High-quality knives provide a lot of benefits to hunters, campers, hikers, chefs, and martial arts enthusiasts. One benefit is superior materials made to last a lifetime. Bark River knives, for example, are durable, versatile, and made in America. The blades on the Gameskeeper line are all made of A-2 carbon tool steel. That provides a keen and sharp edge designed to handle big game animals, such as bear, moose, elk, and deer. The blade is also ideal for camping chores, and will withstand hard use. Handles are comprised or hardwoods, ivory, or genuine leather.


The Bravo-1 knife, also made by Bark River, was developed for force recon units in the US Marine Corps. It, along with the Bravo-2 and Gunny lines, is part of the Search and Rescue Series. The Gunny is a bit smaller, and is perfect for hiking and camping. It is the most versatile knife produced by the company. There are over one-hundred manufacturers of high-quality knives available online, thirty of which are made in the US. Examples include Ambush knives, Emerson, Great Eastern Cutlery, Scagel, Oaks Bottom Forge, and Zero Tolerance. The majority of premium knives are backed by a lifetime warranty, which is another benefit of high-quality.

Yet another benefit is the opportunity to order custom and semi-custom knives. Custom knives, such as Alan Warren Custom Knives, are made to order according to specifications of each individual customer. Semi-custom refers to knives that are modeled after existing brands and styles, but have been given unique modern touches. One example is the Scagel Large Bowie-K-Osage Orange knife available exclusively online. It has a classic Scagel handle, and an enhanced blade modeled after previous Scagel blades. Special sheaths are typically designed for semi-custom projects. It allows customers to purchase unique knives at affordable pricing.

Cheap knives are available at any department store, and may seem like a cost-effective solution to suit an immediate need. The truth is that knives that cost less are lower in quality, which means they will have to be replaced every two to three months, if not sooner. Purchasing replacement knives throughout the year will cost more money long-term. Cheap knives also compromise the end result of the project. Dressing down an elk, for example, will be more difficult, less efficient, and compromise the cuts of meat.