Everything you need to get your deer in the larder – from knives to carcase prep gear to chillers
The Gerber Kettlebell FE folding knife is a versatile tool that benefits from its rugged design with its stainless-steel 7Cr17MoV 2.5in blade and sturdy frame lock. The Kettlebell has a dual finger choil as well as an anodised aluminium textured handle, offering a secure grip.
This knife can also be clipped to your pocket for quickaccess. With a slim profile, it can be carried about your person for any outdoor task without getting in the way.
Thomas Jacks 01789 264100
You get a whole load of knives for barely over £50 in this set from Walther. The nylon sheath contains two knives and a compact saw. There is a skinner shape blade with gut hook and a smaller knife for fine work. Each blade is constructed from 440 stainless steel with a rubber handle.
John Rothery bisley-uk.com
Lars Fält knife
A sturdy bushcraft knife from Casström developed with renowned wilderness and survival expert Lars Fält. The blade is made from thick Böhler K720 tool steel with high carbon content to make the knife durable even with hard use.
The steel quality coupled with the Scandinavian grind make the blade robust but still easy to handle and easy to grind. The knife has a fulltang construction, and even if the handle is damaged in any way, it can still be used without problems. A sturdy and deep sheath in vegetable tanned leather and a leather strap for the handle is included.
Casstrom 01628 330330 casstrom.co.uk
RWS Pocket Mate
Famous for its metallic ammunition, RWS now has a folding knife to offer too. Made especially for RUAG Ammotec UK by renowned knife maker Böker, the new RWS Pocket Mate sports a 65mm stainless steel blade and wood handle.
With an overall length of 150mm, it’s compact enough to fit into any sportsman’s set-up without weighing you down.
RUAG 01579 362319 ruag.co.uk
Browning Bushcraft Ultra
As the name suggests, this fixed blade drop-point knife is made for bushcraft, though in reality it can deal with all manner of hunting tasks with no trouble too.
The full-tang blade, made from 7Cr17MoV stainless steel, strikes a good balance between hardness and ability to sharpen in the field, while this knife’s real charm is its grippiness.
A pronounced index finger groove means you can guide the knife through tough or fiddly tasks easily – this is enhanced with anti-skid finger grooves on the blade spine.
Browning 01235 514550 browning.eu
Buffalo River Trooper
The top knife in the extensive Buffalo River range (check out the Highland Outdoors website for more options), the Trooper sports a genuine Damascus blade, at 7cm in length, as well as a stag antler handle.
This sumptuous folder is certainly a looker, and that’s enhanced by the wooden presentation case it comes in – but in terms of practicality, it’s more than capable too.
Highland Outdoors 0845 099 0252
Helle designed the first ever folding knives – but far from relying on history, the company is still innovating and producing new knife designs today. The Dokka knife pictured here is a classic all-purpose folding knife with a striking curly birch handle hiding the integrated steel liners.
The Helle triple-laminated stainless steel blade, at 3.3in, is just as noteworthy. The Dokka comes with a genuine leather pouch with an integrated belt loop.
Whitby & Co 01539 712032 whitbyandco.co.uk