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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.

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