Best CUTCO Hunting Knives Review

In this Cutco hunting knife review we will take a closer look at the best Cutco hunting knives. Cutco hunting knives are well known for being reliable and made from excellent material. They are also very sharp and do not loose their sharpness over time which is what I love about them, you can always rely on them when you take them out of the bag.

  • CUTCO Model 5717
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 3/8" SE Blade
  • Total Length:Not specfied
  • Knife Material: Blade is 440A High-Carbon, Stainless Steel, Sure-grip Kraton® handle
  • Warranty: CUTCO Forever Guarantee

  • Ka-Bar 2-1211-6
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: seven-inch blade
  • Total Length: 11.75-inch overall length
  • Knife Material: 1095 carbon steel blade and rugged, nonslip Kraton G handle
  • Warranty: Manufacturer’s warranty

  • KA-BAR BK-22
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: a straight edge 5.25"
  • Total Length: 10 1/2"
  • Knife Material: Flat ground 1095 Cro-Van steel, Becker 22 Second Generation "Companion" Fixed Blade Knife with HD Sheath
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

1. CUTCO Model 5717 STRAIGHT EDGE Gut Hook Hunting Knife

CUTCO Model 5717 STRAIGHT EDGE Gut Hook Hunting KnifeOwning a great hunting knife when camping can save you. The Cutco Model 5717 is one such hunting knife. You will be amazed to witness the things it can achieve.

The blade is from 440A high carbon stainless steel and it is 4” long. It is very sharp and you can easily tell that it will take long before it needs re-sharpening. It is perfect for skinning big game animals as well.

The inclusion of a gut hook eliminates the need for bringing your gutting gear everywhere you go. The knife is not too small and it is not too big. Holding it is easy and it does not give the impression that it will leave you with 4 fingers.

When you hold the handle, the fingers lock in and there is no way you can easily lose your grip. Adding to this is the rugged design which prevents friction. The handle is big enough and will easily fit in an average-size palm.

This handle is constructed of Kraton. This is a reliable material that will put up with so much abuse. There is no way it will fade, chip or soak up in water and break. It comes in two colors; orange and black.

Since you will be taking this with you, the hunting knife comes with a black sheath you can use to safely carry it around. And for your convenience, it also comes with a lanyard.

One thing you have to deal with is your hunting knife becoming blunt after some usage. While other makers will provide instructions on how you can resharpen it, CUTCO gives you the CUTCO forever guarantee. This gives you a chance to have your knife resharpened or replaced without paying anything.

Cleaning this knife is easy since it does not fold and it is made of stainless steel. All in all, this is one of the best hunting knives and the perfect way to describe it is “best value for your money.”

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2. Ka-Bar 2-1211-6 Blk Fighting knife

Ka-Bar 2-1211-6 Blk Fighting knife

Even though you are not a marine or in the army, you might still need some protection from time to time. And if you like camping or hunting, you definitely know that a great knife can determine your chances of survival. The Ka-Bar 2-1211-6 Blk Fighting knife is one of the most famous knives on the planet.

This is not just because it is a capable tool in the jungle, but it also has a history on the battlefield. Did you know that this is the knife  soldiers used in World War 2? The overall design of the knife has not changed much since its use in the war.

The blade is made from 1095 carbon steel which is stronger and easy to sharpen. It comes razor sharp out of the box and it measures 7” in length. But if you wish, you can have it resharpened to your liking.

As you might already know, the handle plays an important role in determining how good the knife will be. The one featured here is a rugged, nonslip Kraton G handle. It is black and so is the blade. Its overall length is 11.75”.

The knife comes with a leather sheath. It is strong and it gives an impression that it will last long. And I must say the sheath looks good, but if you do not like it, you can get another one that suits your tastes.

On the negative side, this is not stainless steel, it is carbon steel. So you will need oil it at least once a day to keep it free from rust.

This is a great knife if you are into extreme sports like camping and hunting. It can keep you safe from an animal attack or any intruder around. But it does not stop there, you can as well use it to build your shelter and anything a knife can do. As a matter of fact, this one will probably do it better.

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3. KA-BAR BK-22 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife with HD Polyester Front Pocket Sheath

KA-BAR BK-22 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife with HD Polyester Front Pocket SheathMany are of the idea that bigger is always better. But that does not hold true when it comes to hunting knives. You would be surprised to realize that sometimes, a beast can be trapped inside something small, like the KA-BAR BK-22.

Coming from a long line of hunting knives with a solid reputation of providing great quality, the KA-BAR BK-22 does not in any way taint the lovely image of its maker.

With an overall length of 10.5”, the knife is of a suitable length. The blade itself measures 5.25” and it is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel.

One thing I really like about this knife is that it holds edge really well.

