The 5 Best Boot Knives of 2017

Boot knives are usually small in nature, and with little surprise. It’s just no use walking around with a knife so big or long that it hampers your movement and affects your comfort. Self-defense situations pop up too rarely for it to be a fair trade and you move too much for outdoor use to be impaired that way.

A typical blade should be between 3 and 5 inches long. This makes it just big enough to be an effective weapon but also small enough to be light, easily carried, and agile to use. 5 inches should also be more than adequate for any other outdoor needs.

Smith & Wesson H.R.T. SWHRT9B Full Tang Spear Point Fixed Blade Knife PPE Handle
Black Rubber Wrapped Handle with Lanyard Hole and Black Leather Belt or Boot Sheath. Quality tested and ensured for maximum durability
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Cold Steel Kobun Fixed Blade AUS 8A Plain Boot Knife Secure-Ex Sheath Kraton 17T
Overall Length: 9 7/8" / Blade Length: 5 1/2", Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless, Weight: 4.4 oz, Handle: 4 3/8" Long Kraton, Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
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Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed Blade Knife Deluxe Kit with Ankle Wrap [30-001006]
Compact, skeletal 420HC steel frame, Black ceramic coating for minimal reflection + corrosion, Diamond texture rubber handle for superior grip
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Schrade SCHF21 One-Piece Drop Forged Boot Knife Spear Point Fixed Blade
SAE-1070 High Carbon Steel Spear Point Blade, Glass Filled Nylon Boot Sheath, Blade Length: 4.5 inch (11.4 cm) Handle Length: 4.5 inch (11.4 cm)
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Kershaw 4007 Secret Agent Fixed Blade Boot Knife
Fixed blade; Lanyard hole; Molded, dual-carry sheath, Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating, Handle: Rubberized co-molded handle
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Knife reviews


Smith & Wesson H.R.T. SWHRT9B Full Tang Spear Point Fixed Blade Knife PPE Handle

Black Rubber Wrapped Handle with Lanyard Hole and Black Leather Belt or Boot Sheath. Quality tested and ensured for maximum durability

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Smith & Wesson SWHRT9B

The first knife on our list is by far the most popular. You only need to look at its user ratings on amazon as well as how it usually ends up in the nr. 1 ratings spot for boot knives to know what an excellent choice it is. Aside from its obvious quality, it looks fantastic too.

It’s made of 7Cr17, a high carbon steel that’s comparable to 440A steel. The blade itself is shaped in a spear point tip and is double-sided. The blood groove also ensures that there is no extra weight and a full tang ensures durability.

The handle is made of rubber and is grooved to provide optimal grip and comfort. It also has a lanyard hole to be carried in other ways. It comes with a simple, yet cool black leather pouch that can be clipped onto a boot or belt.

Pros
Full tang
Blood groove
Easy to use sheath
Stylish
Cons
Questions around the quality of 7Cr17

Cold Steel Kobun Fixed Blade AUS 8A Plain Boot Knife Secure-Ex Sheath Kraton 17T

Overall Length: 9 7/8″ / Blade Length: 5 1/2″, Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless, Weight: 4.4 oz, Handle: 4 3/8″ Long Kraton, Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath

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Cold Steel Kobun AUS 8A Boot Knife

There is no doubt that this is a beautifully made boot knife. For those of us that are fascinated by the craftsmanship of Katana’s and other Japanese weapons it will be irresistible. Cold Steel is a well-known and reputable maker of such items and you don’t have to fret over quality.

The blade is shaped the same way as a traditional katana or wakizashi, making it ideal for cutting and slashing. It would be ideally suited for the purpose of self defense, especially taking into account the longer blade. The tip is also reinforced for improved piercing.

Japanese steel is often credited with making the best boot knives to further ease your mind. The handle is covered in Kraton to provide a high level of grip, although more could be down to improve the shape.

Pros
Beautifully made
Japanese steel
Reinforced tip
Cons
Dodgy sheath

Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed Blade Knife Deluxe Kit with Ankle Wrap [30-001006]

Compact, skeletal 420HC steel frame, Black ceramic coating for minimal reflection + corrosion, Diamond texture rubber handle for superior grip

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Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed blade Knife

There is no mistake about it, this knife means business. The 420C steel is reinforced with black ceramic coating for a higher level of resistance against corrosion, wear and tear, and to not reflect.

Probably the best feature about this blade is its amazing sheath. It consists of the actual blade sheath as well as a padded strap that can go around your leg. This allows you to wear the knife how and where you desire. Concealed or clearly visible.

The grip might look narrow and uncomfortable but the rubberized diamond texture and big index finger inlet makes for excellent gripping power.

