There are several attributes of a good hunting knife, and I did my best to test them all. To evaluate each knife’s design and ease of use, I spent time handling them warm, cold, dry, and wet, and with the handle covered in dish soap to simulate the slickness of blood. Consideration was given to jimping, finger guards, how the handle filled my hand, and how easily I could manipulate the blade for a number of field-dressing tasks. I also considered how well the tip would hold up over time. Grading in these categories was based on years of experience processing a variety of game species in nearly every imaginable weather condition.