"Four inches, give or take half an inch, is about right. If the point is too far from the hand, it's difficult to control during precise cutting actions."
"My favorite blade style is what I call a modified semi-skinner design, popularized by Bob Loveless. In my opinion, it is the perfect all-around hunting knife blade shape."
"The spine should have jimping--or grooves--in key places so you can have security with many different holding positions."
"Crucible CPM S30V is stainless and has great edge retention. I have no use for a hunting knife that will not keep its edge for an entire elk or moose."
CHOIL & GUARD**
"A subtle, understated guard provides enough of a stop to protect the hand without adversely affecting maneuverability and dexterity."
"A fixed-blade knife is as useful and reliable as an all-around tool as it is for breaking down an animal carcass. In that respect, it's a practical design."
"I like an ergonomic handle because hand fatigue during field dressing or skinning can be the cause of serious injury. Anything that makes the knife easier to hold on to is a plus."