The holiday season and hunting season are upon us, and you want to make sure you or your favorite hunter is adequately prepared with a good quality custom knife. Custom knives are cherished collectibles as well as useful tools. A hunting knife is perhaps one of the most essential pieces anyone can carry when out hunting. It serves various roles for the serious hunter, from killing the animal to butchering its meat.
Nothing compares to a custom hunting knife. Knowing the maker put a lot of energy and time into creating a knife that is made with attention to detail and quality materials, and which will last for years can make going back to mass-produced knives difficult.
There are many variations, styles, and special uses for custom hunting knives, and it can be quite overwhelming to sort through the options. Many serious-minded hunters and collectors don’t restrict their knife choices to just one blade. They are likely to have different blades for different purposes.
Price, construction, detail, artistry, blade and handle materials, and usefulness are important details when selecting a custom knife. The following custom knives are great gifts for any knife enthusiast or for the hunter to gear up and head out for the ultimate hunting trip..
Microtech Marfione Custom Cypher Black Alloy Bronze Two Tone Stonewash M390
Tony Marfione founded Microtech Knives in 1994, and his has quickly become one of the most popular names in the custom knife industry. Marfione Custom Knives is a subdivision that produces custom knives featuring extraordinarily good, top-of-the-line materials and designed by Tony himself.
This Microtech Marfione Custom Cypher Black Alloy Bronze Two Tone Stonewash M390 has a conventionally shaped 4-inch M390 bronze, hand ground, stonewash blade with brushed flats that provide a high-performance cutting edge. The 5.6-inch handle has a distinctive stepped design for a reliable and firm grip. With this knife, you get the extra utility of a single-edged blade and the benefits of a doubled edged dagger.
Borka Blades Custom Mini Stitch Titanium Orange Peel M390 2017 NYCKS
Even if you are not a fan of folding knives, you’ll love this one! The Borka Blades Custom Mini Stitch Titanium Orange Peel has a drop-point blade that is 3.25 inches and a titanium orange peel handle which is big enough to use comfortably. When folded, it is a mere 4.375 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces. The blade folds out easily and locks up firmly.
Jeff Vandermeulen Custom Barely Legal Carbon Fiber
The Jeff Vandermeulen Custom Barely Legal Carbon Fiber is one of the most popular designs he has built. The 3.8-inch blade is made of stainless steel with an acid-wash finish. The handle is made of carbon fiber with stone-washed titanium bolsters. The pocket clip is also constructed of titanium. It uses a bearing system for a smooth opening and weighs only 8.2 ounces.
Richard Rogers Vector Custom Titanium Bead Blast CPM-154
This Richard Rogers Vector Custom Bead Blast knife has a stylish and functional design. The modified drop-point style blade in a fine bead blast finish with a notched flipper is 3.25 inches, and its pin-striped milled titanium handle comes with a two-toned machined clip. This slim utility knife weighs a mere 3 ounces and very nicely closes to a length of 4.5 inches. It comes with a zippered and padded case.
Richard Rogers Custom Axiom G10 Flipper Titanium Liners Blue Hardware
With its clean lines, this Richard Rogers Custom designed knife is built to get the job done. It has a 3.75-inch spear point style steel blade and an EDC-friendly folder. The frame lock handle has bronze, textured bolsters, G10 scales, and bronze anodized titanium liners. It comes with a blue, anodized hardware and pocket clip.
Doc Shiffer Knives Custom Recon Bronze GITD
This Doc Shiffer Knives Custom Recon Bronze folder knife features a stonewash finish on the 3.5-inch Bowie style blade. The handle is milled titanium anodized bronze, and the backspacer and pocket clip are anodized as well. This custom knife has a flicker flame lock, and it has green glow-in-the-dark inserts.
Marfione Custom Strider MSG3 Titanium DLC
The MSG-3 Marfione Custom Strider is a limited run flipper created by Mike Strider Customs and Tony Marfione. The 3.5-inch blade is elaborate—hand ground with hand brushed finishes, and it moves on a ceramic bearing system for a smooth opening. It has an essential frame lock handle composed of milled titanium and comes with a matching milled titanium pocket clip. The lock bar can be removed, and it has a hardened 17-4 steel tip.