hunting or camping. One of these top quality knives is the Leatherman Nehalem-154CM Folding Blade Hunting Knife. This is a drop point knife that also comes with a gut hook that is hidden until it is needed; this gut hook comes out of the opposite side of the knife as the blade, meaning that it comes out of the handle rather than it being positioned on the blade itself. The lockback on this knife is strong so it will never close on you. Hidden in the handle as well is a diamond coated sharpening tool to quickly sharpen your knife if needed. The blade on this knife measures 4”, which makes it a small, yet durable drop point knife.
Another drop point knife that is good is the Boker Plus Collection Knife, 2009, BK-BO161. This knife is pretty and large, with a 440C stainless steel 7¼” drop point blade that has a satin finish and a two-tone polish creating a mirror reflection. The overall length of this knife however, is 12¼”. This is a collection knife made by Boker for 2009.
2009 L.L. Bean Collector’s Knife
Another 2009 collectors knife that was made is the L.L. Bean drop point collector’s knife. The blade on this knife is custom made and has a trademark 24kgold Maine hunting shoe engraved on it. This knife is a 2009 collection drop point knife as well as the Boker Plus collection knife. It also comes with a black presentation box with a glass lid to view through.
One of my favorites, and a simpler knife is the Woodsman knife. This knife is great for fishing or for small game when hunting. It has a skinny, steel, drop point blade that measures 4” with an awesome leather stacked handle. Buck makes this knife solely for L.L. Bean. It also comes with a brown leather sheath for carrying.
These are some of the best drop point hunting knives of 2009, whether you choose a simple knife such as the Woodsman, or one of the classic collector’s knives of 2009 such as the L.L. Bean or the Boker Plus, you are definitely going to be satisfied with any of these drop point knives.
Attempting to cut the skin of an animal using only the point of a knife can often stress the tip, causing it to bend, dull, or even break, ruining an otherwise perfectly useful tool. The drop point knife has a stronger tip than most other types of hunting knives as well. The curved blade also allows the hunter to remove the skin while leaving the meat intact. Even a novice hunter will notice there is less damage to the meat of the animal after using a drop point hunting knife to skin it in comparison to other types of knives.
Its design also allows the drop point hunting knife to be used for other tasks that generally are not considered to be in the realm of knives. For instance, other field cleaning tasks that are typically left to a hatchet or saw, such as the gutting of the animal as well as the splitting of the rib cage. Although the drop point hunting knife may not be the best tool for this purpose, the fact that it can be used in this manner makes it very useful in situations where all the best tools may not be available.
A clip point hunting knife is fairly similar to a drop point hunting knife. The easiest way to tell the difference is that the curve at the top of drop point knives will always be convex. This type of knife is not only useful as a hunting knife. In fact, though the stated type of knife often only becomes of consequence when in the context of hunting knives, many general purpose pocket knives also have a drop point construction.