Pros
Grip texture
Awesome sheath and strap
Spring into action quickly
Cons
Narrow handle
Very short blade

Schrade SCHF21 One-Piece Drop Forged Boot Knife Spear Point Fixed Blade

SAE-1070 High Carbon Steel Spear Point Blade, Glass Filled Nylon Boot Sheath, Blade Length: 4.5 inch (11.4 cm) Handle Length: 4.5 inch (11.4 cm)

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Schrade SCHF21 One-Piece Drop Forged Boot Knife

First of all, this knife is exceptionally sleek looking. However, it still has an air of authority and no one will mess with you just seeing it. This knife has tactical written all over it and is perfect for any situation, from survival to self-defense.

The SAE-1070 is one of the highest carbon steels on this list. This means that the Schrade SCHF21 will keep its edge for a very long time and will be hard to damage or break. The long design of the blade also maximizes cutting surface, while the spear point tip provides excellent penetration.

It’s really hard to come up with any criticism of this night. In most aspects, it leaves other boot knives behind in its dust. Although, the textured grip isn’t for everyone and definitely not the best. However, the glass breaking tip that can be removed for other features is something unique.

Pros
Grass breaking tip
Superior quality steel
Wide range of capability
Cons
Not the best grip

Kershaw 4007 Secret Agent Fixed Blade Boot Knife

Fixed blade; Lanyard hole; Molded, dual-carry sheath, Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating, Handle: Rubberized co-molded handle

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Kershaw 4007 Secret Agent Fixed Blade Boot Knife

Following hot on the heels of the Schrade is another versatile and highly useful boot knife. Blades with a length between 4 and 4.5 inches apply well to many different situations. They are small enough to still be concealed and carried comfortably, but long enough to cause injury during self-defense and for any other cutting purposes.

The design of this knife is simple and straightforward, yet it looks fantastic. The 8Cr13MoV steel blade has a black oxidized coating to improve its durability and corrosion resistance as well as dampen reflection. The handle is co-molded to enhance its longevity even further.

Talking about the handle, it’s one of the better ones on this list, although not the best. It’s a strange choice to be single edged, which is a slight downer.

Pros
Straightforward
Black oxidized coating
Cons
Single edged
Uncomfortable sheath

What to consider when you are buying the perfect diving knife?

1. Blade material

Their is a huge range of steel types used to make boot knives. It can be cute confusing to research because the steel is often named using a string of characters such as: 8Cr13MoV. Don’t let it get to you, there is more than enough information available online on all these types.

Whenever you browse knives online, make sure to take note of the type of steel in the product description. If there is not steel mentioned, you should start to be sceptical about the product. The steel used for the blade should be strong and able to resist lateral and bending forces.

To this end, high carbon steel and Japanese forged steel are highly recommended options as they fulfill these requirements. Japanese AUS 8A Stainless is a pretty common and trusted example.

2. Size of the blade

Boot knives are usually small in nature, and with little surprise. It’s just no use walking around with a knife so big or long that it hampers your movement and affects your comfort. Self-defense situations pop up too rarely for it to be a fair trade and you move too much for outdoor use to be impaired that way.

A typical blade should be between 3 and 5 inches long. This makes it just big enough to be an effective weapon but also small enough to be light, easily carried, and agile to use. 5 inches should also be more than adequate for any other outdoor needs.

3. Tang

Many people don’t know what a tang is but it is an essential aspect of every knife that any enthusiast should be aware of. It has the potential to be the weak spot in your knife so you have to be aware of this factor when selecting a new boot knife.

It’s the part that connects the knife to the handle and is of the same piece of steel as the blade itself. It extends into the handle where it is fastened to complete the knife. A full or hidden tang is recommended as they offer the strongest connection.

A partial tang forms the weakest bond and will not resist rough or consistent use for a long time before causing problems and eventually coming loose or breaking.

4. Handle and grip

Another overlooked but crucial factor. The handle and grip is not only to secure the blade in your hand so that it is harder to drop, lose, or easier to unsheathe. It’s also very important for your safety. Without a good handle that offers grip it’s easy to slip while using the blade and cutting yourself.

There are two very important factors when weighing handles effectiveness. Firstly, the shape. Most people think that every knife handle should have finger grooves, however this is uncomfortable if the blade is not held the right way round. Other options include finger holes or simply a rounded shape.

Secondly, the material itself should promote grip and be comfortable. Kraton, zytex, canvas micarta, hypalon, and linen micarta are some examples of good handle material are all examples of popular choices.

5. Sheath

Any knife worth its salt will come with a sheath as well as a way to fasten it to your leg or boot. Look for sheathes that completely eliminate the chance of catching yourself on the blade. Leather is a popular choice because it is durable and stylish.

Another important factor is how easy it is to eject the knife from its sheath. If self-defense is a priority for you it should be effortless and quick. Just ensure that it stays secure.