Change and Adapt: Your Best Choice of Replaceable Blade Hunting Knife

December 21, 2021

There's nothing handier than having an all-in-one knife that you can bring with you to the hunting grounds. It reduces the number of cutting tools you pack with you and allows you to bring more essential items that would aid your hunt.

That doesn't mean it can't get any better. On the contrary, we want you to get the best replaceable blade hunting knife you can get so you can be on top of your hunting game. There are two fixed blades and another two in the folded blade category for your choosing.

Top Contenders for Replaceable Blade Hunting Knife

Kestrel Mountain Scalpel

This knife is as essential as it can get. The Kestrel Mountain Scalpel is made of thin and carved-up space on the tang and holes where rivets are supposed to be. This design strategy made the knife the lightest one out there at only 0.66 ounces.

Despite the light and thin material, the Kestrel Mountain Scalpel is not the weakest. The knife boasts a titanium material for optimum strength and durability.

On the other hand, this pocket knife with replaceable blades has traded off a few things. The handle is bare tang and has no protective scale for your hands, making it uncomfortable to use. There's also a risk of blades falling off the Kestrel handle as the recess curvature only fits in some of the blades (like the No. 22 scalpel blade).

Overall, it's lightweight and minimalist. Great for hunters looking for a robust hunting experience.

Quick Specs:

  • Handle Length: 4 inches
  • Material: 6AI-4V Titanium
  • Total Weight: 0.917 ounces with blade and sheath
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • No. of Blades: 5 blades included


  • - Lightweight
  • - Strong and sturdy handle material
  • - Small enough for your pocket


  • - Expensive
  • - Sacrifices comfort

Tyto 1.1 Ceratoke

What we love about the Tyto 1.1 is they managed to find the balance between comfort and lightness on a stainless-steel handle. In addition, the makers designed the spaces on the tang to screw a grip scale to it if you want the handle to be more comfortable.

The space in the middle of the tang can also store a spare Scalpel No. 22 inside and cover it up with the attachable grip. This is a fantastic feature in case of emergencies like losing your replaceable blades while on a hunt.

It's worth mentioning that this pocket knife with changeable blades can also fit blades coming from other brands tightly.

Overall, the Tyto 1.1 Ceratoke can easily squeeze in as an avid hunter's favorite.

Quick Specs:

  • Handle Length: 4 1/2 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Total Weight: 1.5 ounces with blade and sheath
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • No. of Blades: 10 blades included


  • - Designed to have different handle attachments
  • - It fits most blades even from different brands
  • - Ergonomic tang that can be used comfortably without a handle scale


  • - The material used on the knife isn't as superior

Gerber Vital Pocket Folder Knife

If you prefer the folding type of detachable blade knife, the Gerber Vital is one to consider. One feature that really pops out as soon as you put your hands on it is the blade removal button. It is such a convenient feature to easily remove the replaceable blade without cutting yourself by snapping the blade off the handle.

On the other hand, some blades don't fit quite well with the Gerber and the removal button becomes partially depressed, so there's that risk of the blade coming off if you use it for rigorous cutting tasks.

Overall, it's still a good buy. The rubber handle seals the deal because it's very comfortable to grip.

Quick Specs:

  • Handle Length: 4.9 inches
  • Material: Rubber and stainless steel
  • Total Weight: 1.3 ounces with blade and sheath
  • Knife Type: Folding
  • No. of Blades: 6 blades included


  • - The orange handle makes it noticeable
  • - Blade removal button makes it easy to snap off the blade
  • - Comfortable handle


  • - A little stiff when it comes to accommodating other blades from other brands

Civilware IBK Scalpel Folding Knife

The textured grip handle scale of the Civilware IBK immediately caught our attention. This is the kind of knife design that's resilient to moist conditions— a perfect tool to use on a fishing trip. It also has an ergonomic index finger rest design which keeps your grip stable during skinning and filleting tasks.

It is, on the other hand, a little heavy, but this is justified with a carefully thought out design. The tang is a bit broader, and the bolster where the replaceable blade attaches has enough space and less resistance that it could fit most replaceable blades tightly.

Overall, it's an elegant-looking knife that's versatile for use on land and near the water.

Quick Specs:

  • Handle Length: 5 5/8 inches
  • Material: G10, titanium, and stainless steel
  • Total Weight: 1.7 ounces with blade and sheath
  • Knife Type: Folding
  • No. of Blades: 10 blades included


  • - Textured handle scale makes for anti-slip grip
  • - Can adapt to almost any replaceable blade we put on it
  • - Simple design and aesthetics


  • - Heavy and prone to accumulating dirt because of the textured handle scale

Our Pick: Replaceable Blade Hunting Knife (Fixed and Folded)

Among four of the best replaceable blade hunting knives, we're choosing one fixed blade and one foldable as we feel both types have different merits, and you also have your own preference.

For the fixed blade type, the Tyto 1.1 Ceratoke is an intuitive choice because the package has more blades included in it and also because of the attachable scale option. The grip spells control of the knife, and a chance to add an ergonomic scale would mean the difference between a lousy cut and a fine one.

As for the folded knife, we're choosing the Civilware IBK scalpel folding knife because of its versatility. You can use this knife on a swamp, sea, or river setting, and you'd still grip it well. We also like that many of the detachable blades we've placed on it fitted well, which gives us some peace of mind and convenience.

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