CUTTING EDGE ADVICE
I have a question for Phill Siddell. I’m in the market for a knife for field use and preparation of pigeons and rabbits. I also fish for trout, which can involve gutting either at the water or at home. Looking at the vast selection of hunting knives available, it would seem to me that one of the key components to select the right tool for the job is blade length, so I’m wondering if you could use your vast experience to recommend a blade length that you think would be most suitable for small game preparation.
Hi Mark. Thanks for your question, which Terry has passed on to me. As a knifemaker, I have a simple rule: For small game, blade length should be around 3”, anything longer ends up being too clumsy. As you mentioned cleaning fish, I would also suggest you opt for a stainless steel blade to prevent corrosion.
Hope this helps!
The small game knife (top) should suit Marks needs, and the lower one is ideal for everyday tasks.