It is a great multi-purpose hunting knife. It will excel when skinning game, assisting in making a shelter and it will handle most kitchen tasks with ease.

The moment you start using it, you will get a feeling that it will stay sharp for a long time. Did I say it is scary sharp when you first get it out of the box?

As always, we should never forget to put the handle in the spotlight. The  KA-BAR BK-22’s handle is comfortable when you hold it. On some occasions though, like when the hands are sweaty, it tends to slip. This can, of course, be easily fixed by changing it. The handle is made of Grivory.

An awesome addition that will make traveling with your knife easy and safe is the included sheath. It is made from heavy-duty polyester and it features a front pocket you can use to keep other things.

This is a great knife and you will not regret your decision to invest in though some may find it a little heavy.

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  • CUTCO #5717BK
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 4-3/8"
  • Total Length: 10-1/4"
  • Knife Material: 440A High-Carbon, Stainless Steel Handle material: Kraton®
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • CUTCO Model 5718
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 4-1/2"
  • Total Length: 9-1/4"
  • Knife Material: 440A High-Carbon, Stainless Steel Blade; Kraton® Handle
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • CUTCO/KA-BAR Explorer
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 7"
  • Total Length: 12"
  • Knife Material: Durable Kraton handle, Double-D edge, MOLLE-compatible sheath
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

4. CUTCO Gut Hook Hunting Knife with Leather Sheath #5717BK

CUTCO Gut Hook Hunting Knife with Leather Sheath #5717BKThis one is not entirely different from the CUTCO knife we reviewed on the first position. This has a double D edge while the first one has a straight edge. Otherwise everything is simply the same.

The blade is 4” long and it is made from 440A high-carbon stainless steel. You can bet that cleaning will be a breeze and you will not see rust on your knife anytime soon. Additionally, stainless steel is lightweight and can stay sharp for longer.

The double D edge is CUTCO’s exclusive and it ensures that the cutting is smooth and clean. And like its brother, it also has a gut hook.

The handle is again rugged and it makes gripping very safe and firm. The sure-grip Kraton handle locks your fingers well and it makes controlling easy.

The knife comes with a leather sheath you can use to carry it. If you feel like you do not fancy it, you can simply buy another sheath.

It also comes with CUTCO forever guarantee that will provide you with free sharpening and replacement forever.

The knife is manufactured in the USA.

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5. Cutco Drop Point Knife #5718

cutcoThis is another great knife from Cutco that excels in many hunting tasks. The knife features an overall length of 9.25”. This is a suitable size, not too big and not too small. The knife looks great and it will never make you feel like you are holding some piece of junk.

It has a Kraton handle that is standard on many Cutco hunting knives. When you hold it in your hands, it is designed in a way that it locks your fingers in making it comfortable and easy to control.

The blade is 4.5” long and again it is scary sharp, something you would not let the kids play with. It is made from the same high carbon surgical steel. The presence of the double D-edge is again an awesome addition. You will keep on skinning while everyone else is busy resharpening theirs.

In the tests, this knife did excellently in cutting through any challenge it was given. It will make a great tool for field dressing and skinning. One thing to take note of is the absence of a gut hook, so you might need buy another one if you are planning on using such a feature.

The knife comes with Cutco’s forever guarantee. You can get it resharpened or replaced if that is necessary, the best part is you do not even need to show your receipt.

The whole knife is dishwasher safe. There is no need to fear that the handle may fade or soak.

Overall, this is a very great knife worth every penny.

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6. CUTCO/KA-BAR Explorer – Special “Zombie Killer” Edition – Outdoor Knife w/ Sheath #5725ZK

CUTCOKA-BAR ExplorerIf you believe you stand a chance of meeting a zombie, then this knife was specifically made for you. Its weight and strength will instantly put confidence in you that you will survive a zombie attack.

The knife is a little longer than a typical hunting knife measuring 7” long with an overall length of 12”. This in my opinion must be long enough to slice open the chest of a full grown zombie.

To increase your chances of success, the blade combines straight and double D-edge to maximize cutting ability. It is constructed of 440A high carbon, stainless steel. It has an Epoxy powder coating to prevent corrosion.

But a blade is nothing if you cannot fully control it or if it is not comfortable when holding. So this knife comes with a Kraton handle that is a blessing to hold. It does not slip easily, even in wet conditions. Additionally, the handle does not put you in any kind of danger from the blade itself in any way.

The Nylon  sheath included is again a right addition that finds itself at the right place. Put simply, the sheath and the knife get along really well. When you put the knife in the sheath, for example, the knife will lock in.

The sheath also comes with other extras like a pocket that can hold a flashlight and other stuff. Additionally, it is MOLLE compatible.

Lastly, this knife also comes with the Cutco forever guarantee. So if it ever gets blunt, you know you will get it resharpened for free. And if need be, you can have it replaced, again for free.

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