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Being from Michigan I think it's the law to own Marble's Knives for hunting and outdoors use. Well....it might not be the law but it should be, because they really do make fine knives. Check them out at:
There are a large number of quality hunting knives available. If you mean best quality, you may want to go with a good custom maker. If you mean quality at lower cost, you can buy a Buck, Case, Randall (little more expensive), or one of a dozen other brands - depends on how much you want to spend.
The BladeForums has a search feature which you can use to search for "hunting knives". That might help.
There are quite a few quality custom makers here on BladeForums. Take some time to check them out.
Also, check out the for sale forums for good, previously owned hunting knives. Most of these are tactical, but sometimes you see hunting knives. Also, if you know which knife you want, just post a request and you'll probably find someone who will sell you one. Good lluck in your search.
You can't go wrong with a Randall. They have about 10 classsic outdoor and hunting patterns that you can customize by specifing O-1 or stainless, blade length, handle material, handle shape etc. They are an excelllent value and all the hunting and outdoor knives are forged. Bob Dozier also offers an excellent value and works exclusively in D-2, an excellent blade steel.
If you are thinking cheaper and commercial, I have to agree with the Marbles suggestion. You just don't get more classic than the fieldcraft model.
For me, there is a difference between a camp/utility knife and a nhunting knife.
For strict hunting use, I prefer the 3 piece Kodi-Pak, from Outdoor Edge.
As a good utility camp/knife, there are too many to list. I believe that the Nimravus from BM could even be considered in this role. I'm gonna take mine with me the next time out, I'll let you know how it works.
I also use a Cold Steel Master Hunter. It's a good utility blade, in carbon V.
I only seem to be able to bag small game, so my hunter is geared towards that. I use a "Cub Bear" from Knives of Alaska and I have found it to be wonderful for Squirrels and Rabbit. Someday I hope to get that Deer, then I can offer better perspective.
Anyone know how to sneek up on Deer?