When I was a kid, I thought the bigger the knife, the better hunter I'd be or the bigger animal I'd get. Everyone seemed to have a "BIG" hunting knife. Six, seven or even eight inch blades were not uncommon.
As I got older, I started to like a smaller knife a lot more. I have a nice collection of hunting knives today and most of them are what I would call small. I have found a three to four inch blade is all that I need. In fact, I have a couple with blades much shorter than that. It seems to me to be a lot easier to get up inside the chest cavity and maneuver around without cutting myself. I know that like guns, knives are a very personal thing.
What are your ideas? Long knife or short? And why?